Most of the fun in the lead-up to the NFL draft each year is taking a look at all the different mock drafts that come out and looking at the different thought processes behind the selections. Each different take gives a bit of insight into a direction each team could go. Lately, defensive back is becoming a trendy option for the Minnesota Vikings at pick 11.
That trend continues with the latest mock draft from Pro Football Network writer Wil Helms, with Helms tabbing former Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold as the Vikings selection. This is what Helms had to say about the talented Crimson Tide defensive back:
This is the third mock I’ve done for Minnesota and the third different DB I’ve given them. Terrion Arnold has the arms, hips, and frame to be elite in man coverage and is a guy that the Vikings can leave on an island. Minnesota loves to blitz, so that’s an important part of the defense.
Arnold has grown tremendously in college and will likely get better as he gets older.
Arnold certainly has the size and physicality to be a star in the Brian Flores defense, but one has to wonder if cornerback is really the most pressing issue for this team. Especially with another popular mock draft option for the team, Michael Penix, going just two selections later.