Which late-round pick could make an instant impact for Vikings?
By Matthew Coller | @MatthewColler
April 28, 2019 11:42 am
Normally when discussing draft picks past the second or third round, we’re talking about players who could develop into a role within three years.
Take for example Minnesota Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly, tight end David Morgan and safety Jayron Kearse. They were each selected in the late rounds of the 2016 draft and made no impact right away but now have solidified roles heading into 2019.
But every so often late-round players do surprise us. Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, a fifth-round pick, emerged in 2015 with 53 catches despite being inactive for the first three games. Vikings fans would be familiar with Bears running back Jordan Howard, a fifth-rounder in 2016, who rushed for 1,313 yards in his debut season.
Last year five players selected in the fourth round or later had 30-plus receptions and 11 players became “primary starters” according to Pro-Football Reference.
So which 2019 Vikings draft pick could make the biggest impact right away? Let’s have a look at the most likely candidates.
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