NFL mock drafts: Predictions on Vikings picks
Apr 9, 2014 at 1:00p ET
With the NFL Draft not just under a month away (that's either close or a far way off depending on your point of view), it seems like a good time to check out mock drafts from around the Internet to get predictions on who the Vikings might select.
Some mocks do only one round, some a few and there's even a seven-rounder out there.
For the most part, I tried to keep the drafts current, so the majority of these are since April 1. A mock put out March 8, for example, doesn't hold nearly a much water what with pro days and free agency having come and gone (or still going).
Anyway, with that introduction out of the way, here's what I hope is a comprehensive list of mock drafts.
Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange (April 8)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. "Mike Zimmer's choice of Norv Turner as his offensive coordinator is an indication that he is looking for quarterback with the big arm to keep safeties from crowding the line of scrimmage. The quarterbacks already on the roster do not possess this type of ability, nor does Louisville's Bridgewater. Vikings' general manager Rick Spielman and Turner were among those who took in Carr's very impressive Pro Day workout."
Braden Gall, Athlon Sports (April 7)
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida. "It doesn't feel right for the Vikings to take another quarterback this high in the draft so quickly after taking Christian Ponder â a playoff QB I might add â just three years ago. However, Bortles has a huge frame, a big arm and put together a remarkable 2013 season. Aaron Donald is what I would do here if I had a choice, but the Vikes need as many options at QB as possible and Bortles could end up being the answer."
DraftTek (April 7)
1. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State; 2. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State; 3a.Dominque Easley, DT, Florida; 3b. Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas; 4. Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa; 5. Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh; 6. Brock Vereen, SS, Minnesota; 7. Greg Blair, ILB, Cincinnati.
Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com (April 7)
1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville ("Minnesota clearly needs a franchise quarterback. Considering Rick Spielman blew it by drafting Christian Ponder, one has to question why Spielman stayed and Leslie Frazier was fired. That seems backward to me, but perhaps Spielman will get it right on the second try. The studious and serious Bridgewater seems like a better fit for the new coaching staff."); 2. David Yankey, G, Stanford ("The Vikings could use an improvement at guard to help pave the way for Adrian Peterson. Landing one of the top guards early in the second round is a nice value for Minnesota."); 3a. Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State; 3b.Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona, 4. Corey Lattimer, WR, Indiana; 5. Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk (April 7)
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida. "With Matt Cassel in place for two years, Bortles gets eased in to the job, possibly becoming offensive coordinator Norv Turner's next star pupil."
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com (April 7)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. "The Vikings have been linked to Bridgewater in recent weeks and if he's still on the board with this pick, could they really pass on him? I don't see how and they shouldn't."
Jeff Schudel, The News-Herald (April 6)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. "Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner would prefer Bortles or Carr." (Note: Those two QBs are gone before No. 8 in his mock draft.)
Terez A. Paylor, Kansas City Star (April 5)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. " New offensive coordinator Norv Turner witnessed Carr's pro day â which was reportedly outstanding â in person, so with Matt Cassel currently slated to be the Vikings' starting quarterback, there's little doubt the Vikings are exploring an upgrade. Carr has the intangibles and arm strength to succeed in Turner's vertical offense."
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com (April 4)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. "The Vikings won't take just any quarterback at this spot in the draft for Norv Turner's offense. If Carr is available he makes the most sense. Minnesota may have to jump over Oakland to get him."
Fred Greetham, FOX Sports Ohio (April 3)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Matt Smith, NFL.com (April 3)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. "They have a Pro Bowl LT in Kalil, a Hall of Fame RB in A.P., and two solid receivers. The need is a QB who is able to navigate all of those tools as efficiently as possible."
Doug Farrar, SI.com (April 3)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. "Given new head coach Mike Zimmer's recent comments about Manziel, we can assume that Zim will, like most defensive-minded head coaches, be conservative in his choice of quarterbacks. The Vikings still have Christian Ponder under contract, and they re-signed Matt Cassel. But Zimmer will still have a problem if he expects either of those guys to lift the Vikings out of the cellar in a very tough NFC North division. Bridgewater was maligned by many after a less than impressive pro day, but he has a lot of skills, he sees the field well, and though his ceiling may not be as high as Manziel's or Bortles', that may appeal to Zimmer, who wants a quarterback he doesn't have to worry about."
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com (April 2)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. "Norv Turner likes deep-ball throwers, and Bridgewater can be that."
Edide Brown, UT-San Diego (April 2)
1. Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida ("New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has the credentials to develop someone like Bortles. Obviously, a high upside pick, but his skills are still maturing."); 2. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State; 3a. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford; 3b. Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU; 4. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU; 5. Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Shawn Zobel, Draft HQ (March 29)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. "In reaching five wins in 2013, the Minnesota Vikings may have very well put themselves out of contention for one of the top quarterback prospects, barring a trade up for one. Owning a defense that is riddled with holes and expected to lose key veterans, the Vikings would be wise to draft one of the best defensive players in the draft if they are unable to draft a quarterback early. They would like to draft Buffalo's Khalil Mack, however it's unclear if he will last to No. 8 overall. Alabama's C.J. Mosley is a do-it-all linebacker whose leadership, intangibles, and complete skillset make him one of the premier defensive prospects in the 2014 Draft. On a Minnesota defense that has had a revolving door at the MIKE linebacker position, adding the stability and immediate production that Mosley could bring would be a major upgrade for the Vikings."
Ourlads (March 26)
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. "The Vikings need a QB.( Looks like Christian Ponder is more of a backup,) A defensive end,a safety to play next to Harrison Smith another linebacker. Johnny Manziel has innate running and passing instincts as well as a feel for the pass rush. He completed 73% of his passes from the pocket, best among quarterbacks from BCS automatic qualifier conferences. Only one first round quarterback had a better down the field throwing percentage than Manziels, 48% of passes 25 yards or longer in the past three years â that was Robert Griffin III. Despite his lack of height, he only had 12 of 864 passes batted down. Teams that missed the boat on Russell Wilson because of measurables will be giving Manziel the once over twice. Maturity a question. Hand size: 9 7/8"
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