Well, so much for getting this bad boy up earlier on Saturdays, eh?
Yes, after a significant delay, we’re finally here with Version 2.0 of your 2021 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, in which we attempt to get a handle on what the purple might be doing when we get to this year’s NFL Draft.
In last week’s Database, we saw the defensive linemen dominate things in the early going, and we’ve got more of the same in this week’s update. We’re now up to 40 Mock Draft, the majority of which are either new or updated since last week. How far have things shifted? Let’s take a look at what we have.
2020 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v2.0
|Site||Name||Date||Round 1 (14)||Round 3 (79)||Round 2 (91)|
|Site||Name||Date||Round 1 (14)||Round 3 (79)||Round 2 (91)|
|Mile High Report||Joe Rowles||27 Feb||Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech|
|Pro Football Network||Staff||27 Feb||Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina|
|Action Network||Matthew Freedman||26 Feb||Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)|
|CBS Sports||Chris Trapasso||26 Feb||Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech|
|CBS Sports||Josh Edwards||26 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)|
|CBS Sports||Pete Prisco||26 Feb||Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia|
|CBS Sports||Ryan Wilson||26 Feb||DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama|
|Loaded Box Podcast||Mikey Ostrowski||26 Feb||Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech||Jevon Holland, S, Oregon||Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State|
|Rotoballer||Andrew Lalama||26 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)|
|Sporting News||Vinnie Iyer||26 Feb||Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal|
|E$PN||Mel Kiper Jr.||25 Feb||Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal|
|NFL.com||Charley Casserly||25 Feb||Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)|
|The Draft Network||Drae Harris||25 Feb||Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama|
|Athlon Sports||Bryan Fischer||24 Feb||Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)|
|DraftTek||Staff||24 Feb||Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas||Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State||Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh|
|San Diego Union-Tribune||Eddie Brown||24 Feb||Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan||Ben Cleveland, OL, Georgia||Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh|
|Touchdown Wire||Doug Farrar||24 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)|
|CBS Sports||Tom Fornelli||23 Feb||Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama|
|Pro Football Network||Ben Rolfe||23 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)|
|The Game Haus||Joe Ditullio||23 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)|
|Walter Football||Walter Cherepinsky||23 Feb||Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)||Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia||Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest|
|Akron Beacon-Journal||Dan Kadar||22 Feb||Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama|
|Draft Wire||Luke Easterling||22 Feb||Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan|
|Pro Football Focus||Anthony Treash||22 Feb||Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama|
|Pro Football Network||Ian Cummings||22 Feb||Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama||Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa||Quincy Roche, DE, Miami (FL)|
|Pro Football Network||Tyler Olson||22 Feb||Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern|
|Sports Illustrated||Zack Patraw||22 Feb||Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington||Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse||Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame|
|The Huddle Report||Brian Johannes||22 Feb||Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama|
|USA Today||Nate Davis||22 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)|
|Walter Football||Charlie Campbell||22 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)||Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State||Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame|
|Rotoballer||D.J. Boyer||19 Feb||Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota||Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Southern Cal||Ben Cleveland, OL, Georgia|
|Sportsnaut||Matt Johnson||19 Feb||Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State|
|Big Cat Country||Ryan Day||18 Feb||Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan|
|Football Fan Spot||Steven Lourie||18 Feb||Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama||Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt||Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State|
|Pro Football Network||Kent Platte||18 Feb||Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina|
|The Draft Network||Brentley Weissman||18 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)||James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati||Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse|
|The Draft Scout||Matt Miller||18 Feb||Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama|
|Last Word on Pro Football||Ryan Potts||17 Feb||Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech|
|Last Word on Pro Football||Michael Hanich||16 Feb||Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)|
|NFL Draft Diamonds||Damond Talbot||16 Feb||Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern|
As mentioned in the intro, the defensive linemen continue to dominate, as they account for 25 of the 40 selections in this week’s Database. Miami (Florida) defensive end Gregory Rousseau continues to lead the way both for the defensive linemen and overall with nine selections. Hot on his tail is Alabama defensive tackle Christian Barmore, who now has seven experts tabbing him to Minnesota at #14 overall.
Making a strong debut this week is Rousseau’s teammate with the Hurricanes, defensive end Jaelan Phillips, who has four selections in his first week in the Database. Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye still has some support, but he appears just three times. Jayson Oweh of Penn State holds steady with one selection, and another player making his debut, Washington defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike, appears once in this week’s update.
In a pretty distant second place, we have the offensive linemen, who account for nine of our selections this week. The new leader in the clubhouse at that spot is Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw with four selections. Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater and USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker each check in with a pair of picks, while Texas offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi makes his debut this week as well, coming in with one selection.
So, with 34 out of 40 selections this week dedicated to players in the trenches, it doesn’t leave a whole lot for any of the other positions. The wide receivers are holding things down with three selections in this week’s update. Alabama teammates Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith each have one pick this week, as does Minnesota star Rashod Bateman.
The defensive backs have two selections this week, both of them coming courtesy of South Carolina standout Jaycee Horn. Last, but not least, there is one linebacker in this week’s update, as Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari maintained his one selection from last week.
Dropping out of the Database this week were Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II, Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses, and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.
Our donut chart for this week shows us the dominance of the defensive linemen continuing this week, as you can see a whole lot of blue and not a whole lot of anything else. If you have difficulty reading anything, you may always click upon the picture for the purposes of embiggening.
No trend graph for this week, but we’ll definitely have one as a part of next week’s update.
That does it for this week’s installment of the 2021 Mock Draft Database for your Minnesota Vikings, folks. Are there any mocks you like in particular? Do you agree with the trends that are pointing towards the defensive line for the purple thus far?