Vikings will need more than Mike Hughes for Draft to help team

Last season the Minnesota Vikings went to the NFC Championship game. Despite running away with the NFC North a year ago, the Vikings will enter the 2018 season with a new look.

In order to make the next step, the Vikings need to add players on both sides of the ball. They took the first step on Thursday night when they added cornerback Mike Hughes to help fix a secondary which was anchored at times by the now 39-year-old Terence Newman.

By taking Hughes, from Central Florida, with the 30th overall pick the Vikings Draft of 2018 is already different from those of the past two years which saw them take a wide receiver in Laquon Treadwell in the first round of 2016 and two more offensive players in 2017.

Drafting Hughes is already earning the Vikings a B for the 2018 draft by some experts, however by taking a defensive player early the Vikings have already addressed a major area of concern and now free themselves up to eye one of the numerous wide receivers who could fall to them in the second round or to add an offensive lineman who will help keep $84 million quarterback Kirk Cousins upright. The addition of Hughes also shows that despite all the rumored interest for the 30th overall pick, the team viewed filling a weakness at that point to be a bigger concern than trying to stockpile picks later in the draft.

Adding Hughes over a wide receiver also shows that the team is content for the time being using Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Kedall Wright and the aforementioned Treadwell as targets for Cousins to accompy tight end Kyle Rudloph.

The Draft will not fix all of the areas of concern for the Vikings who have a second, third, fifth, two sixth and two seventh round picks still to make.