3 Players the Vikings Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick in the 2022 NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Three players that the Minnesota Vikings need to avoid with their first-round draft pick.
Three players that the Minnesota Vikings need to avoid with their first-round draft pick. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft is just a couple of weeks away, leaving the Minnesota Vikings with limited time to figure out what they'll do on Day 1. The Vikings currently hold the No. 12 pick in the first round, however, back-to-back seasons without a playoff appearance have highlighted various needs that must be addressed.

The good news is that there are plenty of prospects that the Vikings could select 12th overall who could help as soon as next season. On the other hand, there are players that Minnesota should clearly avoid taking that early in the draft.

Here's a look at three players that the Vikings should avoid with their first-round draft pick.

Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft

1. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pitt

There's been talk in recent years about the Vikings looking for their quarterback of the future. While Kirk Cousins did sign a one-year extension this offseason, he'll be 34 once the season starts and hasn't exactly delivered that much success to Minnesota. Having said that, the Vikings may consider taking Pitt QB Kenny Pickett as Cousins' heir — which they shouldn't. As great as Pickett could be, he really only has one impressive college football season under his belt. No one knows if that's really him or an anomaly, making him too risky of a top-12 pick. Besides, the Vikings are still developing Kellen Mond and could even find another promising QB prospect in next year's class.

2. Drake London, WR, USC

USC's Drake London is one of the top-rated wide receivers in this year's class. All signs point to him being drafted early in the first round and while that could be the case, the Vikings shouldn't be the one to turn it into a reality. For starters, Minnesota is set with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen as their top-two WRs. There's also the fact that London suffered a season-ending ankle fracture last Fall. While it could've been much worse, he's also been dealing with a hamstring issue lately. With all of this recent injury trouble, the Vikings are better off passing on London.

3. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

The Vikings' secondary was horrid last season, surrendering 252.9 passing yards per game (No. 28). They're now in need of a playmaking cornerback, however, Derek Stingley Jr. should not be that guy. While the LSU CB is more than talented, health issues have held him to only 10 games over the last two seasons. That could change at the NFL level, but health could be a concern throughout his career. He also wasn't as productive in recent years compared to when he was a freshman, having failed to record an interception since December 2019. Once you take all of that into account, Minnesota might want to consider taking someone like Washington's Trent McDuffie instead.

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