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2021 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v6.0

We’re starting to see a bit of a shift

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Welcome, everyone, to the sixth installment of our Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database for the 2021 NFL Draft. We’re tracking what experts across the internet are projecting the purple to do in this year’s selection meeting, and will have an update every week from now until the actual draft hits a month from tomorrow.

We’re now up to 80 mocks in our Database, and we’re starting to see a shift for the Vikings based on both free agency and other teams making trades to move around the draft board as we saw with Miami, Philadelphia, and San Francisco the other day. We’ll detail the shift in more detail in our breakdown, but for now here are the 80 mocks that make up our Database for this week.

2021 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v6.0

Site Name Date Round 1 (14) Round 3 (79) Round 3 (91)
Site Name Date Round 1 (14) Round 3 (79) Round 3 (91)
Pro Football Network Ryan Gosling 28 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Sporting News Vinnie Iyer 28 Mar Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Draft Network Kyle Crabbs 28 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
CBS Sports Josh Edwards 27 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Draft King Lou Pinckney 27 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
New York Post Steve Serby 27 Mar DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
NFL Draft Room Staff 27 Mar Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Pro Football Network Matthew Valdovinos 27 Mar Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
USA Today Nate Davis 27 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Anchor Sports Network Charlie White 26 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Barstool Sports Steven Cheah 26 Mar Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, S, Texas Christian
Chicago Sun-Times Jason Lieser 26 Mar Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Dallas Morning News Calvin Watkins 26 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Draft Wire Luke Easterling 26 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
E$PN Mel Kiper Jr. 26 Mar Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Elite Sports NY Tab Bamford 26 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
NFL Draft Diamonds Damond Talbot 26 Mar Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia
NFL.com Chad Reuter 26 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal Kyle Trask, QB, Florida Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Sportsnaut Matt Johnson 26 Mar Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia
Tankathon Staff 26 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech Josh Myers, OL, Ohio State Jordan Smith, DE, Alabama-Birmingham
The Ringer Danny Kelly 26 Mar Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia
Touchdown Wire Mark Schofield 26 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
UK Draft Staff 26 Mar Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 26 Mar Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL) Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia Marlon Tupulotu, DT, Southern Cal
Last Word on Pro Football Ben Ramos-Salsberg 25 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Sports Illustrated Albert Breer 25 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Athlon Sports Bryan Fischer 24 Mar Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 24 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Draftplex Jason Pruett 24 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
DraftTek Staff (Mark P.) 24 Mar Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington Caden Sterns, S, Texas
Prime Time Sports Talk Mike Fanelli 24 Mar Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
CBS Sports Tom Fornelli 23 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Loaded Box Podcast Mikey Ostrowski 23 Mar Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, S, Texas Christian
NFL Draft Buzz Ian Fitz 23 Mar Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
NFL.com Bucky Brooks 23 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
The Game Haus Joe Ditullio 23 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson 22 Mar Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Clarence Hill 22 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Pro Football Focus Mike Renner 22 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State
The Huddle David Dorey 22 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 22 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest
Weekly Spiral Matthew Durgin 22 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Pro Football Network Dalton Miller 21 Mar Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
The Draft Network Joe Marino 20 Mar Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Touchdown Wire Doug Farrar 20 Mar Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
CBS Sports Emory Hunt 19 Mar Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
NFL.com Lance Zierlein 19 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Pro Football Network Matt Williamson 19 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Rotoballer D.J. Boyer 18 Mar Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State Jordan Smith, DE, Alabama-Birmingham Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame
Fox Sports Rob Rang 17 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
San Diego Union-Tribune Eddie Brown 17 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
Fantasy Data Alexander Kurpeski 16 Mar Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Pro Football Network Oliver Hodgkinson 16 Mar Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL) Talanoa Hufanga, S, Southern Cal Walker Little, OT, Stanford
Alpha Football Staff 24 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Comm Show Bomb Show Tim Amara 24 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Football Outsiders Benjamin Robinson 15 Mar Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Prime Time Sports Talk Andersen Pickard 15 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
EDS Football Brendan Donahue 14 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Pro Football Network Nick Farabaugh 12 Mar Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia
Pro Football Network Tony Pauline 12 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
The Draft Network Jordan Reid 11 Mar Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Arrowhead Pride Kent Swanson 10 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Maize 'N Brew Anthony Broome 10 Mar Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Sports Illustrated Alec Pulido 10 Mar Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama Quinn Meinerz, G, Wisconsin-Whitewater Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 9 Mar Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Last Word on Pro Football Derek Borycki 9 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
NFL.com Maurice Jones-Drew 9 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Sharp Football Analysis Ryan McCrystal 9 Mar Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Pro Football Focus Seth Galina 8 Mar Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State
Clutch Points Skyler Carlin 7 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Pro Football Network Staff 7 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Sports Illustrated Roy Countryman 7 Mar Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL) Walker Little, OT, Stanford Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
The Huddle Report Brian Johannes 7 Mar Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Pro Football Network A.J. Schulte 6 Mar Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida No pick (trade) Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
EDS Football Kevin Hanson 5 Mar Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
E$PN Todd McShay 4 Mar Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Fantasy Pros Mike Tagliere 4 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
The Draft Network Trevor Sikkema 4 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
The Sports Bank Paul Banks 4 Mar Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Total Sports Live Mike Earnshaw 3 Mar Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)

