2014 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings’ Seven-Round Mock 3.0

Seven-Round Mock Draft for the Minnesota Vikings

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It wasn't long into the 2013 campaign that the Minnesota Vikings’ hopes of a playoff appearance died. Heading into 2014, the team will be looking for a much better outcome. They already upgraded the roster significantly through free agency, but need to blow it away with their eight picks during the 2014 NFL Draft.

Here’s a look at how the Vikings could choose to spend their selections when May 8 rolls around.

1st Round: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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1st Round: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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While this is a best-case scenario, it’s a great fit for the Vikings. Unless they plan on starting Gerald Hodges at outside linebacker, Minnesota needs to find a considerable upgrade at the position before the 2014 campaign begins. Not only would Mack be a complete steal at No. 8, but he’d be a great fit in the Vikings’ defense. He’s an elite playmaker who can cover as well as put pressure on the quarterback. Spielman can dream, can’t he?

2nd Round: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

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2nd Round: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

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The long-term plan isn’t to stick with Matt Cassel as the starter, which means the Vikings must take measures to find their quarterback of the future. Seeing as there’s a good chance all three of the top passers are gone by No. 8, Minnesota might have to wait until the second round. In that case, Mettenberger is a legitimate option. He’s got a big arm and the prototypical size, but has some concerns about character and smarts.

3rd Round: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri

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3rd Round: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri

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Even with Xavier Rhodes expected to make a leap this season and Captain Munnerlyn on board, the Vikings still need help at cornerback. They simply can’t pretend anymore that Josh Robinson is a viable starter. By drafting Gaines, the Vikings would find a capable contributor who can fill in on the outside during nickel packages and be a solid run defender. Gaines would provide great value on Day 2.

3rd Round (via SEA): Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

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3rd Round (via SEA): Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

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Unless the Vikings are happy with Charlie Johnson as their starting left guard, they might want to make a change. Sophomore Jeff Baca is expected to make a run at the starting job, but Minnesota might be better off taking a more drastic approach. Drafting Jackson would give them a big, mauling guard on the left side who can create big holes in the running game. His pass blocking needs plenty of work, but the tools are there.

4th Round: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton

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4th Round: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton

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Even with an upgraded defensive line, the Vikings could still use some extra depth, especially at defensive tackle. Sharrif Floyd is expected to be the starting three-technique in 2014, but Minnesota is limited in terms of options behind the sophomore. Bringing in a player like Reid would alleviate that issue. The Princeton product is a dominant force in the middle who offers outstanding explosion and pass-rushing ability.

5th Round: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

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5th Round: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

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After losing Toby Gerhart to free agency, the Vikings are going to need a new No. 2 running back who can fill the third-down role. Adrian Peterson is expected to be more involved in the passing game this year, but Minnesota can’t settle on Matt Asiata as the main backup. Grice is an excellent third-down back who excels as a receiver and pass blocker. Plus, he’s a stout runner with terrific vision and patience.

6th Round: Daniel Sorensen, SS, BYU

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6th Round: Daniel Sorensen, SS, BYU

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While Jamarca Sanford is currently slotted as the starting strong safety, the Vikings would like more than just Mistral Raymond as his competition moving forward. Sanford is best suited in a backup/special teams role, so finding a potential replacement seems ideal. Sorensen isn’t an elite athlete, but plays with great instincts and intelligence. He’s a consistent, underrated talent who could push for a starting job early.

7th Round: Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas

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7th Round: Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas

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The more depth the Vikings have a cornerback, the better off they’ll be. The addition of Gaines will certainly help, but Byndom is a developmental player who could evolve into a quality sub-package cornerback over time. He has good speed, is a willing run defender and plays with the type of consistency Minnesota has long been lacking in the secondary. Byndom is a good value pick in the seventh round.

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  • kyle

    I think people are giving Robinson too much crap for being out of position last year. As a rookie he had 58 tackles and 2 picks as an outside corner. I would rather see him compete on the outside with a rookie than to see him out of position in the slot.