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Mel Kiper, Todd McShay post new mock drafts

And they agree on the Vikings’ biggest need before diverging

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The 2018 NFL Draft is just three weeks from tomorrow, and that means we’re probably going to see the mocks come faster and more furiously than they’ve been coming so far.

Over behind the great E$PN paywall, both of their draft experts have put up their fourth mock drafts of this offseason. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have done two-round mock drafts, and McShay included trades in his. . .though none of those trades affected the Minnesota Vikings.

So, what do the two pundits envision the Vikings doing on draft weekend?

Well, they agreed on the Vikings’ biggest need being the offensive line, as they both had the Vikings addressing the position at #30 overall. However, they did so with two different players.

Kiper had the Vikings selecting Iowa offensive lineman James Daniels.

Minnesota could look at guards or tackles with this pick. Daniels could move to guard for the Vikings.

McShay, on the other hand, took the man that is currently crushing everyone in our Mock Draft Database, UTEP guard Will Hernandez.

Not a lot of holes on this roster, so Minnesota probably will look at the offensive or defensive line here. Hernandez will help shore up the O-line to protect the investment the Vikings made in Kirk Cousins.

I should point out that Kiper had Hernandez going several picks earlier in his mock to the Atlanta Falcons, so he wasn’t available when Kiper made his pick for the Vikings.

As we move on to the second round, the two men diverge on what position the Vikings should go with next.

McShay has the Vikings addressing the defensive secondary with the selection of Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis.

Insurance if Trae Waynes or Mackensie Alexander doesn’t pan out the way Minnesota hopes.

Kiper, on the other hand, chooses to double down on the offensive line for the purple, moving to the outside with the selection of Oregon tackle Tyrell Crosby.

With offensive linemen for the Vikings in their first two picks (center/guard James Daniels in Round 1), they can go with the best five players available. Crosby is versatile enough to play either tackle position.

Selecting two offensive linemen would give us some pretty interesting battles in Training Camp. I don’t know if it would necessarily signal that Mike Remmers was moving inside, but if you’re drafting a tackle in the second round, you’d probably expect him to step in right away. I’m not sure if Crosby can play guard, so it would likely be Remmers moving and Crosby starting at right tackle.

What do you think of the selections from the two ESPN draft gurus?

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Which pair of picks do you prefer from the most recent mock drafts from ESPN?

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  • 38%
    Mel Kiper (Iowa C James Daniels, Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby)
    (1091 votes)
  • 61%
    Todd McShay (UTEP G Will Hernandez, Auburn CB Carlton Davis)
    (1708 votes)
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