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More mocks, but the offensive line continues to dominate

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It’s just another Saturday here in Minnesota Vikings land, which means that it’s time for the latest update to our 2018 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database. We’ve bumped up the number of Mock Drafts to 80, and even though I wanted to start eliminating some of the older ones, I couldn’t find enough decent drafts to make up the difference. . .apparently not a lot of folks updated their mocks this week. Hopefully next week we can start weeding out some of the older mocks in our Database.

For now, however, here are the mocks that make up this week’s numbers.

2018 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v5.0

Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
EDS Football Site 30-Mar Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
FF Today Justin Bales 30-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Land of 10 Wayne Staats 30-Mar Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
SB Nation Dan Kadar 30-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
CBS Sports R.J. White 29-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Deep Fried Draft Brian Bosarge 29-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Football Couch Scout Site 29-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso DeShon Elliott, S, Texas Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
NFL.com Peter Schrager 29-Mar Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
ACC Diehards Raj Prashad 28-Mar James Daniels, C, Iowa
DraftTek Staff 28-Mar Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida Scott Quessenberry, G, California-Los Angeles Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
ESPN Mel Kiper 28-Mar James Daniels, C, Iowa
Ourlads Site 28-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 28-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State Deontay Burnett, WR, Southern California
CBS Sports Will Brinson 27-Mar Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
FanSpeak John Manuel 27-Mar Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
NFL.com Lance Zierlein 27-Mar Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
The Game Haus Joe Ditullio 27-Mar Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
With The First Pick Jon Dove 27-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 26-Mar Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Draft Season Lupagus 26-Mar Connor Williams, OT, Texas Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Huddle Report Jonathan Cook 26-Mar Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
NBC Sports Ben Standig 26-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Scout.com Jared Mueller 26-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Sporting News Vinnie Iyer 26-Mar Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
The Grueling Truth Mike Goodpaster 26-Mar Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 26-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
SEC Country Connor Riley 24-Mar Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Tankathon Site 24-Mar Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma Holton Hill, CB, Texas Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
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
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
Metro Matt Burke 21-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Braden Smith, G, Auburn
My NFL Draft Site 21-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
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
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 Ringer Danny Kelly 20-Mar Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Mock Out Micky McKeon 19-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
NFL Draft Blitz Alex Khavtov 19-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
NFL.com Bucky Brooks 19-Mar Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia
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
NFL Draft Scout Dane Brugler 17-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
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
Press Box Ken Zalis 15-Mar Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
CBS Sports Sean Wagner-McGough 14-Mar Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Draft Ace Ryan McCrystal 13-Mar Jamarco Jones, G, Ohio State B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State
NFL Draft Scout Rob Rang 13-Mar Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
NFL Rough Draft Ray Mencio 13-Mar Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
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
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
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
247 Sports Josh Edwards 22-Feb Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
Draft Countdown Scott Wright 21-Feb Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma Rasheem Greene, DE, Southern California
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

In a trend that really isn’t likely to reverse itself anytime soon, the offensive line continues to crush the competition as far as which position group pundits have the Vikings focusing on. They’ve increased their percentage of the overall “donut” from a shade under 63% last week to just a little over 66% this week, meaning that two out of every three mocks in our Database for this week is projecting the Vikings to address their offensive line with the 30th overall selection in this year’s Draft.

Out of ur 80 selections this time around, the offensive line picked up 53 of them (66.3%). Once again, Texas-El Paso guard Will Hernandez is destroying the field, as he appears 20 times (25%) in the Database for this week. Ohio State guard Billy Price is still his closest competitor, but he dropped a bit to just seven selections in this week’s Database (8.8%). Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller are right behind Price with six selections each this week (7.5% each).

Continuing with the offensive linemen, there’s another tie behind those pair between Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams and Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown. Each of them has four selections this week (5% each), and while Williams has held steady for three weeks running now, Brown appears to have overcome his disastrous Combine performance a bit, as he’s climbing on our list.

Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn is next on our list with three selections this week (3.8%), and Iowa center James Daniels re-joins the Database this week (after having no selections last week), appearing two times (2.5%). Ohio State offensive lineman Jamarco Jones rounds things out for the offensive linemen this week with one selection (1.3%), while Louisville offensive tackle Geron Christian drops off of our list for this week.

The second-highest mocked position group for this week is now the defensive backs, though both the defensive backs and the defensive linemen are at a nearly 5-to-1 disadvantage to the offensive linemen. This week, defensive backs appear 11 times in our Database (13.8%), and again they’re mostly being buoyed by Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes. Hughes’ name appears five times in our Database for this week (6.3%), giving him more selections than any other non-offensive lineman. Only one other defensive back appears multiple times this week, and that’s Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson. Jackson is mocked to the Vikings three times this week (3.8%).

The other defensive backs appearing in this week’s database each got one vote (1.3% each). They are:

  • Florida State safety Derwin James
  • Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander
  • Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis

The defensive linemen are right behind the defensive backs with ten selections this week (12.5%). Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst has re-taken the lead among the defensive linemen with three selections this week (3.8%), but that’s because Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan actually dropped down to two selections (2.5%) this time around. They are the only two defensive linemen with multiple selections this week. Five other defensive linemen received one pick each this week (1.3% each), and they are as follows:

  • Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne
  • Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea
  • Boston College defensive end Harold Landry
  • Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard
  • North Carolina State defensive tackle B.J. Hill

We’ve put tight ends and receivers together in one group, and that group is next up on the list with three selections this week (3.8%). Everyone that was in the Database last week. . .Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain, South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert, and Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki. . .held steady with their one selection each from last week (1.3% each).

Last week, I mistakenly had Georgia prospect Lorenzo Carter listed as a defensive lineman and not a linebacker, and we’ve had another linebacker added to this week’s Database, so I split them off into their own separate group. The new addition to this week’s Database at the linebacker position is Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. Carter and Vander Esch each have one selection in this week’s Database (1.3% each).

Last, but not least, we lost one running back this week. . .but we gained another one. Louisiana State running back Derrius Guice does not appear in our Database for this week, but he’s been replaced by another SEC runner in Nick Chubb out of Georgia. Chubb has just the one selection this week (1.3%), and I’m still not sure why anyone is mocking a running back to the Vikings in Round 1, but it is what it is.

With the new additions, we’ve now had 35 different players mocked to the Vikings at #30 overall by the various pundits across the internet. As someone pointed out in the comments in a previous version of the Database, this is going to pay off huge when Rick Spielman decides to trade out of the first round to accumulate more picks.

In any event, here are our graphic representations for this week, starting with the mostly purple “Donut graph.” There were getting to be too many names to spread out around the outside of the circle, so I change the format slightly, leaving the percentages for each player on the circle but putting a legend on the side rather than having each individual name near the actual graph itself. Hopefully this eliminates some of the clutter.

If the graph is not large enough, you can always click on it for the purposes of embiggening.

Lastly, we have this week’s “Jell-o salad” graph, tracking how players have risen and fallen over the course of the six weeks we’ve been doing this year’s Database. It’s getting a little crowded with all the different players, but like the donut graph, one color is totally dominating the rest from start to finish.

That’s all we’ve got for this week’s version of our Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, ladies and gentlemen. We’ll be back again next Saturday with even more mocks and, hopefully, enough new ones to start weeding out those that haven’t been updated for a while.