Perfect! Before I select, since I was GM of the Vikings last year in the 3-round mock, I will add a section below with an evaluation in each round, comparing my pick to their real pick. I’ll take care of business first…
For 2019, the #1 need is O-line, just as it was last year. They can’t run and they can’t protect Cousins. So, again, I find myself having to work on improving the weakest part of their team, with the 18th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Andre Dillard, OT Washington State.
@bkep32 is on the clock.
The Vikings entertained trading up to 16 to nab Dillard, but then reconsidered, so they (we) are very happy! Dillard, the best pass-blocking OT in the draft, is expected to start immediately at LT, moving Rieff to RT.
2018 Vikings Round 1 30th pick CB Mike Hughes
TPS pick: OL Orlando Brown Jr. (actual pick: Ravens, R3, #83)
This was a controversial pick, but I think I can make a case that the Vikes would’ve been better off with Brown instead of Hughes. Brown is infamously known as having “the worst combine of any player in its history,” which caused him to plummet down the draft boards. While some said my pick was a “reach,” he in fact had a solid rookie season and took hold of RT for the Ravens after an injury provided his opportunity. I can’t remember which analyst convinced me, but despite his terrible combine, someone projected him as a R1 talent and Mayock had him in his top 5 for OTs. While Brown was the 9th OT taken, he ended up starting the last 10 games. PFF rated him third best rookie OT, behind McGlinchey (9th pick) and Braden Smith (37th pick). Here’s a snippet on Brown from a PFF article:
Hughes was average at best and ended up with an ACL injury midseason. Had the Vikings taken Brown, even as a bit of a reach, their tackle positions would be set heading into this draft. Instead, they HAVE to go O-line this year.