Vikings: Predicting who Minnesota will select with the No. 25 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft
The Minnesota Vikings have lost a lot so far this offseason and that has opened up a lot of holes. With Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander, and Trae Waynes moving on to new teams, the Vikings need some help in the secondary.
The offensive line has also been a problem the last few years for the Vikings and something the team could go after. This is also a loaded draft for wide receivers, so it could make to go after someone to help replace Stefon Diggs.
The Vikings do own the 22nd pick which they received from the Bills and they could go defense with that pick, which will allow them to focus on offense with this selection.
The Vikings desperately need a wide receiver and Justin Jefferson from LSU makes a whole lot of sense. Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs are guys who would make a lot of sense if they are still on the board, but it’s hard to imagine that would be the case.
Justin Jefferson exploded onto the scene as a junior, racking up over 1,500 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. He played in one of the best offenses in football which helped those numbers, but there is no doubt he is a special talent.
Jefferson has blazing speed and would quickly become a problem for the rest of the NFC North, who wouldn’t have to be guarding Diggs anymore but would have to deal with Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
The Draft Network gave the following breakdown of Jefferson’s game:
Smooth operator and a true route technician. Varies his route tempo to keep corners guessing and there is plenty of variance to how he releases into his stem. Took full advantage of LSU’s passing game concepts in 2019 and showcased a wonderful ability to make adjustments on the fly and read leverage. Lethal on option routes. Mitts are generally strong and there are plenty of plucks outside of his frame. Does well to show his hands late and not tip the arrival of the ball. Body control is outstanding and he excels in contested situations. Tracks and adjusts with ease. Productive worker after the catch. Has operated both outside and from the slot. Competes hard as a blocker while also showcasing good technique with his hands and setting his base. Does well to bend his route stems to set up vertical cuts. Fairly fluid and smooth. Finds success in contested situations on account of his hands, body positioning and competitive toughness. The game slows down for him when the ball arrives.
Jefferson is a guy who will come in and will be an impact player in Week 1, something the team desperately needs to have happen.