Before the draft, a blurb on NFL.com credited to Lance Zierlein compared Treadwell favorably to Houston Texans star DeAndre Hopkins. He … uh … hasn't quite gotten there yet. Treadwell had just one catch for 15 yards as a rookie, before starting seven games in consecutive seasons. Once expected to slot in behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, Treadwell's performance last season quickly prompted the Vikings to last year bring in veteran Aldrick Robinson, a former teammate of quarterback Kirk Cousins. Treadwell scored his first pro touchdown in Week 2 but failed to stand out for much of the season, finishing with 302 receiving yards in 15 games. There's still time, a common phrase re: Treadwell, but we'll end with this: Michael Thomas, who recently completed his third straight 1,000-yard season and led the league with 125 catches last year, went in the next round.
After playing minimal snaps as a rookie and logging his first interception in Year 2, Alexander broke out in a big way last year. Once resistant to the idea of moving to nickel cornerback, Alexander shined in that role last year. He went off during a win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 15, sacking quarterback Ryan Tannehill and allowing just two yards on two catches. He finished the season with four sacks, made strides across the board and was named the Vikings' most-improved player by Pro Football Focus.
Grade 3 years later: A
Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan (4th round, No. 121)
Selecting the admittedly athletic Beavers in the fourth seemed like a reach at the time, and it was. He appeared in just two games for the Vikings as a rookie after landing on the practice squad to start the season and was waived the following year. Beavers has spent time on a few different practice squads since then, most recently with the Chicago Bears, who signed him to a futures contract in January. Seeing him on the field this year would be a net positive for the Vikings at this point.
Brothers spent the entirety of his rookie season on special teams, but that isn't necessarily a knock. He was rated one of the league's best special teams players by Pro Football Focus in 2016, making both their punt team and kick return team. He played just five defensive snaps for the Vikings last season, but made the most of it, sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Cassel in the closing moments of Week 16.
Grade 3 years later: C
Moritz Böhringer, WR, Schwabisch Hall Unicorns (6th round, No. 180)
The feel-good story of the class, Böhringer found his way to the Vikings after discovering American football via YouTube videos, then playing in his native Germany. Analyst Mike Mayock stumped for Böhringer during an on-air phone call with head coach Mike Zimmer during the draft, a pick that eventually played out in real life. He spent a few seasons on the practice squad, before the Vikings waived him during the 2017 preseason. His 6-foot-4 frame and intriguing skillset piqued the interest of the Cincinnati Bengals, however, who signed Böhringer as a tight end last year.
Grade 3 years later: D
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David Morgan, TE, Texas-San Antonio (6th round, No. 188)
The Vikings never seem to get their tight ends quite as involved in the passing game as they're expected to, despite the presence of 6-foot-6 Kyle Rudolph. Morgan has been a solid backup over the past two seasons, starting six games each in 2017 and 2018. He's been targeted just 19 times in his career, though, hauling in 16 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. More than a few analysts expect the Vikings to land one of Iowa's standout tight ends -- T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant -- in the first round of this year’s draft, which could be bad news for Morgan.
Grade 3 years later: C-
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Stephen Weatherly, OLB, Vanderbilt (7th round, No. 227)
For all their mistakes in the first few rounds, the Vikings landed a starting-caliber defender in the seventh. Weatherly moved to the defensive line in Minnesota, starting his career on the practice squad and ultimately making just two appearances as a rookie. He was a rotational player by Year 2, playing in 15 games, and emerged as a starter last year, starting six games and filling it admirably while Everson Griffen was away from the team. He finished the season with three sacks and played just over 50% of the Vikings' defensive snaps in 2018.
Grade 3 years later: A
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Jayron Kearse, DB, Clemson (7th round, No. 244)
Kearse has spent much of his first three seasons with the Vikings on special teams but began to make some headway as a backup safety and "big nickel" in Year 3. He started in Week 11 against the Bears, his first since 2016, and played nearly 20% of the Vikings' defensive snaps last year. It's hard to ask for much more from pick 244 out of 253.