Grade the Vikings Draft
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We made it; through the marathon of draft picks and trades, we finally made it.

After seven—yes, seven—trades by general manager Rick Spielman, the Minnesota Vikings finished the day with 11 total draft picks. Spielman wheeled-and-dealed his way into “positive” territory, netting the franchise an additional three selections in the later rounds.

For his efforts, Spielman landed an abundance of value, patched a few immediate holes, and built depth in a crucial area of his roster — special teams. You’ve “met” the picks over the last three days, but as a reminder, here they are in one handy list:

  • RB Dalvin Cook — Round 2, Pick 9 (41)
  • OL Pat Elflein — Round 3, Pick 6 (70)
  • DT Jaleel Johnson — Round 4, Pick 2 (109)
  • LB Ben Gedeon — Round 4, Pick 14 (120)
  • WR Rodney Adams — Round 5, Pick 27 (170)
  • G Danny Isidora — Round 5, Pick 37 (180)
  • TE Bucky Hodges — Round 6, Pick 17 (201)
  • WR Stacy Coley — Round 7, Pick 1 (219)
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo — Round 7, Pick 2 (220)
  • LB Elijah Lee — Round 7, Pick 14 (232)
  • CB Jack Tocho — Round 7, Pick 27 (245)

And as a refresher, here’s how those picks break down by unit and conference: Five defensive players, six offensive players, five ACC players, and four Big 10 players. The Vikings clearly aimed for balance, selecting a mix of prospects who can either play multiple positions—Elflein, Hodges—or contribute in multiple phases—Gedeon, Adams—of the game.

There’s a lot to digest—and plenty of incoming content from the gang at VT—but right now, we’d like to hear your opinion. That’s why we’re keeping our player polls open and asking you to grade each of the picks! After the jump, you’ll find polls for every selection (or round), as well as instant analysis and insights from those outside of Vikings Territory.

Dalvin Cook

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Pat Elflein

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Jaleel Johnson

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Ben Gedeon

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Rodney Adams

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Danny Isidora

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Bucky Hodges

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Seventh Rounders

We didn’t create a poll for the seventh-round picks, but now’s your chance to grade the group! Remember, the Vikings landed a receiver, a defensive end, a linebacker, and a cornerback; a nice mix of developmental talent at positions where the Vikings can afford to stockpile.


Grade the Draft

Now that you’ve graded each pick, we’d like you to give the entire class a letter grade of your choice!

3 COMMENTS

  1. if the first two can be starters sometime this coming season, we did really good, and they seem like they were excellent value where we got them

    lots of trading and gathering of picks at the low end isn’t very impressive, so for all the others it would be a bonus if they can make any kind of substantial contribution on STs or anywhere else ever

    would like to see treadwell and waynes take a big step forward this year

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