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I have been privileged to perform the role of “Vikings Analyst” by doing the mock drafts for Drafttek since December of 2019. I am going to list the different variations that I have on hand for this draft season at the end of this post for reference.

We are one week away from the 2021 NFL Draft. It is becoming abundantly clear that if the Vikings do not make a trade or sign a veteran free agent then offensive tackle is going to have to be the number one priority in the draft. An edge rusher would be really nice but it is hard to fathom that they would bypass an offensive tackle in the first round with the hope that they could trade up from the third round or stay put and find a player that would be ready on day one.

The majority of people feel that the rankings for offensive tackles go Penei Sewell, Rahshawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw, Tevin Jenkins, Samuel Cosmi, and Jalen Mayfield. Alijah Vera-Tucker could be mixed into this group but he is thought of more as a guard.

https://www.nflmockdraftdatabase.com/big-boards/2021/consensus-big-board-2021?pos=OT

I have a contrarian viewpoint which should come as no surprise. Let us begin the mock.

1.14 ALEX LEATHERWOOD OT ALABAMA

6’5.1” 312 34.5” ARMS

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Ohio State vs Alabama Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Leatherwood did not opt-out of the season. He won the Outland Trophy, was a unanimous first-team All-American, and was co-recipient of the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He averaged an overall blocking grade of 91.5 by the Alabama coaching staff and a 99.7 on assignments. He posted an 85 3/8-inch wingspan (98th percentile) and a 34.5-inch vertical leap (98th percentile). Leatherwood ran a 4.96 40-yard dash (94th percentile) and posted a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump (99th percentile). He helped the team win the National Championship as a bonus.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=17816

Leatherwood started off the season as the #2 offensive tackle in the PFF rankings. Yet, somehow despite all of his accomplishments, he has fallen way down the rankings to a 2nd rounder? Really? Dudes did not even play and jumped him.

https://www.pff.com/news/draft-2021-nfl-draft-preseason-offensive-tackle-rankings

He is bonafide and it could be argued that he is the best offensive tackle in this draft IMHO.

https://www.thehuddlereport.com/blog/?p=1536

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/alex-leatherwood/32004c45-4173-2379-61f9-b62d58f5c85e

https://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2021ALeatherwood.php


3.78 ALIM MCNEIL DT NORTH CAROLINA STATE

6’1.7” 317

East Carolina v North Carolina State Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

McNeil is underrated as a potential pass rusher and many are penciling him in as a nose. I think he could surprise but he brings stout run defense already. He made Bruce Feldman’s College Football Freaks list too. He benches 445 pounds and squats 640 and ran a 4.96 forty.

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/alim-mcneill/32004d43-4e61-1247-5b50-75dcdd3e2757

https://www.patspulpit.com/2021/4/22/22397204/nfl-draft-profile-patriots-defensive-tackle-alim-mcneill

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=20812


3.90 AARON BANKS OG NOTRE DAME

6’5.3” 325

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Stanford Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Banks may not be the best fit for the zone blocking scheme but he has started 31 games in a solid program. He should be able to handle power fairly well.

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/aaron-banks/32004241-4e39-4046-1bac-1be9e6b0650e

https://www.thehuddlereport.com/blog/?p=1616

https://www.si.com/nfl/giants/draft/2021-nfl-draft-prospect-profile-og-aaron-banks-notre-dame


4.119 DERRICK BARNES LB PURDUE

6’0.03” 238

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 14 Northwestern at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Barnes had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and has risen up draft boards. The Vikings met with him too.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19393

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/derrick-barnes/32004241-5227-0415-c343-163ac0ff5d48

https://steelersnow.com/pro-day-steelers-among-teams-interested-in-fast-rising-purdue-lb-derrick-barnes/

https://www.profootballnetwork.com/derrick-barnes-nfl-draft-player-profile-purdue-linebacker/


4.125 JAELON DARDON WRS NORTH TEXAS

5’7.5” 174

Darden would be a nice addition to the receiver group and should excel out of the slot. He does bring some return ability as well.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19704

