The first round of the 2020 NFL draft was...different, to say the least. From seeing each team pick from their home office to watching David Gettleman put on a mask to presumably protect himself from a computer virus, this draft was one for the books.
For the Minnesota Vikings, this draft could not have went any better.
The Vikings selected National Champion and right hand man to the #1 pick in the draft, wide receiver Justin Jefferson from LSU. This draft was an odd one for wide receivers, with players getting picked earlier than projected and top players like CeeDee Lamb sliding. The Vikings were in the perfect place at the perfect time to land top tier talent to go alongside Adam Thielen.
Last season, Jefferson led all of college football with 111 catches and racked up 1,540 yards to go with 18 touchdowns. You can bet that Kirk Cousins and all of Viking Nation will be over the moon with this pick.
The Vikings also had the 31st pick in the draft after a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, and selected Jeff Gladney, cornerback from TCU. After losing their top corners at the beginning of free agency, this pick makes complete sense for the Vikings. Gladney is a strong, physical corner who will fit right in with Mike Zimmer and the whole Vikings defense.
Overall, the Vikings filled two of their biggest holes that were left this offseason, and look to be a top contender in the NFC North next year.