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Welcome to what might be the second-to-last version of this year’s Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, depending on whether or not I get to throw one together during draft week. If I don’t, next weekend’s Database will be the final one for this season, as we’re now less than two weeks away from a very unique 2020 NFL Draft.

We’re still at 100 mocks in our Database for this week, and over half of those have been updated or added since our last update. I’ve tossed out some of the ones that haven’t been updated for a while, and will continue to do that next week as well to try to give us the most accurate, up-to-date pulse on what the experts think the Vikings are up to.

Since everyone has waited long enough, here are the 100 mocks that make up our Mock Draft Database for this week. Most of these were found courtesy of the NFL Mock Draft Database, which everyone should check out if they just can’t get enough mocks. In a bit of disclosure, the DraftTek mock has the Vikings with three first-round picks and one third-round pick because of trades, but for the purposes of the percentages below, I only counted the first two picks from that mock as our first rounders. It keeps things at a nice, even 200 that way.

2020 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v6.0

Site Name Date Round 1 (22) Round 1 (25) Round 2 (58) Round 3 (89) Round 3 (105)
Site Name Date Round 1 (22) Round 1 (25) Round 2 (58) Round 3 (89) Round 3 (105)
NBC Sports Bay Area Johnson/Schrock 12 Apr Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal
Pro Football Network Neal Driscoll 12 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal
Bleacher Report Brent Sobleski 11 Apr K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, Louisiana State Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Bleacher Report Maurice Moton 11 Apr Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
CBS Sports Patrik Walker 11 Apr Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson 11 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State
Draft Site D.J. Boyer 11 Apr Ross Blacklock, DT, Texas Christian Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Draft Wire Luke Easterling 11 Apr Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Ashtyn Davis, S, California Hakeem Adeniji, G, Kansas Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri
NBC Sports Boston Phil Perry 11 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Rotoballer Andrew Lalama 11 Apr Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
Athlon Sports Bryan Fischer 10 Apr Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, Louisiana State
Bleacher Report Joe Tansey 10 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Bleacher Report Kristopher Knox 10 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
CBS Sports Josh Edwards 10 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Sporting News Vinnie Iyer 10 Apr A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn Jonathan Greenard, DE, Florida Nick Harris, G, Washington
Sports Illustrated Dr. Roto 10 Apr Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
CBS Sports John Breech 9 Apr Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 9 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal
Fox News Staff 9 Apr Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Maize n Brew Anthony Broome 9 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Zack Baun, DE, Wisconsin Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan Ben Bartch, OT, St. John's (MN) Netane Muti, G, Fresno State
NFL Trade Rumors Logan Ulrich 9 Apr Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise State
NFL.com Adam Rank 9 Apr Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Pro Football Ready Ryder McConville 9 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Radio.com Tim Kelly 9 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Sports Illustrated Kevin Hanson 9 Apr Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
Stampede Blue Andrew Aziz 9 Apr Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Zone Coverage Luke Inman 9 Apr Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 8 Apr Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian
Pro Football Focus Mike Renner 8 Apr Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M Tyler Biadasz, G, Wisconsin Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
San Diego Union-Tribune Eddie Brown 8 Apr Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State Damien Lewis, G, Louisiana State Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Stanford Daily Reddy/Sligh 8 Apr Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Yardbarker Seth Trachtman 8 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State Ashtyn Davis, S, California Leki Fotu, DT, Utah
CBS Sports R.J. White 7 Apr Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
DraftTek Staff 7 Apr Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama Not mocked (trade involved in mock)
Fox Sports Jason McIntyre 7 Apr A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Houston Chronicle Aaron Wilson 7 Apr Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Houston Chronicle John McClain 7 Apr Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Insider Tyler Lauletta 7 Apr Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah 7 Apr Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Sports Illustrated Conor Orr 7 Apr Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
The Game Haus Joe Ditullio 7 Apr Cesar Ruiz, G, Michigan A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Touchdown Wire Doug Farrar 7 Apr Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 7 Apr Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn James Lynch, DE, Baylor Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
Alpha Football Staff 6 Apr Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee Jordan Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
Establish the Run Evan Silva 6 Apr Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Josh Jones, OT, Houston
NBC Sports DC Tyler Roman 6 Apr A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Josh Jones, OT, Houston
OddsShark Harry Gagnon 6 Apr Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama Patrick Queen, LB, Louisiana State
