2016 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Minnesota Vikings Should Target

By Brad Berreman

The Minnesota Vikings nearly beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but a missed field goal by kicker Blair Walsh kept them from finishing the job.

Looking ahead to the 2016 NFL Draft, here are five players the Vikings should target.

2016 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Minnesota Vikings Should Target
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5. Florida State K Roberto Aguayo

Florida State K Roberto Aguayo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Putting a kicker on this list is a bit tongue in-cheek, after Sunday's critical missed field goal, and it should be noted the Vikings gave Walsh a four-year contract extension before this season that starts next season. But adding some potential competition can't be ruled out, and Aguayo is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history (96.7 percent of his field goals and extra points).

5. Florida State K Roberto Aguayo

Putting a kicker on this list is a bit tongue in-cheek, after Sunday's critical missed field goal, and it should be noted the Vikings gave Walsh a four-year contract extension before this season that starts next season. But adding some potential competition can't be ruled out, and Aguayo is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history (96.7 percent of his field goals and extra points).

4. TCU WR Josh Doctson

TCU WR Josh Doctson Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings may be picking too late in the first round to get the best wide receiver in the 2016 draft class, but there should be plenty of other suitable options at the position when their turn comes. Doctson's final season at TCU ended early due to a left wrist injury, but as long as it's not a concern deep into the pre-draft process, he would be a good consolation prize for Minnesota.

4. TCU WR Josh Doctson

The Vikings may be picking too late in the first round to get the best wide receiver in the 2016 draft class, but there should be plenty of other suitable options at the position when their turn comes. Doctson's final season at TCU ended early due to a left wrist injury, but as long as it's not a concern deep into the pre-draft process, he would be a good consolation prize for Minnesota.

3. USC S Su'a Cravens

USC S Su'a Cravens Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings need to upgrade the safety spot alongside Harrison Smith. Cravens is just the kind of versatile piece, with the ability to also function as an extra linebacker in certain situations, that Mike Zimmer would love to have.

3. USC S Su'a Cravens

The Vikings need to upgrade the safety spot alongside Harrison Smith. Cravens is just the kind of versatile piece, with the ability to also function as an extra linebacker in certain situations, that Mike Zimmer would love to have.

2. Stanford OG Joshua Garnett

Stanford OG Joshua Garnett Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
Entering bowl season, Pro Football Focus gave Garnett the highest run-blocking grade among guards in college football (+33.5). The Vikings need help at guard, if only to allow Brandon Fusco to move back to his natural spot at right guard, so Garnett could be a second-round target.

2. Stanford OG Joshua Garnett

Entering bowl season, Pro Football Focus gave Garnett the highest run-blocking grade among guards in college football (+33.5). The Vikings need help at guard, if only to allow Brandon Fusco to move back to his natural spot at right guard, so Garnett could be a second-round target.

1. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell

Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
As previously alluded to, the Vikings need to add talent at wide receiver. Treadwell, now that he has officially declared, is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the 2016 draft class.

1. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell

As previously alluded to, the Vikings need to add talent at wide receiver. Treadwell, now that he has officially declared, is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the 2016 draft class.

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