It is unclear if Laquon Treadwell was the top wide receiver on their draft board, but the Vikings were able to address their only glaring need by picking up a physical receiver with size in the first round Thursday night.
The Vikings could still use a left tackle prospect and a young safety. And they might also want a run-stuffing middle linebacker and a young nickel corner to groom in the event this is Captain Munnerlyn’s last year here.
But they now have the ability to take a best-player-available approach.
So which prospects might be on their radar today in the second and third rounds of the draft? Here are 10 names for Vikings fans to remember.
Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor: They could groom Billings to eventually replace Linval Joseph. I bet the Vikings can’t resist drafting a defensive lineman today. This is one of the best draft classes in recent memory.
K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia: The Vikings might have had eyes for another West Virginia safety, Karl Joseph, who went 14th overall to the Raiders. But they did reportedly have Dillon in for an official visit a few weeks ago.
Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson: The Vikings have invested a lot of resources at defensive end, but Dodd has the kind of length and competitiveness that coach Mike Zimmer covets at the defensive end position.
T.J. Green, S, Clemson: A rangy safety who ran a 4.34 forty, Joseph could be the “right” kind of safety Zimmer wants to pair with Harrison Smith.
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: Jack, a college teammate of Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, fell out of the first round due to concerns about a knee injury. Asked if the Vikings have any interest, Zimmer said, “Hmmm. We’ll see.”
Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State: He has the strength and quick first step to push the pocket from the inside, but his effort has been questioned.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State: Like Dodd, Ogbah is another edge rusher with long levers. He recorded 24 sacks the past two seasons.
Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama: They already have Barr and Kendricks, but this run-stuffing middle linebacker could help their 17th-ranked run D.
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana: Maybe the most athletic tackle in the draft, but he might not have the tape or the mean streak Zimmer wants.
Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State: The Alex Boone signing shores up the guard position in the short term. But Whitehair, a left tackle in college who draft analysts project as a guard, remains an intriguing prospect.