2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Minnesota Vikings, No. 8

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2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Minnesota Vikings, No. 8

Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings 1st round draft picks Sharrif Floyd (76) and Cordarrelle Patterson (84) and Xavier Rhodes (29) sign autographs and pose for pictures with fan Shane Swanson at the 2013 1st round draft picks press conference at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Titan Sized collaborative 2014 NFL mock draft. Every weekday leading into the May draft, our team of writers will give their analysis and opinions on potential first-round draft prospects and their eventual whereabouts. Barring changes or conflicts, our schedule will go as follows:

Mar. 31 – Apr. 4: Picks 6-10
Apr. 7-11: Picks 11-15
Apr. 14-18: Picks 16-20
Apr. 21-25: Picks 21-25
Apr. 28 – May 2: Picks 26-30
May 5-6: Picks 31-32

Here’s a list of writers who’ll participate in our 2014 NFL mock draft project:

Editor: Joshua Huffman
Lead Columnist: Nicholas Pitakos
Contributor: Russell Griffin
Contributor: Matias Wodner
Contributor: Stoney Keeley
Contributor: Matt Ward
Contributor: William Oberst
Contributor: Scotty Bakalian

We’ve reached pick No. 8. This selection belongs to the Minnesota Vikings.

Will general manager Rick Spielman and first-year head coach Mike Zimmer find their franchise quarterback at No. 8? The Vikings find themselves in a similar situation to when they drafted Christian Ponder with pick No. 12 in the 2011 NFL Draft. Three quarterbacks were taken before Ponder. The Vikings either had to reach for somebody or put their hopes in a later-round choice. They reached for Ponder. Hindsight has shown that reaching for Andy Dalton or Colin Kaepernick may have been a better option.

There’s a good chance that at least two of the top four quarterbacks are taken before No. 8. Would they settle for any quarterback that falls to them or are they eyeing a specific player? Would Spielman and Zimmer risk their jobs on an unknown like Johnny Manziel? Or if a preferred quarterback isn’t available, does Zimmer focus on beefing up his defense with a 3-tech defensive tackle, linebacker, or some more cornerback depth behind recently added Captain Munnerlyn and Derek Cox?

It’s time to examine who the Vikings will select at No. 8.

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