SB Nation Dan Kadar 6 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
Sports Illustrated Matt De Lima 6 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
The Huddle Cory Bonini 6 Apr Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
USA Today Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz 6 Apr K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, Louisiana State A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 6 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri Lynn Bowden, WR, Kentucky Jabari Zuniga, LB, Florida
Tankathon Staff 5 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State Jack Driscoll, OT, Auburn Not mocked
Bleacher Report Alex Ballentine 4 Apr C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
CBS Sports Jordan Dajani 4 Apr Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Bleacher Report David Kenyon 3 Apr Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
Sports Illustrated Jamie Eisner 3 Apr Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
CBS Sports Seth Wagner-McGough 2 Apr Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
CBS Sports Will Brinson 2 Apr Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
For The Win Henry McKenna 2 Apr Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
NFL.com Charles Davis 2 Apr Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State
Baltimore Beatdown Adrian Charchalis 1 Apr Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Bleacher Report Matt Miller 1 Apr Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
NFL.com Peter Schrager 1 Apr Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
CBS Sports Tom Fornelli 31 Mar Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
NFL.com Maurice Jones-Drew 31 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Pro Football Focus Steve Palazzolo 31 Mar Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Acme Packing Company Shawn Wagner 30 Mar Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Chicago Tribune Brad Biggs 30 Mar Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
E$PN Todd McShay 30 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
NFL.com Cynthia Frelund 30 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State
Pro Football Focus Chahrouri/Eager 30 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Rotoworld Hayden Winks 30 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
The Draft Network Joe Marino 30 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama Jonathan Greenard, DE, Florida Netane Muti, G, Fresno State
Touchdown Wire Mark Schofield 30 Mar Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State
USA Today Nate Davis 30 Mar A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State
Los Angeles Times Sam Farmer 29 Mar Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Pro Football Network A.J. Schulte 29 Mar Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana
Detroit Free Press Marlowe Alter 28 Mar Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado
Sports Illustrated Corey Parson 28 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
WEEI Chris Scheim 28 Mar Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Denver Post Ryan O'Halloran 27 Mar Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
EDS Football Brendan Donahue 27 Mar Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
NFL Draft Addicts Matt Fallon 27 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Lucas Niang, OT, Texas Christian Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA Rashard Lawrence, DT, Louisiana State
Detroit News Justin Rogers 26 Mar Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Heavy Vinna Somma 26 Mar Josh Jones, OT, Houston Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
My NFL Draft Staff 26 Mar Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
NFL Draft Diamonds Damond Talbot 26 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
NFL.com Chad Reuter 26 Mar Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne Jonah Jackson, G, Ohio State
NJ.com Mike Kaye 26 Mar Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal
Pro Football Network Staff 26 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Washington Post John Clayton 26 Mar A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado
Yahoo! Sports Eric Edholm 26 Mar Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
The Ringer Danny Kelly 25 Mar Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
The Sports Hub Alex Barth 25 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Lucas Niang, OT, Texas Christian
E$PN Mel Kiper 24 Mar Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
NFL Draft Geek Brian Johannes 24 Mar Josh Jones, OT, Houston Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
NFL Rough Draft Staff 24 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
NFL.com Charley Casserly 24 Mar Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Omar Kelly 24 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

Strangely enough, even after all the additions, updates, and changes, our top two position groups each received exactly the same number of selections as they had last week. They’re just distributed a bit differently. Where are the changes? Let’s check everything out and see!

Defensive Backs - 70/200 selections (35%, no change from last week)

  • Kristian Fulton, Louisiana State - 20 selections (10%, up from 8.5%)
  • Trevon Diggs, Alabama - 11 selections (5.5%, up from 5%)
  • A.J. Terrell, Clemson - 11 selections (5.5%, down from 6%)
  • Jeff Gladney, Texas Christian - 10 selections (5%, up from 4.5%)
  • Jaylon Johnson, Utah - 6 selections (3%, down from 4.5%)
  • Xavier McKinney, Alabama - 6 selections (3%, up from 2.5%)
  • Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State - 2 selections (1%, no change)
  • C.J. Henderson, Florida - 2 selections (1%, down from 1.5%)
  • Damon Arnette, Ohio State - 1 selection (0.5%, no change)
  • Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 1%)

Fulton has gotten himself back to the 10% level. . .but he’s not the overall leader in our Database for this week. Also, it doesn’t appear people are buying into the idea of the Vikings not drafting Trevon Diggs after sending his brother Stefon to Buffalo, as he bumped up just slightly from last week.

