2014 NFL Draft Quick Peeks: Minnesota Vikings

New Mexico v Fresno State

The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock with the eighth pick of the NFL Draft, and are yet another team in need of a quarterback. The question is whether one they covet will be available when they pick, or if they’ll fill another need and take a signal caller later in the draft.

Who Should They Pick?: The top three quarterbacks should be off the board by this pick, and the best value lies in the secondary. The Vikings could use another cornerback, and Darqueze Dennard gives them a physical player, and potentially a pair of dominating corners.

Who Will They Pick?: In this set of circumstances, Derek Carr is still on the board, and will be the pick. The Vikings have proven they will take a chance on a franchise passer, having taken Christian Ponder a few years ago. Carr will get his shot next.

Backup Plan: Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller is rising up draft boards due to his combination of size, speed, and talent. He simply makes plays, and across from Xavier Rhodes, would have a chance to shine. He could wind up a steal, even with the eight pick.

Darkhorse: HaHa Clinton-Dix would give them a play-making safety to go along with Harrison Smith if they decide to go with the back-end of the secondary. He has great range and has no fear of making big hits.

Trade?: Trading back might be the best option for Minnesota. They might be too late to get one of the top quarterbacks, and they could consider it a bit early for any of the linebackers or secondary players. Finding a team looking to move up would allow them to get the best value.


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