Mock Madness 2.0: Vikings Could Beef Up Offensive Line in April's Draft

Posted Feb 20, 2018

EDEN PRARIE, Minn. — We’re almost two months away from the 2018 NFL Draft.

And while the Vikings have other items on their agenda before then, such as the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis and the free agency period in mid-March, the draft looms in 65 days.

This is our second installment of Mock Madness, a look at who an array of experts forecast the Vikings to take with their first-round pick in 2018. It is a culmination of seven recent predictions.

After reaching the NFC Championship, Minnesota has the 30th overall pick. The Vikings didn’t have a first-round pick in 2017, but still found exceptional talent with their first two picks (running back Dalvin Cook in the second round and center Pat Elflein in the third round).

We’ll roll out this piece every two weeks over the next six weeks, and will then take a weekly look as the draft draws closer.

Our first Mock Madness can be found here.

Here’s a look at our second Mock Madness of 2018:’s Charley Casserly

Feb. 13, 2018

The predicted pick: Derwin James, S, Florida State

The take: Solidifies the safety position opposite Harrison Smith.

Click here for Casserly’s full mock draft.’s Charles Davis

Feb. 20, 2018

The predicted pick: Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame

The take: The Vikings OL made a huge jump last season, and perhaps the best LT in CFB makes them even better. McGlinchey might make the move to RT if the Vikings keep Mike Remmers inside at OG.

Click here for Davis’ full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso

Feb. 15, 2018

The predicted pick: Kolton Miller, T, UCLA

The take: From a size, length and athleticism perspective, Miller might be the most impressive offensive tackle in this class. He got plenty of pass-protection reps at UCLA and improved every season. He can play either right or left tackle.

Click here for Trapasso’s full mock draft.’s Chad Reuter

Feb. 6, 2018

The predicted pick: Kolton Miller, T, UCLA

The take: Miller isn't getting a lot of pub outside the West Coast, but he's a future starter.

Click here for Reuter’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ R.J. White

Feb. 17, 2018

The predicted pick: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

The take: Assuming the Vikings figure out what to do with their free-agent quarterbacks heading into the draft, they could be looking to add talent at one of a few different positions. One spot where they have a need is at defensive tackle. Hurst is undersized for an NFL defensive tackle, but he has the speed to penetrate into the backfield and should give the team's pass-rush a boost.

Click here for White’s full mock draft.

Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier

Feb. 18, 2018

The predicted pick: Connor Williams, T, Texas

The take: Connor Williams has the quickness and technique to develop into a solid left tackle in a year or so. In the meantime, he can provide depth and competition across the line, allowing Remmers to settle into his best position (which may be guard) and reducing the amount of juggling the Vikings are forced to do.

The Vikings' biggest offseason upgrade will be the return of Dalvin Cook. Their biggest decision is the multiple-choice quarterback dilemma. But Williams can help upgrade the line from good to great, which can mean the difference between a playoff run and a Super Bowl run.

Click here for Tanier’s full mock draft.

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar

Feb. 12, 2018

The predicted pick: Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State

The take: With all the best defensive linemen gone, the Vikings could address the offensive line with their first-round pick. Price can play all three interior positions, and he has NFL-ready power and smarts. He has to smooth-out his technique a little bit, but he should make a big impact early in his career.

Click here for Kadar’s full mock draft.