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/jaelon-darden/32004441-5226-1346-8f45-8d0ab7618a99

https://www.pff.com/news/draft-2021-nfl-draft-comps-north-texas-wr-jaelon-darden


4.134 TREY SERMON RB OHIO STATE

6’0.03” 215

Big Ten Championship Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Sermon is another player the Vikings met with and he proved his value in the playoffs last season. He caught the ball out of the backfield at Oklahoma and could be a solid candidate for the 3rd down back role when Cook needs a break.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19522

https://www.thehuddlereport.com/blog/?p=1636

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/trey-sermon/32005345-5244-0716-5cc1-b1699fcf5156

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/ohio-states-trey-sermon-out-to-prove-he-is-the-2021-nfl-drafts-best-running-back-at-pro-day/


4.143 PAYTON TURNER DE HOUSTON

6’5.4” 268

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 13 AdvoCare Kickoff - Washington State v Houston Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Turner is a solid defensive end that has all the traits you look to develop. He has 35” arms which only is going to add to his value. This is probably one round too late to be able to get Turner to be honest.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19464

https://www.thehuddlereport.com/blog/?p=1830

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/payton-turner/32005455-5264-6253-7d03-4daa88bd4dd4

https://www.si.com/nfl/giants/draft/2021-nfl-draft-prospect-profile-edge-payton-turner-houston

https://steelersdepot.com/2021/04/2021-nfl-draft-player-profiles-houston-edge-payton-turner/


5.157 ROBERT ROCHELL CB CENTRAL ARKANSAS

5’11.6” 193

Another member of the Freak’s list. Rochell vertical jumped 43”, broad jumped 11’1”, ran a 4.41 forty, had a 4.08 short shuttle, and a 6.84 3-cone. He was named one of 18 finalists for the Stats Perform FCS Buck Buchanan Award and was an FCS All-American and a two-time All-Southland Conference selection.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19498

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/robert-rochell/3200524f-4317-4205-2ef5-3842925c4c60

https://12thmanrising.com/2021/04/22/seahawks-draft-robert-rochell/


5.168 DAVIS MILLS QB STANFORD

6’3.6” 217

NCAA Football: Stanford at California Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

I suppose Davis in the 5th round would be quite a steal eh? I am not so sure. I know the pre-draft hype has him as a potential 1st round pick but I think he could go by the end of round 3. He does not have many starts.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19157

https://www.thehuddlereport.com/blog/?p=1832

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/davis-mills/32004d49-4c67-8397-4c7b-81c6636ba80e

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2939717-davis-mills-is-nfl-drafts-unsung-future-starting-qb-for-teams-outside-top-10


6.199 DARRICK FORREST S CINCINNATI

5’11.4” 206

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 29 UCLA at Cincinnati Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Forrest would be a nice addition to the safety depth chart. He ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.38 seconds, had 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, a vertical jump of 39 inches, and a broad jump of 11 feet to steal the show at Cincinnati’s pro day.

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19249

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/darrick-forrest/3200464f-5248-5545-c56f-5beae4773c4c

https://www.profootballnetwork.com/darrick-forrest-nfl-draft-player-profile-cincinnati-safety/


I could live with this draft and I would hope that Banks would win the left guard job. If not this year then definitely by the end of the year or next year. Worst case scenario is Leatherwood goes to right guard and Cleveland goes to left tackle.

Previous mocks below ...


Dec 30, 2020
Round Pick Position Player
1 13 QB Trey Lance
3 77 OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
3 87 DL3T Levi Onwuzurike
4 108 S Talanoa Hufanga
4 115 WR Kadarius Toney
4 125 OC Landon Dickerson
5 140 TE Tony Poljan
5 155 CB Ambry Thomas
6 172 ILB Monty Rice
7 203 RB Michael Carter

Jan 13, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 OG Wyatt Davis
3 78 WR Anthony Schwartz
3 91 TE Hunter Long
4 109 DL5T Haskell Garrett
4 115 S Divine Deablo
4 125 OG Aaron Banks
5 140 QB Kellen Mond
5 151 OT Spencer Brown
6 174 EDGE Joshua Kaindoh
7 204 CB Marco Wilson

Jan 27, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
Traded 1.14, 4.109, and 2022 First to Atlanta
1 4 QB Justin Fields
3 78 WR Kadarius Toney
3 90 DL3T Levi Onwuzurike
4 115 OT Alaric Jackson
4 124 OG Jack Anderson
5 140 EDGE Jordan Smith
5 154 S Jacoby Stevens
6 174 CB Ifeatu Melifonwu
7 204 WR Trevon Grimes

Feb 10, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 WR Jaylen Waddle
3 78 OT Teven Jenkins
3 90 CB Quinn Meinerz
4 109 DL5T Dayo Odeyingbo
4 115 DL3T Marlon Tuipulotu
4 123 S Ar’Darius Washington
5 140 EDGE Jordan Smith
5 151 OLB Monty Rice
6 174 CB Trill Williams
7 204 RBC Demetric Felton

Feb 24, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 OT Samuel Cosmi
3 78 ILB Baron Browning
3 90 EDGE Rashad Weaver
4 109 DL3T Tommy Togiai
4 115 S Jamien Sherwood
4 123 WRC Jaelon Darden
5 140 CB Benjemin St Juste
5 151 DL1T Khyiris Tonga
6 174 OG Kendrick Green
7 204 WR Simi Fehoko

Mar 3, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 EDGE Kwity Paye
3 78 WRS D”Wayne Eskridge
3 90 ILB Baron Browning
4 115 OT Spencer K Brown
4 121 CB Israel Mukuamu
4 130 S Caden Sterns
4 139 QB Sam Ehlinger
5 154 DL1T Jonathan Marshall
5 165 DL3T Xavier Kelly
6 197 EDGE Payton Turner
6 218 WR Simi Fehoko
7 236 OG David Moore

Mar 13, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 ILB Micah Parsons
3 78 DL3T Levi Onwuzurike
3 90 OT Dillon Radunz
4 119 OT Spencer K Brown
4 125 WRS D”Wayne Eskridge
4 134 EDGE Daelin Hayes
4 143 QB Sam Ehlinger
5 157 CB Thomas Graham Jr
5 168 OLB Amen Ogbongbemiga
6 198 DL5T Mustafa Johnson
6 221 WR Marquez Stevenson
7 240 PK Alex Kessman

Mar 18, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 EDGE Gregory Rousseau
3 78 OT Dillon Radunz
3 90 WRS Jaelon Darden
4 119 OC Drake Jackson
4 125 DL3T Tommy Togiai
4 134 S JaCoby Stevens
4 143 CB Thomas Graham Jr
5 157 OG Tommy Kraemer
5 168 TE Tommy Tremble
6 199 QB Brady White
6 223 WR Marquez Stevenson
7 240 FORFEIT 2019 Practice Squad Contract

Mar 24, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 OT Samuel Cosmi
3 78 DL3T Levi Onwuzurike
3 90 S Caden Sterns
4 119 WRS Jaylon Darden
4 125 OG Aaron Banks
4 134 EDGE Daelin Hayes
4 143 RBC Kylin Hill
5 157 CB Thomas Graham Jr
5 168 PK Jose Borregales
6 199 OG David Moore
6 223 TRADED AZ Cardinals for C Mason Cole

Mar 31, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 EDGE Jayson Oweh
3 78 OT Walker Little
3 90 WR Anthony Schwartz
4 119 RBC Trey Sermon
4 125 DL5T Milton Williams
4 134 S Jamien Sherwood
4 143 ILB Jamin Davis
5 157 CB Trill Williams
5 168 QB Davis Mills
6 199 OG Kendrick Green

Apr 7, 2021
Round Pick Position Player
1 14 OT Samuel Cosmi
3 78 OC Quinn Meinerz
3 90 WRS D’Wayne Eskridge
4 119 DL5T Milton Williams
4 125 CB Marco Wilson
4 134 WR Nico Collins
4 143 EDGE Cameron Sample
5 157 RBC Demetric Felton
5 168 PK Jose Borregales
6 199 S Jamar Johnson

Apr 14, 2021
1 14 QB Trey Lance
3 78 OT Spencer Brown
3 90 OC Josh Myers
4 119 DT Milton Williams
4 125 CB Marco Wilson
4 134 WR Nico Collins
4 143 OG Jack Anderson
5 157 RB Demetric Felton
5 168 DE Joshua Kaindoh
6 199 S Jamar Johnson