Vikings take Central Missouri TE Zach Davidson in the 2021 NFL draft

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Next season, the Vikings’ tight end room will look a little different.

That’s because the team released Kyle Rudolph this offseason. Rudolph has been with Minnesota for the past 10 seasons.

The Vikings have tight ends Irv Smith Jr. and Tyler Conklin as obvious candidates to step up and take more reps. It doesn’t hurt to get more depth through the draft, though.

Minnesota nabbed Central Missouri TE Zach Davidson in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL draft on Saturday. Davidson could be an athletic receiving threat at the NFL level. He just needs to work on the fundamental aspect of his game.

Minnesota lost Hale Hentges, in addition to Rudolph this offseason. Hentges announced his retirement from the league. So there are spots on the tight end depth chart up for grabs. Maybe Davidson can land one of them.