2025 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #18

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Minnesota
Kenneth Grant
18

Michigan

DL1T



The Vikings executed a quality draft by taking two players within the Top-17 picks of the draft. They held tight and did not give up the farm to get their Quarterback of the future, JJ McCarthy. Then, they gave up some mid-round picks to go get one of the top, if not THE top, Edge Rushers in Dallas Turner. After which the Vikings did not pick again until RD4-108 when they selected Cornerback Khyree Jackson. Followed by RD5-177 when they took OT Walter Rouse from Oklahoma.

Many Vikings fans were hoping for interior line help on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. That did not come until RD7 - not typically a place to starting, or even backup help. They were able to sign some free agents for the offensive and defensive lines and just recently brought back Guard Dalton Risner.

The team will be short on draft picks in 2025 with only a first, two fifths, and a seventh round pick right now. Bit the Vikings should get a third round compensatory pick for losing Quartback Kirk Cousins. Free Agency hits the DL hard in 2025: every defensive tackle excepting Jaquelin Roy (and this year's draft/UFA adds) become free agents. Luckily, the team will have upwards of $50M in cap space,depending on the Justin Jefferson extension.

Defensive tackle should be very high on the draft needs list next year although I expect GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah to trade down some to regain some picks.

Mark P, Vikings Analyst - DrafttekVikings@Gmail.com




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