For the sixth consecutive year, vikings.com will piggyback off college basketball’s March Madness 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.
Having a pair of first-round selections has thrown a (great) new wrinkle into Mock Madness. 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 3.0!
Charley Casserly – DT Kawann Short (Purdue), LB Manti Te’o
Daniel Jeremiah – WR Keenan Allen (California), DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)
Gil Brandt – WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), CB Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State)
We’ll throw a new name into the mix from NFL.com – Charley Casserly. The former NFL GM-turned NFL Network analyst has tabbed a pair of defenders as the Vikings selections. Most mock drafts that have the Vikings selecting a defensive tackle in the first round point to North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams. Casserly has a different player in his projection, though, as he predicts (for now) that the Vikings will grab a big defensive tackle from the Big 10 with the last name Short. Casserly also projects a defensive player as the selection for the Vikings at No 25, with Te’o coming to Minnesota to fill a need at middle linebacker.
Todd McShay – DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State), WR Keenan Allen (California)
McShay updated his mock draft recently, so we’ll keep him in the mix and come back to Mel Kiper, Jr. next week. In McShay’s mock we find a new name and a familiar new. The new name is that of Werner, a 6-3, 266 pound defensive end who would provide depth behind
Russ Lande – CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State), WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)
No update here from last week, as Lande projects a big, physical cornerback in Rhodes at No. 23 and the quick and speedy Austin at No. 25.
Pat Kirwan – DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)
Pete Prisco –DE Datone Jones (UCLA), WR Keenan Allen (California)
Both Kirwan and Prisco updated their mocks on Monday, and both analysts project the Vikings to address the defensive line at No. 23 and then receiver at No. 25. But they have different names in each spot. Kirwan goes with one of my favorite players from the Senior Bowl in Williams and follows it up with Patterson, who would have fallen far down the board compared to where most have him slotted. Prisco goes with a defensive end at No. 23 in Jones and then goes back to perhaps the most frequently linked name to the Vikings in Allen at No. 25.
DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina), WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)
This hardcore football website goes all-out in its mock draft effort, and projects the Vikings to use their pair of first-round picks to address two areas of need – receiver and defensive line. Last week they had Hopkins at No. 23 and Williams at No. 25, but this week they have the picks flip-flopped.