NFL Draft 2016

Best of the Rest: Who Could the Vikings Select on Day Two of the Draft?

So now that the Minnesota Vikings have filled a need at wide receiver with Laquon Treadwell, what other prospects will catch their eye on day two of the NFL Draft? Heading into the draft’s second day, the Vikings currently hold the 23rd picks in both the second and third rounds.

Then again, anything can happen when Rick Spielman is your team’s general manager.

Offense

Cody Whitehair, OG – Kansas State

Listed as a guard, Whitehair has experience at playing both the guard and tackle positions on the offensive line during his four seasons at Kansas State. His versatility could be something that Minnesota could be looking to add on day number two of the draft.

Hunter Henry, TE – Arkansas

The 2016 most outstanding tight end in all of college football could still be available when it’s the Vikings turn to make a selection on the draft’s second day. With Rhett Ellison’s health in question heading into next season, adding another tight end to the roster might not be that bad of an idea for Minnesota.

Derick Henry, RB – Alabama                                                                                                                                

With three running backs on their roster already, the Vikings do not need to select a running back in the early part off the draft right? But when Adrian Peterson is not getting any younger, adding a freight train like Henry to pair with the speed of a Jerick McKinnon could end up becoming a lethal combination for Minnesota in the near future.

Defense

Myles Jack, LB – UCLA

In one of the biggest surprises of the draft’s first night, Jack still remains undrafted. The reports on his surgically repaired knee have seemed to scare teams away from taking a chance on him. However, the risk in taking a player like Jack could come with a very high reward if the Vikings are able to somehow select him.

Mackensie Alexander, CB – Clemson

With expiring contracts for both Terence Newman and Captain Mannerlyn after 2016, it would not come as a shocker if Minnesota drafted a cornerback in the second or third round. Everyone knows how Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer loves defensive backs and Alexander is a player he could easily fall in love with if he has not already.

Andrew Billings, DT – Baylor

Stopping the run is one area in which Minnesota’s defense could use some improvement heading into the 2016 season. By adding a big guy like Billings to clog up the open running lanes in the middle of the defense, the Vikings rush defense could see a vast improvement next year.

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magnum
magnum
5 years ago

I like Joshua Perry, OLB. I think Miles Jacks injury is scary.

aussie61
5 years ago

OL – 80% chance, TE – 0% chance, RB – 5% chance
LB – 85% chance, DL – 80% chance, DB – 90% chance.
I would think a safety rather than a corner,but who knows? I thought we would wait until day 2 for a WR and take a defensive front 7 player.
Having said that,I’m happy with the Treadwell pick,as he was the only genuine 1st round WR imo.

Joe
Joe
5 years ago

Lots of good picks gonna be left when they are on the clock – as you pointed out.

I like OLB/SS Cravens if he’s there. Kind of a second round Darion Lee?

If Jaylon Smith slips to the 3rd, take a shot at him. If and when Greenway retires, smith can take over.

3rd and 4th are good spots for OL help or maybe a running back. How’s Sully’s back? Maybe a Center who can play guard is on their list.

cka2nd
cka2nd
5 years ago

Don’t forget Jaylon Smith, but only if Jacks is gone. As for Jacks: Go get ‘im, Trader Rick!

Dan T.
Dan T.
5 years ago

I’m actually starting to wonder if Smith could go before Jack. I think it’s hard to trade up for any player who has an injury issue like these two have as your already assuming added risk taking the guy in the first place, you don’t want to compound it by losing out on the opportunity to draft additional players. If there is a year to do it though, this is it. We don’t have 8 open roster spots for rookies so moving a couple middle round picks to get a guy you want wouldn’t be a bad deal. I trust the Vikes medical staff to make the right call on those guys.

Skool
5 years ago

I still can’t believe Jack fell that far thought for sure we would have picked him up at 23 very happy with Treadwell deffinetly our biggest need and I think the best wr in the draft but I wouldn’t be afraid to go after Jack or Smith we have greenway one more year so even if there not ready this year we would have a top notch linebacker next year

mattwurst
mattwurst
5 years ago

Round 2 is can’t miss: A secondary guy like Howard, Alexander, Miller, or Davis would be great. A lineman like Billings, Dodd, Jones, Ogbah, either of the Bama guys, or Bullard would be great. A linebacker like Ragland, Jones, or Cravens would be great. Jack and Smith scare me a bit due to their injuries, but I’d be cool with the gamble. For O-Linemen I like Spriggs, Clark, Martin and Coleman. (Whitehair reminds me of Yankey too much, and Westerman looks a lot like Mike Harris, who we already have. Plus, Andre Smith might be competing for the right guard spot this year…so we actually have quite a bit of depth there.)

johnb1961
Reply to  mattwurst
5 years ago

Big dt

mattwurst
mattwurst
Reply to  johnb1961
5 years ago

Yeah, I like the idea of A. Billings or A. Johnson if they fall. I don’t think Robinson or Reed will fall all the way to 23, and I don’t see the need to move up for a DT. I’m also not sure they need to target a big nose tackle type. Maybe someone like H. Ridgeway or S. Day in the 3rd if Billings isn’t there.

What’s going on with Shamar Stephen anyway? I thought he was pretty good before he got hurt. If L. Joseph and S. Stephen are both healthy, the Vikes could get away with a DE who could play the B. Robison role and shift inside to tackle in the nickel.

Anyway, it’s nice to see that they have some options.

justin
justin
5 years ago

What about Vonn Bell

mattwurst
mattwurst
Reply to  justin
5 years ago

I like Vonn Bell and a few of the other strong safety types…but don’t we want Harrison Smith doing the strong safety thing the majority of the time? By that I mean don’t we want Smith hanging around the line of scrimmage and blitzing into the backfield? I would like to see us draft more of a free safety type (similar to Griffin) that could give Smith the freedom roam even more. I see Sendejo and Exum backing up Smith at SS while Griffin, Newman, and the new guy hold down the FS position. That’s why I like T.J. Green or S. Davis.

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