Sep 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) celebrates getting a sack during the second quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Mike Zimmer Is Pushing For Aaron Donald


Every insider on earth is scrambling to get their last minute mock draft onto the internet. These final mocks tend to be the most useful when it comes to actual information because – dirty little secret – the insiders fill their early mocks with placeholder gobbledygook and hold back what they really/know think until the final push.

With a final click frenzy in mind, Dan Pompei has released his last mock and it contains a potentially useful piece of Vikings-related information. Pompei, for the record, has the Vikings taking Anthony Barr at #8. But the tidbit isn’t about Barr, it’s about Aaron Donald, whom he has going to Tampa Bay at #7.

Pompei says, “The buzz is that Mike Zimmer is pushing for Aaron Donald, who could be his new Geno Atkins. But what if Donald is gone? The Vikings are not likely to take a quarterback with this pick. Chances are very good they will go defense.”

Pompei goes on, “Some see this as too high for Barr, but he is the best nickel pass rusher available, and he can help at strong-side linebacker on first and second down. Barr could help Zimmer reshape the Vikings defense. It’s also possible the Vikings could go for a cornerback with this pick, either Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard.”

If the Vikings truly are targeting a “front-seven disruptor” as Peter King put it the other day, Donald and Barr would seem to be the two most likely picks at 8. Cornerback looks like a fall back option if neither of those players is available.

Quarterback? Off the table. At least in the first.

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  • MikeH123

    My money for Vikings tickets is also off the table with the absence of a QB. A second or third rounder at QB just won’t cut it because Spielman is afraid to draft a QB high again after getting burned on Ponder. Spielman needs to admit yet another first round bust by picking DT Floyd with their top pick last year if the use the #8 on DT Donald this year. Get him out of here.

    • Dsnake1

      Floyd certainly isn’t a bust. He played very well for the small amount of time he got. This is just smoke. If Zimmer is pushing for Donald, it would probably involve a Floyd trade. But Floyd is no bust. Not if you actually watch the defence play. My guess is this is smoke to try and get Evans or someone another team will trade up for to fall to 8.

      • MikeH123

        If they draft Aaron Donald, Shaiff Floyd must be considered a bust.

        • Dsnake1

          That’s like calling Brett Favre a bust because he didn’t perform in Atlanta. If they trade Floyd and pick up Donald, it’s not that Floyd was terrible, it means that Donald is better and Zimmer has more pull than any coach under Spielman.

          The thing is, is this story is a load of rubbish. They won’t be picking Donald at #8. They have too many holes to even consider it. They will either trade down, take the best CB on their board, the best LB on their board, or possibly reach for a safety. Those are the positions of need, and those will be the draft picks, not a slightly better player as a replacement for an above average player.

          • MikeH123

            Floyd will be a bust pick for the Vikings if they take Donald (unless they get a first rounder this year for Floyd). They will have to spend their only first rounder on a position they already met last draft. Zimmer doesn’t like Floyd because he has short arms and recently got fat.

  • David Mallow

    Donald WILL NOT be the choice. the Vikings WILL in fact trade down and go for a CB (Dennard or Gilbert) or LB ( Mosley or Shazier)…. Floyd is the starting 3 tech and will be a beast doing so.. he’s not even close to being a bust..that’s the dumbest statement I’ve ever heard

    • MikeH123

      If they draft Donald, Floyd must be considered a bust.

  • wdnemesis

    Draft a need unless a specific player needs to be replaced or a rotational thing where a guy can no longer handle the position 100% of the time like age or injury play a factor. Also get a QB that has small injury history if we don’t get a top performing guy this year.

  • Eddie

    Yep…if not Donald or QB at 8. It will b LB Ryan Shazier in trade down…. Prob trade with Giants or Dallas.