Looking at Vikings Second-Round Draft Options

The Vikings currently are scheduled to make their first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft from the 48th overall spot.

With that in mind, Matthew Coller of 1500ESPN.com took a look at who could be around for Minnesota to grab in the second round. Coller went based off of the first-round mock draft of ESPN’s Todd McShay.

Coller said Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers could benefit from joining the Vikings defense.

There isn’t a better situation in the league to develop than the Minnesota Vikings, with cornerback whisperer Mike Zimmer, experienced DBs coach Jerry Gray and veteran coach-on-the-field Terence Newman. Zimmer has a knack for finding what players do best and putting them in a position to succeed. Sure, safety isn’t a desperate need, but if the Vikings are ever going to make a deep playoff run, it’ll be on the back of great defense. 

Coller also listed Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins as a potential fit with Minnesota.

What makes Dawkins intriguing is that he has the athleticism to play left tackle, which means he could develop and see fill-in action in his first year or two, then transition into a starter. That might not be the sexiest option with the 48th overall pick, but it might be the only one that has a chance of resulting in a long-term solution at tackle. If he doesn’t make the transition to tackle, Dawkins showed he can also play guard.

Coller also mentioned Mississippi tight end Evan Engram, Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell and Ohio State wide receiver/running back Curtis Samuel as players who could make an impact with the Vikings.

Former Vikings listed among state’s best players

The NFL offseason is often a time for debates about various football topics.

Russell Baxter of FanSided got in on the mix, offering his take on the best NFL players from each state.

A handful of Vikings were included on his list.

Baxter listed guard Randall McDaniel as the best player from Arizona. The Hall of Famer played 12 seasons in…

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