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2021 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v8.0

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We have damn near made it to the 2021 NFL Draft, folks, and it won’t be a moment too soon. In just 10 days, we’re going to start learning who the newest members of your Minnesota Vikings will be when the 2021 season finally comes around.

With that in mind, this will be your second-to-last installment of this year’s Database. The final version will not hit over this coming weekend, but will come out on Draft Day, 29 April, to give us one last, fresh look at who the experts are projecting the Vikings to draft.

For this week, we are up to 100 mock drafts from different sources around the internet, whether it’s the big names or guys that just do this for kicks. We’re seeing a pretty solid fight for who will be the top player taken as well as the most-selected position group, as you’ll see when we get to the breakdown.

So, without any further ado, here are our 100 mocks for this week.

2021 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database, v8.0

Site Name Date Round 1 (14) Round 3 (79) Round 3 (91)
Site Name Date Round 1 (14) Round 3 (79) Round 3 (91)
Baltimore Sun C.J. Doon 19 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson 19 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
CBS Sports Tyler Sullivan 19 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
Draft Wire Luke Easterling 19 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Grueling Truth Daniel Kornhauser 19 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
Los Angeles Times Sam Farmer 19 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Newsday Nick Klopsis 19 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Pro Football Focus Steve Palazzolo 19 Apr Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Safid Deen 19 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Sporting News Vinnie Iyer 19 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal Jabril Cox, LB, Louisiana State Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
Sports Illustrated Cory McCann Ezring 19 Apr Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois
Sports Illustrated Logan Lamorandier 19 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
The Sports Bank Paul Banks 19 Apr Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
USA Today Nate Davis 19 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Walter Football Charlie Campbell 19 Apr Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern Monty Rice, LB, Georgia Marlon Tupulotu, DT, Southern Cal
CBS Sports Chris Trapasso 18 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
CBS Sports Josh Edwards 18 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
CBS Sports Pete Prisco 18 Apr Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Pro Football Network Oliver Hodgkinson 18 Apr Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama Payton Turner, DE, Houston Ben Cleveland, OL, Georgia
CBS Sports Jordan Dajini 17 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Mile High Report Joe Rowles 17 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Tankathon Staff 17 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan Josh Myers, OL, Ohio State Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
Alpha Football Staff 16 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Around the Block Walter Kelley 16 Apr Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Cleveland.com Tim Bielik 16 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Last Word on Pro Football Mike Randle 16 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
NFL.com Charles Davis 16 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
The Draft Network Trevor Sikkema 16 Apr Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
The Huddle David Dorey 16 Apr Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4 For 4 Anthony Staggs 15 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Cowboys Coffee Talk Gino Tomaselli 15 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Houston Chronicle John McClain 15 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Maize N Brew Anthony Broome 15 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
NFL.com Charlie Casserley 15 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Action Network Matthew Freedman 14 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Draft Utopia Chris Ransom 14 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Drafticipation Hunter Ainsley 14 Apr Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Draftplex Jason Pruett 14 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech D'Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
DraftTek Staff (Mark P.) 14 Apr Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa Josh Myers, OL, Ohio State
Las Vegas Review-Journal Adam Hill 14 Apr Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Loaded Box Podcast Staff 14 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
NBC Sports John Daigle 14 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
NFL Trade Rumors Logan Ulrich 14 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Prime Time Sports Talk Mike Fanelli 14 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech Hamilcar Rashed Jr, DE, Oregon State Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
Pro Football Network Matt Williamson 14 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Sports Gambling Podcast Ryan Pelletier 14 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
The Draft Zone Michael Campbell 14 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
The Phinsider Kevin Nogle 14 Apr Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Touchdown Wire Doug Farrar 14 Apr Trevon Moehrig, S, Texas Christian
E$PN Mel Kiper Jr. 13 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Mockout Micky McKeon 13 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
NFL.com Maurice Jones-Drew 13 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
Sharp Football Analysis Ryan McCrystal 13 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
Sports Illustrated Conor Orr 13 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
The Big Lead Ryan Phillips 13 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Game Haus Joe Ditullo 13 Apr Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
The Ringer Danny Kelly 13 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
Walter Football Walter Cherepinsky 13 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech Davis Mills, QB, Stanford Marlon Tupulotu, DT, Southern Cal
Washington Post John Clayton 13 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Yahoo! Sports Eric Edholm 13 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Draft ID Sawyer Hicks 12 Apr Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Establish the Run Evan Silva 12 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Outkick Clint Lamb 12 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Pro Football Focus Ben Rolfe 12 Apr Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia
Pro Football Focus Sam Monson 12 Apr Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Pro Football Network Matthew Valdovinos 12 Apr Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern
Sharp Football Analysis Brendan Donahue 12 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Omar Kelly 12 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Sports Illustrated Alec Pulido 12 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
The Sports Hub Staff 12 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Football Fan Spot Steven Lourie 11 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan D'Ante Smith, G, East Carolina Richie Grant, S, Central Florida
UK Draft Staff 11 Apr Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
New York Post Steve Serby 10 Apr Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
The Huddle Cory Bonini 10 Apr Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Yardbarker Seth Trachtman 10 Apr Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
AL.com Mark Inabinett 9 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Dallas Morning News Calvin Watkins 9 Apr Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Draft Examiner Matthew Jones 9 Apr Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Elite Sports NY Tab Bamford 9 Apr Trevon Moehrig, S, Texas Christian
Fox News Staff 9 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
NFL Draft Room Staff 9 Apr Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Pro Football Focus Andrew Erickson 9 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
Sportsnaut Matt Johnson 9 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Stampede Blue Andrew Aziz 9 Apr Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Around the Block Ronnie Harter 8 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Comm Show Bomb Show Tim Amara 8 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
NFL.com Peter Schrager 8 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
NJ.com Joe Giglio 8 Apr Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Pigskinnut Football Austin Smith 8 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Pro Football Focus Jared Evans 8 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
The Dawg Land Alex Hale 8 Apr Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
The Draft Network Brentley Weissman 8 Apr Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee
Atlanta Journal-Constitution D. Orlando Ledbetter 7 Apr Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
NFL Draft Pro Staff 7 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
NFL Trade Rumors Nate Bouda 7 Apr Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern Cal
Pro Football Network Tommy Garrett 7 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Rotoballer D.J. Boyer 7 Apr Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL) Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame
Sportskeeda Walter Sharp 7 Apr Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
USA Today Mackenzie Salmon 7 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)
USA Today Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz 7 Apr Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami (FL)

