Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Vikings 2016 Draft Review | Ticket King Green Bay

Vikings Draft Picks
The 2016 NFL draft has come and gone. At times, we like to focus on what the NFC North opponents focused on for their draft picks. Today, we’re going to look at the Minnesota Vikings draft.

Round 1: Laqon Treadwell/WR/Mississippi- I did not think Treadwell would make it this deep into the draft. He was the top wide receiver on several boards, but ended up being the 4th wide receiver taken. One of the Vikings top needs from this draft was upgrading their wide receiver unit, and they needed a starter from somewhere near the top of the draft. They got one in Treadwell.

Round 2: Mackensie Alexander/CB/Clemson- One of the more surprise moves of the draft, the Vikings grabbed Alexander, the ace cover man from Clemson in round two. I did not have cornerback anywhere on my list of Vikings needs. This tells me the Vikings didn't like what they saw from Tre Waynes in year one.

Round 4: Willie Beavers/G/Western Michigan- Many people had offensive line as the top need for the Vikings in this draft. The Vikings finally answered that need in round four, and not in the way we thought. They needed a tackle, they drafted a guard who could be moved to tackle. With Beavers, the Vikings drafted a mobile offensive lineman with versatility and a high ceiling.

Round 5: Kentrell Brothers/ILB/Missouri- The Vikings needed a linebacker as well, and once again, they didn't go the route we all thought. We tagged them for an outside linebacker, they took an inside linebacker more suited for a 3-4 defense. Brothers is a smart player, maybe maybe the want a long term quarterback at middle linebacker with this choice.

Round 6A: Moritz Boehringer/WR/Germany- The Minnesota Vikings made history in round six when they made Boehringer the first player to ever be drafted without playing college football in North America. Boehringer has a high ceiling and could pay big dividends down the road.

Round 6B: David Morgan/WR/UTSA- The Vikings needed a lot of depth at wide receiver out of this draft, and made Morgan their third wide receiver they took in round six. The Texas-San Antonio product has some big time size, and could be a good possession receiver for Touchdown Teddy in the coming years.

Round 7A: Stephen Weatherly/OLB/Vanderbilt- The Vikings needed an outside linebacker in this draft and finally got one in round seven. Weatherly is a terrific athlete with a high ceiling and could be the next Viking drafted late and made into a NFL-caliber pass rusher.

Round 7B: Jayron Kearse/S/Clemson- Kearse has some fantastic size, standing nearly 6'5” with long arms. Kearse could begin his career on the practice squad and we will see from there. 

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