4. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings made quite the noise last year in the draft, as new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah moved back twice within the division, securing a ton of picks and addressing the secondary early by selecting both Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth. There will be high expectations for both in year two after missing games in 2022.
Minnesota doesn’t have much capital after trading for T.J. Hockenson, but the rumor/hypothetical of moving up for a quarterback is there. If someone like Stroud or Richardson falls, maybe Adofo-Mensah and company make the move, ultimately deciding early that 2023 is the last season for Kirk Cousins.
The Hendon Hooker projection is there too, but trading down is something the Vikings could do, especially with teams like the Bills and Chiefs who could look to secure a certain prospect. Hooker could still be the pick in that scenario, or they recoup some assets for defensive back, defensive line, and a WR2. All of those are needs for Minnesota, and 23 and 87 isn’t enough at the moment with a team at a crossroads after a 13-win season. Finding that identity will be crucial for this Vikings team.
If they stay and select and it isn’t Hooker, Brian Branch would fit tremendously in an aggressive Brian Flores defense. If it’s a true boundary corner, Cam Smith is a great fit too, as are any of the top four should they reach them.