With the first round of the 2016 NFL draft now just several hours away, all of the draftniks around the country have hit send on their final first round mock drafts and released them into the world for public consumption.
To make it easy for you, as we like to do, we have compiled mock drafts from a handful of the most prominent NFL draft analysts, including our own Mark Craig, who may or may not have been forced to do his at gunpoint.
To no one's surprise, the vast majority of these final mock drafts have the Vikings drafting a wide receiver at pick No. 23. A couple of dark-horse receivers got votes, but two big wideouts remain very popular picks.
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss. “A potential dream scenario for the Vikings, who will be looking for the No. 2 option in that offense to go with Stefon Diggs,” Kiper said. “Treadwell lacks elite speed, but he’s got pretty much everything else you want.”
Mike Mayock, NFL Network: Treadwell. "His lack of straight-line speed might turn off some," Mayock wrote. "But he has a big body and a unique ability to catch the ball in traffic."
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU. "The Vikings must add a top-tier wide receiver to pair with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater," Miller wrote. "[They] are in an ideal position at pick No. 23 to take the best receiver available. For them, that's expected to be Josh Doctson. A physical jump-ball receiver from TCU, Doctson has the big catch radius Bridgewater needs. And in Norv Turner's offense, Doctson can dominate on the 'Bang 8' route made famous by Michael Irvin."
Todd McShay, ESPN: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia. "The Vikings are set at free safety with Harrison Smith, but he could use a counterpart in the back end who can make plays near the line of scrimmage," McShay wrote. "Joseph discards blocks well and shows savvy working through traffic. He brings a physical presence to the position."
Peter King, Sports Illustrated: Doctson. "The Vikings [would] have no idea why the best receiver in the draft — according to several teams — fell to No. 23, but they'll take the gift," King wrote. "One of the things GM Rick Spielman wants to get for Teddy Bridgewater is an outside receiver with game-breaking speed and sure hands. Doctson has both."
Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Treadwell. "The Vikings landed Teddy Bridgewater in the late first round two years ago and Christmas arrives in April once again this year for Minnesota," Brugler wrote. "Treadwell is the top wide receiver in this class and gives Bridgewater a powerful possession target on the outside."
Mark Craig, Star Tribune: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame. "The NFL combine's fastest receiver (4.34-second 40)," Craig wrote. "A smart, crisp route-runner. A Golden Domer. What's not to like for GM Rick Spielman. Other than trading down and still getting Fuller?"
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: Treadwell. "The Vikings could have their choice of wide receivers at this spot," Jeremiah wrote. "Treadwell will be a big help on third down and in the red zone."
Peter Schrager, FOX Sports: Treadwell. "Treadwell’s 4.65 40-yard dash time is a little bit of an eyesore, but better wide receivers have run slower times," Schrager wrote. "Teddy Bridgewater isn’t throwing many deep balls, anyway. The Vikings scoop him up if he’s there."
Rob Rang, CBS Sports: Doctson. "With the needs along the offensive line addressed via free agency, the Vikings may look to help out young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater by boosting his receiving corps on draft day," Rang wrote. "The 6-2, 202-pound Doctson has enough speed to challenge vertically and he’s a master at winning contested passes due to his strong hands and body control."
Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State. "There are a number of wide receiver options remaining on the board, but Thomas is the best fit," Palazzolo wrote. "Thomas suffered through poor quarterback play at Ohio State, but he can create separation as well as any wide receiver in the class, and that should open up the much-needed intermediate passing game for the Vikings' offense."
Charles Davis, NFL Network: Treadwell. "Throw out the stop watches and evaluate his production," he wrote. "Treadwell loves the game and is a big-time worker who competes very well for the ball in the air, and will give Bridgewater more confidence to throw the ball downfield."
Note: If you are curious about my prediction for the pick, check out this week's jam-packed draft preview episode of the Access Vikings podcast. Not only did I do a first-round mock draft with trades, I also gave a full seven-round projection for what the Vikings might do with their eight draft picks.