The 3 Vikings Late Round Picks With the Best Chance of Making the Team

The Minnesota Vikings had a whopping 12 choices during the 2019 NFL Draft. Seven of those picks came in rounds 6 & 7. Of those seven late round selections, here are the three with the best shot of making the Vikings 2019 Roster.

Oli Udoh OT, Elon

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Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South offensive tackle Oli Udoh of Elon (73) blocks North defensive end Zach Allen of Boston College (44) in the second half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings took this big old behemoth with their third pick of the 6th round. He stands 6'5 and tips the scales at 325 pounds. Udoh has a nice long wingspan and is a very strong pass blocker. Obviously, there were concerns about the level of competition he faced at Elon, but this guy has all the tools to be a long time tackle in this league, it may just take a season or two for him to get there.

Of all the rookies on this list, Udoh may have the easiest path to making the Vikings final 53 man roster. The reason is, the team's depth at tackle is very thin. Behind the starters of Riley Reiff and Brian O'Neil stand just Rashod Hill and a very unproven Storm Norton. The team recently released Adam Bisnowaty, making Udoh's trail to the final roster even easier. Udoh would really have to have a poor pre-season to not make the team at this point. He'd have to show up extremely out of shape, and not have one iota of a clue how to pick up the team's playbook or understand the blocking schemes. Udoh is a 6th round pick, and those are never locks to make a team, but in this case, the chances he ends up on the final roster are much greater than the chances he does not.

Dillon Mitchell WR, Oregon

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (WO36) goes through pass-catching drills during the workouts during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It's no secret the Vikings wide receiver three job is completely wide open. The luster has completely worn off former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell, and he is by no means a lock to make the team this year. A couple of experienced guys in Chad Beebe, Brandon Zylstra, Jeff Badet, are in the mix, as is free agent signee Jordan Taylor from Denver. The Vikings took a couple of wide receivers late in the 2019 Draft in Oregon's Dillon Mitchell and Colorado State's Olabisi Johnson. Those guys should be given a fair shot to win the job as an open competition will only make everyone better. Of the two rookies, Dillon MItchell has a better chance to make the team.

Mitchell is 6'2 and has good top end speed. This cat ran a sub 4.5 forty yard dash at the Combine so he can definitely take the top off of a defense. What is even more impressive about this kid is his ability to find open zones in defense and then just sit in them, giving his quarterback an easy target. He's already impressed in rookie minicamp and if he continues to build off that initial performance, he could emerge as a top contender to not just make the team but to land that spot in the offense next to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

 Armon Watts DT, Arkansas

There was really no doubt whether or not the Vikings would use a 2019 Draft pick on a defensive tackle, but many thought they'd pull the trigger earlier than Round 6. With a depth chart made up of mostly nose tackles, it seemed almost a given they'd use a fairly early pick on a penetrator who could create interior pressure and help restore some of the disruption that Sheldon Richardson caused a season ago. The only guy really built for that role who is currently on the roster is unproven Jalyn Holmes, so the need was clearly there.

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas defensive lineman Armon Watts (DL17) talks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The Purple ended up taking Armon Watts from Arkansas. On paper Watts looks like another player who would be an ideal nose tackle. He's 6'5 and 300 lbs, but Watts showed the ability in college to create interior havoc as he racked up 7 sacks his Senior season in what was basically his first time as a full-time starter. 

It won't be easy for Watts to earn a spot on the 53 man final roster of the Vikings. He would have to beat out both Jalyn Holmes and Jaleel Johnson. The one thing that Watts has going for him in this battle, is that Jaleel has been around for a few seasons and has yet to do anything of significance on the field. If he fails to impress once again in the Preseason, the team could decide he's never going to make it and go with their young rookie instead. 

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