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2014 NFL Draft: Vikings fall to 8th overall

With yesterday's win against the Philadelphia Eagles at home, the Minnesota Vikings have fallen from 4th overall last week to the eighth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. They've also been eliminated from the race for the #1 overall pick as noted here. At that point, there is a very good chance that the top 3 QBs Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel are off the board considering the number of QB-needy teams picking before the Vikings. It's also worth noting that the Browns have two first round picks and could trade up if they choose to. Using this website and these rankings of prospects, I created a couple mock drafts that could be similar to Rick Spielman's real draft in May.

Round 1 Pick 8: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Round 2 Pick 8: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
Round 3 Pick 8: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Round 3 Pick 32: Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
Round 4 Pick 8: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
Round 5 Pick 10 (via BUF): Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
Round 6 Pick 8: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Round 7 Pick 1 (via HOU): Deandre Coleman, DT, California
Round 7 Pick 8: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

In this mock I decided to take Manziel after he had been passed up by seven other teams. Here's another mock that I thought was pretty decent.

Round 1 Pick 18: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
Round 2 Pick 8: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
Round 2 Pick 18: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
Round 3 Pick 8: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut
Round 3 Pick 18: JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee
Round 3 Pick 32: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
Round 4 Pick 8: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
Round 4 Pick 18: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
Round 5 Pick 8: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
Round 6 Pick 8: Hakeem Smith, SS, Louisville
Round 7 Pick 8: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

In this mock, I traded the 8th overall pick to Green Bay for a draft pick in each of the first four rounds. I couldn't tell you who most if not all of these players are, but I did pretty good according to the draft game. Personally, I think the Vikings should trade down to the 20-pick range if Blake Bortles/Derek Carr fail to make it past all the QB-needy teams in the top 5. What do you guys think?

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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