The Minnesota Vikings currently own the No. 22 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the first of two first-round picks that the NFC North franchises own this time around. In addition to picking at No. 22, the Vikings will also be on the clock at No. 25, thanks to quite the gutsy trade made by the team’s front office earlier this offseason.

While the Vikings are coming off of a solid 2019 campaign, one that saw Minnesota reach the postseason, the NFC North franchise is certainly lucky to have more than one first-round pick this year. Although the Vikings remain in position to succeed once again in 2020, the team did lose more than a few key players on both sides of the football this offseason.

As a result, the Vikings will need to stock up on talent — whether it be at the cornerback or wide receiver position — during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, all of which will start with pick No. 22.

CB Jeff Gladney, TCU Horned Frogs

Although the 2020 NFL Draft has yet even to come and go, the Minnesota Vikings have already managed to lose not one, not two, but three of its cornerbacks this offseason. With the trio of Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander all departing Minnesota for various reasons, the team now desperately needs to replenish this position before it is too late. The Vikings do still employ cornerback Mike Hughes, though he will now need a running mate or two going forward, which will more than likely force Minnesota to use one of its two first-round picks on this position.

If the Vikings have any sense of urgency, the team will use its No. 22 overall pick on a cornerback while former TCU Horned Frogs standout Jeff Gladney could ultimately become the choice. Gladney notably possesses top-notch man-coverage skills in addition to a physical nature that should delight Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson Tigers

With the likes of Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, Nate Meadors, and Kemon Hall currently leading the way at the cornerback position, the Minnesota Vikings obviously know that the team will need much more firepower in order to compete against the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the always competitive and highly dangerous NFC North division. With that being said, it would behoove Minnesota to use its No. 22 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on a cornerback.

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While the aforementioned Jeff Gladney out of TCU is certainly an option, former Clemson Tigers cornerback A.J. Terrell should also be in consideration. An exciting presence in the defensive backfield, Terrell could help Minnesota make a major splash on defense even in his rookie season. No doubt a potential breakout star right off the bat, this pick could immediately benefit the Vikings in 2020-21.

Terrell excelled in a big way on the collegiate level at Clemson, while there is no reason to believe that he won’t quickly do the same upon reaching the professional ranks of the NFL.

WR Justin Jefferson, LSU Tigers

If the Minnesota Vikings are not going to select a cornerback at No. 22 overall, the team must select a wide receiver instead. It is also worth noting that the Vikings two first-round picks must be a cornerback and a wide receiver regardless of the order in which this goal is attained.

With that being said, this year’s NFL Draft class is absolutely loaded at the wide receiver position while waiting until No. 25 could be a possibility. However, if the Vikings choose to wait until No. 25 to select a pass catcher, former LSU Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson could already be off the board. Jefferson is one of the best players in this year’s crop of talent just behind the likes of Henry Ruggs III, CeeDee Lamb, and Jerry Jeudy, who seem to be leading the way this time around. Nonetheless, Jefferson can make an immediate impact as a rookie in 2020, something the Vikings will desperately need.

Leading to the team’s need for a high-level pass catcher, Minnesota infamously traded veteran wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills earlier this offseason. While only patching up the team’s need for a wideout by signing former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, another pair of hands is most definitely a requirement before this offseason eventually comes to a close.

The Vikings simply cannot pass up an opportunity to add a legitimate wideout like this.