clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2018 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, Final Edition

New, comments

Or “just how badly did the offensive linemen destroy everyone?”

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I’m going to go ahead and label this the final edition of this year’s Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database. I know that I’ve said that I would try to get one put together between the weekend and draft night, but I don’t want to promise it and then not deliver it. So, if it doesn’t happen, my apologies. If I do manage to get it knocked out, it’ll be a “Bonus” edition or something. Either way, I’m not sure how much things are going to change between now and then.

With that, here are the 100 mock drafts that make up what appears to be the final version of this year’s Database to track who the pundits think the Minnesota Vikings will be selecting at #30 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. At least 60 of these mocks are either new to this edition of the Database or have been updated since the one we did last week (dated 14 April).

2018 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, Final Edition

Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
Site Name Date Round 1 (30) Round 2 (62) Round 3 (94)
Draft Season Lupagus 21-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Land of 10 Wayne Staats 21-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State
SEC Country Connor Riley 21-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Sporting News Vinnie Iyer 21-Apr Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Phinsider Clint Clearwater 21-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
Alpha Football Site 20-Apr Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles D.J. Chark, WR, Louisiana State
Bleacher Report Zach Buckley 20-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Draft King Lou Pickney 20-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State
EDS Football Site 20-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Hero Sports Jim Oxley 20-Apr Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Hero Sports Zach Prosba 20-Apr Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Huddle Report Forrest Long 20-Apr Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
NFL Draft Diamonds Jonathan Joyce 20-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
NFL Rough Draft Ray Mencio 20-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers
NFL.com Chad Reuter 20-Apr Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame Billy Price, G, Ohio State Tre'Quan Smith, WR, Central Florida
SB Nation Blogger Mock 20-Apr Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
Athlon Sports Bryan Fischer 19-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 19-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
Draft Ace Ryan McCrystal 19-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
Draft Site D.J. Boyer 19-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL) Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
Draft Utopia Chris Ransom 19-Apr Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland
Draft Wire Luke Easterling 19-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State Dorian O'Daniel, LB, Clemson
My NFL Draft Site 19-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
NFL Draft Scout Rob Rang 19-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
NFL Draft Scout Dane Brugler 19-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Tankathon Site 19-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Uchenna Nwosu, LB, Southern California Kameron Kelly, CB, San Diego State
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 19-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State Kylie Fitts, DE, Utah
CBS Sports R.J. White 18-Apr Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson 18-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
DraftTek Staff 18-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas Uchenna Nwosu, LB, Southern California Trevon Young, DE, Louisville
FanSpeak John Manuel 18-Apr Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
NFL Draft Blitz Alex Khavtov 18-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
NFL Draft MPH Site 18-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas Donte Jackson, CB, Louisiana State R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL)
Rotoworld Mark Lindquist 18-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
Sports Bank Paul Banks 18-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Yahoo! Sports Jason Owens 18-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
CBS Sports Will Brinson 17-Apr Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Draft Analyst Tony Pauline 17-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
NFL Draft Preview Site 17-Apr Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon Holton Hill, CB, Texas
NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah 17-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
NFL.com Charley Casserly 17-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Press Box Ken Zalis 17-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Pro Football Focus Site 17-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma Kris Weatherspoon, S, Troy
Read American Football David Howell 17-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
SI.com Albert Breer 17-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Game Haus Joe Ditullio 17-Apr Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The Ringer Danny Kelly 17-Apr James Daniels, C, Iowa
USA Today Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz 17-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 16-Apr Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Draft Season Ultimate 16-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Mock Out Micky McKeon 16-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Pro Football Weekly Eric Edholm 16-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
SB Nation Dan Kadar 16-Apr Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Big Lead Jason McIntyre 16-Apr Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Huddle Corey Bonini 16-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 16-Apr Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida Connor Williams, OT, Texas Jaylen Samuels, RB, North Carolina State
Football Dungeon Duane Lively 15-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
Football Couch Scout Site 14-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland
NJ.com Joe Giglio 14-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State
CBS Sports Jared Dubin 13-Apr Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Deep Fried Draft Brian Bosarge 13-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
National Fanatic James Fedewa 13-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
NFL Draft Express Site 13-Apr Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
Rotoworld Josh Norris 13-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
With The First Pick Jon Dove 13-Apr Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles Ronald Jones, RB, Southern California
247 Sports Site 12-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon Breeland Speaks, DT, Mississippi
NFL.com Bucky Brooks 12-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
Scouturf Site 12-Apr Billy Price, G, Ohio State Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
CBS Sports Sean Wagner-McGough 11-Apr Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
College Football Metrics Ender 11-Apr Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
College Football Metrics Xavier Cromartie 11-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas
ESPN Todd McShay 11-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh
ESPN Mel Kiper 11-Apr Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
NewsDay Nick Klopsis 11-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
NFL Mock Site 11-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama
Patriots.com Don Banks 11-Apr Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
San Diego Union-Tribune Eddie Brown 11-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College
Sports Gambling Podcast Site 11-Apr Kolton Miller, OT, California-Los Angeles
NFL.com Maurice Jones-Drew 10-Apr Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Ourlads Site 10-Apr Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Sport Smasher Site 10-Apr James Daniels, C, Iowa
AZ Central Bob McManaman 9-Apr Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Draft Season Onebar 9-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Rasheem Greene, DE, Southern California
Fantasy Pros Mike Tagliere 9-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
FF Today Justin Bales 9-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Great Blue North Site 9-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State
Metro Matt Burke 9-Apr Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T
NBC Sports Ben Standig 9-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
NFL Draft Zone Chris Nano 9-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
Big Blue View Invictus XI 7-Apr Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Rasheem Greene, DE, Southern California Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
Football Fan Spot Site 7-Apr Connor Williams, OT, Texas Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
CBS Sports Tom Fornelli 6-Apr Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
The Blog That Boredom Built Erik Voldness 6-Apr Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
NDT Scouting Jonah Tuls 5-Apr Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona
Breaking Football Mike Fanelli 31-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso Donte Jackson, CB, Louisiana State
Baltimore Beatdown Logan Levy 30-Mar Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
LWO Sports Connor Dale 30-Mar Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
NFL.com Peter Schrager 29-Mar Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
ACC Diehards Raj Prashad 28-Mar James Daniels, C, Iowa
NFL.com Lance Zierlein 27-Mar Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia

