Vikings Have "Significant Amount Of Holes" To Fill

Vikings radio voice Paul Allen previews Minnesota's strategy heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, including finding a replacement for Stefon Diggs

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
April 21, 2020 - 9:56 am
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The Minnesota Vikings went 10-6 and won a playoff game last year, which, for many franchises, is a successful season. The Vikings, however, still have Super Bowl aspirations, which is why they need to make the most of their two first-round picks in the NFL Draft.

Minnesota picks 22nd and 25th overall.

“The team should be good to very good like it was last year because the quarterback situation is good and the coaching staff is good and we have continuity,” Vikings radio voice Paul Allen said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “But there are a significant amount of holes that need to be filled here.”

Allen believes that offensive line and cornerback are positions of need, as is wide receiver. The Vikings, of course, moved on from disgruntled Stefon Diggs, trading him to Buffalo in March.

“Back when the team was 2-2, Stef skipped out on a practice and probably did not want to be there then,” Allen said. “It wasn’t completely over then, but it kind of was over at that moment when we were 2-2, and he probably made it very evident behind the scenes that he didn’t want to play there anymore for whatever the reason. But credit Stef – and I’ve always liked Stef – he was very professional the rest of the season and gave Kirk, the team and the offense some good moments. But this breakup was not surprising at all.”

While Allen expects the Vikings to draft a wide receiver, he does not believe they should do it with either of their first-round picks.

“I’m not a fan of taking receivers in the first round in the 20s,” he said. “I’m just not. DeAndre Hopkins, he goes in the 20s in [2013] and he’s a star, but outside of that, you just don’t get many. And I know it’s a deep wide receiver draft. If somebody like Henry Ruggs or CeeDee Lamb – I really like this Justin Jefferson cat from LSU – if somebody like that is available and you’ve got a chance to trade up, I’m not going to be mad at that. But I think in Rounds 2 and 3, you can get receivers with whom you can win a lot of games. So I’m not really interested in receiver in the first round. If they do it, they do it.”