Which NFL Draft prospect could help Vikings claim the NFC North?

Derek Stingley Jr. #7 of the LSU Tigers. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Derek Stingley Jr. #7 of the LSU Tigers. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Jordan Davis (99) hoists the trophy Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, after defeating Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. /

Who could Vikings target with the 12th pick in NFL Draft?

With the 12th overall pick, any of the high-end offensive linemen should be gone, and they don’t need a wide receiver. I would look for them to target the defensive secondary or interior defensive line with this pick. Which could end up landing a solid player right in their lap if teams move up for a quarterback or one of the top-three wide receivers.

There could be a possible outcome here where with the new head coach and GM they might target a quarterback, but after taking Mond last year in the fourth round and needing other positions I wouldn’t think it’s a large possibility.

I would look at one of the following for the 12th overall pick:

Jordan Davis, DL from Georgia. He is one of the most imposing defensive linemen in this draft. He is an absolute stud and would give the Vikings one of the better defensive lines in the NFL. Davis would also fit well in their current system, which depends on which head coach comes in should they choose to keep that formation.

Derek Stingley Jr, CB from LSU. Stingley comes from an NFL family and showed out in college. This would not be the first time the Vikings went after a corner early in the draft, but it might be the first time they get it right. He would be a day one starter, no questions asked.

Ahmad Gardner, CB from Cincinnati. Another corner they could take, they have been abysmal at that position for a while. If they can start to shore up the secondary, it will allow for the defensive line to actually do their job. Which when it’s on point, can get to the quarterback quickly.

There is a possibility for an offensive lineman in this draft, but I am not high on the ones that might be left at this point. There should also be a fair amount in the second to fourth round that could shore up that offensive line.