With another Saturday upon us and the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine well in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for another installment of our Mock Draft Database, tracking what experts around these vast interwebs of ours predict for the Minnesota Vikings when the 2019 NFL Draft rolls around this April.
We’ve expanded our scope once again this week, as we’re now up to 50 mock drafts from across the internet. One position continues to dominate, and will likely do so throughout this process, but we are seeing a few different names and a little more variance as to how the picks are distributed.
With that, here are the 50 mocks that make up the Database for this week:
2019 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, Version 2.0
|Site||Name||Date||Round 1 (18)||Round 2 (50)||Round 3 (81)|
|Site||Name||Date||Round 1 (18)||Round 2 (50)||Round 3 (81)|
|EDS Football||Site||8 Mar||Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson|
|Free Agent Forecast||Site||8 Mar||Devin Bush, LB, Michigan||Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State|
|Walter Football||Walter Cherepinsky||8 Mar||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama||Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State||L.J. Collier, DE, Texas Christian|
|DraftTek||Site||7 Mar||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State||Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State||Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State|
|NFL.com||Chad Reuter||7 Mar||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State|
|SkolHole||Lupagus||7 Mar||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State|
|The Sports Bank||Paul Banks||7 Mar||Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State|
|CBS Sports||Will Brinson||6 Mar||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|E$PN||Todd McShay||6 Mar||Ed Oliver, DT, Houston|
|Football Couch Scout||Site||6 Mar||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State||Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama||Kingsley Keke, DT, Texas A&M|
|Houston Chronicle||John McLain||6 Mar||Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State|
|Houston Chronicle||Aaron Wilson||6 Mar||Byron Murphy, CB, Washington|
|San Diego Union-Tribune||Eddie Brown||6 Mar||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama|
|Sporting News||Vinnie Iyer||6 Mar||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama|
|Alpha Football||Site||5 Mar||Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College||Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State||Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State|
|DraftWire||Luke Easterling||5 Mar||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma||Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State||Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State|
|FanSpeak||Brad Weiss||5 Mar||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|FanSpeak||Steve Shoup||5 Mar||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|Game Haus||Joe Ditullio||5 Mar||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|NewsDay||Nick Klopsis||5 Mar||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|NFL.com||Daniel Jeremiah||5 Mar||Devin Bush, LB, Michigan|
|SB Nation||Dan Kadar||5 Mar||Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson|
|NBC Sports Washington||Ben Standig||4 Mar||Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State||Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State|
|Walter Football||Charlie Campbell||4 Mar||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama||D'Andre Walker, LB, Georgia||Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama|
|CBS Sports||Ryan Wilson||3 Mar||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State|
|The Draft Network||Kyle Crabbs||3 Mar||Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M|
|Football Nick||Site||1 Mar||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma||Mike Bell, S, Fresno State||Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson|
|NFL Rough Draft||Ray Mencio||1 Mar||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama||Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State||Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida|
|NFL.com||Peter Schrager||28 Feb||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama|
|The Phinsider||Clint Clearwater||28 Feb||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State|
|CBS Sports||Jared Dubin||27 Feb||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|NFL.com||Bucky Brooks||27 Feb||Greg Little, OT, Mississippi|
|CBS Sports||Pete Prisco||26 Feb||Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College|
|CBS Sports||R.J. White||26 Feb||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|SkolHole||Ultimate||26 Feb||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma||Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State|
|Bucs Nation||David Harrison||25 Feb||Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State|
|Music City Miracles||Justin Melo||25 Feb||Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia|
|CBS Sports||Chris Trapasso||22 Feb||Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State|
|SI.com||Kalyn Kahler||20 Feb||Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida|
|ChatSport||Tom Downey||19 Feb||Devin Bush, LB, Michigan|
|NFL.com||Charley Casserly||19 Feb||Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State|
|SkolHole||Onebar||19 Feb||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|E$PN||Mel Kiper||18 Feb||Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama|
|The Draft Network||Benjamin Solak||18 Feb||T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa|
|Football Dungeon||Duane Lively||17 Feb||Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma|
|Tankathon||Site||17 Feb||Greg Little, OT, Mississippi|
|NFL Draft Days||Frank Williams||15 Feb||Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida|
|Fueled By Sports||Site||14 Feb||Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State|
|NFL Draft Guru||Site||12 Feb||Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State|
|NFL.com||Maurice Jones-Drew||12 Feb||Greg Little, OT, Mississippi|
As you can see from the dates, over half of the drafts in our Database this week have been either added or updated since last week’s update, so a lot of them should be showing what they learned at the Scouting Combine.
