NFL draft grades 2024: Analysts are high on Vikings draft class

The 2024 NFL Draft has concluded and the Minnesota Vikings have their draft class. After entering with nine picks, the Vikings made seven picks after trading up twice in the first round.

After the NFL Draft is completed, it’s really interesting to see what the rest of the national media thinks of how the Vikings did with their seven picks. Keep track of what they think of the Vikings draft class.

2024 NFL draft grades for Minnesota Vikings

The Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer: A

The Vikings could have rested on McCarthy for their passing game and both Turner and Jackson for the pass defense and had a solid draft. GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah didn’t waste time pleasing Kevin O’Connell and Brian Flores to accelerate a rebuild. They made good use of moving up to go for high-upside quality over pure quantity. Reichard also filled a key need. 

NFL.com’s Chad Reuter: B+

The Vikings gave up pick value in 2023, Day 3 picks this year and much of their 2025 draft in moves that landed them McCarthy, tight end T.J. Hockenson (in a 2022 deadline deal with Detroit) and edge rusher Turner. McCarthy and Turner possess the skill set to make that investment worthwhile, though McCarthy will need to continue his winning ways at the next level and Turner must be an impact defender. 

Jackson is a Riq Woolen-type corner, long and quick-footed, who presents excellent value in the fourth round. Rouse is a strong, experienced lineman who takes over for departed veteran Oli Udoh as the swing tackle. Don’t overlook Jurgens’ chances of making the roster. Reichard is the FBS’ all-time leading scorer, and the Vikings need a reliable field goal kicker; I’m interested in how his career compares with that of Cam Little, who was picked by the Jags with pick No. 212.

Pro Football Focus’ Trevor Sikkema: B+

With Michael Penix Jr. being drafted before McCarthy, Minnesota had to move up only one selection to get their quarterback competition for Sam Darnold. McCarthy has traits to work with and was excellent when Michigan needed him to make a play in third-and-long situations, but he wasn’t asked to carry the offense much at the college level. He does land in one of the league’s better situations for a rookie quarterback, as Minnesota has a solid offensive line and a talented receiving corps.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: C+

My qualm about GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s class has more to do with mortgaging the future of this Minnesota roster. He made the move in March to get an extra first-rounder at No. 23, which cost him a second-round pick next year. And to trade up from No. 23 to No. 17, he had to give the Jaguars his 2025 third- and fourth-rounders. That means the Vikings have just three selections next year, one in Round 1 and two in Round 5. With a rookie quarterback under center, are they really in a position to go all-in right now? This is after they had just two picks in Rounds 1-3 this year.

Can coach Kevin O’Connell turn McCarthy into a top-10 passer? That’s the question that will linger with this Minnesota class, which is extremely top-heavy. Plus, I’m factoring in Adofo-Mensah’s moves that upended the team’s 2025 draft.

USA Today’s Nate Davis: A-

After losing QB Kirk Cousins in free agency, they went on the offensive and obtained a second first-round from Houston last month – a move presumed to necessitate a subsequent climb up the board. But GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah played his cards right and got to select twice in Round 1 – coming away with highly regarded but highly divisive Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy and highly regarded (period) pass rusher Dallas Turner. The third-round spot was cashed in two years ago as part of a trade deadline deal for Pro Bowl TE T.J. Hockenson. The kicking game should be boosted by sixth-rounder Will Reichard of the Crimson Tide.

AP’s Rob Maadi: B

QB J.J. McCarthy (10) isn’t the 10th-best player in the draft but they didn’t want to risk losing him. Moved up to get possibly the best defensive player in the draft, DE Dallas Turner (17). CB Khyree Jackson was great value in the fourth.

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