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2015 NFL Draft: Second Round Mock-a-Palooza

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After a relatively dull first night of the 2015 NFL Draft. . .well, dull by the standards that Minnesota Vikings fans are used to, anyway. . .the action will pick up again tonight in Chicago at 6 PM Central with Round Two and Three. This could end up being the first time in the Rick Spielman era that the team has actually made a second round pick, and the pick will be announced by former Vikings' linebacker E.J. Henderson.

So, which name will Henderson be announcing this evening? Well, some experts around the internet have weighed in with their opinions on the subject.

Over at the mothership, Dan Kadar has the Vikings addressing the wide receiver position by taking the player that might be the most polarizing prospect in the draft. . .Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

The Vikings may not have taken a wide receiver in the first round, but if DGB pans out, it won't matter. He could be Randy Moss 2.0 for the Vikings.

We've been over the red flags that Green-Beckham has on his record at this point, but the team did have him in for a visit before the draft. If the team thinks that they can keep him under control, this could be a hell of a pick. Personally, I'd be surprised if the team got within a country mile of him, but I've been surprised before.

At USA Today, Nate Davis has the Vikings going a different direction, staying on the defensive side of the ball with Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith.

Long and lean ends like Smith (6-5, 271) often seem to perform well under Mike Zimmer, who could use additional depth on his D-line.

I guess this depends on how much you view defensive end as a need for the Vikings. I'm not entirely sure that it is, because I'm not sure how the team feels about players like Scott Crichton after what was, essentially, a redshirt year for him. Davis has Hobart guard Ali Marpet going to the Philadelphia Eagles seven picks after the Vikings' selection. I think I might actually prefer that pick, to be honest.

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has the Vikings addressing a significant need by taking one of Smith's teammates at Mississippi State, linebacker Benardrick McKinney.

McKinney has his question marks in coverage, but he's tough downhill with the testing numbers that will get him drafted in the top-50 range.

Brugler has the Vikings' taking McKinney two picks before the Miami Dolphins select UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks. If the Vikings are determined to take a linebacker in Round 2, I'm not sure which of the two of them I prefer. Brugler does not have Miami (FL) linebacker Denzel Perryman in his second round mock, which I think is a bit surprising. I know he's a favorite around here.

Speaking of Perryman, he's the pick for the Vikings in the second-round mock that ESPN has behind the In$ider paywall.

Minnesota continues to address the defensive side of the ball with Perryman, who has a nose for the ball and should help improve a defense that ranked 25th against the run last year.

At Bleacher Report, they have a projection for Round 2 and 3, and their second-round pick has yet another linebacker lined up for the Vikings. This time it's Texas Christian linebacker Paul Dawson. (WARNING: Slide show)

The restoration of the Minnesota Vikings defense continues in the second round. Head coach Mike Zimmer got his man when the the organization chose cornerback Trae Waynes with the 11th overall selection.

But a gaping hole remains at middle linebacker.

While there are questions about Dawson's personality off the field and overall athleticism on it, no one can deny his natural instincts and ability to stuff the run. Those traits are unparalleled in this year's class.

In the third round, they have the Vikings finally moving over to offense with the selection of Florida State guard Tre' Jackson.

After spending the first two picks on defensive players, the Vikings finally get quarterback Teddy Bridgewater some help. Jackson can start at either guard spot from Day 1.

Those are some of the second-round mock drafts from around the internet, folks. Any one in particular that you like? Has your personal favorite not been named on any of the above drafts?