The 2021 NFL Draft is in the books. 259 players now have new homes. Almost assuredly, every team got every player they wanted exactly when they wanted to.
However, we are going to look at them through the prism of the way I thought they did. Did a team reach? Did they get a steal? How did that trade work out? Over the course of the next few weeks, I will recap every team’s draft class. Some will be solely be written word. Some will be accompanied by a video from the Deep Fried Draft YouTube channel with an expert from that team talking about their class.
Today, we look at the Minnesota Vikings.
VIKINGS DRAFT CLASS
|1||23||OT||Christian Darrisaw||Virginia Tech|
|3||66||QB||Kellen Mond||Texas A&M|
|3||78||LB||Chazz Surratt||North Carolina|
|3||86||G||Wyatt Davis||Ohio State|
|4||119||RB||Kene Nwangwu||Iowa State|
|4||134||EDGE||Janarius Robinson||Florida State|
|5||168||TE||Zach Davidson||Central Missouri|
GM Rick Spielman was his usual “Trader Rick” self. The Vikings moved down from 14 to 23 in a trade with the New York Jets. Even after trading back nine spots, they still ended up with a player they could have taken at 14. Christian Darrisaw is a nasty blocker who was one of the best left tackles in this class. He should be a plug-and-play starter for Minnesota.
I also think that third-round pick, Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis will be the starter at right guard in the very near future. Davis had some minor injuries that caused him to regress slightly in 2020.
There are some who believe that Kellen Mond has the potential to be a starting NFL QB. I think he will be a damn fine backup. I just believe he lacks the consistency to be a quality NFL starter.
I am not sure how much LB Chazz Surratt sees the field in 2021. However, the former collegiate QB has the skillset to be an NFL starter.
Patrick Jones probably needs to put on about 20 pounds to find his niche as a third-down interior rusher. I think he projects there well but not at 261.
Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu produced very little as a RB in college. His benefit for the Vikings will be as a returner.
I think Camryn Bynum is one of the best tackling corners in this class. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up moving to free safety.
Janarius Robinson looks like everything you would want in an NFL defensive end. He just needs that light bulb to come on all the time.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is a long shot to make the initial 53. TE Zach Davidson isn’t a lock either. The former D-II star tested phenomenally, however. If either makes the roster it is because they excelled on special teams.
Jalen Twyman’s poor pro day landed him in round six. His interior pass rush ability and consistently good play will have him in the Minnesota DL rotation as a rookie.
The Vikings signed the following undrafted free agents:
Ricky Proehl, WR, East Carolina
Whop Philyor, WR, Indiana
Riley Patterson, K, Memphis
Tuf Borland, LB, Ohio State
Christian Elliss, EDGE, Idaho
Myron Mitchell, WR, UAB
Turner Bernard, LS, San Diego State
Next up we will look at the Washington Football Team!