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2014 NFL Draft Handicapping Tips – Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings

Without a doubt this franchise needs a quarterback. Drafting in the 8 spot they should have a chance to get one of the top prospects at the position but so far it has not been clear in which way they might be leaning.

5-10-1, 4th NFC North

Draft picks (by round)

  • Round 1 – 8
  • Round 2 – 8
  • Round 3 – 8
  • Round 3 – 32
  • Round 4 – 8
  • Round 5 – 8
  • Round 6 – 8
  • Round 7 – 8

Vikings 2014 NFL Draft Predictions

Also not clear is whether they might go with a more developmental prospect and let Matt Cassel start for a year while they learn the ropes.

If they do go in another direction look for them to upgrade the offensive line or add to the back 7 on defense.

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The Vikings are clearly at the bottom of the heap in the NFC North but as last season proved there is no dominant team in the division right now. The right improvements could make a big difference…and quickly.

Top Pick Target

DE/OLB – Anthony Barr – For me the only top QB worth taking is Blake Bortles and I think he will be gone by the time they make their first pick. Therefore I think they would be wise to go with a potential game changing pass rusher at OLB.
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Barr has as much potential as any defensive player in the draft and would fill a need, especially with Jarod Allen now playing for Chicago. You need to be able to get to the passer to be effective on defense.

Other potential gets

QB – Zach Mettenberger – Unless the doctors are concerned about the long term effects of his injury he would be an amazing second round selection. The LSU product probably has the best arm of any prospect in the draft and showed last year that he can make plays when asked while also content to let the running game do its thing.

I could see him sitting for a year to get fully right physically and adjusted to the NFL.

ILB Chris Borland – The Wisconsin Badger is built for stopping the run but showed over his career in the B10 that he can play on all three downs.

He is a little shorter than you you would like for the position but he just might be the next London Fletcher – a guy nobody wanted that you can not get off the field. He fits right into game plans to beat teams like Chicago and Green Bay in December. Maybe in the 4th or 5th round.

DB – Brock Vereen – This Minnesota Gopher has the bloodlines and versatility to be a big hit in Minnesota. I like the fact that he played both safety and corner last season meaning you can put him in the nickle and dime packaged and not be too limited in the coverages you run.

He is not as good an athlete as his brother Shane but he is a heady player who makes the plays he is supposed to.

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