On the other hand, this came across the Twitters today, too. A lot can change over the course of the next week and a half or so.

Wide Receivers - 67/200 selections (33.5%, no change from last week)

  • Denzel Mims, Baylor - 21 selections (10.5%, up from 7%)
  • Tee Higgins, Clemson - 18 selections (9%, up from 8.5%)
  • Justin Jefferson, Louisiana State - 12 selections (6%, down from 6.5%)
  • Jalen Reagor, Texas Christian - 9 selections (4.5%, down from 6.5%)
  • Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State - 3 selections (1.5%, up from 1%)
  • Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado - 3 selections (1.5%, down from 3.5%)
  • Henry Ruggs III, Alabama - 1 selection (0.5%, no change)

Yes, for the first time in this year’s Database, a wide receiver is the overall leader, as Mims picked up quite a bit of support from what he saw last week. In order for him to move up, a couple of players had to drop, and the two that suffered the most were Reagor and Shenault, as you can see above. The more I see of Mims on tape, the more I like him, but we’ll see if the Vikings like him, too.

Defensive Line - 43/200 selections (21.5%, down from 23% last week)

  • Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State - 18 selections (9%, down from 9.5%)
  • A.J. Epenesa, Iowa - 15 selections (7.5%, up from 7%)
  • K’Lavon Chaisson, Louisiana State - 3 selections (1.5%, up from 0.5%)
  • Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma - 3 selections (1.5%, no change)
  • Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina - 2 selections (1%, no change)
  • Zack Baun, Wisconsin - 1 selection (0.5%, no change)
  • Ross Blacklock, Texas Christian - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 2.5%)

The defensive linemen remain in third place in our positional rankings, despite the fact that there are only two players picking up the majority of the votes. I’m still of the mindset that the Vikings’ defensive line needs are on the interior rather than on the edges, but perhaps I’m wrong.

Offensive Line - 17/200 selections (8.5%, up from 7.5% last week)

  • Austin Jackson, Southern Cal - 6 selections (3%, up from 2%)
  • Josh Jones, Houston - 5 selections (2.5%, down from 3.5%)
  • Mekhi Becton, Louisville - 2 selections (1%, up from 0.5%)
  • Ezra Cleveland, Boise State - 1 selection (0.5%, NEW this week)
  • Lucas Niang, Texas Christian - 1 selection (0.5%, no change)
  • Cesar Ruiz, Michigan - 1 selection (0.5%, no change)
  • Isaiah Wilson, Georgia - 1 selection (0.5%, NEW this week)

Jackson once again leapfrogs over Jones to the top of the offensive line list, while we have a couple of new additions this week to this position group. Cleveland might be an interesting selection, but it remains to be seen if the Vikings think that there might be someone else out there that’s. . .

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Better Than Ezra.

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Linebackers - 3/200 selections (1.5%, up from 1% last week)

  • Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma - 2 selections (1%, up from 0.5%)
  • Patrick Queen, Louisiana State - 1 selection (0.5%, no change)

As I’ve stated several times already, I don’t think linebacker is a position of desperate need for the Vikings. It’s not that I don’t think Murray and Queen are good players, because they certainly are. I just think the Vikings have other things to worry about.

Let’s move on to the graphics here, shall we? I’ve attempted to do away with the “hard edges” on these. Hopefully that makes them a little easier to read.

We’ll start with this week’s donut graph, highlighting all 33 players that actually appear in this week’s version of our Database. You can click to embiggen things, and you’re likely going to need to as I had to make the font a little smaller to accommodate all of the names.

And, as always, we have the Jell-o salad graph, which tracks the ups and downs of all 44 players that have appeared in our Database for this season in some way, shape, or form. Again, you may click for the purposes of embiggening.

That’s your Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database for this week, ladies and gentlemen. We’ll see if next weekend’s update is the final one for this draft season or not.