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Vote: How did the Vikings do in the draft?

It will be years before we can accurately assess the Vikings' 2017 rookie class, but it's time to weigh in on how well the team used its draft resources.

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Depth at OT still weak for Vikings (0:46)
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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Even after making 11 picks in the draft, the Vikings still have some questions about their depth at offensive tackle:

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Vikings' picks through seven rounds of the draft: 2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State; 3. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State; 3. Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa; 4. Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan; 5. Rodney Adams, WR, South Florida; 5. Danny Isidora, G, Miami (FL); 6. Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech; 7. Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (FL); 7. Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern; 7. Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State; 7. Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina State.

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Despite missing four games as a junior, Jack Tocho tallied four interceptions and 23 passes defended over his final three seasons at NC State.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

New Vikings DE Ifeadi Odenigbo was so stressed from waiting to see where he'd be drafted, he drove from Evanston to Chicago to find somewhere to eat. The call from the Vikings came when Odenigbo was in the restaurant. "What would a Viking order?" Odenigbo said while talking to reporters from the restaurant. "I'm going to order a steak. That's what men do."

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After tallying 4.5 sacks as a freshman at Kansas State, Elijah Lee moved into a starting role in 2015 and broke out. He racked up 190 tackles (14 for loss), 6.5 sacks and five interceptions over his final two seasons.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings took Edmond Robinson in 2015 with the 232nd pick, the same spot they took Elijah Lee on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 Robinson could provide a template for Lee, another rangy linebacker who will have to learn how to play with more power in the NFL. Lee's range in the open field could make him a candidate to play on passing downs, as he hopes to follow in Robinson's footsteps.

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Ifeadi Odenigbo didn't lack for production at Northwestern, posing 12 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a senior, including a four-sack game against Iowa.

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Stacy Coley started strong and finished strong at Miami, racking up eight touchdowns on just 35 touches as a freshman and tallying nine scores as a senior in 2016.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Rodney Adams helped transform USF's offense from 'bland and one-dimensional' to 'exhilarating.' A real vertical threat, he not only helped salvage the season, but Willie Taggart's job. Still get goosebumps thinking about his 97-yard KO return for a TD vs. Navy.

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Bucky Hodges was remarkably consistent at Virginia Tech, with at least 40 catches, 526 yards and seven TDs in all three seasons. He posted the best broad jump (11-foot-2) and vertical jump (39 inches) of all tight ends at the combine.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember when the Vikings pursued Jared Cook in free agency? They wanted another tight end who could do damage over the middle of the field, and they'll hope Bucky Hodges can help improve their passing game in a similar manner. The converted quarterback will need to refine his route-running skills in the NFL, but his physical traits (6-foot-6, a 4.57-second 40 and a 39-inch vertical leap) make him worth a look.

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Hodges falls to Vikings in Round 6

Bucky Hodges showcased his rare natural ability at the combine and has the potential to develop into a difference-maker in the passing game. However, his tape doesn't always match up with his talent, and he's one of the bigger boom-or-bust prospects in the 2017 class.

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Danny Isidora started 39 consecutive games to finish his career at Miami. His 5.03 in the 40-yard dash was the fifth-fastest among offensive linemen at the combine.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Isidora is the second lineman the Vikings have drafted, and while their efforts to rebuild the group have so far amounted to a third- and fifth-round pick, they've got another player they can try to develop in the middle of the line. Isidora is a strong, agile lineman who might need to work on his balance in the NFL to stand up to defensive tackles.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings wanted to add another receiver at some point in the draft, and Rodney Adams gives them a player who could contribute as a kick returner in the short-term. Adams could get an early shot to replace Cordarrelle Patterson, as the Vikings determine how to use him on offense.

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The third Toledo player to be picked this draft, Rodney Adams tallied 1,961 total yards and 20 total TDs in his final two seasons, although his yards-per-catch average dropped from 18.5 as a junior to 12.3 as a senior.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Vikings were 25th in the league when they ran on third-and-2 or less last year, converting only 59.1 percent of their chances. When they threw it in the same situations, they had the third-best conversion rate in the league (76.2 percent). But their passing game can't be their primary method of short-yardage production, which explains why they were so interested in players like Pat Elflein on the offensive line.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said Jaleel Johnson will probably be a "swing guy" who can play both nose tackle and three-technique tackle. The Vikings are hopeful Sharrif Floyd will be able to play this year, Zimmer said, but the coach said "I really have no idea" whether Floyd will return from a nerve issue stemming from his surgery last September.

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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings needed linebackers who could stop the run and play on special teams, and Ben Gedeon figures to do both. He might turn out to be a two-down player in the NFL, but the role left open by Chad Greenway's retirement was for a run-first player, anyway. With Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks playing in the nickel, Gedeon will join the mix of players competing for time at Greenway's old spot.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.818th
Rushing Yards75.332nd
Points For20.423rd
Points Against19.26th

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