Posted April 10, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Tracker

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Minnesota Vikings 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Blake Bortles, UCF

Blake Bortles, UCF (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

What will the Minnesota Vikings do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 8: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

We said: Not a bad situation for the Vikings, to see the cards fall this way on the quarterback front. Minnesota should have its choice between Bortles, Carr and Teddy Bridgewater, and none of those choices would rate as a shocker. Carr and Bridgewater are probably the most ready to play right away, but that’s why I’m going with Bortles. Vikings new head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner like the re-signed Matt Cassel and seem ready to ride with him in 2014. Bortles is viewed as a quarterback with great potential, but in need of some time and polishing.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 8: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

We said: Given new head coach Mike Zimmer’s recent comments about Manziel, we can assume that Zim will, like most defensive-minded head coaches, be conservative in his choice of quarterbacks. The Vikings still have Christian Ponder under contract, and they re-signed Matt Cassel. But Zimmer will still have a problem if he expects either of those guys to lift the Vikings out of the cellar in a very tough NFC North division. Bridgewater was maligned by many after a less than impressive pro day, but he has a lot of skills, he sees the field well, and though his ceiling may not be as high as Manziel’s or Bortles’, that may appeal to Zimmer, who wants a quarterback he doesn’t have to worry about.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 8: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

We said: The fan base of whichever team winds up with Manziel probably will be nervous until they see him succeed at the NFL level. It says here that he will. Manziel running an offense that features Adrian Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson would be hugely problematic for defenses as they game planned.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 8: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

We said: You get the sense there has been some recent slippage in Bridgewater’s draft stock, and it seems to build the further we get away from the 2013 season. His so-so pro day performance didn’t help his cause one bit, and we’re now down to debating whether he should be throwing with or without a glove. That’s the way the pre-draft fault-finding process works, especially for first-round quarterbacks. But the Vikings might represent a pretty soft landing for Bridgewater, who wouldn’t have to be rushed onto the field with veteran Matt Cassel re-signed and ready to handle the starting job this season. Missing the whole early failure phase wouldn’t be a bad thing at all for Bridgewater’s long-term interests.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 8: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

We said: Yes, this is a bit of an overdraft, but Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has never been shy about pulling the trigger a bit early for a perceived need — and there’s nothing perceived about Minnesota’s need for a franchise quarterback. Bortles is still learning multiple-read concepts, and he’ll be befuddled at times by NFL defenses. But with offensive coordinator Norv Turner in tow, Bortles does have the innate ability to become a great NFL signal-caller over time.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 8: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

We said: Minnesota may not be able to sit here and wait, especially if two quarterbacks come off the board in the top three or four picks. This mock fell perfectly for them, with Bortles available for the taking at No. 8. With Bortles, Cordarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson in place, the Vikings would have the makings of an intimidating, balanced offense.

Round 2, pick 40: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

We said: Shazier at 40 would have the Vikings cartwheeling to the podium.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 8: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

We said: The Vikings likely will face a scenario in which the top three highest-rated quarterbacks are off the board, and their decision will come down to rolling the dice on Fresno State’s Derek Carr or spending the pick on a defender or receiver with a solid top-10 grade. After Minnesota reached for quarterback Christian Ponder at No. 12 in 2011, I’m not convinced general manager Rick Spielman will go that route once again. In Mosley, the Vikings would have a pro-ready talent with strong leadership skills, a proven record of production and the ability to supply some pass rush in the event Jared Allen leaves via free agency.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 8: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

We said: Matt Cassell will void his contract and become a free agent, and it’s not like he was the long-term answer at the position, anyway. And Christian Ponder isn’t really the answer to any question at this point. New head coach Mike Zimmer has a quandary at the game’s most important position, and Bortles would be an intriguing pick here. He’s already impressed many of those who would ordinarily dismiss him due to the small-school bias. The next step will be to take his impressive size (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and surprising mobility and add an advanced playbook understanding. Right now, Bortles is a see-it-and-throw-it guy who will bail against pressure.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 8: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

We said: That Vikings fans would be skittish over this pick is understandable. The last time they attempted to draft a franchise QB, with Christian Ponder in 2011, they flopped miserably. Carr has issues with his mechanics to work out and played in a very QB-friendly offense. This is not a slam dunk.

But the Vikings need a quarterback, and Carr’s skill level makes him worth the risk. Minnesota has the O-line Carr needs in front of him, plus catch-and-go weapons like Cordarrelle Patterson. Carr could erase the Ponder mistake.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 6: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

We said: What happens after Bridgewater at the QB spot depends so much on which players declare — Mariota did not. Will Johnny Manziel? Blake Bortles? Brett Hundley? We know Carr, a senior, will be available. And if you think his prospects are gaining steam now, just wait until the Senior Bowl.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 5: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

We said: The Christian Ponder experiment is on its last days — the home fans chanting for Matt Cassel in a Week 3 loss to Cleveland might have been the final blow. So either here or in Round 2, the Vikings have to roll the dice on a quarterback. Given how quickly that position may come off the board, waiting would be a massive gamble.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 18: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

We said: Manziel’s a tough one to peg. He doesn’t have great size or an elite arm, and his live-it-up lifestyle might scare some teams away. And yet, if he dominates the SEC for a second straight year, it would be tough to drop him very far. And Minnesota, barring a Christian Ponder breakthrough, could be ready for another change at QB.


If Blake is still free will nab him or Bridgewater . If not 2nd round a.j maccarron .


I am totally amused by your predictions but If I owned the Vikings and you wasted our 1st round pick on a QB I would fire you. I can not believe you guys are that senseless when making mock drafts. You go for the vikings taking a 1st round QB when the defense is 31st in the league they gave up the most points of any defense and the most passing yards of any defense. In the 1st round you are looking for a impact player. The player with the highest chances of success with the vikings organization and that would be a Corner back or a safety then move to line backer or defensive lineman positions. 

You guys know this is a passing league and yet you want the vikings to go after a running QB why?

You call your self pros but yet your mock drafts are nothing but waste of space and energy as they are not even close to being accurate for the vikings needs you are all about the QB situation but not about picking the best player for our needs. Our chances of picking up a free-agent QB are better than picking one from the draft. The draft is about the best player who can have an instant impact to the team and That is not going to happen in the QB portion of the draft. I can tell you from watching these QB that by taking a project QB in the 1st round is wrong and you might need a new job if you take a QB and he falls on his face just like ponder. 

I am totally amused that you guys think the vikings are losers without a QB then you are mistaken. How many teams score 30 point or more and loose? Our offense was able to put up points and had the lead going into the last few minutes of the game and lost due to poor defensive play. So if you guys make a living at this and still think we are in need of a QB in the 1st round then you should get a job more suited for your abilities as this is not your strong suit.

The vikings have a decent team with new coaching and new draft picks and the retention of some player we will be ok. we can pickup a QB is free-agency as good as any QB in the draft So tell me why we should waste a 1st round pick on a project QB? 

Please tell me why we should waste a 1st round pick on a project QB? You guys know QB who run have a very short career in the NFL and you know that to be successful you have to be a pocket passer to survive in the NFL. Quit being a drone and tell the truth about these passers they are not that good of draft picks.

GO defense.