Will The Vikings Draft This MIAC Player In The Draft?
The NFL Draft is tomorrow night, and with not much happening in the world of sports, people have a LOT more time to dive into who the Vikings could take with their draft picks. One such mock draft done by the Star Tribune's Ben Goessling (must have a subscription to see this article) has the Vikings potentially taking the Offensive Tackle from St John's University out of the MIAC conference in the 3rd Round.
Ben Bartch, a 6 foot 6, 309-pound Offensive Tackle, is expected to be drafted in this week's NFL Draft, if taken, it would make him only the second MIAC player to achieve such a feat since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994.
According to St. John's website, "Bartch earned MIAC Lineman of the Year honors in 2019", and was selected to the Senior Bowl this year in Mobile, Alabama.
It wouldn't be the first time that the Minnesota Vikings took a relatively 'unknown' D-III NCAA player in the draft, or were at least signed to the practice squad. Adam Theilen and CJ Ham were both D-III football players that eventually made the roster and contributed to the Vikings.
I know that it's something that I will be watching over the weekend.