The 2015 NFL Draft officially came to a close on Saturday after tight end Gerald Christian was selected as “Mr. Irrelevant” by the Arizona Cardinals.
The draft started off as predicted by many as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans respectively selected quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.
Some NFL teams were able to address their needs and/or snag some value picks that fell further than they should have, such as the New York Jets taking defensive lineman Leonard Williams sixth overall.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from this year’s NFL Draft.
Winner: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings obtained excellent value in the first round while filling a need at the same time with the selection of cornerback Trae Waynes. Waynes was the top cornerback in this year’s draft class, and he fell to the 11th pick. The Vikings also got steals as they took inside linebacker Eric Kendricks in the second round while offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings fell to them in the fourth round.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs was a great pick as well in the fifth round, and he and Mike Wallace will upgrade the Vikings’ receiving corps as Teddy Bridgewater looks to progress well in his second season. Boosting their pass rush with the addition of defensive end Danielle Hunter doesn’t hurt either.