Just when you thought that “Mock Draft Szn” was over, it’s time for the experts to project who the Minnesota Vikings (and 31 other teams that aren’t nearly as important) will do in Round Two of this weekend’s NFL Draft. We’ve found some projections for your reading pleasure, so let’s see what they’re expecting from the Vikings this evening.
Dan Kadar, SB Nation
Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn (no commentary)
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk
Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama (no commentary)
Nate Davis, USA Today
Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU: The Vikes landed CB Jeff Gladney in Round 1 but need more corners after losing so many in free agency this year.
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois: Ball-hawking free safety with jaw-dropping combine numbers who can take over for the franchise-tagged Anthony Harris after 2020.
Bonus: Zierlein also has a 3rd round mock where he has the Vikings selecting Prince Tega Wanogho at #89 and Ohio State LB Malik Harrison at #105.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri: The Vikings signed Michael Pierce in free agency but could still upgrade their other tackle spot. Elliott (6-4, 302 pounds) plays with power against the run but also has proved to have natural interior pass-rushing skills.
Bonus: Iyer also has a third-round mock that has the Vikings selecting Auburn OT Jack Driscoll at #89 and Washington G Nick Harris at #105. It’s also worth noting that, of all 100 mocks in our final Mock Draft Database, Iyer was the only one that had the Vikings coming out with Justin Jefferson and Jeff Gladney.
Mark Schofield, Touchdown Wire
Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne: Kyle Dugger comes from the Division II level, so there will be a question about the transition to the NFL, but he more than held his own down in Mobile during Senior Bowl week. He can play down in the box but is also extremely athletic, and can handle deeper coverage situations. The chance to sit and learn a bit is an ideal landing spot for the small school product.
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network
Josh Jones, OT, Houston: Josh Jones is raw, but in Minnesota, he won’t have to start right away, given Riley Reiff’s status as the starting left tackle. Jones has a supremely enticing combination of athleticism and power, and with a year of seasoning, he can take the reigns from Reiff and give Kirk Cousins quality blindside protection.
Bonus: Cummings also has a third-round mock that has the Vikings selecting Florida DE Jabari Zuniga at #89 and Clemson S Tanner Muse at #105.
Steve Muench, Scouts Inc (via E$PN)
Josh Jones, OT, Houston: Left tackle Riley Reiff is 31 and has a cap hit over $13 million in each of the next two years. There is speculation he could move to guard if the Vikings draft a left tackle. Jones is a steal at this point.
That’s eight different mocks with seven different players being mocked to the Vikings in Round 2. What do you think of that, folks? Do you hope any of these analysts got it right or is there someone else you’re hoping for instead?