Primary Needs: 

EDGE

Kwity Paye

EDGE

Michigan

Potential Upside

OVERALL RK:

16

POS. RK:

1

PLAYER EVALUATION

Paye is an explosive athlete who has yet to reach his full potential. He uses a blend of speed, power, and hand usage to defeat blockers. His game is not perfect, but his ceiling is very high. Paye was not a full-time starter at Michigan until 2020. He is a player with a lot of drive and motivation that we believe can fuel him at the next level.

TEAM ANALYSIS

Other Considerations If Available:

Michigan EDGE Kwity Paye or Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater or Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw or Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley or South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn

The Vikings need to fill holes on both their interior offensive and defensive lines. They have draft picks at the 14th, 79th, 91st position, meaning after pick 14; they don't have another selection until the middle of round three. Making the right decision in round one will be paramount, and making a decision based on the depth at each position will be the key. We know that there will be several IOL players available in rounds two and three, so the opportunity to grab one of the better interior defenders might be the best option at pick number 14. According to our current mock, the best available EDGE rush option would be Miami's, Gregory Rousseau. The Vikings struggled to get a pass rush in 2020, so the choice might be easy for the Vikings to go with an EDGE defender. The Vikings could trade back to gain additional draft capital if they choose. Trading back to the back of round one or early in round two can buy them an extra draft pick, and with a lot of EDGE rushers sitting in the back half of round one projections, the Vikings might see this as their best way forward. In our first mock draft, we projected the Vikings would draft Ohio State IOL Wyatt Davis.

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