In hindsight, the Vikings’ 2020 draft class was even better than expected

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At first, Pro Football Focus gave the Vikings 2020 draft class a good draft grade: an A. Now that we’ve seen the 2020 NFL season play out, that grade got even better.

PFF gave Minnesota an A+ for its 2020 draft class. The Buccaneers are the only other team to have an A+ overall. Here’s what Michael Renner of the outlet wrote:

“While the Jeff Gladney pick is up in smoke at this point, the Vikings may have come away with three quality starters in the first three rounds. Justin Jefferson is obvious after breaking the rookie receiving record, but Cameron Dantzler was quietly the second-highest-graded rookie corner after a strong second half of the season.”

Minnesota needs Jefferson and Dantzler to avoid the sophomore slump, but the team also needs players like DE D.J. Wonnum and OL Ezra Cleveland to take leaps after showing promise in 2020. After mass departures in free agency last year, the Vikings tried to fill the holes with rookies. All in all, the rookie class did about as good as one could expect.