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2016 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database: Version 5.0

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We are just 33 days away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago, ladies and gentlemen. . .let me tell you, it can't possibly get here soon enough for my liking. I'm sure that most of you feel the same way. This is our sixth iteration of our Mock Draft Database for this season (though it's only "Version 5.0" because the Pre-Combine version doesn't get a numerical designation), and though we've expanded the number of mocks appearing in our Database, the overall pattern of things remains largely unchanged.

Yes, this week we are up to a total of 80 mocks, so we've almost gotten to the ultimate goal of 100. Once we get to 100, the versions after that will be spent weeding out the older ones and replacing them with fresh perspectives. Not all of these drafts are by the talking heads you see on TV or what have you every day, but they're all pretty good perspectives, and hopefully this gives some folks that might not otherwise get a lot of exposure to have an opportunity to get some eyes on their product.

With that, here are the 80 mocks that comprise our Database for this week.

Site Name Date Round 1 (23) Round 2 (54) Round 3 (86)
Draft Season Lupagus 25-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
DraftTek Consensus 25-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
Fantasy Football Auction Staff 25-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Five Foot Nothing Sports Coach K 25-Mar Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State Austin Johnson, DE, Penn State
NFL Spin Zone Dan Schmelzer 25-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
CBS Sports Rob Rang 24-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
CBS Sports Dane Brugler 24-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
ESPN Todd McShay 24-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Mock Draft Central Nick 24-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
National Fanatic James Fedewa 24-Mar Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State Keanu Neal, S, Florida
NESN Staff 24-Mar Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
San Diego Union-Tribune Eddie Brown 24-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
Sleeper U Staff 24-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Sports Giggles Charlie3317 24-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 23-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
CBS Sports Will Brinson 23-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
CBS Sports Jared Dubin 23-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
NFL.com Charles Davis 23-Mar Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Roto Professor Eric Stashin 23-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
SI.com Chris Burke 23-Mar Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 23-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State Sean Davis, S, Maryland
Draft Season Onebar 22-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Draft Utopia Chris Ransom 22-Mar Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
Fanspeak Steve Shoup 22-Mar Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Football Draft Analysis Staff 22-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Alpha Football Staff 21-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
BFLO360 BFLO 21-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Breaking the Shield Staff 21-Mar Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
Draft Ace Ryan McCrystal 21-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
NFL.com Lance Zierlein 21-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
NFL.com Maurice Jones-Drew 21-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Riggo's Rag Maurice Barksdale 21-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
SB Nation Dan Kadar 21-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Sporting News Eric Galko 21-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
The Sports Bank Paul Banks 21-Mar Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
USA Today Nate Davis 21-Mar Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 21-Mar Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi Darian Thompson, S, Boise State Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
Armchair All-Americans David Howman 18-Mar Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Draft Scout 24/7 Staff 18-Mar Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
Guy's NFL Draft Locker Room Guy Pritchard 18-Mar Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Game Haus Joey Heisman 18-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
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
eDraft Vincent Frank 17-Mar Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
NFL Mock Staff 17-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Draft Wire Jon Ledyard 16-Mar Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
NFL.com Bucky Brooks 16-Mar Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
Rotoworld Josh Norris 16-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Bigfoot Sports Staff 15-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Ourlads Staff 15-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Pro Football Focus Cris Collinsworth 15-Mar Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
CSN Philly Paul Hudrick 14-Mar Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
My NFL Draft Staff 14-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah 14-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
24/7 Sports Luke Rogers 13-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Football Dialogue Pat Schuster 13-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Vikings Territory Austin Belisle 13-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
EDS Football Kevin Hanson 11-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Man Cave Sports D.J. Pitillo 11-Mar Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
NFL.com Chad Reuter 11-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Tankathon Staff 11-Mar Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Real Football Network Pat Kirwan 10-Mar Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Football's Future Robert Davis 9-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Behind the Steel Curtain big_jay71 8-Mar Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
ESPN Mel Kiper 8-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Vikings Territory Adam Warwas 8-Mar Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
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
Kansas City Star Terez Paylor 4-Mar Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Scout.com John Holler 4-Mar Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian
Fox Sports Peter Schrager 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
Music City Miracles Terry Lambert 1-Mar Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
The Big Lead Jason McIntyre 22-Feb Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California

One position continues to be the dominant force for our Database this season, and they've opened up even more of a lead in this week's update.

