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.
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!