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Vikings hold slim odds for first overall NFL Draft pick

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under NFL draft Updated: December 10, 2013 - 1:04 PM

The Vikings jumped back into the top five with their loss to the Ravens, but their odds at the top overall keep continue to decrease.

They have a 3.1 percent chance of landing the top overall selection, down from 4.3 last week, according to Football Outsiders.

The Texans have by far the best odds to grab the top pick at 66.5 percent. They've lost 11 straight. The Redskins are second with 14.9 percent, which the pick will be sent to the Rams. The Falcons are third with a 10.8 percent chance at the top pick at the moment.

The Vikings have the fifth best chance at a top three pick at the moment at 34.3 percent. With Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota returning to school, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely be the only quarterback taken within the top five picks. Out of the three teams ahead of the Vikings at the moment, the Texans have a huge need at quarterback.

ESPN's Scouts Inc. has Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles ranked 14th and the second best quarterback prospect, followed by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at 20th. 

Only five months till the NFL Draft...

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