We're well into free agency in the National Football League and are turning the corner towards the 2016 NFL Draft. Some of the things that the Minnesota Vikings have done in free agency are starting to impact what pundits across the internet are envisioning Rick Spielman and company doing at this year's selection meeting, so let's see what we have going on.
We have expanded our Mock Draft Database to 70 different mocks for this week, and half of them have been updated since last week's Database went live. As you'll be able to see, we're seeing more of a swing towards the position that has dominated our Database through the first part of this pre-draft season.
With that, here are the 70 mocks that make up this week's Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database.
|Site||Name||Date||Round 1 (23)||Round 2 (54)||Round 3 (86)|
|CBS Sports||Pete Prisco||19-Mar||Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame|
|Alpha Football||Staff||18-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian||Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri|
|Sleeper U||Staff||18-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|College Football Metrics||Xavier Cromartie||17-Mar||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi||Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California||T.J. Green, S, Clemson|
|Draft King||Lou Pickney||17-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Draft Site||D.J. Boyer||17-Mar||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State||Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State||Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State|
|NFL Mock||Staff||17-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian||Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California||Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech|
|Roto Professor||Eric Stashin||17-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|San Diego Union-Tribune||Eddie Brown||17-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian||Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State||Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas|
|CBS Sports||Will Brinson||16-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Draft Wire||Jon Ledyard||16-Mar||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State|
|DraftTek||Consensus||16-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian||Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA||Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech|
|NFL.com||Bucky Brooks||16-Mar||Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia|
|Rotoworld||Josh Norris||16-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|SI.com||Chris Burke||16-Mar||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State|
|Walter Football||Walter Cherepinsky||16-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian||Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State||Sean Davis, S, Maryland|
|Bigfoot Sports||Staff||15-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Draft Utopia||Chris Ransom||15-Mar||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State||Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh||Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma|
|Fanspeak||Steve Shoup||15-Mar||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State|
|Mock Draft Central||Nick||15-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|Pro Football Focus||Cris Collinsworth||15-Mar||Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State|
|Riggo's Rag||Maurice Barksdale||15-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|Breaking the Shield||Staff||14-Mar||Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State||Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma|
|CBS Sports||Rob Rang||14-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|CBS Sports||Dane Brugler||14-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|CSN Philly||Paul Hudrick||14-Mar||Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame|
|Draft Ace||Ryan McCrystal||14-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian||Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State||Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech|
|My NFL Draft||Staff||14-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|NFL.com||Daniel Jeremiah||14-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|SB Nation||Dan Kadar||14-Mar||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi|
|Walter Football||Charlie Campbell||14-Mar||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi||Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame||Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State|
|24/7 Sports||Luke Rogers||13-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|Football Dialogue||Pat Schuster||13-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|BFLO360||BFLO||12-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Mock Draft HQ||Staff||12-Mar||Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State|
|Cover32||Patrick Cooper||11-Mar||Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State|
|Draft Scout 24/7||Staff||11-Mar||Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State||Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina|
|EDS Football||Kevin Hanson||11-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|Man Cave Sports||D.J. Pitillo||11-Mar||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|NESN||Staff||11-Mar||Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh|
|NFL.com||Chad Reuter||11-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Tankathon||Staff||11-Mar||Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State|
|Football Draft Analysis||Staff||10-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Guy's NFL Draft Locker Room||Guy Pritchard||10-Mar||Vadal Alexander, G, Louisiana State|
|Real Football Network||Pat Kirwan||10-Mar||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi|
|Football's Future||Robert Davis||9-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|The Sports Bank||Paul Banks||9-Mar||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State|
|Behind the Steel Curtain||big_jay71||8-Mar||Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State|
|CBS Sports||Jared Dubin||7-Mar||Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana|
