MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have the 16th pick in the second round of the draft on Friday night, and given the way the first round played out on Thursday night, they should have plenty of scenarios through which to address their needs.
Players like Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp, Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara and Alabama tackle Cam Robinson are all available at the start of the second round. So is Temple guard Dion Dawkins and Washington safety Budda Baker. And the Vikings could have to make a decision about whether they'll take controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.
There's enough depth remaining after the first 32 picks of the draft to think the Vikings will be in good shape at the start of the second round on Friday night, when the draft resumes after a first round that saw three quarterbacks go in the first 12 picks and skill position players like Clemson's Mike Williams and Washington's John Ross climb into the top 10. Though the draft is thought to be thin at offensive tackle, only two offensive linemen were taken in the first round and the draft has plenty of depth at guard, where the Vikings could use another player to compete on the right side.
Minnesota will have three picks on the second day of the draft, making its first choice at No. 48 overall. The Vikings have two picks in the third round: their own choice at No. 79 overall and the No. 86 pick, which came from Miami in a trade during the 2016 draft.
If there's a lineman the Vikings like at No. 48, the most sensible course of action might be for them to add a young player to their rebuilding effort on their offensive front, before taking advantage of the depth in the draft to select a running back later on. But McDowell -- who spent some time with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer before the draft -- could also make sense, if the Vikings believe the strong three-technique tackle will bring enough fire to help them at a position that remains in flux with Sharrif Floyd's status uncertain.
And if the Vikings needed to move up in the second round to take a player they want, they have enough draft collateral to make it happen. They own five picks in the next three rounds, including two fourth-round picks on Saturday.