Fighting Chance’s 2021 NFL Draft Recap: Minnesota Vikings
The 2021 NFL Draft dust is now starting to settle now that we've got each pick in stone after months (and I do mean MONTHS) of speculation, scrutiny, and an endless amount of social media chattering and shouting into the void. We're ready for a whole new wave of scrutiny with a layer of optimism or pessimism depending on each team's selection.
Today, we tackle the Minnesota Vikings, so let's see what they did in this year's NFL Draft!
Who the Vikings selected:
R1: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
R3: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
R3: Chazz Surratt, ILB, North Carolina
R3: Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State
R3: Patrick Jones II, DE, Pittsburgh
R4: Kene Nwangwu, RB/KR/PR, Iowa State
R4: Camryn Bynum, S, Cal
R4: Janarius Robinson, DE, Florida State
R5: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
R5: Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri State
R6: Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh
The Fantasy Impact:
Kellen Mond is an interesting pick, and the Vikings definitely have Kirk Cousins' 45 million dollar cap hit in mind in 2022. Either Mond shows that he's ready after 2022, or they can keep him around as a backup. There are tools there to mold and groom for the Vikings, so his development could be a story in the next couple of seasons. Kene Nwangwu has eye-popping speed that's best suited right now in the return game but could see some designed plays to take advantage of his 4.32 speed. Ihmir Smith-Marsette is a lid-lifter with fantastic body control that could become a deep threat with continued development. Smith-Marsette could also factor in the return game as well. Zach Davidson is a raw, unpolished former punter turned tight end with some traits that have yet to be refined. Strictly a pass-catcher right now but a project that could realize some of his lofty potential.
The Bottom Line:
Mond is a mid-round pick in Superflex rookie drafts, but as far as the other skill position players, nobody is worth a rookie draft pick outside of Smith-Marsette, and that's likely a final-round pick.