Vikings, after trading down, pick Christian Darrisaw in first round of the NFL draft


April 30, 2021


Selecting at No. 23, the Vikings filled a hole on their offensive line with Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw.

After trading down nine spots in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, the Vikings picked the offensive tackle they'd targeted for much of the spring anyway.

The Vikings made a move to protect quarterback Kirk Cousins, selecting Christian Darrisaw of Virginia Tech with the 23rd pick they got from the Jets.

General manager Rick Spielman said the team was thinking about picking Darrisaw at No. 14, and admitted "we were a little tight" in the draft room about whether he would still be there at No. 23.


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