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Vikings in the 2017 NFL Draft

by Jaden Kallhoff

The Minnesota Vikings fared as well as they could have in this years draft. Luke Easterling from USA Today gave the Vikings draft picks the letter grade A.(Easterling) Their first draft pick didn’t come until the 2nd round when they picked up 1st round talent from Dalvin Cook.

He would have gone in the 1st round but his personal life and issues off of the field kept him from that. He will have a tough battle against Latavius Murray to have the starting running back job for the vikings this fall. Pat Elflein was drafted in the 4th round and was the 109th overall pick. He is a center from Ohio State that played guard for 3 years and a redshirt year. He played center his senior year and was on the team when they won the national championship. Vikings head Coach Mike Zimmer liked the way that he plays and how physical he is. In the 4th round they picked a DT from Iowa named Jaleel Johnson. He is a 310 pound defensive tackle that led the Hawkeyes in sacks with 7 ½ sacks. In the 4th round the Vikings selected LB Ben Gedeon from Michigan. He might serve as a replacement for Chad Greenway after his retirement this winter. In the 5th round out of South Florida they drafted WR Rodney Adams. The 6’1” wide out had an average of 24.1 yards on kickoff returns last year in 2016.  He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.44 seconds, a formidable time for going in the 5th round. He caught 67 passes for 822 yards last year.(Tomasson)

In an interview with Logan Tosel of Appleton, Minnesota in response to the question: How do you think the Minnesota Vikings did in the 2017 NFL draft? “They did okay, they took advantage of the picks that were available to them.” What should Vikings fans be looking forward to next season? “A star studded team full of young talent.” How will all the young talent they picked up this offseason affect the team’s energy? “They will have quick speed but won’t be as experienced or have the well seasoned knowledge of the game.” The Vikings have promise this season like they have the last few years and with Adrian Peterson opting out of his contract extension the roster has more cap space to pay for more players. The Vikings should have a good season this coming year and many more to follow as their younger players get older and more experienced.

Works Cited

Easterling, Luke. “NFL Draft Grades: Full Analysis of Every Team's 2017 Class.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 30 Apr. 2017, Accessed 11 May 2017.

Tomasson, Chris. “A Look at the Vikings’ 2017 Draft Choices, All 11 of Them.” Twin Cities, Twin Cities, 1 May 2017, Accessed 11 May 2017.