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It’s that time of the week where we update our Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the sort of things we’re seeing this close to draft weekend.

Since we started doing this year’s Database about six weeks ago, we’ve had 42 players mocked to the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. Of those 42 players, 33 of them make an appearance in this week’s Database.

Just for the heck of it, rather than going from 80 mocks last week to 90 this week, I just went ahead and bumped things up to the full allotment of 100 for this week. That means we’ve got 200 projected first-round picks for the Vikings right now, and the lack of consensus is pretty stunning.

In this week’s Database, we don’t have a single player that garnered 10% of the total selections, but we have nine players that managed to get up to at least 5%. In addition, the gap between the top two position groups has just about disappeared completely.

With that, here are the 100 mock drafts that make up our Mock Draft Database for this week. In addition, if you want to take a look at more mock drafts than you can shake the proverbial stick at for all the teams. . .even the 31 that don’t matter as much. . .check out the NFL Mock Draft Database website.

2020 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v5.0

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)
Draft Site D.J. Boyer 5 Apr Ross Blacklock, DT, Texas Christian Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
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
Draft Wire Luke Easterling 4 Apr Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Terrell Burgess, S, Utah James Lynch, DE, Baylor
Bleacher Report David Kenyon 3 Apr Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
CBS Sports Josh Edwards 3 Apr Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
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 Trade Rumors Logan Ulrich 2 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
NFL.com Charles Davis 2 Apr Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State
Sporting News Vinnie Iyer 2 Apr A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Sports Illustrated Kevin Hanson 2 Apr Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma A.J. Green, CB, Oklahoma State K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 2 Apr Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Ross Blacklock, DT, Texas Christian Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty Lucas Niang, OT, Texas Christian
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
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 1 Apr Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
NBC Sports Bay Area Johnson/Schrock 1 Apr A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal
NFL.com Peter Schrager 1 Apr Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
San Diego Union-Tribune Eddie Brown 1 Apr Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Jabari Zuniga, DE, Florida Saahdiq Charles, OL, Louisiana State
CBS Sports Tom Fornelli 31 Mar Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
DraftTek Staff 31 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Netane Muti, G, Fresno State Ross Blacklock, DT, Texas Christian Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Houston Chronicle Aaron Wilson 31 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Ross Blacklock, DT, Texas Christian
Houston Chronicle John McClain 31 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
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
Bleacher Report Kristopher Knox 30 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
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
SB Nation Dan Kadar 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
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 30 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Josh Jones, OT, Houston Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri Lynn Bowden, WR, Kentucky Jabari Zuniga, LB, Florida
Yardbarker Seth Trachtman 30 Mar Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi 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
Bleacher Report Joe Tansey 28 Mar Josh Jones, OT, Houston Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson 28 Mar Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
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
NBC Sports Boston Phil Perry 27 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
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
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 26 Mar K'Lavon Chaisson, DE, Louisiana State Kristian Fulton, CB, 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
Maize n Brew Anthony Broome 25 Mar Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian Zack Baun, DE, Wisconsin Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame Bryant Edwards, WR, South Carolina
NBC Sports DC Tyler Roman 25 Mar A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Pro Football Focus Mike Renner 25 Mar Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
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
Athlon Sports Bryan Fischer 24 Mar Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
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
The Game Haus Joe Ditullio 24 Mar Cesar Ruiz, G, Michigan A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Phinsider Justin Hier 24 Mar A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado
Aftermath Sports Chris McGlynn 23 Mar Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian
Alpha Football Staff 23 Mar Josh Jones, OT, Houston A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Baltimore Sun C.J. Doon 23 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
CBS Sports R.J. White 23 Mar Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
NJ.com Joe Giglio 23 Mar Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian
Rotoworld Josh Norris 23 Mar Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Austin Jackson, OT, Southern Cal
Atlanta Journal-Constitution D. Orlando Ledbetter 22 Mar Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian Patrick Queen, LB, Louisiana State
Bleacher Report Maurice Moton 22 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Loaded Box Podcast Ben Morgan 22 Mar Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
The Draft Network Jordan Reid 22 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma Ben Bartch, OT, St. John's (MN) Jabari Zuniga, LB, Florida
Blogging the Boys David Howman 21 Mar Jeff Gladney, CB, Texas Christian Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M Matthew Peart, OT, Connecticut Tyler Biadasz, G, Wisconsin
Last Word on Pro Football David Latham 21 Mar Laviska Shenault Jr, WR, Colorado A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
New York Post Steve Serby 21 Mar Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
The Athlete's Hub Tyler McDonald 21 Mar Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Draft Rite John Vogel 20 Mar Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
DraftBlaster Draft Geek 20 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Newsday Nick Klopsis 20 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
NFL Draft Blitz Alex Khvatov 20 Mar Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State
NFL.com Lance Zierlein 20 Mar Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Ross Blacklock, DT, Texas Christian
Ralphie Report Sam Metivier 20 Mar Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn Khalid Kareem, DE, Notre Dame Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon
Fox Sports Jason McIntyre 19 Mar Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
Radio.com Tim Kelly 19 Mar C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
USA Today Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz 19 Mar Justin Jefferson, WR, Louisiana State Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State
Bleacher Report Zach Buckley 18 Mar Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State Jalen Reagor, WR, Texas Christian
NFL Draft Geek J.T. Olson 18 Mar Ross Blacklock, DT, Texas Christian Josh Jones, OT, Houston

So, how does it all break down? Let’s dive into the data here and have a look.

