Round 5, 156th Overall: Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
Losing Tyler Conklin will definitely hurt the Minnesota Vikings, as he was growing into an impactful multi-faceted player in their offense. The Vikings did trade for Chris Herndon last offseason, but with little to no results. Irv Smith will be back, but the unit could use some juice.
That’s exactly what Cole Turner provides, and while it might feel like a luxury selection, Turner has the goods to improve the passing game in Minnesota. He oozes athleticism as a pass catcher, with a tremendous catch radius to expand the strike zone for Cousins. Turner can thrive in the red zone, win on contested shot plays down the field, and bring a bigger body to the skill position room.
Round 6, 184th Overall: Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin
Should he not return, it’ll be weird to see a Vikings defense without Anthony Barr on it. Eric Kendricks is still there to play a fantastic brand of football, but betting on Jordan Hicks and Chazz Surratt might not be wise. With a bevy of day three picks, why not swing at linebacker?
Jack Sanborn is a reliable MIKE type who works well downhill against the run, and has great football IQ to get into the right gaps. His processing skills also help him out in coverage.