Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks before the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper talks Vikings Draft Situation

When it comes to the draft, the Vikings may be on the outside looking in when it comes to the top-level talent.

At least that’s the way ESPN’s Mel Kiper sees it. Kiper sees seven top-level prospects in the 2014 draft class, who he referred to as his “super seven” in a story by ESPN’s Ben Goessling. The seven prospects are pass rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack, offensive tackles Greg Robinson, Taylor Lewan, and Jake Matthews, and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.

The fact that there are seven prospects Kiper grades above all others can’t be thrilling for the Vikings, sitting with pick No. 8. And Kiper thinks there is a drop off after those players.

“There’s your super seven,” Kiper said. “After that, I don’t see anybody that belongs in that group right now. I don’t think any of the quarterbacks do, and I don’t see any other players jumped up that far.

“To me, the seven are the consensus seven.”

Of course, even if one of those seven drops to the Vikings, they may not take them. The Vikings appear set at both offensive tackle spots with Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt. Wide receiver is also not a position of need for the Vikings, with Greg Jennings set as a starter with young talent like Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright.

Of course, what the Vikings could do in that situation is attempt to trade down with a team in love with one of the remaining “super seven” prospects, and try to acquire extra picks. That way the team could try to squeeze extra value and attempt to draft a player that fills one of their needs.

What the Vikings need above all else is a quarterback. But Kiper finds this quarterback draft class confusing.

“It’s incredible,” Kiper said. “There are about a dozen quarterbacks that could be starters, and out of those dozen, there are some that argue that all 12 of them will never be a successful starter.

“There is a lot of quantity, but how much quality is debatable.”

Kiper made it clear that he thinks the Vikings do need to draft a quarterback at some point though, since there is little hope of long term success if they have the worst quarterback situation in their division.

“Which quarterback do [the Vikings] like? We don’t know right now,” Kiper said. “Everybody’s trying to figure that out.”

“But if [Blake] Bortles is there at 8, unless they just don’t like Bortles, it would be tough to pass him up,” Kiper said.

What do you think Vikings fans? Is one of the “super seven” going to fall to the Vikings, and would you “take or trade” in that scenario? Do you agree with Kiper’s thoughts on the quarterbacks? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @Goatman102!

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  • Kyle Smith

    I feel like one of the top 7 teams are going to trade up, shuffle up and shake things up a bit and the Vikings end up fine.

    Not sure if that means a LB, or one of the 3 QB’s… But it will be an interesting first round.

  • Gregg Z

    If the Vikes can trade down to add another pick in the second round I would be very happy with that.

  • David Mallow

    it’s Mack or nothing for the Vikes..that’s who they have admitted to wanting. so if they can’t trade up or get him at 8,they will more than likely trade down and get the 10 total picks that they want… not sold on these QBs at all, the draft is deep at a variety of positions.. trading down and adding talent throughout the roster is the best way to go

    • Daniel Laxen

      I have to agree here. Manziel and Bridgewater should go in the top 10. The rest, in my opinion, are 2nd round fodder. Trade back get picks and take Murray out of Georgia in the 3rd round. Might be the next Montana, or Tjack?

  • Chris Schroeder

    For one here guys, I’d rather have Anthony Barr over mack any day of the week. Here’s why!! Mack didn’t compete against tough teams at all this year. Barr did plus I believe Barr to be the next ray Lewis and if u don’t believe me, go look at college tape on both of them. They pretty much have the exact same measurables and go look at both of their NFL combine stats. Barr is gonna be a stud period plus he has a chip on his shoulder cause people are writing him off as a top 10 pick. Either trade back and get Barr or take him at 8

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    I like the idea of Barr or Mack but Zimmer is so good at coaching up lesser talents to be great players so I think first pick should address a long standing need for the vikings and that’s quarterback I think there’s so many average quarterbacks in this draft class but there is one gu has the potential to be great and that’s manziel the only prob with him is his antics and Zimmer would put a cap right on that and turner would groom his skills to be a superbowl winning QB Take manziel how ever possible to get a great player at the qb spot

    • Chris Schroeder

      Agreed and if he isn’t there then draft Barr

    • Dylan Throldahl

      I disagree. There is not only one QB who could be great there are many who COULD be great. Also You act like you know about turner but all you know is he is a QB guru but he had never worked with a scrambler QB or a run first QB. Manziel could be great but i think he out of the top 3 has the biggest chance to be a busy for where he would be taken. These QBs have the Ability and drive to be great with turner as OC; Bortles, Bridgewater, Carr, Mettenberger. Those players all have the talent to do. Bortles all around good good accuracy good arm strength, Bridgewater great accuracy and good arm Carr and Mettenberger elite arms and sneaky mobility with Carr not much for Mettenberger. Also as you stated that Zimmer gets players to play better then why wouldn’t you wanna take a QB later with the deep close talents of these QBs and take a leader and a day one starter at a position we need now at MLB with Mosely. Can still trade back a few spots too and stock pile more picks for CB later and OL (Gaurds) Saftey, and i hope DeAnthony Thomas.

  • 5150dogfan

    You have to ask yourself what does Norv Turner want in a QB????? Besides being a good leader and having no off the field issues, which are givens, what does Norv really want out of the QB????
    Answer: The Big Cannon arm, he wants the guy that can make the WR’s chase the deep ball in stride, and make the Safeties respect the deep ball allowing AP to have better lanes and open up the quick pass game……
    Who is that guy in the draft…….Which QB has the strongest arm…….if hes there at #8….Turner will have a new Carr to work with…..

  • Cool Jack

    Spilman will trade down…..Zimmer is what the Vikings is all about,,,,He got us 2 Jared Alllens…..and an attitude we need….!