Ranking the Minnesota Vikings’ 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

2014 NFL Draft: Ranking the Minnesota Vikings Picks Worst to First

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The Minnesota Vikings had 10 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, with seven of the 10 selections being used on defensive players after they had one the league’s worst units last season.

Here is my ranking of the Vikings’ 2014 draft haul, from worst to first.

UCLA LB Anthony Barr

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UCLA LB Anthony Barr

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Barr has talent and upside, but he has to become a more complete linebacker fairly quickly to justify being the ninth overall pick.

Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon

Jerick McKinnon
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Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon

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After losing Toby Gerhart in free agency, the Vikings were looking to bolster their depth behind Adrian Peterson. McKinnon does not look like a good fit on the surface, and considering the running backs that were drafted after him there was better value to be had at No. 96 overall.

Maine CB Kendall James

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Maine CB Kendall James

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James has a nice career at Maine under coach Jack Cosgrove, but it’s a big jump from his college level of competition to the NFL.

Georgia Tech OLB Brandon Watts

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Georgia Tech OLB Brandon Watts

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Watts will have a lot of competition for a roster spot as Minnesota’s new coaching staff tries to find linebackers. He will have to perform very well in offseason work and training camp to make the 53-man roster.

North Carolina CB Jabari Price

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North Carolina CB Jabari Price

Jabari Price
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The Vikings have a lot of options at cornerback, and rightfully so after last season’s dismal defensive showing. Price will have to really stand out, and it’s possible he will still get stashed on the practice squad.

UConn DT Shamar Stephen

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UConn DT Shamar Stephen

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Stephen was a solid value in the seventh round, and he could move into a backup role at both defensive tackle spots with a strong training camp.

Oregon State DE Scott Crichton

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Oregon State DE Scott Crichton

Scott Crichton
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Crichton is a solid all-around defensive end, so he may get a legit chance to earn a significant role immediately.

Virginia Tech DB Antone Exum

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Virginia Tech DB Antone Exum

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Exum will offer competition for Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo at strong safety, and he may become an immediate factor on special teams.

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater

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Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater

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Time will tell if he becomes a mainstay, but getting Bridgewater at No. 32 overall after trading back into the first round is tremendous value.

Stanford OG David Yankey

David Yankey 2014 NFL Draft
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Stanford OG David Yankey

David Yankey
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Yankey somehow lasted until the fifth round after a solid college career. It would not be shocking to see him start immediately for the Vikings at left guard.


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