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Vikings mock draft watch: QB the popular first-round pick

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: January 16, 2014 - 1:02 PM

The Vikings have a head coach in Mike Zimmer. They seem to be moving closer to an offensive and defensive coordinators in Norv Turner and George Edwards.

As for the quarterback situation, they’ll have a few months to figure that out. The popular solution seems to be selecting one with the eighth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to some of the latest mock drafts.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper has the Vikings selecting Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with their first round pick. Some have Bridgewater as the top overall pick, but Kiper isn’t sold on if he can start immediately for a franchise. Apparently, some teams don’t think he’s even a first round talent

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Vikings selecting UCF quarterback Blake Bortles in his mock draft, while CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler thinks Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.

CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang is the only one that doesn’t have the Vikings picking a quarterback. He has UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr drafted by the Vikings.

Of course, it’s only January. These mock drafts will change weekly leading up to the draft in May.

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Tampa 0 Bottom 5th Inning
Philadelphia 2
LA Clippers 50 3rd Qtr 7:48
Chicago 54
Cleveland 2:30 PM
Houston
Golden State 5:00 PM
Boston
Philadelphia 5:00 PM
Indiana
Portland 5:00 PM
Sacramento
Charlotte 5:00 PM
Orlando
Oklahoma City 5:30 PM
LA Lakers
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Denver
Los Angeles 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Tampa Bay 4:00 PM
Florida
Columbus 4:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Toronto 6:00 PM
Washington
Anaheim 7:00 PM
Dallas
St. Louis 8:30 PM
Vancouver
SMU 10 1st Half 10:14
Connecticut 16
Quinnipiac 18 1st Half 8:50
Manhattan 17
Fairfield 11 1st Half 10:28
Niagara 14
Marist 11 1st Half 8:56
Rider 7
Iona 23 1st Half 7:31
Saint Peters 23
Oregon State 2:00 PM
California
South Florida 2:00 PM
Houston
Marquette 2:30 PM
Providence
Michigan State 3:00 PM
Wisconsin
Siena 3:30 PM
Monmouth
Pittsburgh 5:30 PM
Wake Forest
Oregon 6:00 PM
Stanford
Purdue 6:30 PM
Ohio State
Arizona State 7:30 PM
Colorado
Washington St 8:30 PM
UCLA
Georgetown 66 FINAL
Providence 81
Binghamton 43 2nd Half 9:23
UMBC 48
Elon 52 2nd Half 10:40
Hofstra 29
Virginia Tech 43 2nd Half 7:11
Boston College 40
(8) Louisville 47 2nd Half 8:19
Virginia 47
Texas 46 2nd Half 10:40
West Virginia 38
Creighton 42 2nd Half 8:15
Villanova 43
Seton Hall 67 2nd Half 2:00
Butler 72
UNC-Wilmington 48 2nd Half 12:00
Coll of Charleston 39
(5) Maryland 56 2nd Half 7:21
(25) Northwestern 39
Saint Josephs 51 2nd Half 5:48
La Salle 43
Louisiana Tech 29 2nd Half 13:00
TX-San Antonio 39
Rhode Island 15 1st Half 9:21
Massachusetts 16
Richmond 8 1st Half 11:33
VA Commonwealth 13
Davidson 10 1st Half 10:10
Fordham 19
St Bonaventure 18 1st Half 6:34
Duquesne 18
George Mason 3 1st Half 10:10
(22) George Washington 26
Indiana 13 1st Half 10:37
(20) Rutgers 17
(12) Texas A&M 10 1st Half 13:28
LSU 13
Ole Miss 9 1st Half 9:40
(11) Miss State 11
Clemson 15 1st Half 7:43
Pittsburgh 7
Maine 15 1st Half 8:42
New Hampshire 13
Vermont 13 1st Half 6:46
Albany 24
Quinnipiac 12 1st Half 9:44
Monmouth 11
Saint Peters 16 1st Half 8:18
Siena 14
(4) Notre Dame 19 1st Half 10:31
NC State 12
Wisconsin 16 1st Half 9:46
Penn State 12
Stony Brook 9 1st Half 11:24
Hartford 10
Northeastern 18 1st Half 8:05
William & Mary 22
St Johns 11 1st Half 10:06
Xavier 7
James Madison 18 1st Half 7:14
Delaware 24
Towson 2:00 PM
Drexel
Illinois State 2:00 PM
Bradley
Southern Ill 2:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Northern Iowa 2:00 PM
Wichita State
Minnesota 2:00 PM
(17) Iowa
(15) North Carolina 2:00 PM
(16) Duke
Alabama 2:00 PM
Auburn
(9) Florida State 2:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Arkansas 2:00 PM
Missouri
Georgia 2:00 PM
Florida
Dayton 2:00 PM
Saint Louis
Drake 2:05 PM
Missouri State
Colorado 3:00 PM
(10) Arizona State
(19) Stanford 3:00 PM
Oregon
Marquette 3:00 PM
DePaul
Southern Miss 3:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Vanderbilt 4:00 PM
(6) Tennessee
(2) South Carolina 4:00 PM
(13) Kentucky
Utah 4:00 PM
Arizona
Ohio State 4:00 PM
Nebraska

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