Chicago Bears' NFC North Rivals: Reviewing the Vikings' 2024 NFL Draft

In our third and final installment of reviewing NFC North rivals after the 2024 NFL Draft, we take look at what the Minnesota Vikings did in this year's draft.
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The leftovers from the Vikings' 2024 NFL Draft.

After trading up twice in the first round, they had to wait until 108th pick to make their next selection. They took Oregon cornerback Khyree Jackson to bolster their secondary depth. He's a tall, lanky cornerback(6'3" 195) who gave up only one touchdown last season. His size could be an asset against the loaded wide receivers in the NFC North, and he could see a lot of action as a rookie, which could make Andrew Booth Jr., their former 2022 second-round pick, expendable.

The rest of their picks are Oklahoma offensive tackle Walter Rouse(177th), who will provide depth on their offensive line, as is Wake Forest center Michael Jurgens(230th). Will Reichard of Alabama became the first kicker selected in this year's draft(203rd). He's got plenty of considerable game experience kicking for Alabama and will be their starting kicker following the departure of last year's kicker, Greg Joseph, who signed with the Green Bay Packers.

Their final pick, defensive lineman Levi Drake Rodridguez(232nd) from Texas A&M Commerce has a decent shot at making the team to provide more depth at defensive line thanks to his relentless playing style.

Overall, many experts are giving them a solid B+ grades. This draft will be defined by how good or bad JJ McCarthy is. They may have gotten lucky by not moving up too high to get a quarterback. At least McCarthy will have an opportunity to sit behind Sam Darnold, and when he is ready, he will have Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and tight end T.J. Hockenson to throw the ball.

Meanwhile, Turner and their new free-agent addition, Jonathan Greenard, will be counted to provide a pass rush and could be a matchup nightmare for the opposing offense in 2024. These two players must live up to their draft status for the Vikings to remain competitive in the NFC North.