The NFC North is a wide-open race now that Davante Adams has left the Green Bay Packers. This is only good news for the Minnesota Vikings, as they have a chance to take over the north through the 2022 NFL Draft. We take a look at what the Vikings might do on April 29th with a mock draft of our own.
Minnesota needs some help in the trenches, however, they’re in a position where they can make a splash pick in the first round of the draft. If the Vikings hope to claim the NFC North crown, the front office should highly consider taking a wide receiver as early as possible. From there, the team can focus on any needs with the remaining seven selections they have at their disposal.
With that said, here is our full Minnesota Vikings 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
Vikings 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Round 1 – 12th Pick Overall: Garrett Wilson (WR)
Adam Thielen isn’t getting any younger and the Vikings have a chance to find his immediate replacement with one of the best receivers in the NFL Draft. It’s not like Thielen is toast, as he should still provide consistency for Minnesota. However, having Garrett Wilson join Justin Jefferson and the receiving core makes for an exciting trio in the passing game.
Round 2 – 46th Pick Overall: Nick Bonitto (EDGE)
Minnesota needs some help on the defensive line and they can fix that issue in the second round. Nick Bonitto is one of the better prospects entering this draft, which bodes well for the Vikings. Bonitto has the talent to be a day one starter and make an immediate impact on this defense.
Round 3 – 77th Pick Overall: Dylan Parham (G)
The interior offensive line was an issue for the Vikings last season, but they can select a competent guard in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Dylan Parham has been a consistent offensive lineman throughout his collegiate career, making him an interesting acquisition for Minnesota. If the coaching staff can develop Parham correctly, he can be a legitimate role player with the potential of becoming a starter in a year or two.
Round 5 – 156th Pick Overall: Zack Tom (T/G)
It would be wise for the Vikings to double-dip on offensive linemen in the draft. Especially if they take someone like Zack Tom, who is extremely athletic for his size. Tom has the ability to play nearly every position within the trenches, making him a versatile option for Minnesota.
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Round 6 – 184th Pick Overall: Eyioma Uwazurike (EDGE)
The Vikings have three picks in the sixth round, which bodes well for their chances of finding competent backups. One that stands out is Eyioma Uwazurike. He can serve as an excellent special teams player and could develop into a key role player down the road.
Round 6 – 191st Pick Overall: Tycen Anderson (S)
Tycen Anderson is another prospect who can make an immediate impact on special teams. Furthermore, the Vikings don’t have the best safety group, so there is a chance Anderson works himself into a backup role on the defense. We’ll see how his career pans out, but he’d be a great selection for Minnesota this late in the NFL Draft.
Round 6 – 192nd Pick Overall: Luke Wattenberg (C)
Luke Wattenberg should have a chance to get drafted and the Vikings would be an excellent fit. Minnesota can use help at center, which makes Wattengberg an intriguing option for this franchise. He needs time to develop though, so we could see him on the practice squad for some time before making a jump onto the active roster in a backup role.
Round 7 – 250th Pick Overall: Jack Coan (QB)
Kirk Cousins holds the starting quarterback role down while Kellen Mond might be a couple of years away from being ready for the NFL. Even so, it might be smart for the Vikings to take a quarterback like Jack Coan in the seventh round as a late-round flier. Coan can challenge Mond’s development and who knows? Maybe he proves to be a better backup for Cousins next season.