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mirror and prospects being poked Garrett Bradbury white jersey , prodded and interviewed — and their stock rising, falling or staying put — it’s time again to take a look at who prognosticators have the Minnesota Vikings taking in this year’s NFL draft.Since our last roundup, the NFL issued compensatory picks and the Vikings received one in the sixth round and two in the seventh.More Vikings coveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Rookie Bradbury is central figure to Vikings’ overhauled offensive lineVikings depth at cornerback being tested, Hughes still not clearedPlayers to watch at Minnesota Vikings 2019 training campTop Tweets: Vikings WR Diggs makes push for All-NFL Style TeamWill things change even more between now and the draft, which takes place April 25-27? Of course, especially with free agency beginning March 13 and pro days yet to come. Some teams fill holes, others won’t. But with players moving up and down draft boardsBecause we want the latest information, for this purpose, we used only mocks which came out in the past few days, after the end of the combine. We’ll continue to provide mock draft roundup updates sporadically leading up to the draft.Not surprisingly, an offensive lineman is a popular choice for Minnesota in the first round — but not unanimous. There’s also no consensus on which offensive lineman the Vikings might select, although one stands out more than others.Note: Some drafts do more than one round (the Vikings do not have a fifth-round pick). When including a mock we used last time, we’ve also added the previous prediction so you can see how things changed (or not).Here’s the second roundup of mock drafts from around the web:DraftTek (7 rounds): Round 1 — Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson; Round 2 — Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College; Round 3 — Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State; Round 4 — Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State; Round 6a — Ugo Amadi, S, Oregon; Round 6b — Paul Adams, OT, Missouri; Round 7a — Nate Harvey, DE/OLB, East Carolina; Round 7b — Donald Parham, TE, Stetson. <em>Previously: Round 1 — Wilkins; Round 2 — Darryl Williams, OG, Mississippi State; Round 3 — Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic; Round 4 — Chase Hansen, OLB, Utah; Round 6 — Jakobi Meyers, WR, NC State. </em>Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. <em>Previously: Jonah Williams, OG Garrett Bradbury Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , Alabama.</em>17<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Minnesota Vikings 2019 impending free agents primerVinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. “The Vikings need offensive line help for the sakes of both Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook. Dillard being taken off the board earlier helps their cause. Williams is a strong pass protector who also is big enough (6-4, 302 pounds) to pave the way in the running game.” <em>Previously: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi.</em>John Clayton of the Washington Post: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi.Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire (4 rounds): Round 1 — Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma; Round 2 — Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State; Round 3 — Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State; Round 4 — Nate Davis, OL, Charlotte. <em>Previously: Round 1 — Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State; Round 2 — Jones; Round 3 — Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson; Round 4 — Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State.</em>Matt Miller of Bleacher Report: Round 1 — Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. “The Minnesota Vikings have to go into the 2019 offseason determined to improve the offensive line. With Oklahoma starting right tackle Cody Ford available at No. 18, he would be a no-brainer solution for general manager Rick Spielman.” <em>Previously: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan</em>Walter Cherepinsky of WalterFootball.com (5 rounds): Round 1 — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama; Round 2 — Germaine Pratt, LB, NC State; Round 3 — L.J. Collier, DE, TCU; Round 4 — Gerald Willis, DT, Miami. <em>Previously: Round 1 — Williams; Round 2 — Germaine Pratt, LB, NC State; Round 3 — Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson; Round 4 — Sean Bunting, CB Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched , Central Michigan.