Dane Brugler sends Vikings a wide receiver in his first mock draft

The Minnesota Vikings are in an interesting place for the upcoming draft. They could go a lot of different directions, but one common theme I expect to see is the Vikings taking a wide receiver.

In his first mock draft of the season, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had the Vikings selecting Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

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As a player, Smith-Njigba was a dominant force in 2021, including a record-setting Rose Bowl 347 yards and three touchdowns on 15 receptions.

Here is what Brugler had to say about sending Smith-Njigba to the Vikings.

“The Adam Thielen contract is tricky, but the Vikings could clearly use an upgrade there. Although it has been a lost season for Jaxon Smith-Njigba because of a hamstring injury, he has more than enough tape for teams to understand what he offers. With his route prowess and ball skills, he would be a great fit for what Kevin O’Connell wants the Vikings to be on offense.”

Will Smith-Njigba fit the prototype of what Kevin O’Connell and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah? That is yet to be seen, but based on talent along, he would be a tremendous selection for the Vikings.

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