USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC NORTH -

Grade: B+

The Vik­ings drafted like a team ex­pect­ing to be knock­ing on the doorstep of the Su­per Bowl again this sea­son. And af­ter sign­ing Kirk Cousins in free agency, they found more pieces to plug into a jug­ger­naut de­fense. Hughes’ quick­ness is ex­cep­tional and his path to be­come a top NFL cor­ner might be a short­cut based on his cov­er­age skills. Both of­fen­sive line­men, a No. 1 need, are likely im­me­di­ate as­sets. Holmes’ skill set and back­ground say de­fen­sive end, but the Vik­ings view him as a havoc-caus­ing, three-tech­nique tackle.

Best pick

Mike Hughes is a spe­cial ath­lete with game­break­ing re­turn skills; he can de­velop un­der the wing of for­mer firstrounder Xavier Rhodes in the Mike Zim­mer Pro Bowl CB pipeline.

Up­side pick

Brian O’Neill has the Vik­ings ex­cited. GM Rick Spiel­man re­peated “tremen­dous up­side” af­ter the O’Neill card was turned in, prais­ing his phys­i­cal and ath­letic move­ment skills, es­pe­cially on the move.



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