3 Players the Vikings Should Target in the 2020 NFL Draft

David Kaestle
Austin Jackson is part of a deep offensive line class.
Austin Jackson is part of a deep offensive line class. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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The Minnesota Vikings had a solid bounce-back year last season, even getting a win in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints. However, the Vikings have a ton of impactful players that are set to become free agents and with a such little cap space to work with ($1.4 million, the least in the NFL), they will have to turn to the NFL Draft for the majority of their upgrades. And they can't afford to miss.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three guys they should target in the NFL Draft.

1. Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU

Grant Delpit is considered one of the top safeties in the 2020 Draft class.
Grant Delpit is considered one of the top safeties in the 2020 Draft class. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Vikings are in danger of losing a few of their safeties to free agency in Andrew Sendejo, Anthony Harris and Jayron Kearse, which will potentially leave a huge hole on the back end of their defense. While Grant Delpit had somewhat of a down year in 2019, he's still a former All-American and an athletic freak with great ball-hawking abilities. He could come in and be an instant starter. If that down year causes him to fall to the the No. 25 pick, he'd be a great fit in Minnesota.

2. Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Jeff Gladney at the 2020 NFL Combine.
Jeff Gladney at the 2020 NFL Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

While a lot of the cornerback chatter has centered around Ohio State's Jeff Okudah and Florida's C.J. Henderson, both of those guys will almost certainly be off the board by the time the Vikings make their selection. However, TCU's Jeff Gladney is in that next tier and should be available at No. 25. Minnesota could lose corners like Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander in free agency, so it's not a bad idea to shore up the secondary.

3. Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Austin Jackson at the 2020 NFL Combine.
Austin Jackson at the 2020 NFL Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Austin Jackson is part of a deep offensive line class in the 2020 Draft. He has gone up and down draft boards over the past couple of months, but he has seemingly settled around the end of the first or early second round. Minnesota's offensive line was once again a problem in 2019, though it was improved from 2018. But Kirk Cousins likely needs some better protection upfront for this team to take the next step, and with almost no financial flexibility, drafting a talent like Jackson could be Minnesota's best bet.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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