Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database v6.0

Kevin C. Cox

We're a little less than six weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft, everybody. Who still hates the fact that the NFL moved the draft to May? This guy, that's who.

Anyway, we have a slightly larger update than the one we brought you last week, one that includes a couple of new faces. So, to get us started, here is your database for this week, now featuring 68 mock drafts. And, as someone suggested last week, it's now sorted by when the mock was updated.

Site Name Date Round 1 (8) Round 2 (40) Round 3 (72) Round 3 (96)
CBS Sports Pat Kirwan 28-Mar Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
CNN-SI Audibles Chris Burke 28-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Cover 32 Tarrell Brown 28-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Fanspeak Phil Thompson 28-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
FF Toolbox Staff 28-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
DraftTek Staff 28-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville LaMarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State Dakota Dozier, G, Furman Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
DraftCalc Staff 27-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Draft Ace Staff 27-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Football Nation Matt Miselis 27-Mar Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
National Football Post Gabriel/Galko 27-Mar Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
NESN Doug Kyed 27-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
NFL.com Mike Huguenin 27-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
NFL Draft Blitz Alex Khvatov 27-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Xavier S'ua-Filo, G, UCLA Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
NFL Draft Geek Staff 27-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 26-Mar Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Optimum Scouting Eric Galko 26-Mar Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Ourlads Staff 26-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Sporting News Eric Galko 26-Mar Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Walter Football Walt 26-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson Craig Loston, S, LSU Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State
Backyard Banter Matthew Harmon 25-Mar Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State**
CBS Sports Dane Brugler 25-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
CBS Sports Rob Rang 25-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
NFL.com Bucky Brooks 25-Mar Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
SB Nation Matthew Fairburn 24-Mar Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama David Fales, QB, San Jose State
Draft Preview Shawn Baptist 24-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
Fansided Josh Sanchez 24-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 24-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M David Yankey, G, Stanford Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Football Draft Analysis Staff 22-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Cat Scratch Reader Stevie Mercury 21-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville*
eDraft Derrik Klassen 21-Mar Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Pro Player Insiders Nathan Rickard 21-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
CBS Sports Will Brinson 20-Mar C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama***
KFFL Tim Heaney 20-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah 20-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Draft Report Staff 19-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Draft Season Lupagus 19-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
NFL Draft Room Staff 19-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
CNN-SI Don Banks 18-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
NFL.com Charles Davis 18-Mar Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Yahoo! Shutdown Corner Eric Edholm 18-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M David Yankey, G, Stanford
SB Nation Dan Kadar 17-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
ESPN Mel Kiper 14-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
NFL.com Chase Goodbread 13-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
With The First Pick Staff 13-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Phinsider Kevin Nogle 10-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
NFL Draft 101 Marc Sluis 10-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford James Hurst, OT, North Carolina Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Pro Football Talk Mike Florio 10-Mar Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Sports Jabber Staff 10-Mar Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Draft King Lou Pickney 09-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Draft Wiz Staff 9-Mar Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
CNN-SI Doug Farrar 07-Mar Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Draft Countdown Scott Wright 07-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Tony Softli Tony Softli 7-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Draft Season Ultimate 6-Mar Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
ESPN Todd McShay 6-Mar Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Football's Future Robert Davis 6-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
NFL.com Matt Smith 5-Mar Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Draft Season OneBar 4-Mar Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Great Blue North Staff 4-Mar Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
International Business Times Anthony Riccobono 3-Mar Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Vikings Corner Daniel House 02-Mar Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Rotoworld Evan Silva 1-Mar Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Fox Sports Peter Schrager 28-Feb Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Arrowhead Pride Matt Verderame 27-Feb Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
USA Today Nate Davis 27-Feb Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Breaking Football Staff 26-Feb Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Draft Season Lomas 26-Feb Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
Vikings Territory Brett Anderson 24-Feb Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

Man, that "Staff" guy gets around, doesn't he?

The dominance of the quarterback position continues, but now the balance has shifted even more.

As you can see in the database above, signal callers are tabbed for the Vikings in a whopping 50 of the 68 mock drafts we're using this week. That's a 73.5% clip, and the distribution of those votes has changed dramatically over the past couple of weeks. Johnny Mondo Delicious Ice Cream Purple Football Manziel has 21 of those 50 selections, up from his total of 18 last week. Derek "Baby, You Can Drive My" Carr is holding on to second with 13 picks (down from 16 last week), but hot on his heels is Teddy "Theodore" Bridgewater, who jumped from six picks last week to 11 in this session. Blake Bortles (no James) has just five selections this week, down from six previously.

Linebackers still hold the second-highest number of selections, but that's dropping a bit, as they now only make up seven of the 68 picks this week, giving them 10.3% of the pie (or donut, in our case). Anthony Barr saw his vote total drop from six to four this week, while Khalil Mack and C.J. Mosely held steady at two and one selections, respectively.

Cornerbacks have moved into third place this week, garnering five of our 68 selections for a 7.4% selection rate. Justin Gilbert leads the way with three picks, while Darqueze Dennard drops from two picks to one, and Jason Verrett holds steady with one selection.

Wide receivers actually appear next on our list with three picks, all of them belonging to Mike Evans. That gives the receiver position 4.4% of our picks this week.

The safety position has jumped onto the board this week, with two sources tabbing newcomer Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix to Minnesota in their mock drafts. That gives the safety position 2.9% of our selections. In a related note, I'm going to try to get used to calling him "Ha'Sean," if only because Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix sounds like the punchline from every joke told on The Tonight Show from 1994 to 2000.

Defensive tackles bring up the rear in this one with just one selection, and we have a swap of faces at the position. Louis Nix is out, and Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald is in. Donald's selection gives the defensive tackle position 1.5% of our selections this week.

Let's put this into graphical form, starting with this week's donut graph. As always, you may click to embiggen.

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And finally the "Jell-o salad" graph, where you can see how players are trending from week-to-week in our database.

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So, there is your Mock Draft Database update for this week, folks. . .only a few more of these to go, and we'll finally arrive at draft day. I think we can hold on until then.

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