PREDICTION: Vikings Fans Have One for Team’s 1st Pick of Draft

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Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings fan. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports.

The pomp and circumstance of the NFL’s draft lead-up will yield Thursday night to the pomp and circumstance of players flying off the draftboard to new teams.

You’ve arrived indeed, and the Minnesota Vikings will step up to the plate, 23rd in line, on April 27th to fill long-term roster needs at cornerback, linebacker, defensive line, wide receiver, and maybe even quarterback.

PREDICTION: Vikings Fans Have One for Team’s 1st Pick of Draft

And while this draft build-up for Minnesota is more confounding than years past, Vikings fans have settled on a formal prediction in Round 1 — USC’s WR Jordan Addison.

Fans Have One
Nov 19, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) runs the ball against the UCLA Bruins during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports.

On Twitter, through a direct messaging process, we polled Vikings fans from around the globe. Addison’s margin for “victory” was ultra-slim, but he was the guy most mentioned by the team’s faithful as a draft-night prediction.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker finished in second place by a mere couple of votes.

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Oct 1, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) runs away from Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back D.J. Taylor (3) for a first down in the first half at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings dropped longtime and beloved Minnesotan Adam Thielen in March because of salary cap constraints, and 2023 WR3 K.J. Osborn is on deck, for now, as the presumptive WR2. But fans’ Addison prediction would likely shatter Osborn’s grand plans.

Osborn is under contract with the Vikings for just one more season, scheduled to hit free agency next March at the end of his rookie deal. He could ball out and remain in Minnesota with a hefty contract or join a different team in about 10.5 months.

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Dec 2, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) runs the ball against the Utah Utes during the second half in the PAC-12 Football Championship at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports.

Onboarding Addison this year would possibly spell the end of Osborn after 2023. Round 1 wide receivers generally receive attention in an offense — fairly fast — and the Trojan should reasonably expect to generate targets in Year 1.’s Peter Schrager authored his first mock draft of the cycle last week and nominated Addison for the Vikings depth chart in 2023, “I know of at least one team that has Addison as its top-rated wide receiver. With Adam Thielen now in Carolina, this pairing makes sense. That said, Minnesota can go a variety of ways here.”

Addison is a 6’0″ and 170-pounder who tabulated 3,134 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns in three seasons at Pittsburgh and USC.

“With Kirk Cousins in the last year of his contract, quarterback could be an option, but the Vikings might have to aggressively jump up the board in order to get their man at that position,” Schrager concluded.

Mar 3, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California wide receiver Jordan Addison (WO01) speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings have an unbelievably rich history with 1st-Round wide receivers — Randy Moss, Percy Harvin, Justin Jefferson — so if fans nail this pick, the streak could continue.

In order, this was Vikings fans’ list of predictions for the team’s first pick of the draft:

  • Jordan Addison (WR)
  • Hendon Hooker (QB)
  • Quentin Johnston (WR)
  • Zay Flowers (WR)
  • Deonte Banks (CB)
  • Will Levis (QB)
  • Joey Porter Jr. (CB)
  • Mazi Smith (DT)

Addison turned 21 in January.

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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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