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May 3
Mike Hughes of the Vikings broke up a pass intended for Detroit’s Kenny Golladay in a game at Ford Field in 2019.

Vikings decline fifth-year option on Hughes

Injuries have plagued Mike Hughes, the 2018 first-round pick, throughout his first three years in Minnesota
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May 3
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) with no helmet. and teammates ran through a series of warmup drills.] Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@startrib

Vikings mailbag: Linebacker change ahead? Will rookie linemen start?

Does the third-round pick at linebacker signal Anthony Barr's future? Two new Week 1 starters on the O-line? How'd the Vikings do compared to the rest of the division?
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May 2
Vikings draft pick Patrick Jones II, right, in 2019.

Five questions facing the Vikings after the NFL draft

Developing pass rushers might be the team's biggest remaining task after the draft. And more thoughts on what drafting Kellen Mond means to Kirk Cousins.
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May 2
Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond (11) makes a pass to Quartney Davis for a touchdown during the first half of a NCAA football game between Tex

Podcast: Vikings double down on O-line, make splash with QB Mond

The Star Tribune's Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap a busy weekend at the NFL draft on the latest Access Vikings podcast.
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May 1
Ihmir Smith-Marsette (6) scored a touchdown against the Gophers in 2019.

Vikings draft 'gadget player' and tight end who can punt in 5th round

Iowa's Ihmir Smith-Marsette showed versatility when he scored via rushing, receiving and kickoff return in a bowl game. Zach Davidson of Central Missouri brings a different kind of versatility.
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May 1
Jaylen Twyman (97) sat out the 2020 college football season.

Pass-rushing defensive tackle from Pitt is Vikings' 6th-round choice

Jaylen Twyman is known for having great hands, nimble feet and good quickness, although there are concerns about his size.
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May 1
Janarius Robinson (left), Camryn Bynum (cnter) and Kene Nwangwu were taken by the Vikings in the fourth round.

Vikings' fourth-round draft haul: Kick returner, cornerback, defensive end

Running back Kene Nwangwu of Iowa State earned all-Big 12 honorable mention as a kick returner in 2016 and 2020. He figures to start his Vikings career as a special teams player.
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April 30
New Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond

Get to know the Vikings' third-round draft picks

The Vikings took a quarterback with their first pick Friday, but the defense got attention too on the second day of the NFL draft
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April 30
Christian Darrisaw

Vikings keep investing in offensive line with Darrisaw. Will it work?

in recent years, the Vikings' philosophy about building their line has changed significantly. Whether it's a winning strategy remains to be seen.
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April 29
Christian Darrisaw is shown on stage at the NFL draft in Cleveland.

Get to know tackle Christian Darrisaw, the Vikings' first-round pick

Considered a 'pure left tackle,' the three-year starter at Virginia Tech didn't allow a sack last season.
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April 29
Randy Moss and Dennis Green after the 1998 draft

Podcast: Reusse, Goessling, Scoggins share favorite Vikings draft tales

Our writers have stories about former coaches Bud Grant and Denny Green, as well as an interesting road trip taken to see a top prospect.
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April 28
Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater was among the top draft prospects to opt out of last season.

Q&A: Ex-NFL scout breaks down 2021 draft's unusual challenges

This year's draft class has fewer players than normal available, and there were fewer opportunities to evaluate them.
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April 28
Kwity Paye, left.

Draft preview: How early will the Vikings address their defensive line?

The team hasn't picked a lineman before the third round in the Mike Zimmer era, but could use another pass rusher.
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April 28
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Podcast: Scouting, projecting 2021 NFL Draft has unique challenges

This draft is unlike any other after only some college football was played, and only some offseason events were held. How did teams adjust? What changes could be here to stay?
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April 27
Rashod Bateman

Podcast: Minnesota to be well-represented in 2021 NFL Draft

Minnesota's ties to the NFL Draft are stronger than normal. Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss prominent local prospects who should hear their names called this weekend.
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April 27
Will Roger Goodell announce another offensive lineman as the Vikings’ top pick on Thursday night?

Podcast: Does Vikings' first pick in NFL draft have to be offensive line?

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss that and more Vikings story lines ahead of this week's NFL draft.
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April 27
Rashawn Slater

Draft preview: Offensive line may be the Vikings' biggest need yet again

The Vikings have taken an offensive lineman in the first two rounds each of the past three years, and now they need to find their next left tackle after losing Riley Reiff.
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April 26
Tennessee receiver Josh Palmer in 2019.

2021 NFL draft preview: Vikings could use depth at wide receiver

Another receiver option could bolster a currently thin depth chart behind star wideouts Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
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April 23
Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain, left.

Draft preview: Yes, Vikings might need even more defensive backs

The Vikings made a series of moves to help the secondary this offseason, but the group's long-term picture remains unclear.
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April 22
Jose Borregales of Miami is a leading kicking prospect in the draft.

Draft preview: Ongoing kicking drama. Will Vikings add to it?

The Vikings are in the kicker market, which means another addition wouldn't be a surprise after Dan Bailey's December collapse contributed to a pivotal loss.