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2019 Mock Draft 2.0

By: Tanishka Mhskar
March 25th, 2019

It’s mock draft season! The crucial week of free agency has passed, and the Vikings don’t have much money, so we turn our attention to the draft. I did my second mock draft of the offseason using

I stuck to the default big board: fanspeak’s Steve. I also selected “Random” for the big boards to be used by other teams and set the difficulty level to “Classic.”

The Vikings currently own eight draft picks:

I’m going to try to mimic Rick’s draft strategy of being aggressive but trying to end with ten picks. Before the draft starts, I get calls from Cincinnati and Buffalo.

I don’t like either trade since I’m not interested in trading up. I decline. The round starts and when we get to pick 18, I get two more trade offers. This time they're from Philadelphia and Cleveland to trade down.

I don’t like either of them as the player I want isn’t going to be on the board much longer. The big board looks like this:

I easily draft Cody Ford. He’s the best player available at the position of most need. Since the Vikings signed Josh Kline to compete for the right guard position, I would expect Ford to play left guard. This pick solidifies the starting offensive line.

Onto round two we go. Before the round starts, I receive so trade offers. The round starts and when we get to pick 18, two teams call us up.

I’m not interested in the Texans offer because I want to stay in the second round, and I’m not worrying about picks for next year. As for the Patriots, I like their offer and using the draft pick value’s board, the value of the two picks combined is 565 while my second round pick if worth 400.

I accept.

On the clock at pick 24, I receive two more offers: from Seattle and the LA Chargers. Neither entice me and I deny. After all, the player I want is still available.

I forgot to screenshot a picture of this big board, but I ended up drafting the highest available, and my personal favorite, WR Deebo Samuel. He is an outstanding route runner and has the upside to be a weapon from anywhere on the field. He would be our brand new WR3, and a good complement to Thielen and Diggs.

Round three comes and we get to pick nine with no trade offers. Here is the big board:

This is an interesting position because the current starting offensive line, after drafting Ford projects to be:


That line is serviceable, but there’s absolutely no depth at the guard position as the only backup on the roster is Danny Isadora. The big board has a couple of good iOL, but the player that intrigued me is Jonathan Abram.

He would be the best player available and the Vikings showed interest in Abram earlier this offseason. We need safety depth anyways, so I choose Abram and hope one of the other guards falls to me at pick 17.

Abram has a nice, physical, tone-setting presence and does well attacking downhill. There’s lots of fix with his game such as processing and finishing the play, but has tremendous upside. He is also a solid run defender which could be appealing to Zimmer, whose defense majorly regressed in the run last season. 

Ok, now I hold my breath for Lindstrom till my next third round pick. And he’s still there! This is the big board at round three, pick 17:

Although Michael Jordan is a good player, I believe that Lindstrom has more upside and could instantly start if say Kline doesn’t do well in training camp. Or if one of our tackles gets injured, we have the flexibility of moving Ford to tackle and starting Lindstrom.

I think this pick brings some much needed competition and provides some nice depth.

When round four starts, I get two trade offers.

Trying to mimic Rick, I know I need one more pick to get to ten. I like Philly’s offer anyway, so I accept.

On the clock at 4.25, I get two more offers.

Neither is enticing so I decline. Here is the big board:

I have barely addressed defense yet, and one spot I’m not the most confident in is defensive line, so I draft Daylon Mack. (If the Bears can have a dominant Mack, why can’t we)? He is a good run stuffer and pretty decent in pass rushing. With the best d-line coach in the league, I’m sure the Vikings would be a great fit for him to get up to his ceiling quickly.

By the time I get to 4.36, this is the board:

Isaac Nauta is still surprisingly available, so I pick him. He is the best player available and a tremendous blocking tight end. Since our primary blocking TE, David Morgan, was injured for a large part of the season, the run game struggled even more.

Nauta can make critical plays when an offense needs them. Although he needs some more development, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as Rudolph’s successor in years to come.

The Vikes don’t have a fifth round pick because of the Trevor Siemian trade, so we sit back and relax till round six.

No trade offers this time, and the big board looks like this:

I think some linebacker depth would be nice as Barr and Kendricks both missed time last season, so I pick up Khalil Hodge.

He was not invited to the combine, but arguably has one of the highest ceilings in this draft class. Hodge is a ballhawk, second-level linebacker who never misses tackles. I’m sure Zimmer and co. could develop him into a solid starter, but for now, he provides nice special teams skills.

At 6.36, one of my favorite players of this draft is at the top of the big board: Bryce Love. Although he may miss a good chunk of next season due to injury, Love is a smart, explosive athlete with a great burst and good footwork.

Into the 7th round we go. The Vikings do not possess a regular 7th round pick due to a trade for Brett Jones, but they do have two complementary 7th round picks.

We get to pick 33. The Vikings haven’t really addressed secondary, and with circulating rumors of a possible Trae Waynes trade come draft weekend, Minnesota might need some depth there.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer was seeing talking to and coaching Derrick Baity at Kentucky’s pro day, so I’m going to go with the assumption that Zimmer liked him and wants to work with him more.

Baity is a physical, lengthy corner with lots of experience in different coverage schemes. He needs to get better against the run, finding the ball vertically and developing quicker transitions. With the deep cornerback room in Minnesota, he could be coached up quickly and some day assume the number one corner spot.

The final pick in the draft comes and goes. I realize that we should address the offensive line one last time. This time, a tackle.

I draft Ohio State’s Isaiah Prince. He is an effective run blocker who is able to get out into space. That could grab the attention of the Vikings as Prince has been good at being the lead blocker in screens. He definitely would not be a day one starter, but a good project for Dennison and Kubiak.

And there you have it! I for one, would be extremely happy with this draft. Here is a summary of the picks and the trades.

The first round of the 2019 NFL draft is one month away and until we get there, I’ll see you next week with another mock draft! SKOL.