The Vikings' mock draft 1.0 features two trades, a bunch of defenders, and a big move for a QB. They are considering making a big move for a quarterback in the first round, with the potential to trade up if needed. The selections also include a highly regarded defensive lineman, a pass-rush-specific edge rusher, and a cornerback who brings size and physicality to the position group.

By the Numbers
  • Murphy recorded six sacks in 2023, tied for 13th in the country among 186 qualified interior defensive linemen.
  • Murphy's 45 pressures ranked fifth among the 186.
  • Murphy had the best pass-rush win percentage (19.6%) among all interior linemen in 2023.
  • Nix amassed the third-most pressures in the nation among 126 qualified edge rushers this season.
  • Kamara's pass-rush win rate ranked seventh highest among the 126 edge rushers.
  • Hart measured 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds at the Senior Bowl.
Bottom Line

The Vikings are considering a strategic shift in their draft approach, aiming to secure a potential franchise quarterback while also targeting promising defensive prospects. This could mark a significant departure from their previous strategies, reflecting a proactive and calculated mindset in building the team.