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Mock draft roundup 1.0: Receiver or linebacker the early guess for Vikings

By Andrew Krammer

Three top-round linebackers in three years?

That’s the case if you like a couple early mock drafts, as it’s that time of year. After a NFC North title and 11-5 record, the Vikings sit with the No. 23 overall pick and won’t be on the clock for nearly three months. Last week’s Senior Bowl kicked the draft process into gear and this month’s NFL Scouting Combine will spin it forward into pro days, visits and eventually the draft. In between, there will be plenty of projections and adjusted projections from draft analysts. We’ll periodically take the temperature of the room for the Vikings.

Leading the below group of six mock drafters, three have the Vikings taking a receiver, including two for 6-foot-4 Texas Christian receiver Josh Doctson. Two more lean toward the third first-round defender in three years under Mike Zimmer in Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee. Peter Schrager of Fox Sports offers up a third possibility in Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin.

In this corner, I think all three positions (WR, LB, OL) will be considered by the Vikings with their first pick as they have questions to answer in each group. Results in free agency, which doesn’t begin for another month, will also play a role in their level of need at each spot. Right now, they have a lot more uncertainty along the offensive line than anywhere else.

ESPN.com

Mel Kiper: WR Josh Doctson, TCU
Todd McShay: OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State

NFL.com

Daniel Jeremiah: WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
Bucky Brooks: WR Josh Doctson, TCU

FOXSports.com

Peter Schrager: OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State

CBSSports.com

Rob Rang: OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State

The post Mock draft roundup 1.0: Receiver or linebacker the early guess for Vikings appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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