Questions Answered: A New WR in the 2023 Draft, Vikings RB to Rams, Top 100 Snubs

Aug 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA;Minnesota Vikings running back AJ Rose (36) stretches before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the June 15th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.


Q: I saw a mock draft where the 2023 Vikings are slated to select a WR in Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft. Does that check out?

Mar 1, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

A: It sure does.

The Vikings draft in 2022 was quite defense-oriented. Five of the first six picks in the event were selections of defensive players. By the time the 2023 season rolls around, Adam Thielen will be 33 years old, so next year’s draft would be an appropriate time to choose his successor.

Also remember — not every rookie wide receiver takes the league by storm immediately like Justin Jefferson. They normally need time to grow. Exploring life after Thielen in next year’s draft is a wise plan.

Q: With A.J. Rose signing with the Rams, will he have an impact in 2022?

Aug 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back AJ Rose (36) in action against the Denver Broncos during the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

A: No, probably not.

The Rams currently employ seven running backs, and it is unlikely that Rose dethrones a bunch of dudes to make the 53-man roster.

Rose was fabulous in the preseason last summer, but Rose nestles into that Kyle Sloter territory. Is a player who performs well against second and third-string players really worthy of starter-like credibility? Usually not.

We hope Rose catches on with Sean McVay and the Rams, but the chances are slim.

Q: Do you think any Vikings were snubbed in Pete Prisco’s Top 100 Players list?

Danielle Hunter
Oct 24, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) looks on prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

A: On Prisco’s list for Vikings? Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, and Harrison Smith.

Kirk Cousins and Danielle Hunter were honorably mentioned. Totally ignored included Eric Kendricks, Adam Thielen, Za’Darius Smith, and Brian O’Neill.

If we had to pick, Hunter would be considered the snub. When he’s healthy, he’s assuredly a Top 100 player. However, Hunter has missed 79% of all football games in the last two years, so football brains have forgotten about him.

Hunter — almost singlehandedly — dictates if the Vikings defense is good or bad; at least that was the assessment with the Mike Zimmer version of the team.

He’s a Top 100 NFL player in his purest form, but we understand why his stock isn’t high right now. Injuries will do that.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).