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Seven Round Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft, Take Three

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We're getting closer and closer to the 2016 NFL Draft, folks, and we still really don't have any idea which direction the Minnesota Vikings are going to go in this year's annual selection meeting. In an effort to play out a potential scenario, I will be using the Fanspeak "On the Clock" draft simulator to play out a potential scenario for our favorite football team. (Full disclosure: The folks from Fanspeak gave me a free "premium" account to play with, so I'm taking advantage of it.) While the simulator has some flaws, as all simulators will, it gives us an opportunity to play a little bit of "What If?" when it comes to this year's draft.

This time around, we'll be using the "Big Board" provided by NFL.com. According to the list of Big Boards provided, the NFL.com version was one of the most recently updated, so we'll roll with that one for this time.

Before the draft even got underway, I received two trade proposals for the #23 overall selection. Here's what was offered.

17 Apr PreDraft Trade Proposal

As you can see, both of these proposals would have required me to drop completely out of the first round. While getting early picks in both the second and the third rounds would have been intriguing, I'm not entirely sure that's something that the Vikings would do. So, I decided to turn down both of the proposals and move on with the simulation.

Here's how the selections went leading up to #23:

Los Angeles Rams - Jared Goff, QB, California
Cleveland Browns - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
San Diego Chargers - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
Dallas Cowboys - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Jacksonville Jaguars - Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
Baltimore Ravens - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
San Francisco 49ers - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Philadelphia Eagles - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
New York Giants - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
New Orleans Saints - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Miami Dolphins - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Oakland Raiders - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Tennessee Titans - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Detroit Lions - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Atlanta Falcons - Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
Indianapolis Colts - Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State
Buffalo Bills - Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
New York Jets - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
Washington Redskins - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Houston Texans - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

That left the following players on the board as the Top 15 players still available:

17 April Best Available

While I've had the tendency to lean towards the wide receiver spot in the first round in the earlier mocks I've done, I'm not a huge fan of Will Fuller, so I'm not going to take him at this spot based on the big board. So, we'll swing towards another area of need for our favorite team.

#23 - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

As we've seen throughout the offseason, the Vikings have been all about creating competition along the offensive line. Conklin is a player that could certainly compete with Andre Smith and Phil Loadholt for the starting right tackle spot, and could probably even push Matt Kalil at left tackle. Even with the signings the Vikings have made this offseason, Conklin would have a chance to be an immediate contributor on the offensive line.

Leading up to my pick in the second round at #53 overall, I got another pair of trade proposals. Here's what they looked like:

17 Apr Second Round Proposal

The Lions' proposal wasn't worth considering, in my opinion. Dropping from the second all the way to the fourth? Nope. . .not happening. The Broncos' proposal was intriguing, but with the way the board fell, there was a player that I didn't feel I could pass up, so I turned them both down and made my selection.

#53 - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

We wind up addressing the wide receiver need at this spot after all. There's no real chance that Coleman is available at this spot in the real draft, in my opinion, but with him here at this point in our scenario, he's a no-brainer. While he may not be the "big" receiver that fans of the purple might be looking for in this draft, what he does have is the ability to get open and make plays. The Vikings could certainly use more of that in their offense.

Two more trade proposals crossed my "desk" prior to the start of the third round:

17 Apr Third Round Proposal

I can either drop back six spots and get one extra draft choice, or drop back five slots and get two more picks. I decide to accept the deal from the Patriots and get to the mythical ten draft picks, moving to #28 in the third round. Thanks to this trade. . .and thanks to unbelievable good fortune. . .I manage to get another absolute steal at this spot in the draft.

#91 - Nick Martin, G, Notre Dame

More offensive line? Yep. . .more offensive line. Martin is a player that the Vikings could play at either center or guard, but with John Sullivan coming back from injury and Joe Berger getting up in age, his ability to play center would be vastly more important to this team, in my opinion. Again, there's little chance that Martin is available at this point, but there's no reason to pass him up at this point.

#121 - Jalen Mills, S, Louisiana State

While the NFL.com big board has Mills rated pretty low. . .#159 overall. . .that seems to be an anomaly compared to a lot of other places. After three offensive picks, we need to address the defense, and more specifically the safety spot next to Harrison Smith. Mills had some off-field issues that might scare teams off, but if he's proven to NFL teams that he's gotten away from those sorts of things, he'd be a solid pick-up in the fourth round.

#160 - Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

As I've done in the past couple of drafts, we start looking to the future at the running back position in Minnesota with this selection. At least a few people think that Drake has first-round talent, and was simply buried behind Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry with the Crimson Tide. He had some injury issues in college, but is another dynamic playmaker if he's healthy, and could potentially contribute in the return game as well as in the backfield. Again, we find a player that's just too good to pass up here.

#180 - Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford

Martinez would give the Vikings a potential long-term option to plug in between Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr, allowing them to shift Kendricks to the outside.

#196 - Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State

Judon led the entire country in sacks last year, racking up 20. Yes, he played against a lower level of competition, but he's displayed impressive athleticism, and is the kind of player that Mike Zimmer would love to have an opportunity to mold.

#204 - Deon Bush, S, Miami (FL)

Bush had a disappointing season, thanks in part to injuries, but was one of the top seniors at the safety position going into 2015. He's going to need some refinement, but could contribute as a special teamer right off the bat.

#240 - Nile Lawrence-Stample, DT, Florida State

Stample has the size (6'1", 320) to provide some serious run stopping on the inside. At the very least, he'd push Kenrick Ellis and Shamar Stephen for a spot backing up Linval Joseph.

#244 - Tom Hackett, P, Utah

Sorry, Mark.

That's this week's Fanspeak "On the Clock" mock draft, ladies and gentlemen. I might have focused too much on offense early on, but I just thought the value was too good at those spots to pass up. If you'd like to see how the entire draft broke down, you can see all 253 picks at this link.