The 2014 NFL Draft is just days away and fans are getting nervous about who their favorite team will be taking in the first round. The Minnesota Vikings are one of those teams where fans have to wonder if the organization will make the right moves especially early on. Former Minnesota defensive end Chris Doleman has already come out saying that general manager Rick Spielman “better get it right this time” in regards to the team’s quarterback situation.
It is obvious that the Vikings need to get a young quarterback in this year’s draft and Doleman does have a point after the failures of Christian Ponder but unless the team is planning to move back some to get that quarterback, there probably should be other plans for the No. 8 overall pick. There are going to be too many solid defensive players that can help out that a quarterback is something that should be taken care of in the second round or via a trade to get back into the first round. It is apparent that Doleman isn’t a fan of Johnny Manziel so that’s not a good option in his opinion.
Experts have fallen in love with Blake Bortles and he is the best quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. The problem is that the team misfired on Ponder and could be resistant to taking another quarterback that high. The suggestion for Minnesota management would be getting a cornerback with the team’s first pick and then trading back into the first round if the right quarterback slides that far. It won’t be Bortles probably since so many teams at the top of the draft need QB help.
That leaves names like Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr likely there later in the first round. Is it worth moving up for one of those two if the Vikings wanted to trade their second and fifth-round picks to get back into the first round? That is the question that Spielman needs to answer. The fans are going to put pressure on to get a quarterback in the first round and obviously Doleman thinks the team should do that. The moves that the Vikings make over the next few days will have a major impact on not just this year but future seasons as well with the NFC North becoming tougher by the day.