Introducing Your 2023 Vikings Draft Class
The 2023 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and after months of evaluation and a hint of speculation, we officially know what your 2023 Vikings draft class looks like. Let’s meet all six prospects drafted by the Vikings this spring.
Round 1, Pick 23: WR Jordan Addison
In Jordan Addison, the Minnesota Vikings are getting one of the crispest route-runners in this draft class. Addison is a versatile receiver, able to line up either in the slot or on the boundary. He also is plenty capable of being a punt returner, a role that the Vikings have had trouble filling on a consistent basis over the past few years.
Round 3, Pick 102: CB Mekhi Blackmon
The Vikings absolutely needed to add a cornerback that could compete with the rest of the depth chart to take over the CB2 role behind Byron Murphy. With this selection of Blackmon, Minnesota has done that, and they get a physical corner that is adept in press man coverage. He is a dream fit in a Brian Flores defensive scheme, but the biggest question mark is whether he’ll be able to hold up at just 178 pounds.
Round 4, Pick 134: DB Jay Ward
Increasingly in the NFL, the name of the game is finding players that can line up all over the place to keep opponents guessing. Jay Ward is precisely that type of prospect, who over 633 snaps in 2022, played 230 in the slot, 178 on the boundary, 108 in the box, and 104 at free safety for LSU. Ward is a consistent tackler in the secondary and opens up a ton of options for Minnesota.
Round 5, Pick 141: NT Jaquelin Roy
The best part of Jaquelin Roy’s game is the fact that he is basically the Energizer bunny on the defensive line. Every single snap, he plays at 100%. ‘Relax’ is not a part of Roy’s vocabulary. Over 14 games for the Tigers this year, the nose tackle played 50+ snaps in nine of them. As a massive nose tackle, it’s rare to find a player with that type of motor.
Round 5, Pick 164: QB Jaren Hall
It appears the Vikings are staking their claim to Jaren Hall as a developmental ‘QB of the future.’ With Kirk Cousins entering the final year of his contract this season, Hall brings lots of upside as a prospect with his mobility, accuracy as a passer, and decision-making. It remains to be seen if his lack of arm strength will get the better of him at the NFL level, but he should compete with Nick Mullens for the Vikings backup job this summer. If he wins that, then the Vikings may have found something.
Round 7, Pick 222: RB DeWayne McBride
It’s hard to be upset about grabbing one of the most prolific running backs in all of college football with your final selection in a draft. DeWayne McBride has terrific balance and vision out of the backfield, and his ability to change speeds on a dime makes him a nightmare to bring down as a rusher. He tallied over 3000 rushing yards and 32 rushing TDs over the past two seasons at UAB, and with uncertainty surrounding Dalvin Cook’s future, grabbing another RB to compete for a roster spot makes sense.
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.