That position, of course, is the wide receiver position, as more and more of the mock drafts we're sampling recognize the upgrades the Vikings have made to the offensive line in free agency and shifting more towards pass catchers. Of the 80 selections in this week's Database, a full 62 of them are going to wide receivers (77.5%). That's more than three out of every four pundits that feel the Vikings will be selecting a receiver in the first round of next month's selection meeting. Josh Doctson of Texas Christian continues to lap the field, as he hears his name called 29 times this week (36.3%). If you added the totals of any three other players in the Database at this point, they wouldn't have as many selections combined as Doctson has by himself. The name you'll see in second place this week is a bit of a surprise, as Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller has leapfrogged several names to take the second spot. After only four selections last week, he's all the way up to ten this time around (12.5%). Last week's second-place finisher, Corey Coleman of Baylor, held steady with eight selections this week (10%), but that pushed him down into third place. Laquon Treadwell of Mississippi and Michael Thomas of THE. . .dramatic pause. . .Ohio State University are tied for the fourth spot with seven selections apiece (8.8% each). Tyler Boyd of Pittsburgh continues to hold steady with one selection this week (1.3%).

For what it's worth. . .and, at this point, it doesn't appear to be worth much. . .offensive linemen are still in second place in our Database this week. They combine for just 11 selections this week (13.8%), as a couple of names that had been in our Database previously are now out. Taylor Decker of Ohio State leads the way for the linemen, as he garnered five selections this week (6.3%). Cody Whitehair of Kansas State hangs in with four selections (5%), while Jack Conklin of Michigan State has dropped to just two selections this time around (2.5%). Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs and LSU guard Vadal Alexander both fell out of our Database for this week.

Linebackers are back into the third spot this week, and they do so even though they only collected three selections (3.8%). Darron Lee of Ohio State moved up this week after a couple weeks of downward movement, as he was selected two times this week (2.5%). Leonard Floyd of Georgia holds steady with his one selection from last week (1.3%).

Defensive backs and defensive linemen bring up the rear this week, with both positions picking up two selections (2.5% each). For the defensive backs, the Ohio State duo of cornerback Eli Apple and safety Vonn Bell each appear one time this week (1.3% each). Along the defensive line, Shaq Lawson of Clemson is holding things down all by himself, as he picked up two selections in this week's Database (2.5%). Emmanuel Ogbah of Oklahoma State has dropped out this week after making his debut last week.

We no longer have any running backs in the Database, as Derrick Henry's one selection that he's held the past couple of weeks has disappeared.

Debuting This Week: None
Dropping Out This Week: Jason Spriggs, Vadal Alexander, Emmanuel Ogbah, Derrick Henry

So, what does the visual look like for Version 5.0 of our Database? Let's move on to the charts, starting with this week's Donut Graph. The Donut Graph breaks down what we're seeing in this week's Database only.

Mock Draft Database v5.0 Donut

If the chart there is too small for you to see, you can find the full-sized version right here. As you can see, and has been the case since the beginning, there's a whole lot of purple on the chart and not a whole lot of anything else.

Second, we have this week's "Jell-o Salad" graph, which shows how different players have appeared, disappeared, and trended in all of the versions of our Database so far this year.

Mock Draft Database v5.0 Trends

Again, if the picture is too small, you can see the full-sized picture right here.

There you have the Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database for this week, ladies and gentlemen. We will be back here again next Saturday for the latest update with even more mock drafts for your reading pleasure.