By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 22, 2014
With Mike Zimmer taking over as head coach, expect a ton of different things for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. The new regime will bring a new look to this offense, and the defense will be much improved with the presence of Zimmer. This is the latest Minnesota Vikings mock draft from me. Enjoy!
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There has been some chatter saying the Vikings are looking for a finished product at the eighth pick. I fully believe that's a smokescreen. I believe the Texans will take Jadeveon Clowney. That being said, one of the three elite quarterbacks could very well fall to the Vikings at the eighth pick. Bortles has a lot of potential and he has drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger for his strong arm and instinctive pocket awareness.
Kyle Van Noy is truly a special player who has fallen under the radar in the pre-draft process. Van Noy possesses the unique combination of quarterback pursuit and run stopping skills. Zimmer could turn Van Noy into a player like Michael Johnson was in Cincinnati. Van Noy is a bit undersized, but his athleticism overcomes that. He would be a great value pick in the second round.
Jamarca Sanford simply isn't good as a strong safety. Ed Reynolds is a guy who is coming from one of college football's best schools, and he shows the versatility to play free safety and strong safety. Harrison Smith is a monster in the defensive backfield, but he could use a partner in the secondary. Reynolds is small, but he has great vision and great ball skills.
If it weren't for the deep wide receiver class in this year's draft, many would be more aware of who Donte Moncrief is. In this draft class, the SEC receivers who are being talked about the most are Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jordan Matthews. Moncrief should be entered into that category because he is truly a polished player. He runs excellent routes and he is ready to step on the field and start for the Vikings in 2014.
It is truly sad what happened to Brandon Thomas. In a pre-draft workout for the Saints, Thomas tore his ACL which will almost kill his draft stock. Thomas was an underrated prospect entering the 2014 NFL Draft. He is flexible as he shows the ability to play guard and tackle. Thomas could be a versatile player for this team.
Aaron Lynch has all the potential in the world to be great in the NFL. He is similar to Clowney in terms of his size and speed, but Lynch never showed his true potential in college. He transferred from Notre Dame after just one short season, and he didn't turn heads at USF. In the fifth round, Zimmer and co. could take this prospect knowing the potential he has. There is a risk, but in the fifth round, it is one worth taking.
Dri Archer was the fastest player at the NFL Scouting Combine. He nearly broke Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash record, and he was excellent in the cone drills too. In the NFL, Archer projects as a player similar to Darren Sproles. He could be used in that feature-back role as an offensive weapon. Having an offense with Archer and Cordarrelle Patterson sounds too good to be true.
Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL. It's as simple as that. Although Viking fans will not want to admit it, Peterson will retire one day. Although he is a machine, Peterson has to have some wear-and-tear on his body. He is a workhorse, and that's why the Vikings will draft a player like Tim Cornett. At 6-foot, 210 pounds, Cornett has the build to be a bulldozer running back. He would be a good complement to Peterson.
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