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Todd McShay Mock Draft: An Interesting Choice For Minnesota

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Todd McShay of ESPN.com has released his latest NFL Mock Draft, and it presents a bit of a conundrum for the virtual Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings.

As to not give away too much, the top seven of McShay's draft are (in alphabetical order) Blake Bortles, Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Evans, Khalil Mack, Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson, and Sammy Watkins. With only one quarterback going in the top seven, it leaves the Vikings in a situation where both Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are on the board.

What does McShay do in that situation? Well, to the delight of some. . .and to the chagrin of others. . .he decided to roll the dice on Johnny Football.

Taking Manziel at this spot will require a leap of faith on the part of the Vikings' brain trust, as he presents a significant gamble because of his on-field decision-making and long-term injury risk. But if they hit on this move, it could turn things around for them in a hurry. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has a strong track record of developing different types of QBs -- I've heard he likes both Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater -- and there's no doubting Manziel's physical tools. He has the strongest arm of the top three quarterbacks, and his ability to extend plays and improvise is second to none.

It would be an interesting decision for the Vikings to have on their hands, if it were to play out this way. Granted, it would be a great interesting decision, but an interesting one in any case.

In the second round of his mock, McShay has the Vikings selecting Florida State defensive back LaMarcus Joyner, citing his instincts and recognition skills. Joyner could play either corner or safety in George Edwards' new defense.

That's what one of the bigger names has happening in his most recent projection. What do you folks think?