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FINAL 2020 NFL Mock Draft


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Tanishka Mhaskar
April 23rd, 2020

After months of speculation, the NFL Draft is finally here. The Minnesota Vikings have quite a lot of draft capital to work with since they traded Stefon Diggs during free agency. They also have quite a lot of holes. I have constructed my final mock draft of the year to predict who will end up in purple and gold by Saturday night. 


DAY 1--

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PICK 22- CB Kristian Fulton, LSU: It’s no surprise that the Vikings are in dire need of help in the secondary. Even though Fulton doesn’t fit the traditional ‘Mike Zimmer CB prototype,’ big and physical, I think that his speed and agility will come in hand against faster receivers. Fulton’s potential is sky high, and with a DB guru like Zimmer, the Vikings can turn him into a shutdown corner. 

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PICK 25- WR Denzel Mims, Baylor: The Vikings need another receiver after the departure of Stefon Diggs. Per sources, the Vikings want a speed guy at WR to stretch the field and to complement Thielen. Denzel Mims ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the Combine. He has the experience, size and athleticism to stretch the field. Knocks on him are his lack of separation and small route tree, but he can grow. He dominated cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl, proving capable of creating separation while running the full route tree. Mims would solidify the Vikings wide receiver room. 


BEFORE DAY 2--

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TRADE: 105, 2021 5th, OT Riley Reiff for OT Trent Williams: The Vikings did not address the offensive line on day one of this draft mock. I believe that by the end of this weekend, Trent Williams will end up being a Viking. Here, the Vikings would send Riley Reiff and create enough cap space to be able to extend Williams. Both parties need a fresh start, and Williams can reinvigorate his career in MInnesota, playing for his former QB Kirk Cousins. 


DAY 2--



TRADE: 58, 155 for 48

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48- iOL Lloyd Cushenberry II, LSU: Here, I continue to address the offensive line. In an attempt to solidify it for the upcoming season, I trade up for Cushenberry II. My second LSU Tiger possesses the skill set to be able to thrive in a zone blocking scheme and come in and start on the first day. He is comfortable in open space and does a great job in pass protection in addition to running people down in open space. 


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89- CB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech: Roberston projects as a starting nickel corner in the NFL. He is competitive. He is versatile and brings the kind of swag and confidence that every defense wants. He is only 5’9,” but he doesn’t play like it. Robertson’s pick solidifies the starting corners as Fulton, Hughes and Roberston. 


DAY 3--



132- EDGE Alton Robinson, Syracuse: Robinson has physical gifts in size, length, power, and explosiveness. He possesses a wicked first step, and right now, he is a rotational defensive end. He needs to improve his lateral mobility, but is a fun project for DL coach Andre Patterson. 


201- S Shyheim Carter, Alabama: The Vikings have no safety depth. They have two elite defenders in Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith, but there is absolutely no one behind them. Carter needs to be developed with his athleticism and tackling abilities, but he provides decent depth as a primary special teamer. 


205- DT Tyler Clark, Georgia: Clark’s value exceeds what is shown on the box score. He does his part in becoming an unstoppable force for opposing blockers. He was a solid rock on the Georgia Bulldogs defense. Clark provides solid depth for the Vikings defensive line. 


219- WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida: Cleveland is a developmental wide receiver who has raw talent. He needs to expand his route tree in order to become a reliable possession receiver in the NFL. Cleveland provides the Vikings with a well grounded training camp competition. 


249- EDGE Carter Coughlin, Minnesota: Coughlin was a playmaker for the Golden Gophers. He is quick, fluid and productive. Coughlin projects to be a special teams contributor early in his NFL career, and he is another young, raw prospect for the Vikings to develop.


253- CB Parnell Motley, Oklahoma: Last week, in my piece about NFL Draft diamonds, I included Motley. He had his way with many wide receivers projected to go in the first round. He was one of college football’s most productive cornerbacks last year. Motley allowed just 43.4% of the passes thrown his way to be caught. He was heavily tested, seeing 53 targets come his way, and although he didn’t have the interception totals of other cornerbacks this year, he truly did limit big plays. In fact, the longest reception Motley allowed this year was a mere 37 yards, and he gave up only two other receptions longer than 20 yards. He was routinely tasked with following the opposing team’s No.1 receiver, and he locked them down in the process.


The draft is in only a few hours, and the Vikings future hinges on this. Remember to comment below who YOU would draft, and tune into the NFL Draft today at 8 PM ET on NFLN/ABC/ESPN.

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