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2016 NFL Draft Grade: Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings Draft Class23rd overall:


Minnesota Vikings Draft Class

23rd overall: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

54th overall: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

121st overall: Willie Beavers, G, Western Michigan

160th overall: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri

180th overall: Moritz Boehringer, WR, Schwabisch Hall Unicorns (GFL)

188th overall: David Morgan, TE, UTSA

227th overall: Stephen Weatherly, OLB, Vanderbilt

244th overall: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Minnesota have slowly but surely built a fantastic roster from top to bottom, and this draft class only helps improve that. They snagged Laquon Treadwell at the end of the wide receiver rush without a second thought. While Treadwell’s slower-than-desired measurables scared some teams away they reminded Minnesota of Anquan Boldin. Treadwell has great hands and is a very physical player, and the expectation is that some speed will return as more time passes from that awful broken leg. The fact that he isn’t a burner doesn’t really hurt the Vikings either as Teddy Bridgewater can’t throw the deep ball with any regularity. He is also a good blocker with the frame to get better at it, and when you have Adrian Peterson that’s no bad thing. In the second round the Vikings stayed patient and picked up Mackensie Alexander who I love. He probably fell due the statistical quirk of not having a single interception in his college career and being under 6 foot. Personally, I can live with those “problems” in someone who is likely to be a slot corner to start off with and was really a lock-down corner in college. I think 54th was a steal for the Vikings. After grabbing those two Minnesota traded out of their 3rd round pick to snag 3 picks from Miami, including future 3rd and 4th round picks which was a terrific bit of business. After that the Vikings went about stocking the back of their roster with young talent. They will soon need to have a replacement for Chad Greenway so Kentrell Brothers – one of our pre-draft sleepers – and Stephen Weatherly give them options. Then there’s Moritz Boehringer, who deserves a mention. The German was the first European player to be drafted directly from the European leagues. For those who don’t know, the German league is the best we have to offer on this side of the Atlantic. It pulls in talent from all around the world, not just Europe. Boehringer is just 22 and ticks every box scouts and coaches could wish for from a measurables perspective. He is 6 foot 4, 227lbs and lightning fast. A 4.43 40 yard time, a 3-cone drill that was on par with Braxton Miller. Like I said, all the boxes are ticked. He is very raw but as a 5th round pick you couldn’t ask for more athleticism.

Grade: A+

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Toby Durant

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2016 NFL Draft Grade: Minnesota Vikings

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