Vikings post-combine, free agency mock draft roundup

Several analysts predict that the Minnesota Vikings will select controversial running back Joe Mixon.
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It took a while, but we’re back with our second look at who the experts around the web think the Minnesota Vikings will select in the upcoming NFL Draft.

We waited a bit because this year the combine and the start of free agency were so close together, so might as well wait until we got past all that.

We did. So here were are.

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You’ll definitely see some differences from our first mock roundup, and when using a mock which we had last time the previous pick(s) are denoted.

One thing that hasn’t changed: It is hard to find too many mocks for Minnesota since it has no first-round pick and those that do think the Vikings still need help on the offensive line, despite a couple of free-agent signings.

But there is something new — a couple of mocks have Minnesota selecting running back Joe Mixon, who many teams likely won’t even have on their draft board after video surfaced recently of him hitting a woman (from an incident that happened a few years back).

Even with the Vikings signing Latavius Murray, that could turn out to be just a one-year deal, and Minnesota could need a young running back of the future in any case. Should they draft Mixon? In what round? No doubt Mixon will be one of the storylines of this year’s draft.

Here’s the second roundup of mock drafts from around web. I dare you to find a more complete list anywhere on the internet (listed in order of most recent to oldest; any mocks from before free agency and/or the combine not included):

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (March 17): Round 2 — Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama. Previously (note: only 2 rounds in current Miller mock, last time it was 7 rounds): Round 2 — Dan Feeney, G, Indiana; Round 3a — Antonio Garcia, T, Troy; Round 3b — Pat Elfein, C, Ohio State; Round 4a — Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming; Round 4b — Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse; Round 5 — Justin Davis, RB, USC; Round 6 — Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee; Round 7 — Corey Smith, WR, Ohio State.

Dieter Kurtenbach of FOXSports.com (March 16) Dan Feeney, G, Indiana. Previously: Feeney.

Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire (March 16): Round 2 — Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan; Round 3a — D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas; Round 3b — Carlos Watkins, DL, Clemson; Round 4a — Steven Taylor, LB, Houston; Round 4b — Damien Mama, G, USC; Round 5 — Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan; Round 6 — Rudy Ford, S, Auburn; Round 7 — Noble Nwachukwu, DE/OLB, West Virginia.

Walter Cherepinsky of WalterFootball.com (March 15): Round 2 — Malik McDowell, DE/DT, Michigan State; Round 3a — D’Onta Freeman, RB, Texas; Round 3b — Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU; Round 4a — Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn; Round 4b — ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama. Previously: Round 2 — Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan; Round 3a — Nazir Jones, DL, North Carolina; Round 3b — Pocic; Round 4a — Stewart; Round 4b — Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia.

Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports (March 15): Dan Feeney, G/C, Indiana: “They’ve addressed both tackle positions but now need to focus on the interior. They’re staring at starting Joe Berger at center and Jeremiah Sirles at right guard, so Feeney could come in and push either one for a starting spot. He’s a perfect fit with demanding OL coach Tony Sparano.”

Chad Reuter of NFL.com (March 15): Round 2 — Dan Feeney, G, Indiana; Round 3a — Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington; Round 3b — Duke Riley, OLB, LSU; Round 4a — Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming; Round 4b — George Kittle, TE, Iowa.

Eric Galko of The Sporting News (March 15): Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy.

Drafttek (March 13): Round 2 — Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple; Round 3a — Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma; Round 3b: Alex Anzalone, OLB, Florida; Round 4a — Taywan Taylor, WR, Kentucky; Round 4b — Chad Hansen, WR, California; Round 5 — Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan; Round 6 — Josh Carraway, DE/OLB, TCU; Round 7 — Kenny Allen, P, Michigan. Previously: Round 2 — Jared Davis, OLB, Florida; Round 3a — Montravius Adums, DT, Auburn; Round 3b — Eric Magnuson, OT, Michigan; Round 4a — Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia; Round 4b — Kevin King, CB, Washington; Round 5 — Obi Melifonu, S, UConn; Round 6 — Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown; Round 7 — Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU.

Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com (March 13): Round 2 — Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana; Round 3a — Ethan Pocic, OG, LSU; Round 3b — Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU; Round 4a –David Sharpe, OT, Florida; Round 4b –Travin Dural, WR, LSU. Previously (3 rounds): Round 2 — D’Onta Freeman, RB, Texas; Round 3a — Feeney; Round 3b — Montravius Adams. DT, Auburn.

Connor Riley of SECCountry.com (March 13): Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy. Previously: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State.

Tab Bamford of Chicago Now (March 11): Round 2 — Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma; Round 3a — Nico Siragusa, OL, San Diego State; Round 3b — Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington; Round 4a — Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech; Round 4b — Mitch Leidner, QB, Minnesota.

Eddie Brown of the San Diego Union-Tribune (March 10): 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. Previously (3 rounds): Round 2 — Wormley; Round 3a — Eric Magnuson, OT, Michigan; Round 3b — Foreman.

Johnny Valencia of Breaking Football (March 10): Round 2 — Dan Feeney, G, Indiana; Round 3a — Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson; Round 3b — Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh.