By Kevin Major @KevinMajor_Rant on April 29, 2014
The Minnesota Vikings will pick eighth in the 2014 NFL Draft. After last season's disappointing 5-10-1 campaign, the Vikings will look to draft a player who can help them get back to the playoffs in 2014. With needs at quarterback, linebacker, cornerback and safety, Minnesota can go in a number of directions with their first-round pick. Still, the Vikings would be wise to stay away from these five players in the draft.
C.J. Mosley is an impactful player who is arguably the best inside linebacker in this year's draft class. While he is an outstanding prospect who fits one of Minnesota's biggest needs, Mosley would not be a good choice for Minnesota at No. 8 overall. The value of the linebacker position is no longer high enough to justify spending a top-10 pick on it. The Vikings should look to address the position in the later rounds of the draft.
The Vikings are in desperate need of a safety to pair with former first-round pick Harrison Smith. Despite this need, drafting Calvin Pryor with their first-round pick would be a poor decision. Like Mosley, Pryor is a top-tier prospect. However, he is not worth a top-10 pick. Minnesota should either trade back to the late teens for Pryor or look for a safety like Jimmie Ward or Deone Bucannon in the second round.
Even though they signed Captain Munnerlyn this offseason, the Vikings are still in need of cornerback help. Justin Gilbert is a good player with excellent ball skills, but he would be a reach at No. 8 overall. The Vikings could find better value if they wait to draft a corner. This year's class is deep at the position, which should allow Minnesota to land a talented prospect in the second or third round.
After losing Jared Allen in free agency, the Vikings may look to draft a defensive end with their first pick. Assuming Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack are off the board, Anthony Barr could be on Minnesota's radar. Barr's raw talent and athleticism make him an intriguing prospect, but the Vikings should avoid reaching for a pass rusher at this point in the draft. Minnesota has too many other needs to fill to take a chance on Barr's potential.
Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel will likely be gone by the time the Vikings pick at No. 8. While Minnesota has an obvious need at quarterback, they should avoid drafting Derek Carr with their first-round pick. Carr is athletic and has a tremendous arm, but his accuracy and ability to run an NFL offense are questionable. If Minnesota misses out on the top-two quarterback prospects, they would be better off waiting to draft a QB.
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