The Vikings roster was due for a major overhaul after a heartbreaking defeat to the 49ers in the NFC divisional round and losing multiple starters on both sides of the ball.
General manager Rick Spielman is particular with making at least 10 selections on draft day, but this year, he went against the norm. With 15 picks, he ensured to refill the depth he lost this offseason.
Minnesota's 2020 draft picks:
- No. 22: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
- No. 31: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
- No. 58: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
- No. 89: Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
- No. 117: D.J. Wonnum, EDGE, South Carolina
- No. 130: James Lynch, DT, Baylor
- No. 132: Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
- No. 169: Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
- No. 176: K.J. Osborn, WR, Miami
- No. 203: Blake Brandel, OT, Oregon State
- No. 205: Josh Metellus, S, Michigan
- No. 225: Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
- No. 244: Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
- No. 249: Brian Cole II, S, Mississippi State
- No. 253: Kyle Hinton, G, Washburn
Best Pick: Justin Jefferson
Jefferson was commonly matched to the Vikings during the pre-draft process. After trading Stefon Diggs, Minnesota had a massive hole at wide receiver. Jefferson will fill the void and check off a huge question mark that was on the roster ahead of the draft. After a historic career at LSU, the Vikings are hoping Jefferson can replicate a similar type of success as the new weapon for quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Biggest Surprise: No IOL
The 2020 interior offensive line class was one of the weaker groups in recent memory, but it was still a need for Minnesota. The Vikings released Josh Kline in March and have been burdened with inconsistent play from Pat Elflein. It was logical to think they would address the interior via the draft. However, Minnesota, with its treasure chest of picks, opted to go in a different direction.
Day 3 Sleeper: Kenny Willekes
After losing Everson Griffen and Stephen Weatherly in free agency, the Vikings need a lot of help off the edge. Willekes was the engine of the Michigan State defense and provided plenty of firepower. As a former walk-on, he's always played with a chip on his shoulder. Minnesota is the perfect landing spot for Willekes. He will get an ample amount of opportunities to prove his worth, and after sliding into the seventh round, there's plenty more fuel to add to his already flaming hot fire.
X-Factor: Jeff Gladney
The Vikings were in for a massive overhaul of their secondary having parted ways with Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander. Gladney adds plenty of feistiness, swagger and talent to a backfield that is in desperate need of depth. With no clear starter opposite Mike Hughes, Gladney will be expected to be an early contributor.
Minnesota's 2020 class was unique. Spielman used his picks to wheel and deal his way around the draft to secure the talent he wanted. After an extremely strong first two days, Spielman continued to added depth. He got two immediate starters in Jefferson and Gladney coupled with Cleveland. Now, the Vikings are supremely athletic at tackle and positioned themselves to replenish the massive amount of talent that was lost during the offseason.