2015 NFL Draft Grades: NFC North

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Minnesota Vikings

Make no doubt about it — the Minnesota Vikings are one of the NFL’s up and coming teams, and they got even better in this years draft.

Similar to Kevin White with the Bears, cornerback Trae Waynes was linked to the Vikings for weeks prior to the NFL Draft. The former Michigan State Spartan posses great agility, speed and ballskills — all of which will help him transition into Mike Zimmer’s defense. Playing opposite another long, physical corner in Xavier Rhodes, Waynes gives Minnesota the best 1-2 punch at cornerback in a division full of frightening passing attacks.

And that’s not all. Waynes was just the start for coach Zimmer.

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The Vikings also added the most athletic inside linebacker in the 2015 NFL Draft, (and former UCLA teammate to Anthony Barr) Eric Kendricks. Then in the third round, they added edge rusher Danielle Hunter.

In the fourth round came the selection of what may end up being the steal of the draft in OT, T.J. Clemmings at No. 110 overall. Clemmings dropped due to an apparent foot injury, but was projected as a late first-round to early second-round talent early on in the draft process.

The Vikings also snagged two playmakers in tight end MyCole Pruitt and wideout/returner Stefon Diggs in the later rounds on Saturday.

Overall, an already young and talented defense got even better this weekend. Coach Zimmer is also known for his ability to coach up, and develop young defensive players. The Vikings will be a team to watch in the NFC North in 2015.

Grade: A-

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