The Minnesota Vikings gave up the fifth-most passing yards per game in 2021 (252.9) and feature little to no depth at the cornerback position. It would make sense to grab one in the upcoming NFL Draft, yet Todd McShay projects the Vikings to go a different way in his latest 2022 mock draft.
Vikings Mock Draft
McShay has the Vikings drafting Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson II at No. 12 overall. The Seminoles standout racked up 11.5 sacks and 46 pressures during his senior season and has seen his draft stock rise thanks to a strong performance at the NFL combine in early March.
Adding to the D-line should not be Minnesota's top priority right now, though. The Vikings finished with the second-most sacks in the NFL last season (51.0). Finding a veteran or two through free agency to fill in the gaps seems much more logical.
Keep in mind the Vikings are set to lose cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Mackensie Alexander to the open market. This draft is filled with shutdown corner prospects, too. Names that stick out in the middle of the first round include Ahmad Gardner, Derek Stingley Jr. and Trent McDuffie.
Johnson is much more of a luxury addition than he is a necessary pick in this situation. This front office has been successful reaching for players in the past, but the 23-year-old is regarded as a late first to early second round pick by most insiders. That is a dangerous overvalue by Minnesota.
The 2022 NFL Draft is set to get underway on Thursday, April 28.
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