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Digging into Todd McShay’s first post-Combine mock draft

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings’ draft needs will be much clearer once we know the results of free agency. Needs on the offensive line could be addressed on the open market rather than through the draft. But for now, nearly every mock draft connects the Vikings to an O-lineman. Todd McShay’s latest is no different.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s draft guru released his third mock draft – and the first since the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

McShay has the Vikings selecting Billy Price, an interior lineman from Ohio State. He wrote:

A report from NFL Network said that 2017 starting right guard Joe Berger could consider a return, but it would seem the Vikings should still be on the market for either a guard or tackle, depending on how they see Mike Remmers’ future in Minnesota.

Price draws rave reviews for his mentality, which appears would be a fit in the Vikings’ locker room. wrote:

“Plays like a Wildling at times with tremendous explosiveness, strength and, almost excessive initial charge. Price’s power and leverage give him a huge advantage over most centers in this draft. He should be able to come into the league and deal with NFL power right away. However, his impatience as a blocker and tendency to charge in head-first will be used against him by savvy NFL opponents if he doesn’t get it cleaned up. Price is an early starter with Pro Bowl potential.”

At the Combine, a handful of potential first or second-round guards shined, especially UTEP’s Will Hernandez. McShay has the 345-pounder being selected 23rd overall by the Rams.

Interestingly, McShay only has one tackle in the first round: Texas’s Connor Williams. UCLA’s Kolton Miller had a terrific Combine that could push his stock up into the first round, while Orlando Brown of Oklahoma likely fell out of the first due to a poor showing.

Here are some other notes from McShay’s mock:

  • Derwin James, a safety from Florida State, went into to Combine as a likely mid-to-late first-round pick who could be on the Vikings’ radar. Not anymore. A sub 4.5- 40-yard dash appears to have moved up his value. McShay has him being taken seventh by the Bucs
  • Sam Darnold is the first QB off the board at No. 1 overall – Lamar Jackson isn’t taken until 27th. It would be hard for the Vikings not to consider moving up to get Jackson if he drops that far, right?
  • Da’Ron Payne is the top DT. He goes off the board at 19. Michigan’s Maurice Hurst is not on McShay’s list after leaving the Combine because of a heart issue. Florida’s Taven Bryan is 21st to Buffalo. He could be another target for the Vikings if they want to fill their open DT spot in the draft
  • Two tight ends – Dallas Goedert and Hayden Hurst – go 25th and 28th, respectively. Tight end could intrigue the Vikings, especially after the Eagles had such success with three quality TEs.

The post Digging into Todd McShay’s first post-Combine mock draft appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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