Predicting the Impact of Every Minnesota Vikings 2014 NFL Draft Pick

By Brad Berreman

Predicting the Impact of Every Minnesota Vikings 2014 NFL Draft Pick

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The Minnesota Vikings were again active during the 2014 NFL Draft, making multiple trades to accumulate more picks in the late rounds and making a move into the latter part of the first round once again.

The Vikings brought 10 players into the fold during the draft. Here is a look at the impact each could have.

1st Round, Ninth Overall: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

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1st Round, Ninth Overall: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

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The Vikings traded back one pick in the top-10 and wound up taking Barr, one of the most physically gifted defensive players in this year's class. I don't think he's a great immediate fit, but Barr should step into a big role right out of the gate and under the tutelage of a new coaching staff could make a big impact.

1st Round, 32nd Overall: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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1st Round, 32nd Overall: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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The Vikings moved up into the late first round to get Bridgewater, and ideally he will not be starting Week 1. That said, he will apparently get a chance to win the starting job right away and looks like the quarterback of the future.

3rd Round, 72nd Overall: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

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3rd Round, 72nd Overall: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

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Crichton has a high motor and was a disruptive force at Oregon State (51 tackles for loss over the last three seasons). He should become a prominent part of Minnesota's defensive line rotation.

3rd Round, 96th Overall: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern

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3rd Round, 96th Overall: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern

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McKinnon is likely to replace Toby Gerhart as Adrian Peterson's top backup, and he could be next in line after Peterson is gone if he proves he has the all-around skills of an every down back.

5th Round, 145th Overall: David Yankey, OG, Stanford

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5th Round, 145th Overall: David Yankey, OG, Stanford

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Yankey fairly surprisingly fell to the fifth round after a solid college career. He may move right into a starting job at one of the guard spots, since current starters Charlie Johnson and Brandon Fusco are not standouts.

6th Round, 182nd Overall: Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech

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6th Round, 182nd Overall: Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech

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Injuries wrecked Exum's 2013 season at Virginia Tech, but he was an All-ACC performer in 2011 and 2012. He should be an immediate contributor on special teams at minimum, and is a potential future starter at safety or corner.

6th Round, 184th Overall: Kendall James, CB, Maine

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6th Round, 184th Overall: Kendall James, CB, Maine

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James will compete for a roster spot, but I see him spending his rookie season on the practice squad if the Vikings choose to keep him around.

7th Round, 220th Overall: Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn

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7th Round, 220th Overall: Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn

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Stephen was a solid value in the seventh round, and I think he'll get a chance to earn a spot as a backup during training camp.

7th Round, 223rd Overall: Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech

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7th Round, 223rd Overall: Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech

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Watts' odds of making the 53-man roster out of training camp look long right now, but I think he may be stashed on the practice squad as a potential future contributor.

7th Round, 225th Overall: Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina

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7th Round, 225th Overall: Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina

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Price ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and even though he's a bit undersized (5'11") he was a productive tackler (112 total tackles in 2012 and 2013 combined). The Vikings may have found a special teams contributor here, but Price may never be a full-time NFL starter.

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