Minnesota Vikings 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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After a disappointing 7-9 record to finish out the 2020 season that included a third-place finish in the division, the Vikings were aiming to once again improve in the trenches. With clear holes along both the offensive and defensive lines as well as on the second and third level of the defense, the team added what it needed in order to get back in contention in the NFC North.

Let’s take a look back at their 2021 NFL Draft class:

Round 1: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

With a clear hole at left tackle, questions surfaced about whether or not if Brian O’Neill or Ezra Cleveland would transition to protect the blindside of Kirk Cousins. Neither came to fruition as the team traded back nine spots. Settling into the No. 23 overall pick while also recouping two extra third-round picks from the Jets, the franchise found its next starting left tackle. Darrisaw is a three-year starter that has only played on the left side. He will be penciled in as the starter from Day 1 to provide a promising duo of bookends for the offense moving forward

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Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.