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2014 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings 7-Round Mock, Final Edition

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Final Minnesota Vikings Seven-Round Mock Draft

Darqueze Dennard
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After an utterly disappointing 2013 campaign, the Minnesota Vikings are headed towards the 2014 NFL Draft with a laundry list of needs. The defense has several holes that must be filled, and a couple spots on offense also need significant upgrades. Basically, GM Rick Spielman and new head coach Mike Zimmer have their work cut out for them this weekend.

Here’s a look at the Vikings’ final mock draft prior to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Round 1 (8th Overall): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Darqueze Dennard
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Round 1 (8th Overall): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Darqueze Dennard
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There’s a significant chance that the quarterback the Vikings are targeting will already be off the board at No. 8. Assuming that’s the case here, Minnesota instead looks to upgrade their secondary, adding top cornerback Dennard. The big, physical cover man is arguably the best at his position in the 2014 draft class. While No. 8 might be a stretch, he’ll immediately upgrade the Vikings’ secondary.

Round 2 (40th Overall): Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garoppolo
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Round 2 (40th Overall): Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garoppolo
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After passing on a quarterback in the first round, the Vikings find their new gunslinger at the top of the second. Even if Garoppolo sits early, the small-school product has all of the physical tools to be a long-term starter in Minnesota. There are some concerns about his pocket presence and ability to read defenses quickly, but some Norv Turner coaching could easily do the trick.

Round 3 (72nd Overall): David Yankey, G, Stanford

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Round 3 (72nd Overall): David Yankey, G, Stanford

David Yankey
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Unless the Vikings plan on starting the mediocre Charlie Johnson at left guard yet again, drafting an upgrade is a definite necessity. Yankey could come off the board earlier than this, but is rumored to be sliding. Even if that’s the case, the Vikings would be more than happy to grab the Stanford product here. He’s smart, technically sound and has enough upside to develop into a long-term starter.

Round 3 (96th Overall): Jordan Zumwalt, OLB, UCLA

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Round 3 (96th Overall): Jordan Zumwalt, OLB, UCLA

Jordan Zumwalt
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Heading into the offseason, it was obvious the Vikings needed an upgrade at outside linebacker. Sophomore Gerald Hodges is currently slated to start on the weak side, but might not be ready for that type of pressure. Zumwalt, however, is a proven talent with the aggressive playing style and instincts to be a dominant linebacker in the NFL. The Vikings would love to grab Zumwalt at No. 96.

Round 4 (108th Overall): James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech

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Round 4 (108th Overall): James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech

James Gayle
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While the Vikings are set with their two starting defensive ends, depth is a valuable asset that can make or break a team. In drafting Gayle, Minnesota would be getting an underrated pass rusher who can produce consistent pressure as well as make an impact against the run. Gayle would give the Vikings a dynamic third option at end while helping the starters stay fresh.

Round 5 (148th Overall): Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

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Round 5 (148th Overall): Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

Marion Grice
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After the loss of Toby Gerhart this offseason, the Vikings are looking for a legitimate third-down option behind Adrian Peterson. Unless they’re happy with Matt Asiata, it would smart to spend a mid-round pick on a running back. Grice is an intriguing option who possesses the hands of a receiver and enough blocking ability to hold his own on third downs. Plus, he’s a pretty good runner with outstanding vision.

Round 6 (184th Overall): Brock Vereen, SS, Minnesota

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Round 6 (184th Overall): Brock Vereen, SS, Minnesota

Brock Vereen
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Over the last two seasons, we’ve seen marked improvement from Jamarca Sanford. However, he’s still best suited for a reserve/special teams role, which means the Vikings should consider other options at strong safety. While Vereen is far from a solve-all, the Minnesota product is extremely athletic, shows good technique in coverage and plays the run well. If anything, he’d up the competition at the position.

Round 7 (223rd Overall): Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska

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Round 7 (223rd Overall): Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska

Quincy Enunwa
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The Vikings like their late-round receivers, and could use a sleeper at the position heading into 2014. Especially with their depth chart still full of questions, bringing in a dark horse like Enunwa could be a blessing in disguise. While he never really evolved into a star at Nebraska, he’s one of those players that could be a better in the pros than college. Enunwa would thrive under Turner in Minnesota.

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