The Minnesota Vikings may not take a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In fact, they might even add to an arguable strength. Per SI.com, Minnesota may opt for a stud defensive player with the eight overall pick, with their sights set on a defensive tackle that can help clog up the running lanes.
Per SI’s Peter King, the Vikings don’t want to reach for a quarterback early, and think they can get a guy they like in round two. If they’re confident, that should shift their focus to the defensive line, where they have little beyond second-year big man Sharrif Floyd. While Floyd was an elite talent going into last year’s draft, he lacks experience and polish, while new head coach and defensive guru has been rumored to want more talent on the inside.
Minnesota’s interest in a run-stuffer could prompt them to draft Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald, who is undersized for the position but otherwise offers loads of ability as a pass rusher and run defender up the middle.
With Donald in place, the Vikings would have a deep interior for the defensive line, and one that could potentially be lethal for years to comes if the new coaching staff warms up to the talented Floyd.
Minnesota would then likely look to draft a big-armed passer with their first pick in round two, as new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s vertical system will command a quarterback that looks to go down the field and possesses above average arm strength. With quarterbacks supposedly slipping out of the top half of the first round, Minnesota has a great chance of getting a guy they like, with Zach Mettenberger, Derek Carr and Blake Bortles all fitting their system and potentially being available in the early second round.