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Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft Odds: Rebuilding Defense Top Priority

Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft Odds: Rebuilding Defense Top Priority

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The stuck-in-limbo Minnesota Vikings have won 7-8 games in three of the four seasons with Kirk Cousins at QB. The offense has ranked higher in yards gained than points scored, and the defense has been bottom-10 in both yards and points the last two seasons.

Minnesota’s skill players set can compete with any other team’s unit, but that hasn’t paid the ball. Rebuilding the defense is a priority for new coach Kevin O’Connell.

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed who the Vikings are most likely to choose with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Minnesota Vikings 1st Round Pick Odds (No. 12)

Derek Stingley, CBLSU-110
Jermaine Johnson, EdgeFlorida St.+400
Ahmad Gardner, CBCincinnati+450
Tyler Linderbaum, CIowa+550
Andrew Booth, CBClemson+700
The FieldN/A+1000

Odds are projected and do not reflect any odds that may be available at legal betting sites or betting apps.


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Who Will The Vikings Take In The NFL Draft?

While the Vikings have questions on their interior offensive line, it’s the defense that has kept the team back. Minnesota added two starting linebackers in free agency and a defensive tackle.

Cornerback is a spot of major concern – starter Bashaud Breeland ranked bottom-five among CB starters and Mackensie Alexander was the last-ranked nickel CB.

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Edge rusher is another need, and this draft is full of them. Minnesota’s conversion from a 4-3 defense to 3-4 under O’Connell offers another reason to find pass rushers.

Minnesota is available around +4000 to win Super Bowl 57 on NFL futures markets. Adding defensive playmakers would go a long way to adding value to that number.


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Derek Stingley Odds to Join the Minnesota Vikings

Cornerback makes the most sense for a team that struggled mightily at that position. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner could go as high as No. 4 to the Jets, or drop to Minnesota at No. 12. Stingley, the No. 2 CB in the class, should be there.

Stingley was an All-American at LSU in 2019 before injuries limited his action the last two seasons. He’s considered healthy, however, and has the premier man coverage chops to be an immediate improvement at the Vikings’ biggest problem spot.

Add to it that his former defensive coordinator at LSU, Daronte Jones, is now the defensive backs coach at Minnesota, and it adds a personal touch that makes it unlikely Stingley drops past No. 12.

Complete list of Vikings 2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1 (Pick 12)
  • Round 2 (Pick 46)
  • Round 3 (Pick 77)
  • Round 5 (Pick 156 from BAL)
  • Round 6 (Pick 184 from NYJ)
  • Round 6 (Pick 181 from BAL)
  • Round 6 (Pick 192)
  • Round 7 (Pick 250 from DEN)

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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.