The defensive linemen still hold the top spot as far as position groups go this week, as they make up 33 of the 80 selections in this week’s update. Their lead has dropped significantly, however. . .in last week’s update, they had a nearly 2-to-1 advantage over the next-highest position group, but their lead this week is not nearly as large. Gregory Rousseau continues to lead the way with 13 selections, and Kwity Paye is just behind him with 11. Rousseau’s teammate, Jaelan Phillips, hangs on to six selections this week as well.

Christian Barmore has just about disappeared, as he appears just twice in this week’s update. We speculated last week that the Vikings’ signing Dalvin Tomlinson would eat into his numbers, and that appears to be what’s happening. He may disappear entirely before too much longer. Jayson Oweh continues to hold on to his one selection as well.

The drop-off from the defensive linemen has pretty much correlated with a rise among the offensive linemen. The OL picked up 28 of our 80 selections this week, and Alijah Vera-Tucker is now the second-most selected player in our Database, racking up 12 picks this week. Christian Darrisaw is mocked to the Vikings eight times in this week’s update. Samuel Cosmi and Rashawn Slater continue their decent showings with four and three selections, respectively. And yes, thanks to Mel Kiper, we get to add the name of Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell to our Database for this year, as he picked up one selection in this week’s update.

The linebackers also picked up a few selections and reached double figures with 10 picks this week. The lead for that position group is split between Azeez Ojulari and Micah Parsons, each of whom is mocked to the Vikings four times this week. Dylan Moses and a new face to our Database, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, each appear one time this week as well.

Defensive backs account for five of our selections this week. Newcomer Trevon Moehrig-Woodard joins Caleb Farley with two selections each this week, while Patrick Surtain II maintained his one selection from last week’s update.

The pass catchers are down to just two selections this week. We had a swap of Alabama receivers, as Jaylen Waddle dropped out of our Database for this week and DeVonta Smith reappeared. Kyle Pitts is still hanging on to one selection as well.

And this week there were not one, but two brave mock drafters out there that had the Vikings selecting a quarterback at #14. . .and it was not Trey Lance, but rather Mac Jones of Alabama. I mean, I don’t see it, but what do I know?

The following players are new to the Database this week:

  • Oregon OT Penei Sewell
  • Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
  • TCU S Trevon Moehrig-Woodard
  • Alabama WR DeVonta Smith
  • Alabama QB Mac Jones

The following players dropped out of our Database in this week’s update:

  • Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike (for the second time)
  • Oklahoma DE Ronnie Perkins
  • Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle

With that, let’s get to the visuals, starting with the donut graph that breaks down this week’s update. You can see the blue area (representing the defensive line) is getting smaller, and Leon the red area (representing the offensive line) is getting larger. As always, you may click on the graph to embiggen it and more easily read the data.

And finally, our trends for this week, as you can see the different prospects rise and fall with each update to our Mock Draft Database. You can embiggen this picture by clicking on it as well.

That’s it for our Mock Draft Database update for this week, folks. Will the offensive linemen officially take over the top spot when we update again next weekend? Is anyone else going to mock a quarterback to the Vikings at #14? We’ll just have to wait and see.