5 Quarterbacks the Minnesota Vikings Must Target in 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Quarterbacks the Minnesota Vikings Must Target in 2014 NFL Draft
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings may be one of the most intriguing teams in the NFL this season, despite a 1-5 record and a defense that has had a difficult time keeping warm bodies on the field.

The three-ring circus that has developed at the quarterback position has caused many fans to shake their head and question whether the front office in Minnesota are in on some sick inside joke.

Let's recap.

After an 0-3 start to the season led by Christian Ponder behind center, a mysterious rib injury caused the third-year quarterback to be sidelined with backup Matt Cassel taking the reigns, as the team headed to Wembley Stadium in London.

Cassel played a relatively error-free game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a winning effort, seemingly supplanting him ahead of Ponder on the depth chart for the foreseeable future—injury or not.

And if a quarterback battle between two players wasn't enough to increase the drama level in Minnesota, general manager Rick Spielman pulled another surprise from his bag of tricks by signing Josh Freeman prior to the team's Week 6 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Despite Cassel's positive display in his first start of the season, a 35-10 drubbing by the Panthers paved the way for Freeman to get the nod against the New York Giants the following week on Monday Night Football.

To say that Freeman was unprepared in his opening performance with the Vikings would be an understatement, as the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer went 20-of-53 for 190 yards and one interception. Only one other time in NFL history has a quarterback thrown for fewer than 200 yards with at least 50 attempts and no touchdowns.

However, that complete disaster did not seem to faze head coach Leslie Frazier, as early reports indicated that Freeman would remain the starter heading into Sunday Night against the Green Bay Packers.

Well, that of course was before Freeman reported concussion-like symptoms on Tuesday, leading Frazier to name Ponder back as the likely starter.

If your head is spinning, you're not alone. An appropriate question to ask is where do the Vikings go from here, especially looking ahead to the 2014 season, considering any playoff hopes for this squad are in the rear-view mirror.

Unless something drastically changes for the Vikings this season, the team must look at drafting another quarterback in the upcoming draft. At some point, Spielman needs to admit the errors of his ways and start over at the most important position in football.

These are five signal-callers that could fit very well in Minnesota, something that has been a problem for the Vikings over the past decade. 

Prospects were determined by a projected No. 4 draft position, based on current winning percentage.

Statistics courtesy of ESPN, unless otherwise noted.

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