The Vikings’ young talent undoubtedly played a major role in the team’s run to a NFC North championship. Does that mean that Mike Zimmer’s squad is set up for a bright future over the next five seasons?
Two former NFL scouts, Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks, believe the Vikings roster has the brightest future in the league.
During the NFL Network’s Move the Sticks episode on Wednesday, Jeremiah and Brooks drafted what they considered to be the best NFL rosters for the next five seasons based on young potential and Brooks selected the Vikings No. 1.
“I believe the Minnesota Vikings are positioned to be a team that’s going to be a bully in the NFC for a long time,” Brooks said. “When you look at the building blocks that they have in place, all that young and dynamic (talent), but you still have the veteran presence in Adrian Peterson.
“Adrian Peterson gives me that security of knowing I can run the ball, I can play physical football and control the clock, and I kind of put my stamp on the brand in terms of how we’re going to play with a physicality and toughness.”
Brooks is OK with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater operating as a game manager after the Vikings proved this approach can be successful.
Brooks also highlighted talented targets in wide receiver Stefon Diggs and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
“But I’m really excited about what we have on defense,” Brooks said before he and Jeremiah began to ramble off defensive standouts including nose tackle Linval Joseph, defensive end Everson Griffen, linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Trae Waynes.
“I talked to a coach the other day that said ‘I don’t know if people realize just how talented this Minnesota team is,” Jeremiah said. “That is a team that is poised to make a nice little run over the next five years.”
The 12 teams included in the mock draft were Carolina, Arizona, Seattle, Cincinnati, Dallas, Oakland, Los Angeles (formerly St. Louis), Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Washington and the Vikings.
This year’s NFC champion Panthers were picked in the third round, sixth overall. Seattle, who beat the Vikings in the first round of the playoffs, went in the fourth round, eighth overall.
The mock draft picks up 1:55 into the show.