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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select DE/OLB Kwity Paye at No. 14

The first edge rusher of the draft goes to the Minnesota Vikings.

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With the 14th pick of the 2021 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...

Kwity Paye, DE/OLB, Michigan

The selection and write-up were made by eauclairefan:

2020 was a disappointment for the Vikings and their fanbase. After a poor start, they rebounded a bit, but still fell short of the playoffs in the NFC. Even with their struggles last year, they should still be the chief challenger to the Packers in the NFC North, and if they can collectively rebound, should challenge for a playoff spot in 2021.

While the Vikings offense was prolific last year in spite of average play by their offensive line, their defense was the worst in the Mike Zimmer era. Both sides of the line of scrimmage are in need of immediate support. As of the moment, the Vikings also do not have a 2nd round pick, so they will need to make an impact with their first round selection. With multiple picks in the 3rd and 4th round available, they are candidates to package those picks and move back into the second round to fill a need. In short, the Vikings need help on both the offensive and defensive lines.

With tackles Slater and Darrisaw off the board, the Vikings selection will come down to their preferred DE or USC Guard/Tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker. With the 14th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Vikings select Kwitty Paye, DE, Michigan.

Paye showed consistent improvement every year at the college level and is capable of playing all three downs. He is an outstanding athlete, fills an immediate need and will look good opposite Danielle Hunter as the Vikings look to re-establish their defensive prowess.

Pokorny: “Not having a second-round pick, Minnesota needs to hit on this pick to make some progress in 2021. I think they could end up taking the best offensive lineman available, even with Slater and Darrisaw both selected already, but taking the first edge rusher in the draft is also a good pick and fills a need for the Vikings.”

The New England Patriots are up next, led by Bo154033.

2021 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Jacksonville Jaguars Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Trevor Lawrence
2 New York Jets fjblessi QB Zach Wilson
3 San Francisco 49ers TheDawgsPodcast QB Justin Fields
4 Atlanta Falcons yman1020 TE Kyle Pitts
5 Cincinnati Bengals GrandAdmiralThrawn0905 OT Penei Sewell
6 Miami Dolphins realmccoy WR Ja'Marr Chase
7 Detroit Lions xfl2001fan OT Rashawn Slater
8 Carolina Panthers Adam Rice CB Patrick Surtain II
9 Denver Broncos poultman QB Trey Lance
10 Dallas Cowboys StefanKnee LB Micah Parsons
11 New York Giants Barry Shuck WR DeVonta Smith
12 Philadelphia Eagles Big Cosmic News CB Jaycee Horn
13 Los Angeles Chargers Danielgarrett OT Christian Darrisaw
14 Minnesota Vikings eauclairefan DE/OLB Kwitty Paye
15 New England Patriots Bo154033 WR Jaylen Waddle
16 Arizona Cardinals brianberniebaker CB Caleb Farley
17 Las Vegas Raiders Crawford_T OT Teven Jenkins
18 Miami Dolphins Mudville LB Zaven Collins
19 Washington Football Team ScooterDMD QB Mac Jones
20 Chicago Bears wahoo7 OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
21 Indianapolis Colts yoderdame OT Samuel Cosmi
22 Tennessee Titans BrianB77 CB Asante Samuel Jr
23 New York Jets carrettbagel88 DE Jaelan Phillips
24 Pittsburgh Steelers Mean Ol' Pete RB Najee Harris
25 Jacksonville Jaguars Topanga Jeff DT Christian Barmore
26 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
27 Baltimore Ravens TheCrackpot DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari
28 New Orleans Saints TheCannonGoesBOOM CB Greg Newsome II
29 Green Bay Packers OCMiami WR Kadarius Toney
30 Buffalo Bills BelieveInCleve DE Jayson Oweh
31 Baltimore Ravens Robo Dawg OT Jalen Mayfield
32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Midnite Moses RB Travis Etienne
59 Cleveland Browns ProfessorBrowns CB Kelvin Joseph
89 Cleveland Browns Slaytanic Brownie DT Tommy Togiai
91 Cleveland Browns Swagnasty DE Payton Turner