Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Minnesota Vikings from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Vikings:

CBS Sports - Stackpole (1/13)

28. Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Devon Witherspoon, coming from one of the best defenses in all of college football, will bring a tenacity and physicality that Minnesota could use in the secondary, especially with Patrick Peterson set to become a free agent.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (1/12)

28. Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Adam Thielen will be 33 next season and the Vikings have a potential out in his contract after this season. Addison would pair nicely with Justin Jefferson. The 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner (with Pittsburgh) is a silky smooth route runner and has the speed to challenge a defense at every level with inside/outside versatility.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (1/12)

28. Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

Witherspoon finished second in the Big Ten conference with 14 passes defended and added three interceptions on the season. His closing speed, high football I.Q. and concept visualization skills makes Witherspoon an intriguing prospect to NFL evaluators. According to PFF (Pro Football Focus), Witherspoon is this season's top rated coverage cornerback with a 92.5 rating.

Yahoo! Sports - McDonald (1/11)

27. Mazi Smith, IDL, Michigan

Smith might not be in many first-round mocks right now, but he's a supreme athlete for his size and should fly up boards following the scouting combine. Smith made Bruce Feldman's freak list prior to the season and looks to be the next freak athlete Michigan puts into the NFL from its defensive line.

Walter Football (1/11)

27. Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson

The Vikings must improve their pass rush, as their inability to get to the quarterback is putting stress on the cornerbacks.

Bryan Bresee has terrific quickness and athleticism.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (1/11)

28. B.J. Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

The Vikings add youth to the outside pass-rushing group with the feisty and athletic Ojulari.

USA Today - MMS (1/10)

28. Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M

Having ranked 31st in pass defense (265.6 yards allowed per game) and with cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Chandon Sullivan set to become free agents, the Vikings' secondary looks ripe for change. The 6-2, 205-pound Jones sizes up as a smart fit for Minnesota's zone-heavy scheme.

Bleacher Report (1/9)

27. Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Off-ball linebacker isn't a position that often demands a first-round selection. In many cases, the position itself is seen as devalued compared to quarterback, offensive tackle, pass-rusher, cornerback and wide receiver.

One benefit of being a division champion, like the Minnesota Vikings, is high-quality prospects at perceived lesser positions are often available later in the first round. In this particular case, the Vikings land the class' top-ranked linebacker in Clemson's Trenton Simpson.

"The Vikings don't have a ton of needs but both Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks are both about to turn 31 years old while entering the last year of their contacts," Holder mentioned. "Also, Minnesota can save $5 million in cap space by cutting Hicks and $9.5 million by getting rid of Kendricks, if they want choose to do so.

"Simpson can immediately enter the lineup and fill either's role since he's athletic enough to fulfill the modern-day linebacker's coverage responsibilities but also plays with an old-school mentality with physicality against the run."

Interestingly, this projection places Simpson in the same division as uber-athletic quarterbacks Justin Fields and Anthony Richardson, whom the Lions drafted earlier.

The 33rd Team (1/9)

28. Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The Vikings ranked 31st in pass defense this past season. Witherspoon is a productive (41 tackles, three INTs), physical corner who should compete for a Day 1 starting spot.

PFF - Renner (1/9)

28. Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford

General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is tied to Kirk Cousins for only one more season, and the Vikings' roster is too good to where they won't be getting the pick of the litter in a draft anytime soon. That could mean taking advantage of a deep quarterback class to start a year early on developing Cousins' successor. McKee is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the draft class but was put in a lot of unwinnable situations on tape at Stanford.

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