Pro Days are over so we’re back with our third mock draft roundup for the Vikings, a comprehensive look at who analysts think Minnesota will select in this year’s NFL Draft.
The short answer: It’s hard to say.
With the Vikings not owning a first-round pick it makes the projection harder (and also there are fewer of them since most mocks only do a first round).
Have things changed from our previous roundup?
Well, where in the past two mock roundups (First | Second) we saw a propensity of offensive linemen being predicted for Minnesota in the second round, that has changed here in our third roundup.
While some still tag the Vikings help up front, plenty of others are slotting Minnesota with a defensive player or even someone who plays an offensive skill position.
We’ll take one more look at the mocks right before the draft. Until then, here’s the third roundup of mock drafts from around web.
Oh, and I dare you to find a more complete list anywhere on the internet (mocks listed in order of most recent to oldest and if we used a mock before the pick from the last edition is noted; any mocks from before March 29 are not included as we try to keep things somewhat current):
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (April 7): Marcus Maye, S, Florida. Previously: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama.
Kevin Hanson of EDSfootball.com (April 7): Round 2 — Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida; Round 3a — Derek Rivers, DE/OLB, Youngstown State; Round 3b — Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington.
Eddie Brown of the San Diego Union-Tribune (April 6): Round 2 — T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin. Previously (4 rounds): Round 2 — Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh; Round 3a — Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan; Round 3b — Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State; Round 4a — D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas; Round 4b — Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova.
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN Insider (April 5): Round 2 — Kiper: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC. “The Vikings got only one catch out of their first-round pick from last year (Laquon Treadwell), and so they could use another wideout. Smith-Schuster had an inconsistent season, but he has No. 1 potential. He had 20 touchdowns the past two seasons.”; McShay: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida. “A highly disruptive interior run defender, Brandley posted 16 total tackles for loss the past two seasons. He also showed more flashes as a pass-rusher than his 5.5 sacks since 2015 would suggest.”
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus (April 5): Round 2 — Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M. “A perfect complement to safety Harrison Smith, Evans brings range on the back end and explosive coverage ability that ranked third among safeties in 2016, at 88.3. If he can cut down on the 23 missed tackles, the Vikings have one of the best safety duos in the league.”; Round 3a — Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama; Round 3b — Tanzel Smart, DL, Tulane.