Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings 1st round draft pick Xavier Rhodes (29) answers questions from the media at the 2013 1st round draft picks press conference at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Is One Month Away: Who Should Be Picked?


With the 2014 NFL Draft only one month from today, you’ve seen me do mock drafts that have anyone from Teddy Bridgewater to Khalil Mack landing in Minnesota.  One of the things that make the NFL Draft so interesting is that anything can happen.  Teams that are supposed to be locks to take a certain player can pick someone that they’ve hidden their love for.  Teams can trade out of situations where there is an obvious talent that they need available.  And, of course teams can reach for a player that doesn’t quite meet the value at their pick.

Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; (Editor

The Vikings currently hold the #8 overall pick in the first round of the draft.  There are groups of the fan base that want to see a quarterback picked.  Others prefer a linebacker.  Some are interested in a cornerback.  And then there are those who think it would be best to trade up or down for extra picks or to get the guy they really want.

This brings up an interesting poll question.  I’m curious how the readers of The Viking Age feel about the Vikings first round selection.  So here it is:

What should the Vikings do with the #8 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft?

  • Select Khalil Mack (OLB from Buffalo) (35%, 165 Votes)
  • Trade down for more picks (20%, 94 Votes)
  • Select Johnny Manziel (QB from Texas A&M) (13%, 62 Votes)
  • Select Teddy Bridgewater (QB from Louisville) (9%, 44 Votes)
  • Select Blake Bortles (QB from UCF) (5%, 24 Votes)
  • Select C.J. Mosely (MLB from Alabama) (5%, 23 Votes)
  • Select Sammy Watkins (WR from Clemson) (5%, 23 Votes)
  • Select Justin Gilbert (CB from Oklahoma State) (3%, 16 Votes)
  • Trade up for a specific player (describe in comments) (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Select a different player (describe in comments) (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Select Darqueze Dennard (CB from MIchigan State) (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 466

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Tags: Blake Bortles Draft Johnny Manziel Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater

  • Raarules86

    I feel like if Mack is still around after the jaguars pick, we need to do everything we can to get him. This guy is a play-maker and instantly would have the effect like Luke Kueckly had with the panthers. Otherwise i would say get teddy if he falls to us at #8 but not reach for him.

    • Anthony DuLac

      No way. One dopey LB is hardly going to make the same impact that a franchise quality QB would make.

      • Raarules86

        Do you think any of the QB’s coming out are Andrew luck/RG3 worthy? The answer is no. If there was a Andrew luck out there i would agree with you, but since there isn’t we need to not reach for a QB again and get a blue chip linebacker that we sorely need. We can grab a qb in the 2nd-5th rounds and it wont be such a risk. Besides that, Linebacker is a huge need and outside of chad greenway, who is aging and declining, we don’t have any surefire starters in our linebacker core….

  • tck62

    The Vikings should learn the lesson of Kurt Warner, with the Rams he looked like the best QB in the league with Faulk, Bruce and Holt, when he went to the Giants without any weapons he looked like the worst QB in the league, then he gets another chance with the Cardinals and has Fitzgerald and Boldin to throw to and Arizona goes to the Super Bowl.

    Surround Cassel with Peterson, Patterson, Watkins and Rudolph and watch him have a Pro Bowl year, then take a QB in the 2nd round.

    • manbearpig01

      Other than Watkins, Cassel has already had these weapons and was only serviceable last year. Do you really think that adding one more receiver (who would be buried on the depth chart behind Jennings/Patterson) is going to make a difference?

      • k wills

        Watkins wouldn’t be buried in the depth chart he’s already better than Patterson as far as overall receiver.

  • Ken Tomlin

    I’d love to see the VIKES draft Gilbert at 8. Mack would be an awesome pick also, but he should be gone when we pick. Then, I’d try to trade back into bottom of 1st, ahead of CLE, and take Carr if he’s the QB Spielman and CO. want. If not, pick Garoppolo or Mettenberger in 2nd. Dream scenario we can trade back from 8, still get Gilbert, then in 2nd take one of those QB’s above and either Ward or Shazier, if either still available. That’s a dream, not a reality! Lol!

    • Anthony DuLac

      That sounds more like a nightmare to me. We need a top quality QB not some 2nd round project.

      • Raarules86

        LOL so just because a team drafts a qb in the 1st round doesnt mean he is top quality… if your logic of “top quality” was true, Ponder would be as good as Aaron Rodgers. Please dont be so simply minded by thinking only a qb in the first round will be a top quality qb. See what the 49er’s are doing with kapernick, see what the seahawks are doing with Wilson, see what the bengals are doing with Dalton, who was picked in the second round after our “top quality first round pick in ponder”. Use a little bit of analytical reasoning before automatically assuming we need to draft a qb in the first round…

  • manbearpig01

    I hope Watkins falls to us just because I think someone would be willing to jump up to grab him. We could really get some good value with this pick…

    • Anthony DuLac

      Or we could be smart and not trade away a known good player for nothing more than a few more gambling picks in later rounds. Get over the asinine obsession with getting more picks at the cost of losing out on a top quality known good pick.

      • squentez

        The smart thing would be to trade down because we really don’t have a need for receiver not to mention the receiver depth in the draft

  • Anthony DuLac

    So a majority of your poll voters are morons because we obviously and badly need a QB and asap.

    • Raarules86

      I think everyone and their mothers know we need a QB badly, but since there are no Andrew luck quality qb’s in this draft, i would say automatically drafting a qb in the first round would be foolish.. There are plenty of qb’s that have potential but none that are surefire, so would you rather get a blue chip position player that will be a instant difference maker like Mack or clowney( Just examples) or reach for a QB that may not pan out??? So if anything i think your the Moron if you cant see the logic in that…