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Final ESPN mock drafts have Vikings drafting for defense

Final ESPN mock drafts have Vikings drafting for defense

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The day NFL fans have been waiting for is finally here. Tonight is the first-round of the three-day NFL Draft, and it caps months of anticipation.

Projecting and speculating can be fun for a while, but many are ready to transition into talking and writing about what did happen rather than what might happen.

ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper published their final 2014 NFL mock drafts this morning (behind ESPN Insiders paywall). Both have the Vikings drafting for defense.

Vikings projected picks in various ESPN mock drafts:

Version

Todd McShay

Mel Kiper Jr.

1.0

LB Khalil Mack

QB Teddy Bridgewater

2.0

LB C.J. Mosley

QB Blake Bortles

3.0

CB Justin Gilbert

QB Johnny Manziel

4.0

QB Johnny Manziel

QB Blake Bortles

5.0

QB Blake Bortles

QB Blake Bortles

6.0

QB Blake Bortles

DT Aaron Donald

7.0

CB Justin Gilbert

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Here's a snippet of what each analyst wrote about the player. Here's a link to their complete draft boards.

Kiper:

No player in the entire draft has put together a better year to get to this point. Donald was the most dominant defensive lineman in college football, destroyed the competition at the Senior Bowl, and then tested remarkably well at the combine. The Vikings added Sharrif Floyd in last year's draft, but could still use another interior defender... Justin Gilbert could also be in play here.

Which is exactly who McShay chose for the Vikings.

McShay:

Blake Bortles could be the pick here, and maybe should be if you ask me, but the Vikings are desperate to add help on defense and Gilbert would fill a need at cornerback. It would not surprise me if the Vikings decide to trade down here and get their corner a few spots later.

Assuming no trade and no quarterback at No. 8, would either pick satisfy you, Vikings fans?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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