Once again, the offensive linemen are dominating the overall distribution of picks. They slightly increased their overall percentage of selections, as they garnered 43 of the 50 picks in this week’s Database (86%). That’s a bump up from 83.3% last week.
Cody Ford of Oklahoma remains the leader in the clubhouse, as he’s the first person in this year’s Database to pick up double-digit selections in any of our roundups. Ford appears 12 times this week (24%), and he’s been in the low-20% range in all three of our Databases so far.
We have a couple of pretty significant risers this week in the form of Alabama tackle Jonah Williams and North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury. Both of them picked up seven selections this week (14% each), with Williams nearly doubling his four selections from last week and Bradbury nearly quadrupling his two picks from the previous Database.
With those two players rising as they did, a lot of the offensive linemen that had been in the Database saw a drop. Kansas State guard Dalton Risner (8%), Washington State tackle Andre Dillard (6%), Mississippi tackle Greg Little (6%), Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor (4%), and West Virginia tackle Yodny Cajuste (2%) each saw a drop-off in selections from the previous Database.
Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom picked up a second selection this week (4%), though one of the drafts that has the Vikings selecting Lindstrom (from Alpha Football) has the Vikings trading down with the New England Patriots, getting an extra second round pick, and taking Lindstrom at #32. The picks in the table above represent both of the Vikings’ second round selections in that mock, and they used their third-round pick on Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich.
We have one debuting offensive lineman in our mock this week as well, as Texas A&M center Erik McCoy. . .another Combine superstar. . .appears once this week (2%).
Once gain, that doesn’t leave a whole lot for any of the other positions, as there are just seven other selections to go around. Michigan linebacker Devin Bush picked up a bit of support this week, as he appears three times in our Database (6%). He remains the lone linebacker in our Database.
At the defensive end spot, we have a new name and a new leader at the position, as Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell makes his debut this week with two selections (4%). In addition, after becoming the first player to disappear from the Database last week, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver becomes the first player to re-appear, as he’s back with one selection (2%). Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, Boston College defensive tackle Zach Allen, and Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat all dropped out of our Database this week.
T.J. Hockenson continues to be the lone offensive skill position player in our Database, though he has just one selection this week (2%). And, yes, in something that we knew was probably coming eventually, someone mocked a first-round defensive back to the Vikings. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has them selecting Washington cornerback Byron Murphy, who makes his debut this week (2%).
With that, here are the graphical representations for this week, starting with the donut graph that focuses exclusively on how this week’s picks were distributed. As always, you may click on the picture for purposes of embiggening.
And, for the first time this year. . .since we actually have enough data to see a bit of a trend. . .here are the ups and downs from the first three versions of our Mock Draft Database, which we affectionately refer to as the “Jell-o salad” graph. This allows us to see how players have risen and fallen, disappeared and/or reappeared, in our Database over the weeks. Again, this picture may be embiggened by clicking on it. Also, for some reason it appears that a couple of the colors towards the right side of the graph aren’t working quite properly. Hopefully I can work that minor issue out for next week.
There you have the Mock Draft Database for the weekend before NFL free agency gets underway, ladies and gentlemen. We’ll be back next week with another expansion, this time to 60 mocks from across the internet, and another look at what the experts are projecting for our favorite football team. Enjoy, everyone!