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2015 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Currently Hold #8 Pick

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With just one week remaining in the 2014 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings currently sit in the same spot in the NFL Draft Derby that they occupied last season.

If the season were to end today, the Vikings would have the #8 overall pick in the selection process. Per our friends at Mocking the Draft, the current order stands as follows:

Pick Team Record Strength of Schedule
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-13 .483
2 Tennessee Titans 2-13 .496
3 Jacksonville Jaguars 3-12 .521
4 New York Jets 3-12 .556
5 Oakland Raiders 3-12 .576
6 Washington Redskins 4-11 .496
7 Chicago Bears 5-10 .522
8 Minnesota Vikings 6-9 .481
9 Atlanta Falcons 6-9 .481
10 New Orleans Saints 6-9 .483
11 New York Giants 6-9 .483
12 St. Louis Rams 6-9 .517
13 Cleveland Browns 7-8 .473
14 San Francisco 49ers 7-8 .536
15 Houston Texans 8-7 .454
16 Miami Dolphins 8-7 .510
17 Cleveland (via Buffalo Bills) 8-7 .523
18 Kansas City Chiefs 8-7 .525
19 Baltimore Ravens 9-6 .481
20 Philadelphia Eagles 9-6 .494
21 Carolina Panthers 6-8-1 .483
22 San Diego Chargers 9-6 .513
23 Pittsburgh Steelers 10-5 .447
24 Indianapolis Colts 10-5 .489
25 Cincinnati Bengals 9-4-1 .500
26 Dallas Cowboys 11-4 .450
27 Green Bay Packers 11-4 .479
28 Detroit Lions 11-4 .471
29 Arizona Cardinals 11-4 .523
30 Seattle Seahawks 11-4 .523
31 Denver Broncos 11-3 .525
32 New England Patriots 12-3 .511

The teams that make the playoffs will pick between 21 and 32. The teams that lose in the wild card round will pick from 21-24, with the team with the worst record being at 21 and everyone else falling behind them. The teams that lose in the divisional round will select from 25-28. The teams that lose the Conference Championship games will pick at 29 and 30, with the Super Bowl loser being slotted at 31 and the Super Bowl winner picking at #32.

As it stands right now, the Vikings will pick somewhere between #7 and #14 this April. They can't jump into the top six, as none of those teams can win more than five games and the Vikings already have six. Along with that, everyone currently slotted at 15 or higher already has eight victories, and a win by Minnesota in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears will give them seven victories.

Right now, the Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons have the same strength of schedule, and the next tiebreaker is conference record. Minnesota currently has a worse conference record than Atlanta does (Atlanta is at 6-5 in the conference, while Minnesota is at 5-6), so the Vikings get the higher selection.

As it stands right now, only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans have a shot at the #1 overall pick.

So, that's where things stand going into the final week of the 2014 regular season, ladies and gentlemen. You can be assured that we will have all of the Minnesota Vikings draft coverage that you expect right here as the off-season wears on.