Mock Madness 4.0: 1st-Round Predictions for Vikings After the Combine

EAGAN, Minn. — The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is over, and free agency is on the horizon, meaning it’s time for another edition of Mock Madness.

The Vikings currently have the No. 18 overall pick in the draft after going 8-7-1 and missing out on the playoffs in 2018.

Minnesota got an up-close look at hundreds of prospects at the combine in Indianapolis as the Vikings continue to ramp up their preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft in late April.

Which direction will Minnesota go at No. 18?

Draft experts have weighed in for our fourth edition of Mock Madness, a look at who is being forecasted to the Vikings via their first-round pick.

It is a culmination of 14 recent predictions, with the majority of experts projecting the Vikings to help out their offensive line with their first-round pick. But the analysts are split on those players. Four different linemen were mentioned in multiple projections as possibilities to end up in Minnesota.

Our first Mock Madness can be found here.

Our second Mock Madness can be found here.

Our third Mock Madness can be found here.

Here’s a look at our fourth Mock Madness of 2019:

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com

March 5, 2019

The predicted first-round pick: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Bush is a three-down linebacker with outstanding playmaking skills and leadership ability.

Click here for Jeremiah’s full mock draft.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report

March 5, 2019

The predicted pick: Cody Ford, T/G, Oklahoma

The Minnesota Vikings have to go into the 2019 offseason determined to improve the offensive line. With Oklahoma starting right tackle Cody Ford available at No. 18, he would be a no-brainer solution for general manager Rick Spielman.

Ford, who some think might move inside to guard, was a powerful and athletic right tackle in both the run and pass game at Oklahoma. At 6-foot-4 and 329 pounds, he has the ideal build for the right side.

At the combine, he showed he has the agility and technique to come in and lock down either the right guard or right tackle spot to keep Kirk Cousins clean.

Click here for Miller’s full mock draft.

Luke Easterling of DraftWire (four rounds; three listed here)

March 5, 2019

The predicted first-round pick: Cody Ford, T/G, Oklahoma

This team has some dangerous offensive weapons and a capable quarterback, but the protection has to improve across the board. Ford has the size, athleticism and physicality to be an instant upgrade at either tackle spot, allowing the Vikings to check at least one offensive line position off their offseason list.

The predicted second-round pick (No. 50): Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

The predicted third-round pick (No. 81): Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State

Click here for Easterling’s full mock draft.

Jake Rill of SB Nation

March 3, 2019

The predicted pick: Andre Dillard, T/G, Washington State

Click here for Rill’s full mock draft.

Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News

March 5, 2019

The predicted pick: Jonah Williams, T/G, Alabama

The Vikings need offensive line help for the sakes of both Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook. Dillard being taken off the board earlier helps their cause. Williams is a strong pass protector who also is big enough (6-4, 302 pounds) to pave the way in the running game.

Click here for Iyer’s full mock draft.

Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire

March 5, 2019

The predicted pick: Greg Little, T, Mississippi

Whether or not the Vikings will ever get a reasonable return on the Kirk Cousins investment is a matter of some debate, but one thing’s for sure — it’ll never happen if Cousins has to bail water behind the kind of offensive line he played behind in 2018. Little has the quickness and agility to improve Cousins’ blindside protection right away, and over time, he could develop into an estimable power-blocker as well.

Click here for Farrar’s full mock draft.

Peter Schrager of NFL.com

Feb. 28, 2019

The predicted first-round pick: Jonah Williams, T/G, Alabama

The Vikings will address the offensive line in the draft (likely multiple times) and in free agency. Williams is considered "undersized" at 302 pounds, but has wonderful technique. He'd be an immediate starter in Minnesota.

Click here for Schrager’s full mock draft.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com

Feb. 27, 2019

The predicted first-round pick: Greg Little, T, Mississippi

The Vikings have to beef up the offensive line to help Kirk Cousins improve his play from the pocket. Little is a rock-solid edge blocker with Day 1-starter potential.

Click here for Brooks’ full mock draft.

Chad Reuter of NFL.com (3 rounds)

Feb. 26, 2019

The predicted first-round pick: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins really should go higher, as he is an athletic player with scheme versatility — and has the sort of positive character every team wants in a first-round pick. We'll see if a strong combine forces teams to ignore other roster needs to bring him in.

The predicted second-round pick (No. 50): Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Harrison Smith gets a running mate with a similar passion for the game. This could be a strong pair to lead the secondary for the next few years.

The predicted third-round pick (No. 81): Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin

Minnesota's interior offensive line struggled last season. Deiter will protect quarterback Kirk Cousins and create holes for running back Dalvin Cook.

Click here for Reuter’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson

March 3, 2019

The predicted pick: Garrett Bradbury, C/G, North Carolina State

Bradbury is another player who had a great week in Indy. He ran a 4.93 40 — he's a center! — and he was already the best interior lineman in the class. The Vikings need to do a much better job protecting Kirk Cousins, and that starts with Bradbury.

Click here for Wilson’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ R.J. White

Feb. 26, 2019

The predicted pick: Cody Ford, T/G, Oklahoma

It's an offensive line run in the middle of the first round. There could be as many as seven O-linemen taken in the first round, as a surprisingly deep class meets a clear need around the league. Ford's best fit might be at guard, but whether he plays inside or at right tackle, he'll be a much needed reinforcement for Minnesota.

Click here for White’s full mock draft.

An image from September 9, 2018 regular season home game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings won 24-16.

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CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin

Feb. 27, 2019

The predicted pick: Cody Ford, T/G, Oklahoma

The Vikings very badly need to address their offensive line issues, which undermined their entire season last year. Slotting Ford in up front starts that process.

Click here for Dubin’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson

Feb. 20, 2019

The predicted pick: Andre Dillard, T/G, Washington State

It's hard to project anything OTHER than an offensive lineman for the Vikings, considering the struggles they had last year protecting Kirk Cousins.

Click here for Brinson’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco

Feb. 26, 2019

The predicted pick: Chris Lindstrom, C/G, Boston College

They have to get better inside. Lindstrom is a tough guy who will help amp up their running game with Dalvin Cook.

Click here for Prisco’s full mock draft.

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