Mock No More! It’s NFL Draft Time

Vikings Territory Breakdown Podcast:

The 2023 NFL Draft is finally here! Beginning Thursday evening, the Minnesota Vikings, with the 23rd pick, will either trade up into the draft, trade down or make a pick that will become a starter for the 2023 Vikings team. We can only hope one of these possibilities will occur, but after last year’s draft, the only thing the Vikings and general manager Kwesi Adolpfo-Mensah will do is surprise us.

Oh, you think I have covered all the permutations of a Vikings draft above? Well, certainly you recall the 2003 draft when the Vikings failed to get their pick in on time and two teams jumped ahead of them until the Vikings, with the seventh pick ended up selecting DL Kevin Williams. Sure it was the right pick (Byron Leftwich and Jordan Gross went ahead of Williams), and the Vikings got their man, but don’t get tied into the conventional thought that it’s trade up, trade down or pick. This is the Vikings we are talking about.

Last year, Kwesi surprised us all by trading the Vikings’ picks all over the place—particularly within the division to Green Bay and Detroit to bolster their receiving corps—and finally settled on Lewis Cine at pick 32 of the first round. (You may recall they traded the 12th pick [Jameson Williams] to the Lions for 32 and 34 and then traded the 34th pick to the Packers [Christian Watson] and Cine miss most of the season with injury.) Color me surprised.

But, the Vikings have to do something, and we are to divine that for you at the Vikings Territory Breakdown podcast. Mark Craig from the Star Tribune is publishing his mock draft and will reveal what is coming on Thursday night and who he thinks is heading to TCO Performance this summer. Expected the unexpected—not just from Kwesi, but from Joe Oberle’s reactions to anything Craig has to say. The future begins now for the Vikings—will it be a quarterback of the future? Tune in to the VT Breakdown podcast and find out.

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