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Vikings 3 Biggest NFL Draft Needs Following Free Agency

David Kaestle
The Vikings have a number of areas that need to be addressed in the NFL Draft.
The Vikings have a number of areas that need to be addressed in the NFL Draft. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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The Minnesota Vikings went into the offseason with virtually no cap space to sign free agents with. While they did create some by releasing and trading players, it still left the team with a few holes on the roster they will need to address in the NFL Draft.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three areas of need the Vikings need to target in the 2020 NFL Draft.

1. Wide Receiver

Tee Higgins is projected as a late Round 1 NFL Draft pick.
Tee Higgins is projected as a late Round 1 NFL Draft pick. / Bryan Bennett/Getty Images

This became a big area of need following the trade of Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. Minnesota did get a first-round pick in that deal, so they now have two to play with, and one could be used on the big crop of talented wide receivers in this draft. While the top guys like Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs will most likely be gone by the time their pick comes around, they could target someone like Justin Jefferson or Tee Higgins with their second first-round pick.

2. Interior Offensive Line

Cesar Ruiz s projected as a late Round 1 NFL Draft pick.
Cesar Ruiz s projected as a late Round 1 NFL Draft pick. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Vikings made a surprising move by releasing Josh Kline earlier this offseason, who was one of their better offensive lineman. This departure creates a bigger hole in an area that could have already used some upgrades. Pat Elflein's struggles have been well documented, so going after a center or guard with their second first-round pick or second-round pick could be a viable option, maybe someone like Michigan's Cesar Ruiz, who has the versatility to play both spots, giving Minnesota some freedom to move things around next season.

3. Cornerback

Jeff Gladney projects as a Round 2 NFL Draft pick.
Jeff Gladney projects as a Round 2 NFL Draft pick. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Much of the Vikings' secondary were part of the cap casualties, or couldn't be re-signed. Now in need of an upgrade at that position, drafting a cornerback in the second round would be a wise option. While Jeff Okudah and C.J Henderson will almost definitely be off the board by the time the Vikings are on the clock, selecting from that next crop of guys like Kristian Fulton, Jeff Gladney or Trevon Diggs could be a great move, especially if it looks like one of them will fall to the second round, which is a distinct possibility.


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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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