Cornerback has been an incredibly popular selection for the Minnesota Vikings in mock drafts. In fact, of the 23 players that have been sent to them, six of them are cornerbacks and two others can play in the slot.
Whenever The Athletic’s Dane Brugler puts out a mock draft, it’s worth paying attention to and he usually has some really good nuggets in there. The latest one is who he sent to the Vikings in Maryland cornerback Deonte Banks.
“Between now and the draft, I’m sure we will hear plenty of quarterback talk surrounding the Vikings. But they also need help on defense, obviously, including in the secondary. A cover-and-clobber corner, Deonte Banks has rangy speed and ball skills. Several NFL teams have second-round grades on the Maryland corner, but others believe he can crack the first round.”
A relatively quiet name in NFL draft circles, people take notice when someone with the respect of Brugler comes out and says that they are worth a first-round pick.