Vikings NFL Draft Pick Predictions & Odds | 2022 Draft Team Needs & Futures Bets
In a weak NFC North, the Minnesota Vikings went 8-9 while finishing in second place in the division. The Vikings had no chance at achieving first place in the division, with the Green Bay Packers winning 13 games last season.
However, the NFC North is still wide open with uncertainty with the Packers, Chicago Bears, and Detroit Lions.
Of course, the Packers seem like a lock to win the NFC North with Aaron Rodgers back. But Rodgers’ favorite receiver, Davante Adams, is now on the Las Vegas Raiders. Meanwhile, the Bears will still need to develop Justin Fields while the Lions need to continue to dig themselves out of the bottom portion of the NFL.
It seems like the Vikings could fight their way into a Wild Card spot next season. With a good draft and some solid signings in free agency, Minnesota will be right in contention.
Most recently, the Vikings added OLB Za’Darius Smith to a three-year deal. Smith is currently in his prime, at 29-years-old, and has nearly 45 career sacks in the league. Smith was injured in 2021 throughout the entire season for the Packers and has stayed in the division but went to a rival.
At linebacker, the Vikings also added Jordan Hicks, who had been released by the Arizona Cardinals a week prior. Also, Patrick Peterson has re-signed with Minnesota. With the defense coming together, the Vikings are really starting to look better.
Will the Vikings continue to go after defensive talent in the NFL Draft with multiple additions on the defensive end?
Vikings NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick 12 (12th Overall)
- Round 2, Pick 14 (46th Overall)
- Round 3, Pick 13 (77th Overall)
- Round 5, Pick 13 (156th Overall, via BAL)
- Round 6, Pick 5 (184th Overall, via NYJ)
- Round 6, Pick 12 (191st Overall, via BAL)
- Round 6, Pick 13 (192nd Overall)
- Round 7, Pick 29 (250th Overall, via SF)
The Minnesota Vikings will have their first three draft picks but did trade away pick No. 117 to the New York Jets. This trade was from last year’s draft, where the Jets traded up for the 14th pick to select Alijah Vera-Tucker.
The expectation is that the Vikings will add more defensive depth and will be looking to bolster the entire secondary along with the linebacker and offensive line position within the first three picks.
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Vikings Team Needs 2022
This is no secret. The Vikings need cornerback help in a draft that is loaded with cornerbacks at the top of the board. The Vikings will watch Mackensie Alexander test free agency and have just Cameron Dantzler, Kris Boyd, Harrison Hand, and Parry Nickerson left on the roster.
Luckily for the Vikings, Peterson will be returning to the team on a one-year deal.
This is easily the biggest need for the Vikings, who have already added some free agent talent at linebacker and on the line. Look for the Vikings to go strictly cornerback in with their first pick of the draft.
2. Offensive Line
The Vikings likely won’t draft an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft, but it’s still an essential need for this team.
The Vikings added Garrett Bradbury to play center with their first pick in 2019, and he’s never really developed into what the team had hoped he would. The two guards haven’t been great either between Wyatt Davis and Ezra Cleveland.
On Day 2, the Vikings will get the highest guy on their board to help fill a need at the offensive line.
Are we going to sit here and trust an aging Harrison Smith? Can Smith really keep up his production for another couple of seasons? I thought Camryn Bynum stepped up last season, but this team needs more depth at the safety position.
Bynum is still a wild card. It’s a wait-and-see game to know if he’ll develop into anything more than just a solid role player that can come in when another guy is injured or out.
Vikings May Also Consider Drafting: EDGE, Linebacker, Quarterback
Vikings NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 1, Pick 12 (12th Overall): Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
- Round 2, Pick 14 (46th Overall): Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
- Round 3, Pick 13 (77th Overall): Cole Strange, G, UT Chattanooga
More Possible Vikings Draft Targets: Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati; Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia; Cameron Thomas, EDGE, SDSU; Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor; Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati; Amare Barno, DE, Virginia Tech
Vikings NFL Draft Bets 2022
Exact Position of First Player Drafted: Defensive Back (-110) at BetMGM
The Vikings need cornerback help badly. They’ve already made moves to help the defensive line and added some really solid linebackers to the roster. But the cornerback position looks awful right now. Outside of Peterson, there’s no depth and simply no skill.
Adding a guy like Derek Stingley Jr. at 12th overall makes the most sense. The Vikings would love to have Ahmad Gardner, but he will be the first cornerback off the board and will be selected in the top 10.
There’s a chance Stingley could be gone by No. 12 as well, but there’s no doubt Minnesota will look to address its secondary in the first round.
Vikings: Draft an Defensive Back First
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