Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Pick 23 Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings- WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame)

The Vikings were a chip shot field goal away by Blair Walsh from defeating the Seahawks in a frigid Wild Card game.  Mike Zimmer is a hell of a coach and Teddy Bridgewater appears to be making strides every season in Minnesota.  Obviously Adrian Peterson is still in the backfield as well which always helps the cause.  The Vikings offense ranked 31st in the league last season with only 183 yards averaged per game edging out the pathetic Rams passing attack.  Veteran wideout Mike Wallace was let go during the offseason and signed with the Ravens.  Rookie 5th round pick Stefon Diggs from Maryland was a pleasant surprise last season and is penciled in as the team’s number 1 wide receiver.  There’s a hole opposite Diggs with Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson the likely candidates to start.  While tight end Kyle Rudolph is a nice safety blanket for Bridgewater, the offense as a whole desperately needs playmakers on the outside as well.  Will Fuller from Notre Dame has big play ability and there’s no denying he can hit the homerun touchdown with his vertical speed.  Fuller had 14 touchdowns and over 1,250 yards in 2015 for the Fighting Irish.  As I mentioned, he has elite speed which he uses to accelerate from cornerbacks on nine routes.  Mike Wallace was supposed to be the vertical threat for the Vikings pass offense, but his game has declined steadily in recent seasons.  Fuller would provide that deep threat which Teddy Bridgewater and Norv Turner’s offense lacks right now.  The knock on Fuller is his lean frame and his hands leave a lot to be desired as well for a starting wide receiver.  Fuller will need to improve his overall route tree to be a more effective NFL wideout rather than just running go routes.  There was talk during the pre-draft process that Fuller might be the first wideout off the board, but I don’t think he’s the player that Laquon Treadwell and Corey Coleman are yet.  That being said Fuller would help stretch the field for Minnesota and help open up space underneath for Diggs as well as Rudolph.

 

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