What Must Happen for Vikings to Land Sauce or Sting

What Must Happen for Vikings to Land Sauce or Sting
Ahmad Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr.

Barring scandal or sudden injury, Ahmad Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr. will likely depart the NFL draft board before the Minnesota Vikings choose a prospect twelfth on April 28th.

There is, though, one realistic path for either man to land with the Vikings, but it requires “help” from other teams.

It’s quite simple, actually. This is the current draft order before Minnesota’s pick at 12:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Detroit Lions
  3. Houston Texans
  4. New York Jets
  5. New York Giants
  6. Carolina Panthers
  7. New York Giants
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Seattle Seahawks
  10. New York Jets
  11. Washington Commanders

For Gardner or Stingley Jr. to “be there,” a run on wide receivers, quarterbacks, or both must occur. That is the simplest path to effectuating Gardner or Stingley Jr. to the Vikings.

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Thankfully for the Vikings sake, about five teams — Lions, Texans, Panthers, Falcons, and Seahawks — reasonably need quarterbacks in 2022 and beyond. In addition, nearly all of the teams ahead of Minnesota could add a wide receiver in an unsurprising turn of events. The Giants are in decent shape for WRs, assuming Kenny Golladay plays up to his contract, but the rest need pass-catchers.

The names to keep an eye on?

Quarterbacks

  • Kenny Pickett
  • Malik Willis
  • Matt Corral
Mar 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (QB11) goes through a drill during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receivers

  • Garrett Wilson
  • Drake London
  • Jameson Williams
  • Chris Olave
  • Treylon Burks

Even without the Las Vegas Raiders picking early — a team that usually does bizarre stuff in drafts — quarterbacks and wide receivers can flood the market, allowing arguably the top two corners to fall toward Minnesota. Because — based on sheer talent — Gardner and Stingley Jr. should be chosen within the Top 11. It’s unfortunate for the purple football team, but it is the truth.

Ergo, as you settle into your draft parties at your house or the bar, cross fingers and shoot little prayers to the heavens for quarterbacks and wide receivers to be named early in the event.

If that happens, the Vikings can land their cornerback to play alongside Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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