Vikings Draft Mostly Offense
Justin Ekstrom | Apr 28, 2019 AT 8:39 pm
The Minnesota Vikings’ 2019 NFL Draft consisted of offense early and often.
After drafting center, Garrett Bradbury in the first round, the Vikings rattled off three more consecutive picks on the offensive side of the ball Friday and Saturday.
In a somewhat surprise move, the Vikings selected tight end, Irv Smith Jr. from Alabama in the second round.
Their choice of course makes most wonder what their plans are for current tight end, Kyle Rudolph but for now, the team has chosen to keep the veteran on the squad.
Sticking with what some would not think “a need” for the Vikings, they then selected running back, Alexander Mattison from Boise State.
Mattison looks like he could be a great compliment to Dalvin Cook but some fans may wonder why they would select a running back in the third round.
While trading back a few spots, Rick Spielman then decided to trade up to 114 to select Oklahoma guard, Dru Samia.
According to the Vikings PR account on Twitter, the 2019 draft was the first time the Vikings selected four-straight offensive players to start the draft since 1965.
Spielman continued to trade back in the fifth round and after moving back three spots, the Vikings selected linebacker, Cameron Smith from USC.
Smith was a four-year starter at USC that consisted of him starting 47 games for the Trojans.
Minnesota had three selections in the sixth-round; they grabbed defensive tackle, Armon Watts from Arkansas, defensive back Marcus Epps from Wyoming and offensive tackle, Olisaemeka Udoh from Elon.
The fact that it took this long for the Vikings to draft a corner may be a sign that their current corners will not be traded anytime soon.
However, in the seventh-round, the Vikings selected another corner; this time, they took Holton Hills’ former teammate from Texas, Kris Boyd.
Back-to-back wide receivers highlighted the four picks of the seventh round when the Vikings selected Dillon Mitchell from Oregon and Olabisis Johnson from Colorado State.
Air Force long snapper, Austin Cutting finished the draft for the Vikings.
Before Cutting can play for the Vikings, he may have to serve two years active duty but the Vikings have Kevin McDermott under contract through the 2020 season.