The Vikings selected 11 players for the 2021 NFL draft. Most of those players were evicted on Tuesday because they failed to make the 53-man roster a year after being called up.
That’s an ugly look for the Vikings’ previous regime of general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, who were fired after the 2021 season. The new regime of general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell clearly doesn’t like that conscription.
Here’s a look at the Vikings’ 2021 draft class, and each player’s standings towards what his second NFL season should be:
Round 1: Christian Darrisaw (starting left tackle)
Round 3: Kellen Mouth (cut on Tuesday)
Round 3: Chazz Surratt (cut on Tuesday)
Round 3: Wyatt Davis (cut on Tuesday)
Round 3: Patrick Jones (outside linebacker backup)
Round 4: Kene Nwangwu (backup running back and kickoff returner)
Round 4: Camryn Bynum (start safety)
Round 4: Janarius Robinson (cut on Tuesday)
Round 5: Ihmir Smith-Marsette (backup wide receiver and point returnee)
Round 5: Zach Davidson (cut on Tuesday)
Round 6: Jaylen Twyman (cut on Tuesday)
Tuesday represented a massacre of the 2021 draft class, at the hands of team leaders looking to take a very different direction in 2022.