</em>Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. “The Vikings desperately need to improve their talent on the line. Maybe Ford sticks at tackle, or perhaps he needs to kick inside to guard. Either way, the Vikings can use him.”Doug Farrar of the Touchdown Wire: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi. “Whether or not the Vikings will ever get a reasonable return on the Kirk Cousins investment is a matter of some debate, but one thing’s for sure — it’ll never happen if Cousins has to bail water behind the kind of offensive line he played behind in 2018. Little has the quickness and agility to improve Cousins’ blindside protection right away, and over time, he could develop into an estimable power blocker as well.”Dan Kadar of SB Nation: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. “With rumors swirling that the Vikings might move on from end Everson Griffen, a pass rusher could emerge as a big need for Minnesota. If Griffen is moved, this is the offseason to do it. Ferrell could go as high as the top 10, so at No. 18 he’d be a steal.” <em>Previously:</em> <em>Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State</em>.Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State.Will Brinson of CBSSports.com: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. “This is just going to be one of those teams who keep getting an offensive lineman every single mock until they figure out a way to get protection for Kirk Cousins.” <em>Previously: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson.</em>Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State. “Bradbury is another player who had a great week in Indy. He ran a 4.93 40 — he’s a center! — and he was already the best interior lineman in the class. The Vikings need to do a much better job protecting Kirk Cousins and that starts with Bradbury.<em>” Previously: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State.</em>Nate Davis of USA Today: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida.Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports: Dexter Lawrence, DE, Clemson.Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com (4 rounds): Round 1 — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama; Round 2 — D’Andre Walker, DE/OLB, Georgia; Round 3 –Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama; Round 4 –Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn. <em>Previously (3 rounds): Round 1 — Williams; Round 2 — Jerry Tillery, DT Garrett Bradbury black jersey , Notre Dame; Round 3 — Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State.</em>Nicklaus Gray of the Tennessean: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State.10<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Top Tweets: Minnesota athletes plow through latest snowstormBrad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports | Brad RempelZack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media (2 rounds): Round 1 — Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson; Round 2 — Michael Jordan, OL, Ohio State. <em>Previously (1 round): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State.</em>Alex Khvatov of NFL Draft Blitz: Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma.Forrest N. Long of The Huddle Report: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State.Drew Boylhart of The Huddle Report: Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State.Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network (2 rounds): Round 1 — Eric McCoy, G, Texas A&M. “This feels like a surprising fit, given the fact that Garrett Bradbury is still on the board. But the general feel from those I spoke to here in Indianapolis is that the Vikings really like Pat Elflein at center and would like to try to keep him there. That reduces Bradbury’s value to the Vikings and McCoy is a better outside zone fit than Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom.”; Round 2 — Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State.Nick Klopsis of Newsday: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. <em>Previously: Ford.</em>Aaron Kasinitz, Daniel Gallen and Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan.Don Banks of Patriots.com: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. “Getting more out of Kirk Cousins will equate to a return to the playoffs. That seems to be the mindset in Minnesota, and it requires better protection of the Vikings’ well-compensated quarterback. Ford is strong and powerful, but very athletic at 6-foot-4, 329 pounds. Whether he ends up at right tackle or right guards, the Vikings offensive line will be upgraded.”Final tally: Six different players were mentioned multiple times and for our second straight roundup Cody Ford led the way, this time seven predictions (last roundup it was six). Andre Dillard and Jonah Williams both had three mentions while Devin Bush, Greg Little and Christian Wilkins had two apiece. Dalton Risner, who was predicted five times in our first roundup, was shut out this time around.<em>Dave Heller</em><em> is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow (a Larry Ritter Book Award nominee), Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns</em> With Minnesota facing fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 26, Kirk Cousins pivoted left and passed to fullback C.J. Ham in the flat near the first-down marker.The throw early in the fourth quarter was on target as Ham began to head up the field, but safety Micah Hyde quickly closed in to take him down and knock the ball loose for an incompletion right in front of the Bills sideline.Coaches and players jubilantly jumped to celebrate Hyde's play Garrett Bradbury Jersey Mens , as if the turnover on downs was a pivotal moment in a tight game. No, the Bills actually led 27-0 at that point. They were simply enjoying the spoils of a stunningly lopsided victory, after two rough games to start the season.Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback by accounting for three touchdowns for the Bills in his first road start in the NFL , making Cousins look like the raw rookie in a 27-6 upset of the Vikings on Sunday afternoon."We've got a very talented group, a group that I trust, and I love these guys," Allen said. "I'm excited to keep moving forward with them."Outscored 75-9 over their first six quarters while losing to Baltimore and bumbling through the first half against San Diego, the Bills have a 41-9 advantage over their last six periods. They scored on only five of 26 drives over their first two games. Against the Vikings (1-1-1), the Bills (1-2) turned each of their first five possessions into points and dominated so thoroughly that they finished with six straight punts and still never had the outcome even close to being in question.All that in a game featuring the Vikings as a 16陆-point favorite. The Bills became the first underdog in a betting spread of that size or bigger to win since Washington beat Dallas in 1995.Welcome to the NFL."It doesn't matter what their record was or our record," Vikings running back Latavius Murray said. "None of that matters. Every week, you're going to get a team that's doing all they can to get it right. You have to give them credit."Here are some other key developments from the game:BALL IS LOOSE: After Cousins threw for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter last week at Green Bay to forge a tie and finish with 425 passing yards, the Bills brought a secondary that was ripe for picking on. With the sudden retirement of Vontae Davis and a dislocated elbow for Phillip Gaines, the Bills put Ryan Lewis in the starting lineup at cornerback in his NFL debut after a practice squad promotion.The downfield coverage held up just fine, but Cousins didn't have much time to look anyway.Cousins had three turnovers , including a third-down sack that resulted in a fumble to end each of Minnesota's first two drives. Trent Murphy had the first one as Cousins began to escape the collapsing pocket and tuck the ball to run, and Lorenzo Alexander recovered it. Jerry Hughes used a classic speed rush around the edge for the second one to beat left tackle Riley Reiff, whose blocking was briefly impeded by Murray's attempt to pick up a rusher, and Matt Milano fell on it.Since Cousins became a full-time starter for Washington to begin the 2015 season, he has fumbled 33 times. That's one behind Seattle's Russell Wilson for the most in the NFL over that span. Cousins has lost 13 of 33 fumbles."Every week we try to emphasize to stretch for the ball, and we figure out who on their team has been loose with it, and he has been one of those guys," said Alexander, who helped the Bills raise their season total to three recovered fumbles. They went without one over the final eight games last season, including the playoffs.NOT LIKE THAT: Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White yelled "You like that?" several times as he made his way to the locker room , a playful-but-frontal taunt at Cousins and the celebratory phrase he developed during his days with Washington and eventually had trademarked ."That's pretty much the most common thing I hear on the field and when I play in the league. I hear that in offseason meetings," said Cousins, who finished 40 for 55 for 296 yards, an interception and a late touchdown to Kyle Rudolph .ALLEN AIRBORNE: Allen joined Trent Edwards (Nov. 23, 2008 against Kansas City) as the only Bills quarterbacks to rush for two touchdowns in one game since the 1970 merger. He dived to finish a 10-yard run by beating Anthony Barr to the pylon for a touchdown at the end of their first possession. In the second quarter, Allen leaped over the goal line on fourth down for a 1-yard score. That drive was extended by his third-and-9 hurdle over Barr to land past the first-down marker.GAME BALL: Bills head coach Sean McDermott gave the game ball to defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier , for his effort in the preparation and strategy after taking over play-calling duty at halftime last week with the Bills trailing 28-6. Frazier resumed the responsibility at Minnesota, though McDermott is a constant collaborator."Kudos to our team for not falling apart with everything that happened last week," Frazier said.The only time the Vikings have beaten the Bills in five matchups since 2000 was at the Metrodome in 2010, a 38-14 victory that was Frazier's first home game as head coach after being promoted to replace the fired Brad Childress. The stadium roof caved in during a snowstorm the following weekend, when Brett Favre's consecutive games started streak also ended at 297 when the Vikings had to play their next home game in Detroit.