2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Miami Dolphins trade back again

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2021 NFL Mock Draft
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2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

14. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Minnesota had high hopes last year before the season began. Many believed that they would win the NFC North and maybe even compete for a Super Bowl. Instead, things fell apart in Minnesota. Kirk Cousins plateaued, and improvements made on defense did not pan out.

Still, there were some bright spots on the team. Minnesota struck gold with Justin Jefferson. He is one of the best young receivers in the NFL, and he played well in his rookie season. Having Dalvin Cook in the backfield helps cover up a lot of issues as well.

So, how can the Vikings improve? There’s value at cornerback at this point in the draft, but I could also see them taking an offensive tackle. Kirk Cousins is not athletic enough to evade pass rushers. Since they can’t move on from him, they have to put him in the best position to succeed. He has one of the best running backs in the NFL. His receiving corps is elite. Irv Smith is better at tight end than anyone they could draft after Kyle Pitts. That leaves the offensive line as the one weakness that they could address.

Christian Darrisaw is a solid tackle prospect. He has some work to do on his technique, but he should be ready to start. He can be moved around if necessary, but his addition would be useful. He’s certainly in the second tier of linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he would still be an upgrade for the Minnesota Vikings.