Who will the Minnesota Vikings select with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft?
Mike Zimmer did an impressive job in 2015, turning the Minnesota Vikings from a middle-of-the-pack team to an 11-5 NFC North champ, and taking them to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 campaign. Zimmer’s success has generated high expectations for his team, and the 2016 NFL Draft could help the Vikings live up to them.
Having selected cornerback Trae Waynes in the No. 11 spot last season, the Vikings will have this year’s 23rd overall pick. Many believe they will go for a wide receiver to help out blooming star quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. This makes a lot of sense.
The Vikings are young and have an immense amount of talent. Adding to the skill positions surrounding Bridgewater can do nothing but help the team as a whole. Although Stefon Diggs had a breakout rookie campaign last year, Bridgewater’s second-best target was tight end Kyle Rudolph. No one else caught over 40 passes or had 500 receiving yards.
Minnesota’s defense was also solid, but could use some improvement in the draft. The Vikings were 13th in total yards allowed, 12th in passing yards surrendered and the run defense ranked 17th in the league. The Vikings did, however, rank fifth in the NFL in terms of scoring defense.
Which direction do you think the Vikes should go with each of their eight picks this year? Will they go for an offensive lineman in the first or will it be a receiver? Heck, will it be a running back to eventually replace Adrian Peterson?
Let us know if you agree or disagree with any of our choices in the comment section below.
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