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Vikings 2020 Mock Draft Tracker: Version 8.0

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EAGAN, Minn. — The wait for the 2020 NFL Draft is almost over.

The Vikings currently have 12 total selections for the three-day event and are scheduled to be on the clock twice Thursday night with the 22nd and 25th overall picks in the first round.

We found 17 recent projections from draft analysts around the league regarding what the Vikings will do with their two scheduled selections on opening night.

Three experts believe Minnesota could use their pair of picks to maneuver up the draft board.

Here's a look at our eighth — and final — Vikings 2020 Mock Draft Tracker:

Peter King of NBC Sports

April 20, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

The type of big cornerback GMs crave these days to face the bigger receivers colleges are churning out. With only Mike Hughes left in a once-rich secondary, the Vikings have no choice but to use first-round replenishment on a corner. This might be overthinking, but I wonder if being Stefon Diggs' younger brother would bug GM Rick Spielman or coach Mike Zimmer. It certainly would be the first question I'd ask at the post-draft press conference.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Most receiving touchdowns in Clemson history: Higgins 27, DeAndre Hopkins 27, Sammy Watkins 27. Higgins needs to get stronger (6-3 ½, 216), but he's the kind of receiver scouts think will improve at the 50-50 balls when he learns to be more physical. At 4.58 in the 40-yard dash, he's no burner, but with a career average of 18.1 yards per catch, he's got the kind of run-after-the-catch instincts that will serve him well at the pro level.

Click here for King's full mock draft.

NFL.com's Peter Schrager

April 15, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Trade Stefon Diggs and end up with Jefferson with one of the four picks acquired? Not bad if it works out this way for Minnesota. Jefferson put up eye-popping numbers last season at LSU, but there were skeptics on his speed heading into the combine. He then ripped off a 4.43 40-yard dash, dazzled in interviews and showed why he's the fourth-best wideout — at least — in this draft.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Ezra Cleveland, T, Boise State

I haven't seen Cleveland mocked to go in the first round anywhere else yet, but the 6-6 tower had an outstanding combine, and I've heard he's been great in the virtual interviews throughout this process. There's legitimate top-20 talk around his name now, but I think 25 to the Vikings seems to be a good fit.

Click here for Schrager's full mock draft.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks

April 14, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

The Vikings need to replace their departed starting CBs with plug-and-play prospects. Fulton has all of the tools needed to be a high-level cover corner early in his career.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

The Vikings could replace Stefon Diggs with a versatile receiver possessing exceptional route-running skills and dependable hands.

Click here for Brooks' full mock draft.

NFL.com's Chad Reuter (three rounds)

April 17, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Trading Stefon Diggs left a big hole on the outside for Minnesota. Picking Jefferson here and another receiver later should be in the team's plan. I believe quarterback Kirk Cousins will like this.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

It's possible the Vikings will trade this pick at some point, maybe for Jacksonville edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue or for Cleveland receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (I know the Browns have said they're not looking to move him, but crazier things have happened.) But for now, Gross-Matos is the pick here, as the Vikes address two of their top three needs in Round 1.

The predicted pick at No. 58: Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa

The predicted pick at No. 89: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne (Div. II)

The predicted pick at No. 105: John Hightower, WR, Boise State

Click here for Reuter's full mock draft.

NFL.com's Rhett Lewis

April 20, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Minnesota's decision not to re-sign Everson Griffen looms large here, as the team uses the first of its two first-round picks to pair an edge rusher with two-time Pro Bowler Danielle Hunter.

The predicted pick at No. 25: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

The Vikings moved on from cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes (No. 25 overall, 2013), Trae Waynes (No. 11, 2015) and Mackensie Alexander (No. 54, 2016) this offseason, while Mike Hughes (No. 30, 2018) is coming off an injury. Time to reload at GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer's favorite position, and Clemson's A.J. Terrell fits the bill.

Click here for Lewis' full mock draft.

Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune (via the Los Angeles Times)

April 17, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Josh Jones, T, Houston

Tackle makes a lot of sense for the Vikings. He's raw, but he wouldn't have to start right away if Minnesota keeps Riley Reiff on the roster.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Gladney makes a lot of sense. He can cover outside and inside, and has been a man corner, and that fits with the Vikings like to play some man within zone schemes.

Click here for the LA Times' full mock draft.

The MMQB's Gary Gramling

April 18, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

He can play inside or outside and starts immediately for a Vikings team that just lost, by rough estimate, 14 cornerbacks this offseason.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Mims fills the gaping hole across from Adam Thielen, and while he might have some rough edges entering the league he can be a big-play threat early. He has a large-catch-radius downfield and is a red-zone threat.

Click here for Gramling's full mock draft.

Kevin Hanson of Sports Illustrated

April 17, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Austin Jackson, T, Southern California

Mike Zimmer has talked about the potential of moving Riley Reiff to guard and Brian O'Neill from right to left tackle. The 20-year-old Jackson may have benefited from returning to USC for another season, but he has the quick feet and athleticism that could entice the Vikings to take a chance on his long-term upside as his technique catches up to his athleticism.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

With Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander no longer in Minnesota, the Vikings could prioritize corner over wide receiver, given the wide receiver talent that could still be there with their second-round pick. Gladney plays with a more physical presence than his size would otherwise suggest. Blending foot quickness, agility and a feisty competitive toughness, Gladney has a nose for the ball that's led to 26 passes defended since 2018 and five interceptions in the past three seasons.

