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Minnesota Vikings’ Updated First-Round Scenarios for 2014 NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings' Updated First-Round Scenarios

Mike Zimmer
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When it comes to the NFL Draft in May, the Minnesota Vikings are in a good position. They have the No. 8 overall pick and they need help at many positions. They can simply take the best overall player, regardless of position, and he will instantly improve their team. With that in mind, here are five first-round scenarios for the Minnesota Vikings.

5. Trade Up and Draft an Offensive Lineman

Jake Matthews
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5. Trade Up and Draft an Offensive Lineman

Jake Matthews
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Minnesota could use some help along the offensive line, but the top two linemen will likely be gone before pick No. 8. They could make a trade with the Rams for the No. 2 overall pick and get their choice of Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson.

4. Trade up and Draft a Defensive Player

Jadeveon Clowney
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4. Trade Up and Draft a Defensive Player

Jadeveon Clowney
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In this scenario Minnesota still makes a trade with the Rams, but they select a defensive player instead. In a perfect world they would be able to select Jadeveon Clowney, but if he is gone, then Minnesota could draft LB Khalil Mack.

3. Trade up and Draft a QB

Teddy Bridgewater
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3. Trade up and Draft a QB

Teddy Bridgewater
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Minnesota needs a QB in the worst way. It is expected that four QBs will go somewhere in the first round of the draft. If Minnesota likes one of the QBs more than the others, then they might want to trade up so they can guarantee they get their guy.

2. Trade Down and get More Picks

Derek Carr
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2. Trade Down and get More Picks

Derek Carr
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Minnesota has a lot of holes to fill, so one option could be to trade back in the draft and pick up some extra draft picks. It is possible that Minnesota could possibly trade back and still get one of the top four QBs.

1. Stay Put and Draft a QB

Johnny Manziel
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1. Stay Put and Draft a QB

Johnny Manziel
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Minnesota could stay where they are and simply choose from which QBs are left when they go on the clock. It is highly unlikely that Bridgewater, Bortles, Manziel and Carr are all drafted before the No. 8 overall pick.