Recapping Day 3 of the Vikings Draft
The Minnesota Vikings have finished off their six picks for Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Here are the players they’ve chosen:
119: Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State
125: Camryn Bynum, CB, California
134: Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State
157: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
168: Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri
199: Jaylen Twymen, DT, Pittsburgh
There are some really intriguing players in this list, Twymen foremost among them. Were it not for him sitting out the season and then doing poorly in his workout, Twyman would have gone considerably higher. As the tweet below indicates, it’s a risk well worth taking for Minnesota. It’s a high-upside gamble.
Nwangwu has been brought in as RB depth and potentially to contribute as a returner. K.J. Osborn is going to have an uphill battle getting back onto the roster. Smith-Marsette also offers upside on special teams, per TDN: “Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette can, for the right offense, be quite the steal in the 2021 NFL Draft. Smith-Marsette brings ample speed, return skills, and vertical receiving to the game, and his production at the University of Iowa isn’t necessarily the best indicator o[f] how talented he actually is—especially given that his open targets were much too often left short or hung in the air long enough to draw defenders back into the play. Smith-Marsette brings a track background to the field and it shows. He’s a graceful runner with easy speed and is at his best when he’s charged with stacking defenders vertically.”
Robinson is the 74th-ranked player on The Draft Network, so getting him at 134 is nice value. Here is what TDN has to say: “Robinson has long arms, heavy hands, and a stocky build that was engineered to play on the edge in the NFL. He is a powerful run defender, smart processor, and has plenty of tools to become a more effective pass rusher. He has some really exciting flashes rushing the passer where his length, flexibility, rush variety, effort, and hand power shine. There is room for Robinson to round out his game by learning how to consistently apply his immense physical gifts on the field and deploy his rush plan quicker.“
Overall, the Vikings did quite well on Day 3 of the draft. We should also be enthused about several of the choices they made earlier, especially Wyatt Davis and Christian Darrisaw. The onus now falls on the coaching staff to help the players reach their potential.
In the meantime, just enjoy the hope that comes from adding a bunch of young, upside players. Skol.