After the Minnesota Vikings nabbed Za’Darius Smith from the Green Bay Packers via free agency on Tuesday, the team must consistently focus on a 1st-round cornerback to fill out the coming-of-age roster, n’ is this not?
Not according to NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, who dropped his third simulation project this cycle. Jeremiah placed a player on the Vikings at a position where they’re actually quite deep – the inside defensive line.
His name is Jordan Davis, and he’s the man who lit up the NFL Combine with pure weirdness. Yes, this guy.
It’s the rookie with these specs:
Davis weighs over 340 pounds and moves like this:
The Vikings don’t need a defensive tackle — they released Michael Pierce because the roster had too many DTs and because of the expense — but Davis at No. 12 could be irresistible. Especially for those who align themselves with the best player available philosophy inside NFL drafts.
Jeremiah briefly explained his choice of Davis to the Vikings:
“Davis is a dominant running defender with a lot of untapped potential as a passing thrower. (You saw what the 6-foot-6, 341-pound did at the NFL Scouting Combine, right?)”
– Daniel Jeremiah | NFL.com
Ironically, Jeremiah’s latest simulation hit just as Za’Daruis Smith signed on the dotted line for Minnesota. Therefore, in the next edition, Jeremiah could go back to a cornerback selection like Ahmad Gardner or Derek Stingley Jr. It all depends on whether he thinks the Vikings will stick with him. best player available or cellar because the CB part of the list is peanuts.
In any event, few would lament the selection of Davis. His athleticism is reminiscent of Warren Sapp and Aaron Donald, at least by one eye test. Sure, those are huge shoes to fill, but you get the idea of drafting a frighteningly talented defensive tackle that can terrorize quarterbacks.
Jeremiah’s fake draft is also one of the earliest notable examples of Davis being tied to the Vikings. In previous draft predictions, the Vikings would pick a corner, pick an EDGE rusher, or try Malik Willis.
Minnesota can make this Davis pick a no-brainer if they can find the money to sign cornerbacks in free agency. Otherwise, it will remain a dire need on the list until it is remedied. Fortunately, Davante Adams and Allen Robinson left the division last week, so some anxiety has subsided.
If Davis is the Vikings’ pick, he would be the first University of Georgia alumnus selected by the franchise since 2012.
And that was Blair Walsh.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His YouTube channel, VikesNowdebuts in March 2022. It host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).