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Vikings Add Important Defensive Piece in Todd McShay's Latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Minnesota Vikings add an important defensive piece in Todd McShay's latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft on ESPN.
The Minnesota Vikings add an important defensive piece in Todd McShay's latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft on ESPN. / David Berding/GettyImages

A disappointing 8-9 finish saw the Minnesota Vikings miss out on the NFL Playoffs for the second straight year. This forced the franchise to make some important changes by hiring Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as GM and Kevin O'Connell as head coach.

Adofo-Mensah and O'Connell turn their attention immediately to the upcoming NFL Draft, with some pressing needs headlined by a defense that ranked bottom-10 in points allowed, passing yards allowed and rushing yards allowed.

Defense should be a priority and that's exactly what NFL insider Todd McShay projects the Vikings to address in his latest mock draft.

Vikings Mock Draft

McShay has Minnesota taking lockdown cornerback Trent McDuffie at No. 12 overall. McDuffie just finished his third consecutive All-Pac 12 campaign after racking up 35 tackles, six passes defended and one tackle for loss.

He's been a standout fixture with the Washington Huskies and even entered the season with preseason All-American honors.

Minnesota has already used four first-round picks on defensive backs since 2013, but the position remains a heavy position of need. Both Patrick Peterson and Mackensie Alexander could depart in free agency after a year where the secondary allowed the fifth-most passing yards across the league.

McShay hints at the Vikings also using this pick to take a quarterback, but he left this as a defensive selection for now.

The Vikings head into 2022 with +3300 odds (T-17th) to win Super Bowl 57 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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