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.
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.
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.