Do you think the Minnesota Vikings have a rich history of wide receivers a la Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Jake Reed, Ahmad Rashad, Anthony Carter, Adam Thielen, Sammy White and Justin Jefferson?
Well they’re about to get even richer though CBS Sports is correct with his last draft.
With the 19e choose from the 2022 NFL Draft, Chris Trapasso from CBS Sports sent Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave to the Vikings, restoring a three-depth suit in the WR room in Minnesota for the first time since 2001. Trapasso briefly expressed his opinion on the pick: “Olave gives Kirk Cousins another weapon against Justin Jefferson. Good idea for Minnesota here.
This simulated draft featured a receiver off the board before Olave. It was Garrett Wilson, also of Ohio State, at the Cleveland Brown with the 15e take.
According to Adam Thielen’s stance with the Vikings – that should be fine as he’s under contract until 2024 – the wide receiver isn’t needed for the 2022 Vikings. It’s possible Minnesota could completely rebuild this offseason, opening the match. way for Thielen’s exodus from the club – but that’s unlikely. Thielen is cherished in Minnesota and performs at a high level, even until her thirties. The Olave choice would therefore become a long-term plan for life after Thielen, who turns 32 next year.
Olave will indeed bring a formidable toolkit to the NFL. In 13 games this season with the Buckeyes, Olave had 13 touchdowns on 936 receiving yards en route to his second All-Big Ten first-team selection.
“Olave is one of the finest road runners in college football. A true course technician, Olave has demonstrated a high level of football IQ and is the latest product in an Ohio State Buckeyes program that produces high profile prospects under the watchful eye of wide receivers coach Brian Hartline. Olave doesn’t have the physical stature to be a dominant possession receiver in traffic and his worst moments seem to come when challenged or looking to hit soccer balls in traffic, but an accurate passer will be in. able to deliver football to him on time and allow Olave high-end parting skills to shine in the professional game.
The remainder of the 2021 season will determine the Vikings’ draft order, but Minnesota are likely destined for a middle pick. At 7-7, Minnesota could still reach the playoffs – they’re currently the seventh seed – or they could collapse down the stretch and push a top-12 pick.
The most urgent need for a look at the roster in December includes the defensive end, cornerback, linebacker and quarterback [if the team parts ways with Kirk Cousins].
The wide receiver isn’t an emerging need, but Vikings fans rarely complain about a WR draft pick. So if it’s predestinated, bring in Olave.
For posterity, Trapasso’s 1st overall pick in the mock draft was DE Aidan Hutchinson at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. Its Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).