NFC North: Team Needs for the 2019 NFL Draft

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers Chicago Bears Khalil Mack (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings Stefon Diggs. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Vikings

Needs: OT, G, C, WR

The Vikings are expected to be a playoff team once again this season, but the talent on this roster should challenge for an NFC North title. Their defense remains one of the best in the game, and they finally have their franchise quarterback in Kirk Cousins.

However, their offensive line was a disaster this season. Outside of tackle Riley Reiff, every offensive lineman has performed below average. Rookie center Pat Elflein should improve with experience, but his Pro Football Focus grade of 45.6 is very discouraging.

The Vikings should simply look for the best offensive lineman available when they are on the clock and select him. Imagine how dynamic this offense can be with solid offensive line play. The Vikings should take a long look at Oklahoma’s Cody Ford.

Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen are two of the best wide receivers in the game, but it is time for the Laquon Treadwell experiment to end. Treadwell showed promise at Ole Miss and was a first-round selection the 2016 NFL Draft. However, he has not played well since entering the league.

Treadwell has only caught one touchdown in the NFL and has only 295 receiving yards this season despite being a starter. In addition, he has continued to struggle with drops and is clearly the weakest player when he is on the field. Treadwell. Pro Football Focus ranks Treadwell as the 121st receiver in the NFL.

If the Vikings were able to add an effective and reliable slot receiver, like Buffalo’s Anthony Johnson, they could take a step forward and become an elite offense in the NFL.