Viking Fans Have Unusual Preferences Ahead of 2021 NFL Draft
Note: This article originally appeared on our flagship site, VikingsTerritory.com.
The only thing that is for certain pertaining to the draft “wants” of Minnesota Vikings fans is this: Fans emphatically want the franchise to draft an offensive lineman with their 1st-Round pick.
The “unusual” aspect is that the enthusiasm for a new quarterback is very low — despite how exciting a young passer would pivot the franchise’s future.
For starters, the bulk of Vikings brains believe that general manager Rick Spielman will trade the 14th pick and move back on Thursday night.
Remember that — it’s the official fan prediction. Rick Spielman will trade down, marking the fourth time in his career that he has done so in the 1st Round (since 2012, the commencement of his formal GM gig).
On the whole, the fan base does not want another cornerback, unless Patrick Surtain II falls down the board. He was mentioned in the comments of this poll.
A comedic effect will ensue if it’s a cornerback — again — for the Vikings.
In the most lopsided poll of the day, Minnesotans believe that Spielman will select an offensive player, not a defensive one, in the 1st Round.
The unusual part of the polling event? Again, the fans largely do not want a replacement quarterback. Evidently, the “silent majority” prefers Kirk Cousins.
As a matter of Cousins v. Lance — respondents chose Cousins, even with a stipulation.
Given the choice of Alijah Vera-Tucker or Trey Lance, fans chose unthinkably chose AVT.
By a wider margin, it’s Penei Sewell over Lance.
By a smidgen, though, the Vikings body politic would take Justin Fields over Rashawn Slater.
On another note, the sizzle of Alabama WR DeVonta Smith supersedes that of LB Micah Parsons.
But more would prefer Parsons over EDGE rusher, Kwity Paye.
However, we like Paye more than Miami’s Jaelan Phillips.
What the fans really want — is an offensive lineman. The results confirm.
This one proves that OL is more important than DL for the Vikings in the fans’ eyes.
A realistic foursome shows that fans prefer Darrisaw.
But Rashawn Slater is available, he is “the guy.”
All in all, the enthusiasm for Fields/Lance quarterback is low. The need for offensive line transcends the defensive line.
In order, Vikings fans prefer these men on Thursday night: Rashawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw, Alijah-Vera Tucker (assuming Sewell is not available).
11,372 responses were recorded among these various poll questions.