Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Recap: Mid-April Edition


With the 2015 NFL Draft less than 2 weeks away, it’s time once again to check in with the experts to see who they have the Minnesota Vikings selecting with the #11 overall pick.  The hype surrounding the event is reaching an all time high and since our last check-in, much has changed.

Much of the focus on the Vikings draft class has changed from high-profile pass catchers to physical pass defenders.  You’ll see what I mean in this breakdown of some of the popular selections from many high-profile, well-known, and smart draftniks (and me, of course).

Anyway, let’s get started with a look at the prospects and how often they are mocked to the Vikings:

Sep 27, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Alvin Dupree (2) celebrates during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE Kentucky (2)

Amari Cooper, WR Alabama (2)

Brandon Scherff, OT Iowa (2)

Nov 29, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) catches a pass over Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Fred Tiller (3) during the second half at Papa John

DeVante Parker, WR Louisville (12)

Kevin Johnson, CB Wake Forest (1)

Kevin White, WR West Virginia (1)

La’el Collins, OT LSU (1)

Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Landon Collins (26) on the field against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fourth quarter of the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Landon Collins, S Alabama (2)

Marcus Peters, CB Washington (2)

Melvin Gordon, RB Wisconsin (1)

Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) celebrates the win over the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Trae Waynes, CB Michigan State (16)

So, let’s break this down a bit.  Here is the ratio of offensive to defensive players selected:

  • OFFENSE: 19
  • DEFENSE: 23

And now, let’s take a look at them by position:

  • Cornerback: 19
  • Wide Receiver: 15
  • Offensive Tackle: 3
  • Safety: 2
  • Defensive End: 2
  • Running Back: 1

Since our last 2015 NFL Mock Draft recap for the Minnesota Vikings, defense has taken control of the picks and cornerback has moved into the top spot.  Trae Waynes has become a popular and trendy pick for the Vikings, but as we all know, surprises are always bound to happen on draft day.  Last year, very, very few experts had the Vikings selecting Anthony Barr with their first selection in the first round, but that is an investment that looks like it could pay off nicely.  Hopefully, we can get similar success from this year’s first round pick no matter who is selected.

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