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Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup 6.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Minnesota Vikings from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Vikings:

SI - Kevin Hanson (4/1)

12. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Patrick Peterson is returning to play his age-32 season in Minnesota, which could give the former LSU Tiger an opportunity to mentor the 20-year-old Stingley, assuming Minnesota is comfortable with his medical evaluations. Stingley gave us a glimpse of his upside from his elite true-freshman season in 2019. He has the speed, athleticism and fluidity to thrive on an island in addition to outstanding ball skills (six INTs in '19).

CBS Sports - Kyle Stackpole (4/1)

12. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

This is a dream scenario for Minnesota, which gets its lockdown corner. Plus, he'll get to learn from one of the most respected cornerbacks in the game in recently resigned Patrick Peterson.

Yahoo! Sports - Eric Edholm (3/31)

12. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Which direction new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah heads with his first draft selection is anyone's guess. But he was part of a Cleveland front office that took a similar level of injury risk a year ago when the Browns picked Northwestern CB Greg Newsome, which proved to be savvy. Stingley also requires some character examination, so the pick would have to be made with some conviction. But corner is a need for a team that lacks talent at the position.

ESPN - Mike Tannenbaum (3/30)

12. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Walker's combine workout was tremendous, but production inconsistency (only 9.5 sacks over 36 career games) concerns me. That's why I have him falling a bit to No. 12 here. But he is a versatile player who can develop into a force off the edge. A trio of Danielle Hunter, Za'Darius Smith and Walker would cause problems for opposing quarterbacks.

NFL.com - Bucky Brooks (3/29)

12. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

The high-IQ technician is a scheme-friendly cover corner with the talent and tools to play at an all-star level from Day 1.

The Draft Network - Brentley Weissman (3/28)

12. Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

Minnesota has always been at its best when they have had a defensive line that is disruptive and stout. While they have Danielle Hunter, who is an excellent player, they could certainly use more help when it comes to getting to the quarterback.

Jermaine Johnson is one of the best players in this class and is actually a steal at this point. He is a loose-limbed, athletic edge rusher who can win in a variety of ways.

The Athletic - Beat Writer Mock (3/28)

12. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Chad Graff: The idea of trading up for Gardner was enticing, and if he slipped a few more picks perhaps it would have been more manageable. Instead, the Vikings land the second-best cornerback in the draft, filling a major need. The new regime of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O'Connell has re-made the front seven of the defense, but the secondary remains a significant issue. The Vikings only have one outside cornerback on the roster with meaningful starting experience, and that's Cam Dantzler, who has started 17 games in two years and was occasionally benched under previous coach Mike Zimmer. So Stingley Jr. has a chance to start right away.

Brugler: Adofo-Mensah was in Cleveland at this time last year when the Browns drafted a sometimes injured but really talented cornerback in the first round. And he does the same with his first draft pick as an NFL general manager in this scenario. Greg Newsome looks like a future Pro Bowler, and Stingley also has that ability as long as he stays on the field. In an ideal world, the Vikings bring back Patrick Peterson for another season to serve as a mentor to his fellow LSU alum.

PFF - Austin Gayle (3/28)

12. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Stingley would have been a No. 1 overall pick candidate if he was draft-eligible after his true freshman season in 2019. Injuries derailed a lot of his progress since leading all FBS cornerbacks in PFF grade that season, but it's very likely we'll never see as successful a campaign from any true freshman cornerback again. He allowed just 608 yards and five touchdowns across 589 coverage snaps while facing a slate of multiple NFL talents at receiver in DeVonta Smith, CeeDee Lamb, Van Jefferson and more. He played just 289 injury-plagued coverage snaps in the two seasons following his famed 2019.

Even though Minnesota signed former Green Bay Packers cornerback Chandon Sullivan in free agency, the team's cornerback room is still in desperate need of upgrades. Sullivan, Kris Boyd and Cameron Dantzler project as the team's top three cornerbacks right now.

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