Questions Answered: Limited Draft Picks, Waiting for an SF DC, Hockenson Extension

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) reacts after a play against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the January 24th 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.

Questions Answered: Limited Draft Picks, Waiting for an SF DC, Hockenson Extension

Q: The Vikings only have four draft picks? Isn’t that bad?

Limited Draft Picks,
Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah looks on before the game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: It’s less than ideal, but Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has already shown his ability to trade like a fiend, so Vikings fans shouldn’t be too concerned with this one. He will get many more draft picks during the event. It’s seemingly guaranteed.

He traded future draft capital for Akayleb Evans, Jalen Reagor, and T.J. Hockenson. The cupboard has four picks as of now. We predict Adofo-Mensah will trade frequently during the draft and end up with 7 to 10 picks.

It’s the way the man likes to do business.

Q: Is the Vikings search for a defensive coordinator “slow” because they’re waiting for a San Francisco 49ers coordinator?

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers safeties coach Daniel Bullocks talks to defensive back Tavon Wilson (32) during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports.

A: This is a wicked good theory considering Adofo-Mensah’s ties to the San Francisco 49ers organization.

He spent about six years in the front office with John Lynch and the 49ers. He could have his eye on someone like San Francisco’s safeties coach David Bullocks. And it would indeed be tricky to speak with him now as the 49ers play in the NFC Championship this weekend.

Otherwise, the Vikings have talked to (or will talk to) Sean Nielsen, Sean Desai, and Brian Flores. It is quite possible that coordinators from teams still in the hunt for a Lombardi could be on the menu, too, after the playoffs.

Q: What type of deal ($$$) are we thinking for T.J. Hockenson this offseason?

Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) during the first quarter against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Great question. Just spitballing, but we’ll predict three years and $45 million.

There’s no way that the Vikings don’t extend Hockenson. His performance in 2022 was incredible, and he often felt like a saving grace during games where Justin Jefferson was double and tripled teamed.

Hockenson will receive a chunky contract, and yes, that deal will likely get done in the next 2-3 months.


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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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