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

  • Kristian Fulton, Louisiana State - 17 selections (8.5%, down from 10%)
  • A.J. Terrell, Clemson - 12 selections (6%, up from 5.63%)
  • Trevon Diggs, Alabama - 10 selections (5%, up from 4.38%)
  • Jeff Gladney, Texas Christian - 9 selections (4.5%, up from 3.75%)
  • Jaylon Johnson, Utah - 9 selections (4.5%, down from 5%)
  • Xavier McKinney, Alabama - 5 selections (2.5%, up from 1.88%)
  • C.J. Henderson, Florida - 3 selections (1.5%, up from 1.25%)
  • Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State - 2 selections (1%, up from 0.63%)
  • Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn - 2 selections (1%, down from 1.88%)
  • Damon Arnette, Ohio State - 1 selection (0.5%, NEW this week)

We still have ten different defensive backs in our Database for this week, as Louisiana State safety Grant Delpit has dropped out. He was replaced by Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette. Fulton continues to lead the way for the defensive backs for the third consecutive week, and he was just a couple of selections away from being the top overall player selected in our Database for this week. It still appears, at least on the surface, that this is the Vikings’ biggest need, so it makes sense that this is still the most mocked position by the experts out there.

But, as I said in the open, the gap is narrowing.

Wide Receivers - 67/200 selections (33.5%, up from 33.3% last week)

  • Tee Higgins, Clemson - 17 selections (8.5%, up from 8.13%)
  • Denzel Mims, Baylor - 14 selections (7%, up from 5.63%)
  • Justin Jefferson, Louisiana State - 13 selections (6.5%, up from 5%)
  • Jalen Reagor, Texas Christian - 13 selections (6.5%, up from 6.25%)
  • Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado - 7 selections (3.5%, down from 4.38%)
  • Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State - 2 selections (1%, down from 1.25%)
  • Henry Ruggs III, Alabama - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 0.63%)

The wide receivers are still the second-most mocked position for the Vikings thus far, but they have the most players with double-digit selections with four. This is supposed to be a very deep class at the wide receiver position, so it’s possible that the Vikings could pass on the position early on. However, with a glaring need at the position now, it might be prudent for them not to wait.

Defensive Line - 46/200 selections (23%, down from 24.38% last week)

  • Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State - 19 selections (9.5%, up from 9.38%)
  • A.J. Epenesa, Iowa - 14 selections (7%, up from 6.25%)
  • Ross Blacklock, Texas Christian - 5 selections (2.5%, down from 3.75%)
  • Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma - 3 selections (1.5%, down from 1.88%)
  • Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina - 2 selections (1%, down from 1.88%)
  • Zack Baun, Wisconsin - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 0.63%)
  • Derrick Brown, Auburn - 1 selection (0.5%, NEW this week)
  • K’Lavon Chaisson, Louisiana State - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 0.63%)

Gross-Matos has unseated Fulton to become the most-selected player in the Database this week, though the defensive linemen as a whole continue to trail the wide receivers and the defensive backs. I still think that if the Vikings are going to look for defensive line help early it will be on the interior rather than on the edges, but they could always try to slide Ifeadi Odenigbo inside. I wouldn’t do it, but I’m not the Vikings, so what do I know?

Offensive Line - 15/200 selections (7.5%, no change from last week)

  • Josh Jones, Houston - 7 selections (3.5%, down from 3.75%)
  • Austin Jackson, Southern Cal - 4 selections (2%, down from 2.5%)
  • Mekhi Becton, Louisville - 1 selection (0.5%, NEW this week)
  • Netane Muti, Fresno State - 1 selection (0.5%, NEW this week)
  • Lucas Niang, Texas Christian - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 0.63%)
  • Cesar Ruiz, Michigan - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 0.63%)

A very distant fourth place in our Database continues to be held down by the offensive linemen. There are a couple of new names this week, including Becton, who I’ve seen mocked in the top five in a few different spots. His selection by the Vikings came in a draft where they traded up into the teens to make a selection, but I still don’t think that’s going to be high enough to get him if they want him.

Also, props to Lucas Niang, who is the only player that appears in the first, second, and third rounds of our Database for this week. I guess you could say his stock is fluctuating depending on who you talk to.

Linebackers - 2 selections (1%, down from 1.88% last week)

  • Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma - 1 selection (0.5%, NEW this week)
  • Patrick Queen, Louisiana State - 1 selection (0.5%, down from 1.88%)

Another new name comes to us from the linebacker position, as Kenneth Murray makes his Mock Draft Database debut. Queen lost two-thirds of the support he had last week, but still manages to hang on to one selection to stay in this week’s Database.

There are no quarterbacks, running backs, or tight ends mocked to the Vikings thus far, and we haven’t seen a quarterback in our Database since way back at the beginning when Oregon signal caller Justin Herbert was mocked to Minnesota at #25. We know there’s no way the Vikings are spending a first-rounder on a quarterback at this point, though, so that makes sense.

With that, we move on to the graphics portion of this week’s Database, both of which you may click to embiggen. The first one is a rather messy Donut Graph that shows just how crazy spread out everything is in this week’s Database.

One day I’m going to learn to do actual graphics or something. Maybe. Maybe not, I don’t know.

Also, here is the Jell-o salad graph for this week, looking at the trends we’ve seen develop over the past seven weeks.

The colors on both graphs should line up so that the same shades of the various colors represent the same player. Adding new players throws things off a bit, but I’m pretty sure everything matches up.

With that, our Mock Draft Database for this week is in the books, ladies and gentlemen! We’ll be back with an updated list of mocks next weekend as we get closer to what should be a truly unique 2020 NFL Draft.