MINNESOTA VIKINGS POST-DRAFT TEAM GUIDE
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