Actual pick: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
It’s possible that Jeff Gladney had done enough at TCU to still warrant a first-round selection, but more people were talking about AJ Terrell a year ago as a first-round candidate than Gladney.
Terrell had just helped Clemson to a National Championship in 2018 and picked off three passes along the way.
The Vikings let go of or lost Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander, and Trae Waynes this offseason. The cornerback position was an obvious area this team needed to emphasize in the 2020 NFL Draft and in this scenario, they get a guy who actually ended up going quite a bit higher than this — 16th overall — in the actual draft.
Based on his upside and the way Clemson finished their 2018 season, it’s possible that Terrell could have still gone in the same range he wound up going in a re-draft.