After the offensive linemen jumped to the top of the pile last week, they were knocked back down again by their counterparts on the defensive line. . .but it’s close. This week, 44 of our 100 selections were devoted to offensive linemen. The player most often selected, both among offensive linemen and in our Database overall for this week, is Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye, who got picked 21 times. He’s close to doubling the next-closest defensive linemen, that being Miami (FL) defensive end Jaelan Phillips with 12. Gregory Rousseau, who led a lot of the early installments of our Database, is down to six selections for this week.

Christian Barmore, the Alabama defensive tackle, still has four selections, and Penn State defensive end Jayson Oweh rounds things out for the defensive line with one selection.

The offensive linemen have retreated to #2 this week, but it’s very close as the o-line was mocked to the Vikings in 42 of our 100 mocks this week. USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker has leapfrogged over Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw for the top spot among the offensive linemen. Vera-Tucker went from 12 picks last week to 20 this week, while Darrisaw dropped from 20 selections down to 15. Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater also dropped off a little bit, garnering six selections this week. The only selection for an offensive lineman that didn’t go to one of those three players went to the lone debuting player in our Database for this week, Teven Jenkins of Oklahoma State.

The defensive backs are next in line with a total of ten selections. South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn leads everyone with three selections, but three others. . .Alabama’s Patrick Surtain, Texas Christian’s Trevon Moehrig, and Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley. . .come in with two each. Greg Newsome of Northwestern maintained his one pick from last week.

The linebackers wound up with three picks this week, as both Penn State’s Micah Parson’s (2 selections) and Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari (1 selection) maintained their support from last week. The last selection brought us back to the quarterback position, as our own Mark P. from DraftTek has the Vikings nabbing North Dakota State star Trey Lance.

For the first time in this Mock Draft Database process for this year, there are no pass catchers, be they tight ends or wide receivers, in the Database for this week.

Here’s what the pictures look like, folks. First off, the donut graph for this week’s selections. Although we’ve had 28 players appear in our Database for this year, only 17 of them appear among this week’s 100 mocks. As always, click on the picture to embiggen it if you wish.

Finally, we have our trends for the eight installments of our Database thus far. You can see a lot of players that started off strong and have seen their support wane in recent weeks, along with players that are really making a late push. Once again, click on the picture to embiggen it in order to make it easier to read.

That is our Mock Draft Database for this week, ladies and gentlemen. Which player and position group is going to come out on top when the actual 2021 NFL Draft comes around? We’ll find out on Draft Day!