The Vikings are on the clock again Friday night with two picks (62nd, 94th) slated at the back ends of rounds two and three. General manager Rick Spielman also has the draft capital to move up if necessary. The Vikings have five draft picks on Saturday between a fifth, three sixths and one seventh-round selection.
Below are 10 intriguing prospects still available after Thursday night’s first round.
C/G James Daniels (Iowa) — Started at guard before moving to center for the Hawkeyes. Daniels is praised as a fluid athlete for carrying 306 pounds, which could help him fit into the Vikings’ zone blocking schemes.
G Will Hernandez (UTEP) — The heaviest and strongest (37 bench reps) offensive guard in this draft, Hernandez was not one of six offensive linemen selected on Thursday. His height and arm length are a hair undersized for an NFL prototype, but he’d still be a big addition.
OL Connor Williams (Texas) — The Vikings hosted Williams on a pre-draft visit this month, if only to get a closer look at his knee. The former Longhorns left tackle was an All-American pick as a sophomore before his junior season was derailed by injuries. Some project him as an NFL guard.
OL Tyrell Crosby (Oregon) — A more unpolished product, according to scouting reports, Crosby brings the size (6-5, 35 1/4″ arms) teams covet at tackle. However, he’s projected as an NFL guard by many outside evaluators because of technique issues.
G Austin Corbett (Nevada) — Another college tackle who projects as an NFL guard, Corbett has the traits to mold into an above-average starter in the league. He looks the part, even if he could stand to add muscle onto his 6-4, 306-pound frame.
TE Dallas Goedert (South Dakota St.) — The Vikings hosted Goedert on a pre-draft visit, getting a closer look at the receiving tight end who hulked over lower-level college competition. That’s the main concern about the physically-gifted Goedert (6-5, 256 pounds and a position-leading 23 bench reps).
WR Dante Pettis (Washington) — The Vikings also hosted Pettis on a pre-draft visit. The former Huskies receiver was a dangerous punt returner and could work right away as an NFL slot receiver, if only because he’s a little light (186 pounds) for standing 6-1.
OLB Lorenzo Carter (Georgia) — A five-star prospect coming out of high school, Carter drew the Vikings’ interest this spring despite having an inconsistent college career at Georgia. Carter (6-5, 250 pounds) was a combine freak pairing a record-setting broad jump (10 feet, 10 inches, best for an edge rusher) with a massive wing span and hands.
DT Maurice Hurst (Michigan) — Hurst might have been a first-round pick if not for a reported heart condition diagnosed at the combine that caused NFL teams to hesitate. He had 18 tackles for losses in his last two seasons at Michigan.
DT Nathan Shepherd (Fort Hays State) — Shepherd (6-4, 315 pounds) is more of a project pick. He had 22 tackles for losses in his last two seasons at Division-II Fort Hays State. Shepherd, a Canadian, has reportedly gained 100 pounds since being a high school linebacker. So he’s still growing.