How much did the Vikings help Kirk Cousins in the draft?
By Matthew Coller | @MatthewColler
April 29, 2019 6:35 pm
On the offensive side of the ball, the Minnesota Vikings came out of free agency with one proven lineman in guard Josh Kline and extra weapon for Kirk Cousins — former Denver Bronco Jordan Taylor, who has 29 career receptions.
Neither of those players is likely to have a large impact on an offense that scored the 19th most points, produced the 22nd best passing game in Expected Points Added and was ranked by Football Outsiders’ DVOA statistic as 18th best in the NFL.
By electing to bring back Anthony Barr and restructure Everson Griffen, the Vikings did not create extra cap space to chase receivers like Golden Tate, Adam Humphries or Tyrell Williams. The crop of free agent tight ends was thin with Jared Cook being the only downfield threat. He signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints.
They reportedly had interest in tackle Ja’Wuan James and wanted to bring back guard Nick Easton but both received higher bids to go elsewhere.
That left the Vikings with one option for improving the talent around their $84 million quarterback: The NFL Draft.
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