Wide Receivers the Vikings Can Draft to Replace Stefon Diggs

Jason Schandl
Draft targets at wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, including LSU's Justin Jefferson.
Draft targets at wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, including LSU's Justin Jefferson. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
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After some rumored off-field unhappiness and no shortage of cryptic (and eventually not-so-cryptic) tweets, the Stefon Diggs era in Minnesota is over. The Vikings shipped Diggs off to the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday in exchange for a package of draft picks, highlighted by the No. 22 selection in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Now having only one wideout on the roster that tallied even 300 receiving yards in 2019, the Vikings need some help at the position. This draft class is incredibly deep at WR, and with two picks in the late first round, they will likely be grabbing at least one WR in the draft.

With that in mind, here are three receivers they can draft to help replace Diggs.

1. Justin Jefferson, LSU

Justin Jefferson at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
Justin Jefferson at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

LSU's Justin Jefferson has a similar physical build to Diggs, standing just one inch taller (6'1") and 7 pounds heavier (202 lbs). An impressive combine showed that Jefferson also has the physical tools to play a similar role as Diggs as a downfield threat to take the top off of defenses while Adam Thielen works underneath. Jefferson ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, which is right in line with the 4.46 that Diggs ran. He also showed some explosiveness by beating Diggs' vertical jump by 2.5 inches. Physically, Jefferson profiles as a logical replacement for Diggs.

2. Jalen Reagor, TCU

TCU's Jalen Reagor at an NFL combine interview.
TCU's Jalen Reagor at an NFL combine interview. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Jalen Reagor turned in a productive three seasons at TCU, catching 148 passes for 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns while adding 324 yards on 35 carries. He's also an outstanding athlete, turning in a 42-inch vertical jump and 138-inch broad jump at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. He may not be the most polished prospect, but that athleticism gives him a huge ceiling.

3. Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado

Laviska Shenault Jr. running the 40-yard dash.
Laviska Shenault Jr. running the 40-yard dash. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

A big-body threat on the outside, Colorado's Laviska Shenault Jr. weighed in at 227 pounds while standing 6-foot-1 at the combine. He's not an explosive athlete like the previous two, running a 4.58-second 40, but he proved himself more than capable of making up for that lack of speed at the collegiate level. Over his final two seasons, Shenault tallied a total of 1,775 yards on 142 receptions while showing versatility by adding 276 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on 40 carries. A receiver who dominates after the catch, he could bring a whole new element to Minnesota's offense.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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