We're a little less than six hours away from the start of Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft. While most fans of the Minnesota Vikings are still abuzz over the selection of Laquon Treadwell in the first round, it's time to start focusing on the remaining six rounds of the selection process. To that end, there are sites out there that have attempted to project what's going to happen this evening in Chicago, so let's take a look around and see what they're projecting for the purple, shall we?
We'll start with the mothership at SB Nation, where Dan Kadar has our favorite football team turning their attention to the defensive side of the ball with the selection of Southern Cal linebacker/safety Su'a Cravens.
Cravens can be the strong safety the Vikings need. He's capable of playing near the line of scrimmage, and can cover tight ends.
Cravens was actually my selection in the second round of this year's SB Nation Blogger Mock Draft, so I'd obviously be a big fan of this move if it were to happen.
Behind the great E$PN Paywall, they see the Vikings continuing to stay on the offensive side of things with the selection of Notre Dame center/guard Nick Martin.
Even after signing G Alex Boone to a four-year deal, the Vikings need to add youth and talent on the interior. G Brandon Fusco struggled last season, while C John Sullivan missed all of 2015 and is coming off of two back surgeries. Martin could be a plug-and-play rookie because of his experience, toughness and advanced technique.
Nate Davis of USA Today is projecting a defensive pick as well, but he's going with Louisiana State linebacker Deion Jones.
At 6-1, 222, he's almost an oversized defensive back. But that's OK in today's NFL as long as Jones continues covering large swatches of turf. He'd be a nice successor to declining veteran WLB Chad Greenway.
Over at CBS Sports, Dane Brugler agrees with the folks from ESPN, as he has the Vikings tabbing Nick Martin as well.
With the versatility to play center or guard, Martin helps the Vikings concerns across the interior of the line.
Walter Football swings the pendulum back over to the defensive side of the football, predicting the Vikings to take Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones.
Defensive tackle isn't a huge need right now, but the Vikings have some expiring contracts soon at the position, so perhaps they'd like to take a prospect who fits exactly what they're looking for.
Chris Burke at SI.com has actually projected the second and third rounds. In the second round, he has the Vikings selecting Duke safety Jeremy Cash, and following that up with the selection of UCLA running back Paul Perkins in the third. No commentary was provided for either selection.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com also has the next two rounds projected. In the second round, he has the Vikings addressing the offensive line with the selection of Arizona State guard Christian Westerman.
Technically sound with an ability to step in and challenge for a starting role immediately. Good talent.
In the third round, Zierlein has the Vikings taking a cornerback, Brandon Williams out of Texas A&M.
That's a quick spin around the internet to see who some of the experts have the Minnesota Vikings taking in tonight's action. Who do you see the purple pursuing on Friday night in Chicago?