With the NFL draft just over a week away, we are starting to get a consensus among the draftniks when it comes to whom the Vikings will select with their 11th overall pick.

Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff and Louisville wide receiver Devante Parker still show up in the mock drafts of some notable national analysts. But Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes is the team’s pick in the vast majority of the latest first-round mocks.

Which probably means there is no chance the Vikings are going to pick him.

No, I see the logic of drafting a cornerback in the first round, and the Vikings have definitely shown interest in Waynes, who many feel is the top cover guy in the draft, in the pre-draft process. If I did a mock, he would probably be the player I would be mostly likely pencil in at pick No. 11.

Which probably means there is no chance the Vikings are going to pick him.

Anyway, let’s take a look at who 10 prominent draftniks are mocking to the Vikings in Round One.

Todd McShay, ESPN: Waynes. “The Vikings could still afford to upgrade their wide receiver depth chart even after the Mike Wallace trade,” McShay wrote. “But the cornerback position opposite Xavier Rhodes is a bigger need. Coach Mike Zimmer ideally wants two corners who can hold up in press-man coverage, and Waynes is the best cornerback prospect in this draft and best-suited for press-man, with very good straight-line speed and technique. In Rhodes and Waynes, Minnesota would have a very good pair of corners.”

Charles Davis, NFL Network: Waynes. “The Vikings continue to make strides, fulfilling the image of coach Mike Zimmer by becoming a very good defensive team,” Davis wrote. “Waynes is an immediate starter and producer.”

Rob Rang, CBS Sports: Waynes. “Given the caliber of receivers Minnesota faces in the NFC North, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer push for another long, lanky corner for his scheme, especially should the top talent at the position fall in his lap,” Rang wrote.

Jamie Newberg, Scout.com: Waynes. “I am so tempted to change my Minnesota mock pick to wide receiver Devante Parker but I have gone with Trae Waynes from practically the beginning,” Newberg wrote. “I still have strong feeling that the draft’s top corner will be picked inside the top 10. But by who?”

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Waynes. “Waynes becomes a pretty decent value as the top cornerback in the draft,” he wrote. “The Vikings have a need there and, at a position where I feel like the transition from college to pro is as pronounced as it is at any place on the field, Waynes has the range of skills that add up to a guy who can help out early in his career. The Vikings are in decent shape up front, but they lack both depth and size at cornerback, which is no fun in this division.”

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Waynes. “While the Terrance Newman signing was good for depth, the Vikings still have a need at cornerback and could draft the top defensive back on their board with this pick,” Brugler wrote.

Lance Zierlein, NFL Network: Scherff. “Perfect match,” Zierlein wrote. “The Vikings would likely race this pick to the podium if it works out that Scherff is available.”

Doug Farrar, Sports Illustrated: Waynes. “Do the Vikings need a receiver for Teddy Bridgewater?” Farrar wrote. “You bet they do, but this is such a deep receiver class, and head coach Mike Zimmer needs a top-flight cornerback to pair with Xavier Rhodes even more. … Waynes isn’t a perfect cornerback, but he’s aggressive, plays well against top opponents, and he can establish leverage on deep passes. If he can develop more toughness against the run, Minnesota could have one of the better young cornerback duos in the NFL.​”

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Parker. “The Vikings grabbed Mike Wallace via trade but let’s be real. They’re not set at the position,” Brinson said. “Parker could end up being the best wide-out in this draft and he spent time playing with Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater already. Get him his guy.”

Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Waynes. “Have no illusions: Terence Newman signing with the Vikings does not preclude them from drafting a cornerback high,” Edholm wrote. “Waynes fits the Mike Zimmer mold, and adding another man-cover corner — along with the underrated Xavier Rhodes — allows Zimmer to be very aggressive with the talented defense he’s building there.”

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