Vikings earn projected draft position of 13th after Week 1 loss

By Jack White

Yes, yes, everybody is either 0-1 or 1-0, but that doesn’t stop people from looking at where each NFL team may slot in on draft day in April.

ESPN projected the draft position of every team after Week 1. The Vikings earned the No. 13 draft spot. The outlet gave Minnesota a 38.4% chance of landing a top-10 draft pick.

ESPN didn’t have the Vikings too high in its recent power rankings, either. Minnesota was ranked No. 25 in the league. Courtney Cronin of ESPN wrote:

“The Vikings only fielded two rookies in the Week 1 OT loss against the Bengals. Bynum, a fourth-round pick, earns this distinction, playing 23 snaps on special teams and tallying two tackles. Ihmir Smith-Marsette didn’t factor in as a receiver, nor did he return any kickoffs.”

It may be a classic early season overreaction, but the Vikings are not faring well through the national lens after the team dropped a winnable game to Cincinnati in Week 1. Now, Minnesota will go on the road again and try to compete with a Cardinals team that is coming off a blowout win over the Titans.


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