We are inching closer and closer to the 2016 NFL draft, which will take place next weekend, April 28-30. Here is my final edition of my Vikings mock draft.
Round 1: Taylor Decker/OT/Ohio State- Even with the off season signing of Andre Smith, offensive tackle is still top priority for the Vikings in this draft. The Smith signing along with the return of Phil Loadholt means the Vikings can bring Decker along slowly. Decker is a pass-blocking specialist who could very well be the team's long term answer for Teddy Bridgewater's blind side.
Round 2: Pharoh Cooper/WR/South Carolina- The first two selections of this mock draft don't change much from the previous editions. Cooper is still exactly what the Vikings need, a polished route runner.
Round 3: Jeremy Cash/SS/Duke- This is where this edition of my mock draft starts to shake up a little compared to previous mocks. In my last one, it appeared that it was all but certain that George Iloka was headed to Minnesota. But that didn't happen, so now the Vikings turn to the draft to fill that spot in the secondary next to All-Pro Harrison Smith. Cash is a coverage specialist who fits perfectly as the centerfielder alongside the line of scrimmage skills of Smith.
Round 4: Jatavis Brown/OLB/Akron- At 5'11”, 227 pounds, this is the ultimate definition of the undersized weak side linebacker in a 4-3 zone run scheme. Brown is undersized but about athletic as it gets and plays with tremendous instinct.
Round 5: Roger Lewis/WR/Bowling Green- The Vikings need to come out of this draft with at least two wide receivers they can plug and play now. Lewis is a small-school veteran with a lot of experience. He runs routes well, is a good athlete, and can have an immediate impact at the NFL.
Round 6: Kieth Marshall/RB/Georgia- Let's take a chance here and go out on a limb, possibly grabbing the long term replacement to Adrian Peterson. Marshall is the full package for a running back. He has size, speed, skill, vision; pass catching, blocking, intelligence. So what in the world is he doing still on the board in round six? Well, he is an injury concern, and he also has an attitude problem. There are some games when he just disappears. If he can grow up and stay healthy, the Vikings will have knocked a grand slam out of the building with this one.
Round 7A: Conner Wujciak/DT/Boston College- Every team needs rotational depth guys for their line late in the draft. Wujciak plays with a high motor and is just that.
Round 7B: Dom Williams/WR/Washington State- Williams is a project receiver with a high ceiling who could turn into something bigger down the road.