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2014 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings’ Seven-Round Mock 2.0

Full 7-Round Mock for the Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings have gotten off to go a good start this offseason, hiring a promising new head coach and putting together a solid early showing during free agency. If they’re going to return to relevance in 2014, though, they need to make the most of their eight current picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Here’s a look at what GM Rick Spielman might do with those picks when draft day arrives.

1st Round: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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1st Round: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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Following his disappointing Pro Day showing, there are whispers making their way around the NFL that he might slide. If that’s the case, the Vikings would be wise to scoop up Bridgewater at No. 8. Despite his Pro Day struggles, Bridgewater is the most NFL-ready quarterback in the 2014 class and would give Minnesota a considerable upgrade under center.

2nd Round: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

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2nd Round: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

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Even with Jasper Brinkley back in the mix, the Vikings aren’t set at linebacker. While Chad Greenway will likely hold down the strong side, the lack of experience and upper-echelon talent simply isn’t very comforting. Enter Borland, one of the top inside linebackers of the 2014 draft class. The Wisconsin product is quick, aggressive, good in coverage, and a terrific tackler – everything the Vikings need in the middle.

3rd Round: Jon Halapio, G, Florida

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3rd Round: Jon Halapio, G, Florida

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The Vikings may have re-signed Charlie Johnson, but that’s far from a solve-all at the left guard spot. Unless they want more subpar play from the position in 2014, drafting a guard like Halapio will be a must during draft time. The Florida product brings plenty of size and strength to the line, allowing him to excel as a road-grading run blocker. Halapio still needs work as a pass protector, but has the tools to develop into a quality starter.

3rd Round (via SEA): Mike Davis, WR, Texas

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3rd Round (via SEA): Mike Davis, WR, Texas

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Just because they re-signed Jerome Simpson doesn’t mean the Vikings are satisfied with an inconsistent receiver on the outside. If an upgrade is available, you have to believe Spielman and Co. would consider it. In this case, Davis signifies a solid improvement over Simpson. The former Longhorn has the speed to take the lid off of defenses and open the middle of the field for Cordarrelle Patterson to work. Sounds like a win for Minnesota.

4th Round: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

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4th Round: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

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The addition of Captain Munnerlyn this offseason makes the Vikings secondary that much better. They aren’t done rebuilding, though. They need another tough, physical cornerback to round out the depth chart, and Breeland fits the bill. Not only does he have the size and aggressiveness to compete at the NFL level, but Breeland shows good instincts in coverage and has a knack for creating turnovers. The Vikings need more of those in 2014.

5th Round: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame

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5th Round: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame

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Drafting Borland shouldn’t be the only step the Vikings take towards improving their linebacking corps. Shembo is a smart, versatile player who uses tremendous awareness and technique to make plays all over the field. While he played plenty of defensive end in college, he has experience in coverage and plays the run well. Shembo should transition to weak-side linebacker in the NFL, but the Vikings could find numerous roles for him.

6th Round: Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss

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6th Round: Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss

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Even after upgrading the defensive line this offseason, the Vikings could still use some extra depth. Especially with Sharrif Floyd still an unknown at three-technique, it wouldn't hurt for Minnesota to bring another defensive tackle aboard. Thornton is limited as a pass-rusher, but excels against the run, using an explosive get-off and a relentless motor to make plays. Sounds like a player Mike Zimmer would love to mold.

7th Round: Brock Vereen, SS, Minnesota

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7th Round: Brock Vereen, SS, Minnesota

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Vereen likely has a long way to go before he’s ready to contribute for the Vikings, but the local product has all of the physical tools to develop into a quality player. On top of solid coverage abilities and plus tackling, he’s an elite athlete with all of the measurables you look for in a defensive back. With experience playing the slot, he also brings versatility to the equation. Vereen is the type of value pick Spielman is known for.

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