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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select TE T.J. Hockenson at No. 18

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With the 18th pick in the 2019 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The selection and write-up were made by impulseCTRLissues:

Don’t say it, I know: ”The most glaring need for the Vikes is Offensive Line.” This pick came down to three names: Andre Dillard, Cody Ford, or TJ Hockenson.

- Hockenson because he is IMHO the best talent left on the board, and Kyle Rudolph, despite not missing a game since 2014 is in his 9th season and the last year of his contract.

- Dilliard projects as a LT. Do you move the rookie, or Reily Reiff (3rd year of a 5 year deal) to the inside?

- Ford Projects as guard, but that’s a position change from tackle, where he played in college.

I saw everything here as a bit of a compromise. I decided I didn’t want to move Reiff or play Dillard inside. Ford vs. Hockenson, then, was an easy decision. Hockenson is the consensus “best TE in the draft”. He just might be one of the top-ten overall talents in the draft, and I’m frankly shocked to see him still on the board. The Vikes go for talent, and perhaps try to move up in the second round if Ford slips out of the first.

Pokorny: “Hockenson is such a good tight end prospect that Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has him as his 6th-ranked player in the draft. Tight end may not be an immediate need for the Vikings, but it’s a bold pick to inject some more life into the offense.”

The Tennessee Titans are up next, led by UberTater.

2019 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Arizona Cardinals Suppa Bob QB Kyler Murray
2 San Francisco 49ers Head Hunter Horning EDGE Nick Bosa
3 New York Jets Robo Dawg EDGE Josh Allen
4 Oakland Raiders mrwhitman DT Quinnen Williams
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers xfl2001fan DT Ed Oliver
6 New York Giants Barry Shuck LB Devin White
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. OT Jonah Williams
8 Detroit Lions Bo154033 DE Montez Sweat
9 Buffalo Bills Browns95 WR D.K. Metcalf
10 Denver Broncos poultman QB Drew Lock
11 Cincinnati Bengals Mudville LB Devin Bush
12 Green Bay Packers unoservix DE Rashan Gary
13 Miami Dolphins a2342432a QB Dwayne Haskins
14 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 DT Christian Wilkins
15 Washington Redskins troy145 CB Greedy Williams
16 Carolina Panthers GrandAdmiralThrawn0905 EDGE Brian Burns
17 New York Giants fjblessi OT Jawaan Taylor
18 Minnesota Vikings impulseCTRLissues TE T.J. Hockenson
19 Tennessee Titans UberTater OG Cody Ford
20 Pittsburgh Steelers Robo Dawg QB Daniel Jones
21 Seattle Seahawks Swagnasty DT Jeffery Simmons
22 Baltimore Ravens jdreyfuss C Garrett Bradbury
23 Houston Texans Adam Rice OT Andre Dillard
24 Oakland Raiders BigTownBrown WR N'Keal Harry
25 Philadelphia Eagles ButCanHeSetTheEdge? CB Byron Murphy
26 Indianapolis Colts Siberian Husky WR A.J. Brown
27 Oakland Raiders OhioCityBrownsBeliever RB Josh Jacobs
28 Los Angeles Chargers Crawford_T DE Clelin Ferrell
29 Seattle Seahawks pt_999 TE Noah Fant
30 Green Bay Packers Legoman0721 OG Chris Lindstrom
31 Los Angeles Rams Topanga Jeff RB David Montgomery
32 New England Patriots Midnite Moses DT Dexter Lawrence