The blitz of conference tournament and NCAA tournament games in March has allowed college basketball to cement the term “March Madness” into the collective minds of sports fans across America.
So for the sixth consecutive year, vikings.com will piggyback off that and run another “Mock Madness” series in the weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, which will take place in New York City, NY on April 25-27.
Though the draft is still several weeks away, now is the time to speculate about which teams will take which players. Will the Chiefs choose one of the elite left tackles or will they grab the top-rated cornerback with the No. 1 overall pick? How many wide receivers will fly off the board before the Vikings select 23rd? Which highly-regarded players will slide into the second half of the first round and potentially be available for the Purple? Most importantly, who will the Vikings take with pick Nos. 23 and 25? Having a pair of first-round selections has thrown a (great) new wrinkle into Mock Madness.
While no one can provide a concrete answer to those questions just yet, plenty of NFL followers will certainly take a guess. And instead of spending an endless amount of time searching the internet for ideas on what will be available when the Vikings are on the clock, you can check vikings.com every week to get an update on what everyone is projecting.
Without further ado, here is Mock Madness 1.0!
Charles Davis – DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina), DE Sam Montgomery (LSU)
Bucky Brooks – WR Keenan Allen (California), WR Robert Woods (USC)
Daniel Jeremiah – DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina), WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee)
Gil Brandt – WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson), DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)
There’s consensus between Davis and Jeremiah that the Vikings will address the middle of their defensive line with pick #23, as both project Sly Williams as the choice there. After that, though, there’s not much consensus on particular players. Suffice it to say, the NFL.com analysts think the Vikings will choose to upgrade the defensive line and wide receiver positions.
Mel Kiper, Jr. – WR Keenan Allen (California), DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)
Todd McShay – Hasn’t updated since pick No. 25 was acquired
Kiper falls in line with the thinking of NFL.com’s analysts in projecting the Vikings to address receiver and defensive line with the pair of first-round picks. McShay has not updated his mock draft since last week’s trade, but he did point to Sly Williams as his projection at No. 23, too.
Russ Lande – WR Keenan Allen, DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)
Finally a different name thrown in the mix. Lande falls in line with many others in pointing to Allen as the pick at No. 23, but his selection of Richardson at No. 25 is different. Here’s what Lunde says of the defensive tackle: “
Pat Kirwan – DE Datone Jones (UCLA), WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)
Pete Prisco – WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), DE Datone Jones (UCLA)
A pair of analysts from CBS agree on a new name for the Vikings, but they have him going in different spots. Kirwan, one of my favorite personalities on Sirius XM NFL Radio, projects Jones as the pick at No. 23 while his cohort says Jones will be the pick at No. 25. Kirwan says Austin is the pick at No. 25, although I think he’ll be long gone, and then Prisco says Patterson will be the choice at No. 23, and I think he’ll be gone by that time, too.
WR Kennan Allen (California), LB Arthur Brown (Kansas State)
The most common name tied to the Vikings in Mock Madness shows up again, as Allen is the projection here at No. 23. But a new name surfaces at No. 25, with Brown being tabbed as the selection. The website cites a lack of playmakers at linebacker (aside from