Mock Madness 3.0: Draft Experts All Over the Board for Vikings at Pick No. 30

Posted Mar 6, 2018

EDEN PRARIE, Minn. — The mock draft world is abuzz.

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine has come to a close as attention now turns to free agency, with the 2018 NFL Draft less than two months away.

In other words, it’s the perfect time for another Mock Madness.

This is our third 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 12 recent predictions, but not necessarily the same ones, as there were 10 different players projected to the Vikings.

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 month, and will then take a weekly look as the draft draws closer.

Our first Mock Madness can be found here.

Our second Mock Madness can be found here.

Here’s a look at our third Mock Madness of 2018:

ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.

Feb. 21, 2018

The predicted pick: Geron Christian, T, Louisville

The take: This tackle class is fluid. I could see five or six picked on Day 1. I'm anticipating Christian to get a lot of buzz at the combine. He's going to be a riser after he shows his athleticism in drills. Christian started 39 straight games for the Cardinals, including every game as a freshman. He has great feet and a big 6-6 frame. With Mike Remmers likely staying at guard in 2018 and beyond, the Vikings have a hole at right tackle. Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey and Texas' Connor Williams are other tackles to keep an eye on.

Click here for Kiper’s full mock draft.

The Monday Morning QB’s Albert Breer

Feb. 21, 2018

The predicted pick: Arden Key, DE, LSU

The take: I’m really thinking Key will fall out of the first round, and could keep on falling. He has a lot of off-field questions to answer and wasn’t great on the field last year. His potential, though, is limitless.

Click here for Breer’s full mock draft.’s Daniel Jeremiah

March 6, 2018

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

The take: Price reunites with college teammate Pat Elflein and slides right in at guard. He can play all three interior spots.

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

Feb. 27, 2018

The predicted pick: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

The take: If veteran Terence Newman departs in free agency, Hughes would be a nice replacement as a playmaker in the secondary and the return game.

Click here for Reuter’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Peter Schrager

March 1, 2018

The predicted pick: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The take: Yes, the Vikings have Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook both under contract for 2018. If Guice falls this far, GM Rick Spielman has never been scared to go Best Player Available.

Click here for Schrager’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson

Feb. 27, 2018

The predicted pick: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP

The take: The Vikings could be influenced by free agency and exactly how things shake out with the pursuit of Kirk Cousins. There's no doubt they need to get better on the offensive line regardless of what happens, particularly on the interior.

Click here for Brinson’s full mock draft.

SB Nation’s Dan Kadar
March 6, 2018
The predicted pick: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
The take: Minnesota is another team in the first round that would probably like to trade back, especially considering they have only five draft picks. Hernandez continued his strong offseason at the combine, and is a plug-and-play starter in the NFL.

Click here for Kadar’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco

March 6, 2018

The predicted pick: Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame 

The take: They have to get a right tackle if they are to play Mike Remmers at guard. McGlinchey played left tackle in college, but could move to the other side.

Click here for Prisco’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin

March 2, 2018

The predicted pick: Isaiah Wynn, G, Notre Dame

The take: The Vikings' offensive line was improved in 2017, but still not great. The weak link was on the interior, but slotting Wynn next to 2017 third-rounder Pat Elflein would help solidify things inside. Let them clear the way for Dalvin Cook and stop Case Keenum from having to run around and avoid pressure so often.

Click here for Dubin’s full mock draft.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller

March 6, 2018

The predicted pick: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

The take: A heart condition found at the combine prohibited Hurst from working out for scouts and puts a question mark on his scouting report for the time being. If he's healthy, the Michigan pass-rusher is a first-rounder and could be a steal at this phase of the first round. 

The Vikings defense is already one of the NFL's best but could use more of a pass rush up the middle—which is every quarterback's worst nightmare. Throwing Hurst in the middle of an already strong front seven would make it impossible for quarterbacks to escape while also keeping the current tackles fresh in a strong rotation.

The team has a major hole at quarterback right now that needs addressing, but the value at pick No. 30 overall isn't there to select one. The Vikings are in the running for Kirk Cousins and should grab a starting quarterback in free agency.

Click here for Miller’s full mock draft.

USA TODAY’s Steven Ruiz

March 6, 2018

The predicted pick: Kolton Miller, T, UCLA

The take: Taking Miller, who shined at the combine, here would allow the Vikings to move Mike Remmers to guard, where he’s better suited to play.

Click here for Ruiz’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso

March 6, 2018

The predicted pick: Kolton Miller, T, UCLA

The take: Miller crushed the combine and has the skill set to be a franchise left tackle with a little added bulk to his frame. Think Nate Solder with him.

Click here for Trapasso’s full mock draft.