Twenty-eight days separate the Minnesota Vikings and 31 other teams from the 2023 NFL Draft. We have slipped below the one month range.
The Vikings have five picks for now, and it’s a reasonable expectation that general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah pulls off a flurry of trades from April 27-29, as he did last year, to increase that total to 7+. For.
The NFL Expert Who Gave His 2022 Draft Prediction To The Vikings 2023 Pick
But according to the man who first chose the Vikings Two picks in 2022, Minnesota could have a great vision for this go-round — a quarterback.
The 2022 NFL Draft Is Heading, NFL.com Chad Reuter Mock-Draft CB Andrew Booth and FS Lewis Caine for the Vikings – just in the wrong order. He beat Booth in Round 1 and Caine in Round 2. it happens.
Reuter may still have one or two more mock drafts to publish before the final draft this year, but for now, he expects the Vikings to trade. Above From board no. 10 With the Philadelphia Eagles for the Kentucky Quarterback Will Lewis,
Reuters wrote Last week about Lewis to Minnesota, “Kirk Cousins is entering a contract year, and is expected to be good enough to keep the Vikings out of the running for the top quarterback prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft. Minnesota may choose to shoot its shot now, getting Lewis in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for a third-round pick this year and a 2024 first-rounder.
“Lewis may still find an admirer among teams at the top of the draft because of his arm strength, mobility and competitive fire, but he reminds me of former NFL passer Jay Cutler, who went 11th overall in 2006. And in some recent drafts, we’ve seen at least one highly regarded quarterback come off the board in the 10-12 range: Justin Fields (2021), Josh Rosen (2018), Patrick Mahomes (2017) and Deshaun Watson. (2017),” concluded Reuter.
Excitement has grown over the past week and a half for the first-round Vikings quarterback selection, primarily Lewis and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker. According to most draft scouts, a big trade would be needed in the top 10 to get Lewis, while Hooker would be available to Minnesota after Round 1.
There is a small chance, too, that Lewis falls to the draft, though that is speculative as of late March. draft specialist Chad Forbes tweeted Wednesday about Lewis’ recent reputation, “The Will Lewis interview is bombing. ‘Arrogance, entitlement. Also… just bizarre.’ 24 years old. 25 months ago (Stroud/Richardson/Stroud) should be far ahead of the guys who graduated from high school in the pandemic. ‘Why didn’t he beat Sean Clifford.’ Lewis can go another day.”
Minnesota has a roster need at cornerback, off-ball linebacker and probably the interior defensive line + wide receiver. A first round quarterback pick for Adofo-Mensah is not a sure shot. But the pace is picking up.
Plus, it’s likely Reuters will drop another mock draft before April 27th, and that was his Last Last year’s edition that ditched booths and cine pics. We’ll see if he does what Lewis predicted in Minnesota in the last mock.
Reuter was the only notable draft brain to predict Both The Vikings’ first two picks last year.
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