Best available players at positions of need for the Vikings

Will the Vikings add another offensive lineman, or go other positions of need?
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Rick Spielman

Mock drafts are almost always wrong, but lo and behold, most of them got the Vikings' first-round pick correct by predicting they'd take North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury on Thursday. 

Attention now turns to what the Vikings will do in the second and third rounds Friday night. They pick 50th overall in the second round and in the third round Minnesota owns the 81st overall selection. 

Minnesota could still add depth and maybe even find a starter on the offensive line, and they also could address needs at defensive tackle with Sheldon Richardson gone; safety to replace Andrew Sendejo (Anthony Harris currently penciled in for that spot); wide receiver since the No. 3 on the depth chart remains Laquon Treadwell; and it wouldn't be a shock if they go the route of a cornerback or tight end. 

So who are the best remaining offensive linemen? According to, these are the five best remaining, and many of them were highly touted and fell out of the first round. 

  1. Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida - 13th overall by
  2. Cody Ford, T, Oklahoma - 23rd overall by
  3. Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State - 31st overall by
  4. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State - 42nd overall by
  5. Greg Little, T, Mississippi - 66th overall by

In the same light, these are the five best remaining defensive linemen. 

  1. Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, Louisiana Tech - 41st overall by
  2. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College - 43rd overall by
  3. Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State - 59th overall by
  4. Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa - 64th overall by
  5. Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan - 65th overall by

And now, the five best remaining safeties and cornerbacks. 

  1. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU - 27th overall by
  2. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington - 30th overall by
  3. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple - 38th overall by
  4. Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware - 49th overall by
  5. Juan Thornill, S, Virginia - 53rd overall by

Do note that Minneapolis native Amani Hooker, a safety from Iowa, is currently picked to go to the Vikings in the third round by CBS Sports' R.J. White

Here are the five best remaining tight ends and wide receivers. 

  1. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi - 13th overall by
  2. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State - 29th overall by
  3. A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi - 33rd overall by
  4. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama - 35th overall by
  5. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina - 44th overall by

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