While we did bring you the final installment of this year’s Mock Draft Database late last night (or early this morning, whenever you may have seen it), there are some folks that are getting their “final” mock drafts in just under the wire, with the 2019 NFL Draft set to get underway in less than five hours.
We’re going to bring you a few of them here, and probably add a few more later on, but these are some of the bigger names in the draft world doing their last projections. What do they have for the Minnesota Vikings? Well, you’re probably going to see a bit of a pattern developing here.
Mel Kiper, E$PN: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
I expect an offensive lineman for Minnesota, and there should still be good options on the board. Lindstrom is my top-ranked guard.
Todd McShay, E$PN: Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
The Vikings’ line would improve drastically if they moved Pat Elflein to guard and inserted the top center prospect in the class in the middle. Bradbury has great agility and is quick off the ball in run blocking.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Bradbury
The Vikings must address the O-line. Bradbury is one of the best center prospects of the last five years, and Pat Elflein would move to guard to clear a spot for him.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Bradbury
The move to Gary Kubiak’s zone-based rushing attack makes the N.C. State standout a natural fit as an interior starter with a versatile game that could make him a Pro Bowl-caliber player at center or guard.
Peter Schrager, NFL.com: Bradbury
Minnesota’s No. 1 goal this offseason has been to find ways to keep its $84 million quarterback upright. Bradbury is nasty, versatile and tough. He had a great week in Indianapolis at the combine and is projected to be a Day 1 starter in the NFL at one of the three interior OL positions.
Charley Casserly, NFL.com: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi
The Vikings address their biggest need by adding a talented edge blocker. If they go this route, I see Little sliding into the left tackle spot and Riley Reiff moving to guard.
Charles Davis, NFL.com: Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma
Brass will address the team’s biggest need, helping the O-line with the All-American from Oklahoma, who can play tackle or move inside to guard.
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: Ford
The Vikings could see Ford as a tackle/guard prospect who offers additional value because of his flexibility.
Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Bradbury
Minnesota badly needs to address its offensive line. Bradbury is a player who can line up at center or guard. Pat Elflein could play one spot and Bradbury can take the other.
Again, we’ll likely be adding to this list as we get closer to draft time. But, this first handful of “final” mocks certainly seem to have a handle on the Vikings’ biggest need.