The Minnesota Vikings face a conundrum in the 2016 NFL Draft. The goal has to be helping quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The issue is how to do it. Do they continue upgrading the offensive line? Alex Boone was brought in to play guard but left tackle is still an issue. Or do they provide Bridgewater with another weapon at receiver?
Christopher Gates from Daily Norseman is here to settle it in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.
23. Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Gates: The Vikings don’t have many holes to fill at this point, but by far the most glaring one is at the wide receiver position. Stefon Diggs was a pleasant surprise for Mike Zimmer’s team last season, but they need a lot more than that at the position if they’re ever going to fully open up the offense. With only one receiver having gone off the board to this point, the Vikings have plenty of options here, and after some debate in our "war room," we ultimately decided to go with Doctson over the likes of Laquon Treadwell, Will Fuller and others. Doctson was one of the most prolific receivers in college football last season despite missing three games with an injury, and put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Doctson has outstanding leaping ability, and has shown the skills to catch contested passes better than anyone in this year’s draft class. He has the skill set that the Vikings’ offense needs as a complement to Diggs and Jarius Wright. With the Vikings’ move indoors into an environment that should be much more friendly to Teddy Bridgewater’s skill set, Doctson has a chance to be an immediate contributor if he ends up with the Vikings on draft night.
Analysis: This is certainly a twist. The Texans taking Corey Coleman the pick before this one makes sense because he provides something truly unique. But is Doctson a dynamic enough athlete to pass on Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss at this point? My preference would have been Treadwell because he has superior hands and is more of a physical receiver. He's not a possession receiver, but it's close. That's not to say this is a bad pick, however. Doctson can be a superstar in the red zone, and stretch the rest of the field for Bridgewater.
Dan's Top 5 players remaining
- 14. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
- 15. Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
- 17. Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
- 20. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
- 24. Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
- 1-23: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
- 2-54: (coming April 19)
We have one more pick today in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft. At 3 p.m. the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincy Jungle make their selection. Will the run on wide receivers continue?
Complete draft results:
1. Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (Link)
2. Cleveland Browns - Jared Goff, QB, Cal (Link)
3. San Diego Chargers - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (Link)
4. Dallas Cowboys - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (Link)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA (Link)
6. Baltimore Ravens - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Link)
7. San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (Link)
8. Philadelphia Eagles - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Link)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Link)
10. New York Giants - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Link)
11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (Link)
12. New Orleans Saints - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (Link)
13. Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Link)
14. Oakland Raiders - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Link)
15. Los Angeles Rams - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Link)
16. Detroit Lions - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Link)
17. Atlanta Falcons - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (Link)
18. Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama (Link)
19. Buffalo Bills - Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama (Link)
20. New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Link)
21. Washington - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (Link)
22. Houston Texans - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor