Mock Madness 1.0: Kiper's First Mock Has Vikings Going WR

Posted Jan 14, 2016

As awful as Sunday’s loss was, the one super small silver lining in it all of it is we get to turn our attention to the 2016 NFL Draft, which will again take place in Chicago on April 28-30.

The Vikings hold the 23rd pick in April’s draft after an 11-5 season in which they won the NFC North, which will probably make it a little tougher than some of the past years when it comes to pinning down a player or two the team could target with its first pick in the draft.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper essentially kicked off “mock draft season” today by releasing his first mock of the offseason, with DE Joey Bosa of Ohio State going No. 1 to the Titans.

Here’s the rest of Kiper’s top 5.

2. Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff, QB, California

3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

4. Dallas Cowboys – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State­

Below we look at who Kiper and a few other experts have the Vikings taking in their very early draft projections.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper

January 14, 2016

WR Josh Doctson, TCU

“The Vikings are moving indoors and Teddy Bridgewater has a chance to really take off. Do the Vikings want to pay Mike Wallace another $11.5 million to be a part of it? They have Stefon Diggs, but Doctson gives them another weapon, a guy who can stretch the field, win after the catch, and a reliable set of hands.”

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Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo

January 13, 2016

WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

“Just as was the case in Mock Draft 1.0, the Vikings look to aid in QB Teddy Bridgewater’s development by adding Carroo who is adept at getting open on vertical routes. He averaged 4.11 yards per route this season while grading at 15.0 in only eight games.”

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SB Nation’s Dan Kadar

January 11, 2016

WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

“Minnesota has a good young receiver in Stefon Diggs, but it's clear the Vikings need a wide receiver who can be open at any time. Thomas has the size and leaping ability that will let Teddy Bridgewater toss the ball up, even when it looks like the Ohio State receiver isn't open.”

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The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre

January 13

OT Kyle Murphy, Stanford

Terence Newman turns 38 in September. Trae Waynes will have to be ready to step in. The Vikings have made excellent draft choices the last couple years, but OL Matt Kalil hasn’t played at the level he did as a rookie. Murphy is a stud. His brother, Kevin, played for the Vikings. Kyle Murphy played RT as a junior, then LT as a senior. David Shaw, who has put a couple lineman in the pros, says good things.”

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CBS Sports’ Rob Rang

January 10

LB Darron Lee, Ohio State

CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler

January 10

WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal

January 13

OG Cody Whitehair, Kansas State