Mock Drafts: Vikings targeting WR or LB in first round?


The NFL Draft is still more than two months away, but with the NFL Combine underway in Indianapolis, the mock drafts are pouring in. Next week we'll likely see a surge of updated mocks as the experts adjust first-round predictions after the Combine.

Players will undoubtedly rise and fall. It happened to Teddy Bridgewater after a rough pro day last year and he went from being a potential Top 10 pick to the last pick in the first round.

As for this year's mock drafts, here's what the popular sites are saying.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

“Teddy Bridgewater was the best quarterback among rookies who started in 2014, but the Vikings could use another threat in the passing game after a season when we sawCharles Johnson emerge as their most potent wide receiver. White made major strides in 2014, showing an ability to create space, win on contested throws and do major damage after the catch.”

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports – Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida

“The future is bright in Minnesota, as Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr both appeared to be home run selections in the first round a year ago. Coach Mike Zimmer knows linebacker Chad Greenway can't play forever and defense always will be the top priority in the high-powered NFC North.”

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated – Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

“I might be driving the Thompson bandwagon at this point, which is fine. The undersized LB will have to improve his reads and his ability to take on blocks at the next level, but the athletic upside is through the roof.”

Michael Schottey, Bleacher Report – Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

“Of all the undersized pass-rushers in this class, Dupree has the furthest way to go. Though he's a freak athlete, he's just as liable to take himself out of the play as he is to make it because he relies solely on his speed to make plays. At the next level, that makes him a dime a dozen if he's not continuing to develop.”

Dan Kader, SB Nation – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

“White improved his draft stock more than any other player last season. He emerged from out of nowhere and some consider him the top wide receiver in the draft. For the Vikings, he can go up and compete for the ball and give Teddy Bridgewater a reliable target outside.”

Pat Kirwin, CBS Sports – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

"He was Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's top receiver in college. There will be strong consideration for other guys who can catch the ball, like Kevin White and Jaelen Strong."

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