Five Names to Remember as The Vikings Head Into Day 2 of the NFL Draft
There were some moments when fans were nervous, but we ought to be excited about what Minnesota did in the opening round. Landing Christian Darrisaw at 23 is great value. The fact that they did that while adding those two third-round picks is just icing on the cake. As they head into Day 2 of the NFL Draft, the Vikings have some tremendous options available to them.
They don’t have a second-round pick, but they have more than enough ammo to snag one if they want. Rick Spielman has even acknowledged this precise reality: “We have more than enough ammunition to move up into the second round.” Even if they stay put (I don’t think they will), Minnesota will have some great options. Here are five names to remember.
1) Trevon Moehrig, Safety
He should have gone in the first. He’ll probably get scooped up early in the second. If he falls for some reason, don’t be surprised if Minnesota makes a move. Safety is their thinnest position, so bringing in a highly-regarded prospect to learn behind Harrison Smith and Xavier Woods makes a ton of sense.
2) Christian Barmore, DT
Personally, I didn’t think picking Barmore in RD1 made sense. There just isn’t enough top-notch film from his college career. Nevertheless, he has shown some dominant play, and he would really complement Minnesota’s defense. He is more than worth a Day 2 draft pick for the Vikings.
3) Samuel Cosmi, OT
By no means should the o-line be any less of a priority moving forward. We need competition here. Cosmi is an athletic player who evokes memories of Ezra Cleveland and Brian O’Neill. At the very least, Cosmi is a high-upside depth option moving forward.
4) Liam Eichenberg, OT
Admittedly, I’m no expert. The impression I have, though, is that Eichenberg is a rock-solid, steady player. To my mind, a rock-solid, steady OT means someone like Riley Reiff. I love Reiff. PFF indicates that he is technically sound and has a high-floor.
5) Landon Dickerson, iOL
You might be seeing a theme here. I’m really hoping the Vikings continue to prioritize the offensive line in Day 2 of the draft. Dickerson is widely-regarded as a tremendous player, one who is sliding due to injury concerns. I don’t love taking a player with a history of serious injuries, but the risk can be worth it if the price is right.
Several of these players will likely be gone before Minnesota gets a chance to pick. That being said, it’s entirely plausible that one or more will end up in a purple jersey. All five offer good value on Day 2 and fill clear needs in Minnesota.