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2018 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v2.0

The offensive linemen continue to dominate for the purple

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My apologies for not having this up first thing on Saturday morning like I generally do. Usually I put this together on Friday night and set it up to publish on Saturday morning, but. . .well, this time I just didn’t. But, it’s here now, and there’s still plenty of time before free agency starts to discuss it a bit.

We are now up to 50 Mock Drafts in this week’s version of our Database, and there are quite a few that have been updated since last week’s entry. So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at th 50 Mocks we used this week.

2018 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v2.0

Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
CBS Sports R.J. White 8-Mar James Daniels, C, Iowa
EDS Football Site 8-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State Lance Zierlein 8-Mar Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 8-Mar Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State Deontay Burnett, WR, Southern California
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 7-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
CBS Sports Will Brinson 7-Mar Connor Williams, OT, Texas
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson 7-Mar Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
DraftTek Staff 7-Mar Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana Steven Richardson, DT, Minnesota
ESPN Todd McShay 7-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Sports Bank Paul Banks 7-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
USA Today Nate Davis 7-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Athlon Sports Bryan Fischer 6-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 6-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Draft King Lou Pickney 6-Mar Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Draft Site D.J. Boyer 6-Mar Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL) Joseph Noteboom, OT, Texas Christian
Pro Football Focus Steve Palazzolo 6-Mar Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
SB Nation Dan Kadar 6-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Sporting News Eric Galko 5-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 5-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State Rasheem Greene, DE, Southern California Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
CBS Sports Jared Dubin 2-Mar Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
College Football News Pete Fiutak 1-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Land of 10 Wayne Staats 1-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
NFL Rough Draft Ray Mencio 1-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame Taven Bryan, DT, Florida Fred Warner, LB, Brigham Young Peter Schrager 1-Mar Derrius Guice, RB, Louisiana State
San Diego Union-Tribune Eddie Brown 1-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL)
Tankathon Site 1-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Jeff Holland, LB, Auburn Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
Draft Wire Luke Easterling 27-Feb Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford Duke Dawson, CB, Florida Chad Reuter 27-Feb Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida Taven Bryan, DT, Florida Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (FL)
The Game Haus Joe Ditullio 27-Feb Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Ringer Danny Kelly 27-Feb Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
College Football Metrics Ender 26-Feb Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Football Couch Scout Site 23-Feb Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Huddle Report Jonathan Cook 23-Feb Connor Williams, OT, Texas
247 Sports Josh Edwards 22-Feb Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
CBS Sports Tom Fornelli 22-Feb Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Deep Fried Draft Brian Bosarge 22-Feb Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Ourlads Site 22-Feb Jamarco Jones, G, Ohio State
Draft Countdown Scott Wright 21-Feb Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma Rasheem Greene, DE, Southern California
ESPN Mel Kiper 21-Feb Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
Gold Standard Sports Site 21-Feb Deon Cain, WR, Clemson Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida Albert Breer 21-Feb Arden Key, DE, Louisiana State Charles Davis 20-Feb Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Football Fan Spot Site 19-Feb Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Great Blue North Paul Guillemette 19-Feb Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Great Blue North Site 19-Feb Billy Price, G, Ohio State Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh Daesean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
Mock Out Micky McKeon 19-Feb Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Draft Utopia Chris Ransom 15-Feb Donte Jackson, CB, Louisiana State Justin Jones, DE, North Carolina State Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame Charley Casserly 13-Feb Derwin James, S, Florida State
Rotoworld Josh Norris 13-Feb Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Draft Season Lupagus 12-Feb Connor Williams, OT, Texas

This is just the third iteration of our Database for this season, and we’ve already seen 25 different players mocked to go to the Vikings at #30 overall in Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft. That’s one of the pitfalls to being so far down in the order, I suppose. . .you’re going to get a lot of variance and plenty of different names. I’m sure that number is going to get a whole lot bigger by the time we hit draft day in about seven weeks.

The offensive line, once again, has the most selections this week by a significant margin. Of our 50 Mock Drafts, 35 of them (70%) have the Vikings upgrading the Minnesota Moving Company (™ Paul Allen). Texas-El Paso guard Will Hernandez continues to lead the pack with eight selections (16%), but he’s got a couple of guys breathing down his neck in second place. Two offensive linemen each received seven selections (14% each) this week, as Ohio State guard Billy Price and Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey are popular choices for the Vikings so far. Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams was the only other player at any position in this week’s Database to receive more than two votes, as his name appears five times this week (10%).

Two other offensive linemen each received a pair of selections this week (4% each), as UCLA tackle Kolton Miller and Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown each have multiple selections this time around. Ohio State guard Jamarco Jones and Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn each held steady with their one selection from last week (2% each). We also have two new offensive linemen joining our list this week, as Iowa center James Daniels and Louisville tackle Geron Christian find themselves in our Database for this week (2% each).

The only two other players that received multiple votes this week are both defensive tackles, as they pulled into a tie for the second-most popular position this week with the defensive backs. Six out of our 50 selections this week belong to defensive linemen. The two players that got multiple selections are Michigan tackle Maurice Hurst and Florida tackle Taven Bryan (4% each). Hurst held steady, while Bryan (who dropped from two selections to one last week) caught back up to him with a pair of selections. Alabama tackle Da’Ron Payne and Louisiana State defensive end Arden Key each held steady with one selection each (2% each).

As mentioned previously, the defensive backs also got six selections (12%) this week, but their selections were divided equally between six different players. Those players are:

  • Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis
  • Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes
  • Louisiana State cornerback Donte Jackson
  • Florida State safety Derwin James
  • Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander
  • Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson

Alexander and Jackson are each newcomers to the Database this week. Our lone dropout this week is also a defensive back, as Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver drops off of our list in v2.0 of the Database.

Lastly, we still have the same three skill position players on offense that we had last week. Clemson receiver Deon Cain is still with us, as is Louisiana State running back Derrius Guice. And, since DraftTek continues to insist on mocking Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson to Minnesota, he’s still here as well. Each of those players holds steady with one selection (2% each).

So, let’s take a look at our graphical representations for this week, shall we? Here is the distribution for this week’s selections, represented by the “donut” graph, complete with each player’s percentage of selections. You should be able to click on the picture in order to embiggen. . .which, incidentally, was just added to the dictionary, so it’s an actual word now, y’all.

And now, for the first time this year, we have our trends from week to week. . .or, the Jell-o salad graph. A word of warning on this one (which you can also click to embiggen). . .for reasons I’m not totally sure of because my Excel-Fu is still sort of weakish, the players that were just added to the Database this week do not appear on the graph. Their areas are just sort of blank. I am efforting to figure out why, exactly, that is. If I figure it out, I’ll update the picture.

With that, your “better late than never” version of the Mock Draft Database for this week is up and ready for your discussion. More mocks will be added next week, I’ll start weeding out some of the old ones, and a good time will continue to be had by all. . .hopefully with two fully functioning charts instead of just one.