Minnesota Vikings

Vikings 7-Round Mock Draft | Post-Combine edition

North squad offensive tackle Taylor Moton of Western Michigan (72) practices for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

After a devastating injury to Teddy Bridgewater last summer, the Minnesota Vikings never fully regained the momentum they had for the 2016 season. While the defense is littered with young talent, the offense failed to push the ball down the field under quarterback Sam Bradford.

Whether Bridgewater makes a great return or Bradford is under center yet again, Day 2 and 3 of this draft will be huge for Minnesota. Let’s take a look at who the Vikings may pick with each of their selections.

*For realistic results, I use fanspeak.com’s premium mock draft simulator for each team mock combined with Matt Miller’s big board rankings

Round 2, pick 48: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan

It’s no secret that the Vikings offensive line was an absolute disaster last season. They need upgrades at offensive tackle and in the interior as well. Moton is a load and a powerhouse who has the ability to kick inside to guard but displays plenty of starting tackle qualities.

With long arms and meat hook hands, he comes off the snap looking to punish anyone in the opposition’s front seven. He’d help get the run game going for the Vikings once again while also being an upgrade as a pass protector on the edge.

Round 3, pick 79: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo

The Adrian Peterson era might finally be coming to a close, but the Vikings don’t need to use a premium pick to find a serviceable running back.

Hunt was a machine over the past few years for Toledo. He was one of the best playmakers after contact, leaving defenders in quick sand to churn off intermediate gains.

Round 3, pick 86: Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh

If you came hoping for an offensive line overhaul, you’re in the right place. With Moton plugged in at right tackle, Johnson could play the other guard position opposite of Alex Boone.

He has a ton of starting experience, getting great push in the run game while displaying an excellent anchor in pass protection. This new unit would give the quarterback the time he needs to finally get the passing game moving.

Round 4, pick 120: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State

The final piece for the offensive trenches. Elflein has experience at both guard and center, increasing his value at the next level.

Elflein is an above average athlete with the ability to get to the second level of the field to open up the ground attack. With powerful hands and a thick build, defenders want little to do with him when he has a full head of steam. His style of play and attitude could help transform the attitude of this Vikings unit.

Round 4, pick 128: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

After an extremely disappointing and unproductive rookie campaign, all eyes are on Laquon Treadwell heading into the 2017 season. With that being said, the Vikings need an insurance plan to work the middle of the field, and Smith-Schuster fits that role perfectly.

Round 5, pick 160: Ryan Glasgow, DL, Michigan

A two-down, run-stuffing defensive tackle to rotate in the front seven. Glasgow is a hard-nosed interior lineman who is pro-ready.

Round 6, pick 199: Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State

A huge pro day put the weight room warrior Cole on the map as a Day 3 selection in this class. His downhill attacking style should translate perfectly to a special teams role.

Round 7, pick 232: Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB/S, Louisville 

The former highly touted recruit never put it all together in college, but his incredible length and frame could help him find a role as a money ‘backer at the next level. He’s a complete project pick, but at this point of the draft, it’s worth the roll of the dice.

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