The latest Vikings draft rumors have them targeting Josh Doctson.
The draftnik community seems to recognize the Minnesota Vikings could go in a number of directions on Draft Weekend, but they are seemingly all hedging their bets towards a wide out being selected first. That speculation includes the most recent mock drafts posted by our staff here at Vikings Territory.
That speculation has been mainly narrowed down to two names: Laquon Treadwell and Josh Doctson.
We have discussed these two players at length on this site, including our recent “Question of the Week” segment focusing on which wide out our staff prefers in the first round.
The most recent rumors, courtesy of Matt Miller’s report at Bleacher Report, cites a Vikings scout as saying the team prefers Doctson over Treadwell.
It’s no secret that the Vikings need a starting wide receiver, and a scout in the front office tells me they prefer TCU’s Josh Doctson in Round 1. Minnesota scouts don’t consider running back to be a priority in this draft class.
Of course, any news of this sort should be served with many grains of salt, but they aren’t any less dependable than the words that come straight from the mouth of Rick Spielman. That’s why it should come as no surprise that Spielman’s statements on the subject Tuesday were not exactly following the same path as Miller’s report.
We are not honed in on a receiver in the first round.
These are the words Spielman chose to tell reporters on Tuesday and I’m guessing the words were carefully chosen ahead of time. He also went out of his way to shed a positive light on the team’s current receivers and point to Stefon Diggs as an example of a player at a position of need that was found in later rounds of the Draft.
Spielman tried to express his willingness to select the best player available over the perceived need at receiver, a statement our own Sam Neumann pretty much pegged just moments prior to Spielman’s comments, but for Vikings fans there are roughly 48 hours left of Treadwell versus Doctson debates to be had.