Mike Zimmer looks to make the most of his first NFL Draft as a head coach.
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It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results, and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has made some moves this offseason, but the most telling ones could come on draft day.
While first-year head coach Mike Zimmer is a defensive-minded guy, he and Spielman must decide which direction this team is headed. The most obvious question is what to do with the quarterback position. Just three years ago, quarterback Christian Ponder was selected in the first round. Now he could be on the outside looking in. The Vikings also re-signed veteran quarterback Matt Cassel to a two-year deal this offseason.
With holes aplenty, the Vikings could opt to select the best player available and address other needs. They shored up secondary concerns in free agency by signing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and spent a first-round pick on Xavier Rhodes a year ago.
Bridgewater’s pro day may have left some wanting more, but the 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback has the tape to back him up. After finishing last season with the second-highest completion percentage (71.0) in the nation, Bridgewater would immediately give this offense some life.
Fresno State QB Derek Carr
Carr reportedly met with the Vikings extensively at the Senior Bowl and his pro day. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner values quarterbacks with big, lively arms, and Carr certainly fits that mold. While Carr played against lesser competition in the Mountain West, he progressed every year from his sophomore to senior seasons and threw for a whopping 50 touchdowns last year.
Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley
If you’re looking for a do-it-all inside linebacker, look no further then Mosley. The two-time All American is instinctive and is a sure-handed tackler. Currently listed on the Vikings depth chart at middle linebacker is Michael Mauti. Mosley would certainly be an upgrade over the 2013 seventh-round pick.
UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
The Vikings solidified their defensive line via free agency, but could use another outside linebacker. Barr has the athleticism to rush the passer and drop back on coverage.
Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert
The Vikings have some playmakers in their secondary with Munnerlyn, Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith. Gilbert would be a welcome addition. In a passing league, you can never have enough players who can cover wide receivers downfield.