So, we know that the offensive lineman have absolutely obliterated every other position group in this year’s edition of the Database, and obviously with good reason. How bad did it wind up getting?

Well, of the 100 mocks that make up the final version of this year’s Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, 79 of them have the Vikings selecting an offensive lineman at #30 overall. Yes, just about four out of every five mocks has the Vikings taking a card with an offensive lineman’s name on it to the podium at Jerryworld on Thursday.

As he did every week throughout the Database process, University of Texas-El Paso guard Will Hernandez finds himself on top of the pile this week. In our Pre-Combine Database, he was actually tied for the top spot, but every week after that he had the lead all to himself. He wound up being the pick in 28% of the mocks in our final version of the Database for this year. Does that mean he’s going to be the guy? Well, we’ll have a story about how accurate our Database has been throughout the years tomorrow.

Hernandez’s 28 selections were twice as many as anyone else got in this final edition, but there was a tie for second place between two other linemen. University of Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams and University of Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn each finished with 14% of the selections in our Database. That means Hernandez, Williams, and Wynn make up over half of our selections between the three of them.

Ohio State center Billy Price, who stayed fairly steady throughout our tracking this year, was next in line with 8% of the selections, while UCLA tackle Kolton Miller was right behind him with 7%. Iowa center James Daniels wound up with 3%, while a pair of tackles. . .Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame and Orlando Brown from Oklahoma. . .each sit at 2%. Last, but not least, we got one more new name in our Database right at the end, as University of Arkansas center (and Chanhassen native) Frank Ragnow makes his first appearance in our Database this week, picking up 1% of the selections.

The dominance of the offensive line meant that there are just 21-non offensive line picks in this year’s final Database, and the defensive back contingent managed to pick up 17 of those 21. We wound up having a new leader among the defensive backs right at the end, as Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander made a little jump up at the end to finish with 5% of the selections.

Right behind him was a tie between two more cornerbacks, as Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes and Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson each wound up with 4% of the selections. Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver finished with 2% of the selection, while Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis and Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison each wound up at 1%.

That leaves just four selections for the rest of the field, and two of them wound up going to Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. There was also just one pass catcher in the final version of our Database, as Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley ended our process with 1%.

You’re probably wondering, “What the heck happened to the defensive linemen?” A group that held on to a solid second place throughout a good portion of our Database process for this year, the entire position group finishes our final Database with just one selection. That went to Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.

Our final Database contains no quarterbacks or running backs, which is good because. . .come on, the Vikings aren’t using a first round pick on a quarterback or a running back. But, there were players at those positions mocked to the Vikings over the course of the past nine weeks, so they’re still a part of this year’s Database.

Overall, over the course of this year’s Database, there were 41 different players projected to the Minnesota Vikings at #30 overall. However, out of those 41 players, only 18 appear as first-round selections in our final edition.

On to our final graphs of the year, starting with our Donut Graph, which depicts the 18 players that I just mentioned and how our final Database of 2018 breaks down.

Last, but not least, the final Jell-o Salad graph of 2018, which tracks the rise and fall. . .and, in some cases, the disappearances and reappearances. . .of all 41 players that were mocked to the Minnesota Vikings across the interwebs since the week before the Scouting Combine.

Oh, and on each of those pictures, as always. . .you may click to embiggen.

So, that’s our Mock Draft Database for the time period leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft down in Dallas. Obviously, from what we can see, it’s going to be a huge upset if the Vikings address a position other than offensive line at #30 overall. I mean, provided that they actually make the pick at #30 and don’t trade up or down or something. We don’t know what’s going to happen yet, but we’re just a few days away from finally finding out.