Darrisaw Would Make Sense for Minnesota: Some Thoughts on the UFFda! Mock Draft

It’s officially mock draft season, folks. Minnesota Vikings fans, for the most part, seem to be keen about joining in on the mock draft fun.

Over at Purple PTSD, there is a great round one mock draft. I was one of the contributors, and there were four other contributors, all of whom are connected to the UFFda! Sports network. It’s definitely worth reading the whole thing.

A few quick notes about that mock. I had the good fortune of choosing for Minnesota. When it was time for the 14th pick, Kirby sent me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I dropped back to 17th overall, picking up a 2021 2nd and 2022 7th in the process. I think we all know how much Rick Spielman loves his seventh round picks, so I thought it was a nice touch.

At 17, I was fortunate to land Christian Darrisaw. I’d be lying if I said that I’ve been grinding through hours and hours of college film to determine the best option for our friends in purple. Everything I’ve read, though, suggests that Darrisaw would be a perfect fit, both in terms of value at that point in the draft and in terms of his scheme fit. He would also address the team’s biggest need.

The teams in the NFC North made some interesting picks. For the second year in a row, the Lions take a high-end corner in the top ten. Patrick Surtain certainly looks like a great player, but so did Jeffrey Okudah. Minnesota fans may find it painful to see Josh Frey pick Rashod Bateman for the Bears. Rest assured that Andy Dalton is the one taking snaps under center.

I had the good fortune of choosing for the Packers. Full admission: I really needed to fight temptation on this pick. I really wanted to draft a punter, or maybe even another QB. Nevertheless, I flexed every self-control muscle in my body, instead opting for a player who I think actually makes sense. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was falling down the board and I decided to help solidify a position of weakness on Green Bay’s defense.

In the coming weeks, I’ll likely be returning to a Minnesota Vikings mock draft or two. They make for great conversation, and we can be almost certain that our Vikings will be active on the trade market over draft weekend. I think the only real hope is that Zim doesn’t bamboozle Spielman into snagging another corner in round 1.