The Minnesota Vikings are a perfect example of why teams can’t sustain success with less-than ideal quarterback situation. This is a team that has gone from earning a playoff berth last year to finding themselves in contention for the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.
Unfortunately, Minnesota finds itself in a situation where landing an elite quarterback prospect in this draft is rocky. There are several other teams looking for quarterbacks and in the position to land a pick ahead of the Vikings. This means that Minnesota may have to look at upgrading a different position with their first-round pick.
UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Alabama’s CJ Mosley and possibly South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney could be available when the Vikings are on the clock. Barr is a versatile linebacker who can rush the passer, drop in coverage and support the run. He has as much upside as anyone in this draft class.
Mosley isn’t the same pass-rushing threat as Barr, but he is an instinctual linebacker who uses his quickness to make plays sideline to sideline. Clowney would be a great fit for the Vikings because they’re facing the possibility of losing Jared Allen via free agency.
The Vikings also need some help on the backend of their secondary. Finding a safety to plug in alongside Harrison Smith would help keep teams from racking up big plays in the passing game. Someone like Florida State’s LaMarcus Joyner, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor would all make sense.
Just because it will be difficult for Minnesota to address the quarterback position in the first round doesn’t mean they can’t find an upgrade at some point in the draft. Thanks to the Percy Harvin trade, Minnesota owns two third round picks which could be the best place to target a quarterback like LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Alabama’s AJ McCarron or Clemson’s Tajh Boyd.
Minnesota Vikings Mock:
1st Round- Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
2nd Round- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
3rd Round- Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
3rd Round- Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State