Vikings Have Plenty of Ammo for Day 3 of Draft

Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey. Okla., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Oklahoma won 23-16. Thigh Pad

The final day of the draft is upon us, and I am ecstatic. So far, the Vikings have had a great draft. They have addressed some positions of need while also robbing the Packers bling.

Now, as we enter the final day, the Vikings have plenty of ammo to make some moves. So far, the Vikings have done the following:

  • Traded picks 12 and 46 for 32, 34, and 66
  • Lewis Cine selected with the 32nd overall pick
  • Traded pick 34 for picks 53 and 59
  • Traded picks 53, 77, 192 for picks 42 and 122
  • Andrew Booth Jr. selected with the 42nd pick
  • Ed Ingram selected with the 59th pick
  • Brian Asamoah selected with the 66th pick

If you are keeping count, the Vikings “lost” the trade with the Lions, fleeced the Packers, and did ok with the trade back up. However, we can focus solely on the players they did select.

Lewis Cine is a really good safety that addresses a future need. And quite frankly, it is hard to say if Cam Bynum is the best man for the job.

Andrew Booth Jr. at 42nd overall is an absolute steal. I would have been happy to have had him at 20th overall. Getting him this late in the draft after robbing the Packers is a dream come true.

Ed Ingram is a solid offensive guard. He has plenty of experience running different zone-blocking, which will be good for the Vikings’ offense. However, it was a controversial pick because of the sexual assault of a minor charge he had as a 16-year-old.

Oct 23, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; LSU Tigers guard Ed Ingram. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Asamoah is another solid selection. He is a bit undersized, but he flies around. He ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine, and man, does that speed show up on film. Although, he might need to add some size so that he doesn’t get washed out on run plays.

Where Do The Vikings Stand for Round 3

The Vikings now enter Day 3 with five more draft picks. They have the following picks: 122, 156, 184, 191, and 250. The best part is there are still some quality players available.

They do have a couple of positions that need to address still. Trading up to draft Perrion Winfrey in the 4th round would be an ideal scenario. He is a good-sized defensive tackle, and he explodes off the ball.

It would be great if he fell to the Vikings with the 122nd pick, but don’t count on that. He is one of the better pass-rushing defensive tackles. Honestly, it is a surprise that he ended up this far down the draft board. For day 3, he is my guy.

However, the Vikings could elect to address some other positions as well. This would include a wide receiver, cornerback, and offensive line. Heck, they could even draft the punt god.

If I am Kwesi, adding a wide receiver and a cornerback would be the play here. While wide receiver is not a pressing need, Adam Thielen is not getting any younger. Not to mention that having quality depth at wide receiver is always a good plan.

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Cornerback isn’t a must anymore either. Andrew Booth Jr. is a first-round talent that fell to the second round. However, he does have some injury concerns that might make the Vikings think drafting another cornerback is a must. There are a couple I would love to get.

  • Josh Williams – he played cornerback for Fayetteville State, which is a Division II school. However, he absolutely dominated. He is also an ideal sized corner at 6’3″ and 200 pounds
  • Coby Bryant – while he played alongside Sauce Gardner, he certainly is not the sauce. However, he is still a solid player who could turn into a quality cornerback.

There is a lot that could happen on day 3. Look for a lot more trade downs today. Although, if the Vikings don’t walk away with a defensive lineman, cornerback, wide receiver, and a tight end today, it feels like a loss. Let’s sit back and hope for the best.

Mitch Massman is a life-long Vikings fan. His first heartbreak was the 1998 NFC championship game. His full-time job is as an economic development professional in rural Minnesota. He fantasizes about the Vikings winning a Super Bowl one day, but until then he will write about the Vikings. Follow him on Twitter @skol_vikings3