Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) celebrates the touchdown against Michigan State Spartans during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings Four Round Mock


 

Time to spin out another quick and dirty four round mock draft. Just a little snapshot of where my thinking is at this precise moment in time.

Round 1 (pick 8)

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

In my first four round mock I gave the Vikings Anthony Barr, but I now think that was sort of dumb. The Vikings will want a slam dunk day-one starter with their first pick, not someone they have to develop. Donald is drawing comparisons to everyone from Geno Atkins to John Randle, which should be enough to generate excitement. Donald’s arrival downgrades Sharrif Floyd to rotational player status, which is sort of tough to justify a year after you took him in the first round, but Rick Spielman can always say he had three first rounders last year and hitting on two of three isn’t bad.

Round 2 (pick 40)

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Vikings are still a player or two short of having what you would classify as adequate personnel in the secondary. They shored up safety a little bit by adding Kurt Coleman, who can rotate with Jamarca Sanford. Cornerback is still a problem even after the signing of Captain Munnerlyn, who figures to be lined up against the slot the majority of the time. Kyle Fuller is a guy with nice size, speed and man cover skills who could step in and provide a good outside corner opposite Xavier Rhodes. It might be a stretch to have him sliding into the early second, especially now that Bradley Roby has probably red flagged his way right out of the discussion.

Round 3 (pick 72)

Trent Murphy, LB/DE, Stanford

The Vikings need a tall strong-side linebacker who can stand up on the line of scrimmage when Mike Zimmer goes to the under front. Murphy has the hybrid skills necessary to fill this role. I think Michael Mauti/Jasper Brinkley can hold down the middle and Chad Greenway can slide over to the Will and be okay. Have a feeling it will be Mauti-Greenway in the nickel. Not a great linebacker corps by any means, but if you become dominating enough up front, you can sneak by with it.

Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Here’s your Spielman double-dip, two Virginia Tech guys. Thomas hasn’t gotten the buzz that Tom Savage has received but I personally don’t see anything that separates them. Have a feeling the Savage “buzz” is as much a media thing as a real scouting thing. I could see a lot of scouts liking Thomas as much as Savage if not more. Greg Cosell’s recent endorsement doesn’t hurt. It will tick off fans if Spielman doesn’t go QB earlier than the third but them’s the breaks. I just don’t think Spielman wants to take another chance at QB, after getting burned so badly by the Christian Ponder mess. He wants either a sure thing or a project he can groom behind Matt Cassel. There are no sure things in this draft so it’s the project.

Round 4 (pick 104)

Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State

There’s a group of about three or four decent mid-round running backs who are constantly being connected to the Vikings, and Freeman looks like the most promising among them as a receiving back. Will he be Darren Sproles? Probably not. But it’s important to build up some running back talent, because Adrian Peterson, I don’t need to tell you, is not getting any younger. And Matt Asiata does nothing for me.

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  • Clayton Booth

    So do we completely disregard the fact that the Vikings got Linval Joseph, a DT from the Giants, and gave him starter money? That position is already addressed.

    • David Mallow

      LB or CB in the first…DT is our least need

      • Paul Engleson

        I agree

    • Bob E.

      And its not like we picked up the best DT in last years draft or anything…. Dumb pick…

    • Lants Stephenson

      Joseph is a NT. Different position than DT. Also, what’s the problem with having depth at one of the most important positions on defense? The stronger we are up front the better our secondary will look. Look at Zimmer’s Bengal teams.

  • Ken Tomlin

    Absolutely horrible mock! You have VIKES drafting players like Donald and Murphy 2 positions we don’t even need. Then the QB you pick for us, probably won’t even be drafted till the 6th rd. Ridiculous! Absolutely ridiculous!

    • Tyler Erhardt

      Agree

  • Gregg Z

    Dan, Where is Donald on your BPA board at pick 8?

  • Stryker

    Please put the pipe down sir. Those are the craziest picks I’ve ever heard in a mock draft. Freeman is the only guy you chose that may end up in a purple uniform.

  • Tyler Erhardt

    Hopefully we trade down if Mack isn’t there and rake in a ton of 2nd & 3rd round talent. If no Mack then Barr or denard at 12-17… So much can happen we should get the most we can with the 8 pick.

  • 3kolu

    Logan Thomas(6’6″ 255 with accuracy issues)? Didn’t we just let him go? Oops, that was Josh Freeman(6’6″ 245 with accuracy issues).

  • Rance Gardner

    Horrible MOCK!!!!

  • brian welp

    Dan, do yourself a favor and stop writing…. PLEASE, DO IT FOR ALL OF US!

  • jamed

    Umm???

  • jamed

    I do think I could see it like this though,
    #1Teddy Bridgewater
    #2 Deone Bucannon
    #3 Stanley Jean-Baptist
    #3 Shane Skov
    #4 EJ Gaines

  • Paul Engleson

    What a terrible Mock Draft you Have The Vikings are going to concentrate on 3 areas QB, CB, LB in the first round they will either take Michigan States CB or OSU CB or they will take a QB. RD 2 they will take a QB or a LB and in the 3rd round a LB for Sure because they will probably take a QB in Rd 2 after that I would concentrate at LG and Defense. We Don’t need a WR or a RB

  • Tomas Diego

    Honestly, I don’t think there is a position other than RB, WR or TE that’s less likely to picked at #8 than DT. If they don’t blow the pick by taking a QB they will take a CB or LB and maybe after trading down.

  • Chris

    Donald actually would be great when we run 3-4 in our hybrid defense. We would have Donald and Floyd on the ends or they could rotate with Joseph and have possibly two pass rushing defense tackles. I think after the first round they should wait until the third to pick a about or wait until next season all together. This years quarterback class is horrible compared to all of the projected top three next year.

    As cor middle linebacker it should be between Cole and Mauti. If Brinkley plays anything other than special teams we will continue to give up big first down competitions as well as big runs that he will only be able to watch as he slowly makes his way along the line. Greenway seemed to be getting a little less timid as the season progressed last year but based on how bad his play was I doubt he will be here next year and could even be beat in camp by Hodges or any rookie brought in.

  • Turdd Ferguson

    Best case scenario, we trade back to the teens, pick up our LB or CB and then trade back into the first to nab our QB to groom. I’d love to see Mettenberger, Garrapalo, or Bridgewater (if he falls that far).