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Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper Mock Draft: Vikings Select Blake Bortles


It may seem that the Vikings have already made up their minds to draft Teddy Bridgewater, but draftnik par excellence Mel Kiper doesn’t necessarily see it shaking out that way.

In his latest mock draft, Kiper has the Vikings going with a different quarterback altogether. He has them taking UCF prospect Blake Bortles.

“I do believe Bortles has a high ceiling because he’s a pretty special athlete with some really good instincts for the position; his pocket movement in particular is really impressive. When you consider his development trajectory, there’s a lot to be excited about,” Kiper said in breaking down the Bortles selection.

Recent rumors had the Vikings loving Bortles so much they would be willing to trade up to #2 to make him their quarterback.

None of this really jibes with the impression we’ve been getting that Teddy Bridgewater has virtually already been drafted by the Vikings.

Of course, we’re still several weeks away from the draft itself and this latest mock will not be Kiper’s last.

Kiper in the past has saved his true opinions for the final mock. Two years ago he gave Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson to the Vikings in his last mock, and was dead on.

It’s Bortles today, but we’ll see who Kiper has going to the Vikings with his last pre-draft projection. That will be the one he’s submitting as his official mock.

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  • Jorge

    I would be ok with us taking bortles, cuz i think he might have biggest upside and might be the pick of the litter for us at the position. I think the vikings need to trade up for him so if he fell to us i would be even happier, also I agree that linebacker is easily our second highest rated need. People forget the packers D was ” much Improved”, i never bought it, but once rodger went down they won i think 2 games in like two months, People would be surprised how much the QB can even make you defense better. How many times dod the vikings just run the ball an kick the field goal only to watch the other team march down the field an down, perhaps with a good qb we trust we wouldve been more aggressive with all those 8 or 9 man boxes and passed to win instead of playing not to lose. I also think we added enough pieces on defense, plus helps not running the very outdated tampa 2, that we should address qb first round if the guy we love and the guy who’s at the top of our qb board is there.

    • David Mallow

      I can pretty much guarantee that Bortles is not our guy.. and I for one am happy about it.. how can everyone be so high on a one year wonder? his arm is average AT BEST, screens and check downs hes very good but so is Ponder.. if they take a QB it nedds to be a Carr, Mettenberger or Murray, but NO BORTLES

  • Jared Naegeli

    I say don’t touch a qb in the first round. Not with a ten foot pool unless it is Manziel. He has the ‘it’ factor, the intangible that can’t be recorded with a number or denied.