Day two of the draft has come and gone and Minnesota Vikings fans could not be happier. After a successful first day in the draft, Minnesota took another big step towards improving the team. The team held the 58th pick in the 2nd and the 89th pick in the 3rd round of this year’s draft.
Minnesota desperately needed some help at the Offensive Line and many assumed they would be taking one in the first round, so Luckily with the 58th pick, Minnesota got a steal. Ezra Cleveland is an Offensive Tackle out of Boise State and is now a Minnesota Viking. Standing at 6’6″ and weighing 311 pounds, Cleveland is the Tackle the Minnesota Vikings desperately needed.
Minnesota has taken a different approach to the O-Line in recent years. instead of using the Biggest guys to block, they go with smaller, more athletic players to help with the run game. Cleveland’s greatest strength is his athleticism. Cleveland ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds. Impressive for a Lineman.
Minnesota went with another Corner with the 89th pick of this year’s draft. Cameron Dantzler is a Cornerback out of Mississippi state and is now a Minnesota Viking. Minnesota Fans should be happy as Dantzler provides much-needed Cornerback depth due to the departure of Rhodes, Waynes, and Alexander this offseason.
In his College Career, Dantzler racked up 108 total tackles and 5 interceptions. One of his greatest attributes is his strength. He can manage a 1 on 1 with any NFL receiver and have a chance, but Dantzler’s speed isn’t the fastest as he only clocked a 4.64, but he makes up for it with his strength and competitiveness. If there is one thing Mike Zimmer loves, it is a strong Defender that isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.
Ezra Cleveland will make an immediate impact on the Vikings O-Line. Cleveland was not expected to fall into the second round, and luckily Minnesota saw the potential and picked him up.
Draft Grade: A-
Cameron Dantzler has proved he has what it takes to play in the NFL. He is strong and isn’t afraid to match up with any receiver. He has much potential and Zimmer will make him into something.
Draft Grade: A-
Minnesota is getting ready for a quick rebuild to get back to their winning ways. With the departure of many Veteran players, Zimmer will be looking to these young new faces to make an impact and help lead this team to greatness. This draft has been the most successful one in recent years for Minnesota and we will see how the rest plays out. SKOL!
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