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It’s Saturday, ladies and gentlemen, and that means it’s time for the latest installment of your Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database. This time around, we are up to 70 Mock Drafts that are tracking what the purple and gold are projected to do in this year’s NFL Draft, and one position group continues to dominate the field, as we’ve come to expect.

So, without further delay, let’s take a look at the mocks that comprise this week’s version of our Database. Half of them are dated after last week’s version, so we’ll see just how much things are altered.

2018 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v4.0

Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
Football Couch Scout Site 24-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso DeShon Elliott, S, Texas Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
Land of 10 Wayne Staats 24-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
SEC Country Connor Riley 24-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
CBS Sports Tom Fornelli 23-Mar Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
NEO Sports Insiders Brandon Urasek 23-Mar Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa Braden Smith, G, Auburn Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
NewsDay Nick Klopsis 23-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
NJ.com Joe Giglio 23-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Patriots.com Don Banks 23-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
College Football News Pete Fiutak 22-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
DraftTek Staff 22-Mar Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida Scott Quessenberry, G, California-Los Angeles Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
NFL.com Charles Davis 22-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Ralphie Report Sam Metivier 22-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
San Diego Union-Tribune Eddie Brown 22-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina
Washington Times Zielonka/Paras 22-Mar Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Athlon Sports Bryan Fischer 21-Mar Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson 21-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Deep Fried Draft Brian Bosarge 21-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Metro Matt Burke 21-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Braden Smith, G, Auburn
SI.com Albert Breer 21-Mar Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Sports Bank Paul Banks 21-Mar Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Big Lead Jason McIntyre 21-Mar Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 21-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State Deontay Burnett, WR, Southern California
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 20-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
CBS Sports R.J. White 20-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 20-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
National Fanatic James Fedewa 20-Mar Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
NFL.com Chad Reuter 20-Mar Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Sporting News Eric Galko 20-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
The Game Haus Joe Ditullio 20-Mar Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The Ringer Danny Kelly 20-Mar Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Mock Out Micky McKeon 19-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
NFL.com Bucky Brooks 19-Mar Lorenzo Carter, DE, Georgia
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 19-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Rasheem Greene, DE, Southern California M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Great Blue North Site 18-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Sony Michel, RB, Georgia Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Draft Utopia Chris Ransom 17-Mar B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State Arden Key, DE, Louisiana State Tavarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
CBS Sports Jared Dubin 16-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Draft Site D.J. Boyer 16-Mar Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL) Joseph Noteboom, OT, Texas Christian
CBS Sports Will Brinson 15-Mar Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Press Box Ken Zalis 15-Mar Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
CBS Sports Sean Wagner-McGough 14-Mar Vita Vea, DT, Washington
FanSpeak John Manuel 14-Mar Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Draft Ace Ryan McCrystal 13-Mar Jamarco Jones, G, Ohio State B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State
NFL Rough Draft Ray Mencio 13-Mar Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
SB Nation Dan Kadar 13-Mar Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
The Grueling Truth Matt Minich 13-Mar Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
USA Today Nate Davis 13-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Alpha Football Site 12-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Draft Season Ultimate 12-Mar Connor Williams, OT, Texas Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
Football Dungeon Duane Lively 12-Mar Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Draft Season Lupagus 8-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
EDS Football Site 8-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
NFL.com Lance Zierlein 8-Mar Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Breaking Football Brandon Robinson 7-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
ESPN Todd McShay 7-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Draft King Lou Pickney 6-Mar Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Pro Football Focus Steve Palazzolo 6-Mar Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
NFL.com Peter Schrager 1-Mar Derrius Guice, RB, Louisiana State
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
College Football Metrics Ender 26-Feb Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Huddle Report Jonathan Cook 23-Feb Connor Williams, OT, Texas
247 Sports Josh Edwards 22-Feb Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
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
Football Fan Spot Site 19-Feb Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Great Blue North Paul Guillemette 19-Feb Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
NFL.com Charley Casserly 13-Feb Derwin James, S, Florida State
Rotoworld Josh Norris 13-Feb Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso

As it has since the start of this year’s Database, the offensive line continues to be the position of focus for most pundits that are doing their projections for the Vikings in April. Of the 70 selections in this week’s Database, 44 of them are looking at the offensive line (62.9%). In a big shift from last week’s Database, however, one player is nearly lapping the field. Texas-El Paso guard Will Hernandez, who has been near the top of our Database the entire offseason, is now crushing the competition. With 15 selections this week (21.4%), he has nearly twice the number of selections as the second-highest player, Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price. Price has 8 selections this week (11.4%), so you can see he’s way behind Hernandez right now.

Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey holds on to the third spot with six selections in this week’s Database (8.6%), while Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams and UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller are tied with four selections each (5.7% each). Here’s how the rest of the offensive linemen fared this week:

  • Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown - 2 selections (2.9%)
  • Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn - 2 selections (2.9%)
  • Ohio State offensive lineman Jamarco Jones - 2 selections (2.9%)
  • Louisville tackle Geron Christian - 1 selection (1.4%)

Iowa center James Daniels dropped out of this week’s version of the Database after appearing in previous weeks.

Even after the Vikings’ signing of Sheldon Richardson in free agency, the defensive line continues to be the second-most popular position projected to Minnesota in this year’s draft. The d-linemen received a total of 12 selections this week (17.1%), but they’re spread out among numerous players. Only two defensive linemen received multiple selections in this week’s Database, as Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan and Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst each appear three times this week (4.3% each).

There are several new names appearing in our database at the defensive line spots this week, as a trio of edge rushers have added their names to the list of players that have appeared at the #30 spot since Mock Draft season began. All of the following players received one selection (1.4% each) in this week’s version of our Database:

  • Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne
  • North Carolina State defensive tackle B.J. Hill
  • Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea
  • Boston College defensive end Harold Landry (new addition)
  • Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard (new addition)
  • Georgia defensive end Lorenzo Carter (new addition)

Louisiana State defensive end Arden Key has dropped out of this week’s Database.

The defensive backs are continuing their relatively strong showing as well, as they appear ten times in this week’s Database (14.3%). They are led by Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes, who this week received the most selections of any non-offensive lineman in our Database. Hughes’ name appears five times this week (7.1%), which gives him the same number of selections as all of the other defensive backs in our database this week combined. The only other defensive back to receive multiple selections this week is Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson, whose name appears twice (2.9%). Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander, and Florida State safety Derwin James also appear one time each in this week’s Database (1.4%).

The only other new name we have in the Database this week belongs to a tight end. Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki becomes the third pass catcher to appear in our Database this season, as he appeared once in the Database this week (1.4%). That ties him with Clemson receiver Deon Cain and South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert among pass catchers in the Database for this season.

Derrius Guice continues to be the only running back in the Database thus far, as he continues to hold on to his one selection (1.4%). And, for the first time in this year’s Database, there are no sites projecting the Vikings to draft a quarterback, as DraftTek has finally figured out that likely isn’t happening.

With that, we are now up to 33 different players that have been projected to the Vikings in the 2018 NFL Draft. I’m not sure how many more players will be added in the next month, but however many there are, we’ll make room for them.

Let’s bring you our graphic representation of the data we’ve presented for this week. As always, we start with the donut graph, which shows us the breakdown of the players that appear in this week’s version of our Database. Feel free to click on the picture if you wish for it to be embiggened.

The offensive line is represented by the various shades of purple, and as they have since the beginning, they have a huge piece of our donut thus far. I don’t think there’s any real reason to expect that to change, since the offensive line remains the weakest point on the Vikings’ roster as things stand right now.

We also have the “Jell-o salad” graph for this week, which shows how the various players have risen and fallen over the course of the five weeks (counting our pre-Combine version) that we’ve been putting this year’s Database together. Again, a whole lot of purple appears on this graph, and you can see it kind of crowding out the rest of the colors for the various other position groups.

I know there was a suggestion last week for a “stacked bar” graph, and unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time to play around with the Database this week. I’ll see if I can’t make something happen along those lines for inclusion in next week’s Database.

That concludes Version 4.0 of this year’s Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, folks. Enjoy the mocks and we’ll be back again next week with Version 5.0!