The new Minnesota Vikings regime apparently was not fond of the old front office’s third-round selections in the 2021 NFL draft.
In trimming down its active roster to 53 players by Tuesday’s 3 p.m. deadline, Minnesota released three ’21 third rounders: offensive guard Wyatt Davis, quarterback Kellen Mond and linebacker Chazz Surratt.
The Vikings also made two trades that netted the club defensive lineman Ross Blacklock and a 2023 seventh-round selection from Houston, as well as a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2025 draft via Pittsburgh.
Davis, thought to be a plug-and-play guard out of Ohio State, didn’t appear in one offensive snap as a rookie and quickly got buried on the 2022 depth chart.
Mond’s days were numbered when the Vikings traded for veteran quarterback Nick Mullens.
Surratt, like Davis, played just special teams in 2021.
Out with the old -- or young in this case -- and in with the new, right?
In order to acquire Blacklock, who was taken in the second round (No. 40 overall) out of TCU in 2020 and has compiled 36 tackles and two sacks in 29 games (three starts), Minnesota gave up a 2023 sixth-round pick. It traded free-agent signing Jesse Davis, who made 72 starts over the past five seasons in Miami, to the Steelers.
The cut and trade of the two Davises, who were competing to start at right guard, leaves rookie Ed Ingram as the favorite to win the job.
In order to meet the 53-man limit, the Vikings also released the following players on Tuesday: Sean Mannion, Nate Hairston and Parry Nickerson, and waived Mike Brown, Dan Chisena, Zach Davidson, Miles Dorn, Kyle Hinton, Trishton Jackson, Bryant Koback, William Kwenkeu, Blake Lynch, Zach McCloud, Nick Muse, Janarius Robinson, T.J. Smith, Josh Sokol, Jaylen Twyman and Armon Watts.
Watts probably is considered the biggest shock. The super-sized defensive lineman, chosen by Minnesota in the sixth round in 2019, started a career-high nine games in 2021 and came on strong as a pass rusher late in the season.