|Deepish Thoughts||J.R. Glymph||7-Mar||Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State||Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California|
|Draft Season||Ultimate||7-Mar||Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State||Jeremy Cash, S, Duke|
|Mac's Sports and Suds||Mac||7-Mar||Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame|
|National Fanatic||James Fedewa||7-Mar||Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana||Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State||Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor|
|Draft Season||Lupagus||4-Mar||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State||Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech|
|Kansas City Star||Terez Paylor||4-Mar||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State|
|NFL.com||Lance Zierlein||4-Mar||Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame|
|Scout.com||John Holler||4-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|The Game Haus||Joey Heisman||4-Mar||Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State|
|USA Today||Nate Davis||4-Mar||Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State|
|Fox Sports||Peter Schrager||3-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|NFL.com||Charles Davis||3-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Pro Football Focus||Steve Palazzolo||3-Mar||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State|
|Yahoo! Shutdown Corner||Eric Edholm||3-Mar||Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian|
|Breaking Football||Keet Bailey||2-Mar||Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson||Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford||Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh|
|ESPN||Todd McShay||2-Mar||Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State|
|Music City Miracles||Terry Lambert||1-Mar||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi|
|Sporting News||Eric Galko||1-Mar||Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama|
|Draft Season||Onebar||29-Feb||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State|
|The Big Lead||Jason McIntyre||22-Feb||Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State|
|ESPN||Mel Kiper||18-Feb||Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State|
Once again, draftniks everywhere have prioritized finding a new target for Teddy Bridgewater above everything else on the Vikings' list of things to do. Out of our 70 drafts in this week's Database, a whopping 46 of them (65.7%) have the Vikings tabbing a wide receiver in the first round. Texas Christian standout Josh Doctson continues to dominate among the receivers, as he accounts for nearly half of the selections himself. His name comes up in 22 of our 70 drafts this week (31.4%). Corey Coleman of Baylor is in second place among the receivers, as his name appears eight times this week (11.4%). Michael Thomas of Ohio State holds on to third place with six selections (8.6%), but Laquon Treadwell of Mississippi is closing in, as he appeared five times this week (7.1%). Will Fuller of Notre Dame found his way onto this week's list four times (5.7%), while Tyler Boyd of Pittsburgh continues to hold steady with one selection (1.4%).
The offensive line continues to hold onto second place, despite all of the moves the Vikings have made at the position over the last week and a half. The big uglies up front account for 16 of the 70 selections in this week's Database (22.9%). There is a tie for the top spot between Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair and Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. They each appear five times in this week's Database (7.1% each). Taylor Decker of Ohio State gets called three times this week (4.3%), while Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs appears twice this week (2.9%). LSU guard Vadal Alexander holds on to his one selection from last week (1.4%).
The defensive backs only account for three selections this week. . .but that's enough to give them sole possession of third place in this week's Database. A pair of Ohio State teammates, safety Vonn Bell and cornerback Eli Apple, account for all three selections. Bell appears twice this week (2.9%), while Apple gets one selection (1.4%).
The linebackers account for just two selections this week, as the drop of Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee in our database continues. Lee was tied for the top spot in the pre-Combine version of our Database, but this week is down to just one selection (1.4%). The other linebacker selection comes to someone making his first appearance in our Database this week, as Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd got the call in one mock (1.4%).
Defensive linemen also wound up with two selections this week. Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson held on to his one selection from last week (1.4%), and we have another debut in the form of Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. He garnered one selection this week as well (1.4%).
Last but not least, the running backs are down to one selection, as Alabama's Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry, continues to hold a spot in our Database with one selection (1.4%). Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State, who made his debut last week, makes his exit this time around.
Debuting this week: Leonard Floyd, Emmanuel Ogbah
Dropping out this week: Ezekiel Elliott
So, how does it look on our charts for this week? Well, let's start with our donut graph, which shows you what's going on with just Version 4.0 of our Database.
If that's a little tough for you to read, you can see the full-sized version right here. That's still a whole lot of purple in various shades taking up that chart.
Finally, we'll finish things up with the Jell-o Salad graph so that you can see the trends that have developed over the first five incarnations of our Database for this draft season.
Once again, you can get a full-sized version of the chart right here.
That's what we have for this week, ladies and gentlemen. Tune in next Saturday when we bring you the latest version of the best place to find Minnesota Vikings mock draft results anywhere.