The 2018 NFL Draft came to a close in Dallas this afternoon, with the Minnesota Vikings adding eight new players over the three day process. Meet the newest men to wear the purple & gold.

  • Round 1, Overall 30:  Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
  • Round 2, Overall 62:  Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
  • Round 4, Overall 102:  Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State
  • Round 5, Overall 157:  Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan
  • Round 5, Overall 167:  Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
  • Round 6, Overall 213:  Colby Gossett, G, Appalachian State
  • Round 6, Overall 218:  Ade Aruna, DE, Tulane
  • Round 7, Overall 225:  Devante Downs, LB, California-Berkeley

New York Post sports writer Mark Cannizzaro graded the 2018 draft for each team, giving the Vikings a 'B' and adding,

The top pick, UCF Mike Hughes, is a physical and speedy corner who has a chance to be a star in the Minnesota defensive backfield. Pittsburgh OT Brian O’Neill is a key addition to an offense that must protect the Vikings’ expensive new QB, Kirk Cousins.

Now it's time to add some undrafted free agents.

The Vikings open the regular season Sunday, September 9th against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.