Mock Madness 8.0: Final Expert Projections for Vikings in 2019 NFL Draft

EAGAN, Minn. — We’ve reached the end of the madness.

The 2019 NFL Draft is just two days away, as the offseason mega event is scheduled for April 25-27 in Nashville.

The Vikings currently hold eight total selections, beginning with the 18th overall pick in the first round.

This is the eighth and final edition of this year’s Mock Madness, a culmination of expert projections on which players they believe will end up in Minnesota.

A total of 15 draft experts have weighed in, and the group has a high belief that the Vikings will draft an offensive lineman in the first round.

All but two analysts went with a player in the trenches, with North Carolina State’s Garrett Bradbury leading the way with four total selections.

Oklahoma’s Cody Ford, Alabama’s Jonah Williams, Chris Lindstrom of Boston College and Dalton Risner of Kansas State were each projected to Minnesota on more than one occasion.

Not all experts predict the Vikings will stay in the 18th spot, however, as one projected a trade for Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman.

Our first Mock Madness can be found here.

Our second Mock Madness can be found here.

Our third Mock Madness can be found here.

Our fourth Mock Madness can be found here.

Our fifth Mock Madness can be found here.

Our sixth Mock Madness can be found here.

Our seventh Mock Madness can be found here.

Here’s a look at our eighth and final Mock Madness of 2019:

ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay (three rounds)

April 18, 2019

Kiper’s predicted first-round pick: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

I thought long and hard on this one. If [Jonah] Williams is not here, there isn’t really an offensive lineman who fits. Andre Dillard, maybe? The value of Gary might be too much to pass up. He has all the traits to be a star.

Kiper’s predicted second-round pick: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

I like McLaurin more than McShay does, and he could be a weapon out of the slot for the Vikings.

McShay’s predicted third-round pick: Nate Davis, G, Charlotte

Kiper took his boy Terry McLaurin in Round 2 instead of addressing a glaring need on the offensive line. I’ll bail him out and take Davis, a quick and sturdy guard out of Charlotte.

Click here for Kiper and McShay’s full mock draft.

The MMQB’s Albert Breer

April 22, 2019

The predicted pick: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

I really think Mike Zimmer would love to see the Vikings tap into the defensive talent available in this draft here, and address the offensive line later. I just think, based on the way this seems to be going, they won’t be able to afford to wait to take one. And there’s one here who would work well for them.

Click here for Breer’s full mock draft.

Peter King of NBC Sports

April 22, 2019

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

The Vikings pick at 18, 50 and 81, and the perception on the scouting trail is that two of those three picks will be offensive linemen. They’d better be. Bradbury’s a pugnacious guy, a Jason Kelce type, with more quickness than most centers in the league now. He could start day one.

Click here for King’s full mock draft.

Charles Davis of NFL.com

April 23, 2019

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

Brass will address the team’s biggest need, helping the O-line with the All-American from Oklahoma, who can play tackle or move inside to guard.

Click here for Davis’ full mock draft.

Chad Reuter of NFL.com (seven rounds; three listed)

April 19, 2019

The predicted first-round pick: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

Josh Kline will secure one starting guard spot, and Lindstrom can win the other in 2019.

The predicted second-round pick: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

Hooker will join Harrison Smith to form a talented safety tandem for the Vikings.

The predicted third-round pick: Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas

Omenihu will control the edge for Minnesota, which could use more youth on the outside with Everson Griffen in his 30s.

Click here for Reuter’s full mock draft.

Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus (three rounds)

April 23, 2019

The predicted first-round pick: Dalton Risner, T/G, Kansas State

Another good match, Risner has four strong years of grading at Kansas State, including his freshman year at center. He can play multiple positions along the offensive line, but over the last three years at right tackle, he’s been one of the nation’s best. He has the size and brute strength to handle length off the edge.

The predicted second-round pick: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

The predicted third-round pick: Nate Davis, G, Charlotte

Click here for Palazzolo’s full mock draft.

Cris Collinsworth of Pro Football Focus (three rounds)

April 23, 2019

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

Ford is a big man that isn’t the most physical run blocker, but very nifty feet for somebody his size allows him to stay in front pass protecting. Long arms are also an asset in pass protection. Too many good tackles for the Vikings to not address a glaring need on the offensive line.

Click here for Collinsworth’s full mock draft.

Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune

April 22, 2019

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

The Vikings could consider a defensive tackle like Clemson’s Christian Wilkins here, but given how badly they need help in the middle of their line, Bradbury makes perfect sense. His athleticism and intellect will fit nicely in Gary Kubiak’s outside zone scheme, and could allow the Vikings to move Pat Elflein back to guard, where he played for three years in college.

Click here for the full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson

April 22, 2019

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

Bradbury is the best center in this draft and one of the best offensive linemen, period. He could take over center duties, [Pat] Elflein could move to guard and the Vikings suspect offensive line would be vastly improved. Bradbury arrived at N.C. State as a tight end, and he still flashes that athleticism — including the 4.92 40 he blazed at the combine. If the goal is to keep Kirk Cousins clean, Bradbury is an easy choice here.

Click here for Wilson’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso

April 23, 2019

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

The Vikings are another team in need of a talent infusion up front, and Bradbury is an ultra-athletic center capable of carrying out difficult blocks on the move and across gaps.

Click here for Trapasso’s full mock draft.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco

April 22, 2019

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

They could put Williams at left tackle after the move Riley Reiff inside to guard. Williams could also play guard down the line.

Click here for Prisco’s full mock draft.

Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report

April 22, 2019

The predicted pick: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Tight end isn’t an obvious choice for the Minnesota Vikings, but Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson makes sense on multiple levels.

First, his value can’t be denied. Hockenson is the class’ top-rated tight end prospect and has the potential to be drafted among the initial 10 selections.

Second, Hockenson’s value is derived from a unique skill set. The majority of today’s tight ends are either weapons in the passing game or traditional in-line blockers. Few can do both equally well. Hockenson can.

Third, the reigning John Mackey Award winner’s blocking ability will help a suspect offensive line. Hockenson is exceptional at the point of attack and will only make the Vikings front stronger.

Click here for Bleacher Report’s full mock draft.

Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report

April 23, 2019

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

Click here for Tanier’s full mock draft.

Dan Kadar of SB Nation

April 22, 2019

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

If two offensive linemen go in the top 10 picks, the Vikings might start to get a little antsy at No. 18. That doesn’t mean they’ll trade up, but they could be choosing between players like Ford, Dalton Risner of Kansas State, or Chris Lindstrom of Boston College. Ford remains the best option, but none of those players would be a stretch.

Click here for Kadar’s full mock draft.

Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire

April 22, 2019

TRADE: Vikings acquire 22*nd overall pick from Baltimore for 18*th pick (rest of trade compensation unknown)

The predicted pick at No. 22: Dalton Risner, T/G, Kansas State

Minnesota moves back a few slots here, picks up an extra selection, and still lands a versatile offensive lineman. Risner is a high-floor player who can be a long-term starter at either tackle or center.

Click here for Easterling’s full mock draft.

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