Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Peter King Likes Aaron Donald for Vikings


Last week Peter King said he thought the Vikings would be the best fit for QB Blake Bortles, but also said that he didn’t believe the Vikings would take a quarterback at 8.

King is sticking to his guns as we near zero hour. In Monday’s MMQB, King reiterated his belief that the Vikings will address their QB need later in the draft, and speculated that they will go defense with the #8 pick.

Specifically, King said he thinks the Vikes will go for a “front-seven disruptor,” and mentioned Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald.

Donald has come up a lot in recent weeks in connection with the #8 pick. He is seen by many as the best 3-tech in the draft and a great fit for Mike Zimmer’s defense.

The Vikings currently have Sharrif Floyd penciled in as their starter at 3-tech, but concerns about Floyd’s conditioning and scheme fit have cast his future in doubt.

If the Vikings do elect to go non-QB with the #8, Donald might well be the best value defensive player available to them. If they trade down, it brings a bunch of other players into the discussion including linebacker C.J. Mosley, cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

And that is why many believe a trade down would be the best move for Rick Spielman. With so many stud prospects at the top of the draft, a trade down should be do-able.

If the trade doesn’t happen, Donald could very well be the pick, even if that goes against some people’s assumptions about the Vikings’ “needs.”

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  • Paul Engleson

    CB, QB, LB we don’t need a DT or DE we need a shut down guy like Richard Sherman and a good middle LB and a good QB stop telling us who we don’t need fool

  • David Mallow

    MLB is top priority, I honestly hope they trade down a few spots and take Mosley. DT depth is needed, but not with a first round pick.. I actually like Ryan Carrethers from Arkansas State in the 4th…

    • Jake

      After the stellar performances we saw from Audie Cole in his couple starts at MLB I think he deserves a shot to be the man. Don’t use a first rounder on MLB, maybe a third rounder or a second if we can trade back and pick up another round two pick.

      • Johnny Bigrig

        Cole is a depth guy for now. You don’t hinge your hopes on that. If you can upgrade him, you do. Doesn’t mean he isn’t a part of the team’s plans.

        • Jake

          I disagree. He played at a starting level during his three starts. Do you remember that first start? Something like 14 tackles a sack and a fumble recovery wasn’t it? I know it’s a small sample size but from what he showed I think he deserves to go into camp with a shot at starting.

  • Johnny Bigrig

    That makes so little sense. You drafted a DT with your first pick in 2013, you signed Corey Wooten, who can play DE or DT, you re-signed Fred Evans, a DT, and you spent $31.5 on Linval. You need a CB, you could upgrade 2 LB spots, but since Zimmer had Geno Atkins, the Vikings are going to try to find his imaginary replacement? That just seems like lazy speculation. The only way it makes sense is if Zimmer hates the raptor-armed Floyd and is going to trade him for peanuts. (What could you get, a 3rd maybe?)