The 2020 NFL Draft is now in the books, and while many of the picks went the way we thought they might, there were a couple of surprises to be found through the 7 rounds of selections. Every team in the league is going to be feeling better about their chances of winning the Super Bowl after adding some new blood, but what do the bookies think? We are going to look at the selections made by each team, and then close things out by telling you their latest odds to win it all, so let’s get things rolling with the Minnesota Vikings.
Minnesota Vikings SB Odds & Analysis After Draft For 2020
The biggest hole that the Vikings needed to fill was at WR after they traded away Stefon Diggs. That is not the type of players that is easily replaced through the draft, but the Vikings did land a solid replacement to play opposite Adam Thielen. They tool slot receiver Justin Jefferson, who is coming off a championship winning season with LSU, so a very solid pick.
The Vikings also filled another need with their second pick in Round 1, going with CB Jeff Gladney. This is a versatile player who can fill a number of different slots, so overall a solid first round for Minnesota.
It was no secret that Minnesota were out shopping for an OT prior to the draft, but when they failed to lure Trent Williams away from Washington, they instead opted to go with Ezra Cleveland, an athletic OT, in the second round.
After some big losses during free agency, the Minnesota Vikings were especially thin at CB, so it is perhaps no real surprise that they drafted two at that position through the opening 3 rounds. With the 89th pick overall, the Vikings took Cameron Dantzler of Mississippi State. This is a player that was among the best at the position in the SEC over the past couple of seasons, so another solid pick.
The Vikings had 3 picks in the 4th round, starting with DJ Wonnum, a DE out of South Carolina. In DT James Lynch, Minnesota got a pass rusher who just set the school record for sacks with Baylor, so expect him to be a disruptive force in the NFL. They closed out the 4th round with ILB Troy Dye, a player who led the Oregon Ducks in tackles in each of the past 4 seasons.
The Minnesota Vikings had 2 more picks in the 5th round, and they got things started by choosing another CB, this time going with Harrison Hand out of Temple. They decided to load up a little more at the receiver position by taking KJ Osborn out of Miami. He is likely to see some time on special teams, but he is a versatile receiver that should fit in well.
Another 2 picks for the Vikings in the 6th round, starting with OT Blake Brandel, a bit of a project who likely won’t see a ton of playing time. S Josh Metellus was the next pick and is a player with a shot at getting a starting position given how thin the Vikings are at safety.
The Vikings closed out a very busy 2020 NFL Draft with 4 picks in the 7th round. They took DE Kenny Willekes, QB Nate Stanley, S Brian Cole II, and OG Kyle Hinton.
The overall consensus among the experts is that the Vikings get an A grade for this draft. The bookies now have them in at +2500 to win the Super Bowl.