Vikings Mock Draft: Minnesota Lands Versatile Safety Early in Round 2
The 2023 NFL Draft is just 10 days away, and as we approach that time of the year again, we continue chugging along with our weekly Vikings mock draft series. Heading into the final countdown before the draft, here is the latest Vikings mock. Check out who we have headed to Minnesota this time around.
Trade Down with Texans
- 2023 Round 2, Pick 33
- 2023 Round 3, Pick 65
- 2024 Round 6
- 2023 Round 1, Pick 23
The Vikings trade out of the first round entirely after cornerbacks begin flying off the board early in the round. Meanwhile, the Texans trade up to land WR Zay Flowers to pair with new QB Bryce Young.
Round 2, Pick 33: S Brian Branch, Alabama
Weird things always happen in the first round, and especially if the Packers and Commanders opt to take players from the offensive side of the ball, that could spell a drop down the board for safety Brian Branch.
However, with the second selection in the second round, the Vikings scoop him up to add to a young secondary. He can immediately step into a slot cornerback role for Minnesota and adds an extra safety blanket if either Lewis Cine or Harrison Smith run into injury trouble this season.
Round 3, Pick 65: DL Gervon Dexter, Florida
An underrated need for the Vikings this spring is at defensive tackle after they lost Dalvin Tomlinson to the Cleveland Browns in free agency. Gervon Dexter is one of the more powerful interior forces in this class, and he should help improve the Vikings run defense next season.
Round 3, Pick 87: WR Marvin Mims, Oklahoma
If the Vikings want to find a speedy slot receiver to add to their offense, they won’t do much better than Marvin Mims. At Oklahoma, he proved to be an incredible playmaker when he got the ball in his hands, and he is a huge producer of yards after the catch.
Round 4, Pick 119: CB Eli Ricks, Alabama
The Vikings need additional depth at CB regardless of how they may feel about some of their young players at the position, and while Eli Ricks may be a developmental project at this point, he’s shown flashes throughout his collegiate career that point towards a bright NFL future. This is solid value in the fourth round.
Round 5, Pick 158: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
Being one of the few QB prospects to visit with the Vikings this offseason, it makes sense that Dorian Thompson-Robinson would be on Minnesota’s radar at this point in the draft. He makes a few too many turnover-worthy plays at this point in his development, but he is terrific at utilizing his mobility to create plays with his legs.
Round 6, Pick 211: CB Mekhi Blackmon, USC
Again, Mekhi Blackmon has gotten a visit with the Vikings this offseason, and while this mock draft has put a large emphasis on Minnesota’s secondary, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that they’d take another CB here. Blackmon has played both in the slot and on the outside, so he brings more versatility to the Vikings defense.
Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.