Vikings set to make 9 picks in NFL Draft

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Heading into his third draft as general manager, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah finds the Minnesota Vikings standing at a pivotal juncture. With the departure of Kirk Cousins to the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, and the acquisition of Sam Darnold from the San Francisco 49ers to serve as the interim quarterback, the team faces uncertainty at the helm. Additionally, star wide receiver Justin Jefferson enters the final year of his contract, while Christian Darrisaw, a cornerstone of the offensive line, awaits a potential extension.

As the Vikings peer into the future, myriad questions loom large. Who will emerge as the long-term solution at quarterback? Can the defensive line be fortified adequately to ensure its effectiveness in the upcoming season? The impending NFL draft, scheduled for April 25-27, holds the promise of providing answers to these pressing concerns.

Furthermore, the Vikings boast the second-highest number of draft picks in the Adofo-Mensah era as they approach the 2024 NFL draft. Despite possessing two first-round selections, the absence of picks on day two presents a notable setback. Notably, the Vikings relinquished the 42nd overall pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for the 23rd overall selection, and traded the 73rd overall pick to secure T.J. Hockenson. However, they did acquire the 129th overall pick in the latter trade, mitigating the disappointment of not participating in day two of the draft.

In total, the Vikings are slated to make nine selections in the 2024 NFL draft, with the majority falling on day three. The distribution of their picks spans across various rounds:

  1. 11th Overall
  2. 23rd Overall
  3. 108th Overall
  4. 129th Overall
  5. 157th Overall
  6. 167th Overall
  7. 177th Overall
  8. 230th Overall
  9. 232nd Overall

With these draft assets at their disposal, the Vikings have a prime opportunity to address their roster needs and lay the foundation for future success.