Click here for Hanson's full mock draft.

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports

April 19, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Stefon Diggs is gone and Kirk Cousins needs weapons; Jefferson was dominant in the slot last season for LSU and the hope is that he can replicate that production in Minnesota.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

The Vikings have a ton of needs, most of them on defense. After parting ways with three cornerbacks this offseason, Gladney, who plays much bigger than his size, will have a chance for playing time on Day 1.

Click here for Wilson's full mock draft.

Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports

April 15, 2020

MOCK TRADE: The Vikings move up to No. 17 in a trade with the Cowboys

The predicted pick at No. 17: K'Lavon Chaisson, Edge, LSU

The predicted pick at No. 25: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

Igbinoghene is a freaky specimen with his best football in front of him.

Click here for Trapasso's full mock draft.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports

April 16, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

This pick could be used to replace Stefon Diggs, but I think the Vikings will double dip on defense with their picks in this first round to replace guys like Linval Joseph, who departed in free agency.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

Mike Zimmer can never have enough corners from the early rounds on his roster.

Click here for Brinson's full mock draft.

Josh Edwards of CBS Sports (two rounds)

April 18, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Minnesota is able to replace Stefon Diggs with the fourth-best wide receiver in this draft class. Jefferson carries a first-round grade and would be an immediate impact player for the Minnesota offense.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

It may come as a surprise to see Minnesota not take a cornerback but Gallimore is a better player than the remaining options at cornerback. He can bring a spark to that Vikings defense.

The predicted pick at No. 58: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Hall was supposedly given a clean bill of health so clear the runway for his liftoff. Minnesota desperately needs corners after losing Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander.

Click here for Edwards' full mock draft.

R.J. White of CBS Sports

April 16, 2020

MOCK TRADE: The Vikings move up to No. 13 in a trade with the 49ers

The predicted pick at No. 13: Jedrick Wills, Jr., T, Alabama

The Vikings created clear holes at corner and wide receiver this offseason, but rather than just pick the best available at those spots in the 20s, the Vikings get bold in order to improve the protection in front of Kirk Cousins, trading No. 22, 58 and 219 to get into range for one of the top tackles in this class. Wills is an NFL-ready starter, and he can pair with Brian O'Neill to give Cousins all the time he needs to be successful in the passing game.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

The Vikings then use their other first-round pick on an excellent, well-rounded corner prospect in Gladney, who can come in and start right away.

Click here for White's full mock draft.

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports

April 14, 2020

MOCK TRADE: The Vikings move up to No. 11 in a trade with the Jets

The predicted pick at No. 11: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Vikings are still in a win-now mode despite trading Stefon Diggs, and they use the No. 22 pick they received in that deal in a package to move up and take the top WR on their board before the WR run is expected to begin.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

The Vikings were able to hold on to No. 25 when they traded up for Jeudy, and use it to address another major need. I went back and forth between Johnson and an offensive tackle, but I think Johnson's a better prospect than any of the tackles remaining.

Click here for Fornelli's full mock draft.

Dan Kadar of SB Nation

April 20, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

This mock draft has seen the wide receivers slip a little, and that would be a good thing for the Vikings. Jefferson was a star in the slot last season, but his skill set should allow him to play on the outside for Minnesota.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

The Vikings have five of the first 105 picks in the draft this year, and it wouldn't be a shock to see two of them dedicated to cornerback. That's how desperate the Vikings are to improve that unit.

Click here for Kadar's full mock draft.

Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report

April 20, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: CJ Henderson, CB, Florida

CJ Henderson is the perfect replacement for [Xavier] Rhodes. Like Rhodes, he has all the tools to be an All-Pro cornerback. Henderson will blanket top receivers all game and then get hypnotized by a play-action fake and forget about his receiver until it's too late. It's a habit that coaches should be able to correct, allowing Henderson to fill one of the ever-increasing holes opening up in the Vikings roster.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Yetur Gross-Matos is a low-risk selection who should develop quickly into an every-down starter and a complement on the defensive line to Danielle Hunter.

Click here for Tanier's full mock draft.

Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus

April 20, 2020

The predicted pick at No. 22: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

Minnesota's cornerback corps is depleted, but it adds Gladney — a battle-tested Big 12 corner with size, speed and man/zone ability. He can press and run with the speediest of receivers and allowed just a 47 percent completion rate in the pass-heavy Big 12. The Vikings would love to restock at cornerback and receiver in this draft, and this is a great start.

The predicted pick at No. 25: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri

While the Vikings would love to add a receiver here, there's been a big run in this particular mock draft. They fill another need with one of the draft's best interior pass-rushers in Elliott. He flies off the ball and plays with good pad level and hand usage, all adding up to the best pass-rushing grade (91.1) in the class of interior defensive linemen last season. Put Elliott at 3-technique lined up over the guard and let him penetrate into opposing backfields.

Click here for Palazzolo's full mock draft.

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