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The Minnesota Vikings' win over the Philadelphia Eagles has dropped them to eighth in the draft.
That doesn't bode well, even in a quarterback-rich draft. There are five teams ahead of the Vikings that will most likely be looking to draft the next franchise quarterback—Houston, Jacksonville, Oakland, Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
If you believe the ranking of quarterbacks by Walter Football, the sixth-best quarterback prospect is Tajh Boyd from Clemson. That includes four underclassmen, including Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Brett Hundley.
Mariota has already stated he will return to Oregon next season, so that crosses at least one player off the list.
By the time you get that far down on the list, the prospects are projected to go in the second or third round—not a bad proposition when you consider Russell Wilson and Nick Foles were third-round picks in 2012, and Colin Kaepernick was a second-round pick in 2011.
According to Walter Football, Foles was projected as a second- or third-round pick, and Wilson was no better than a fourth-round pick.
One such quarterback the Vikings might be able to draft beyond the first round is Aaron Murray from Georgia. In each of his four seasons, Murray has passed for more than 3,000 yards. He has 121 touchdowns and 42 interceptions for the Bulldogs.
The downside, is that Murray tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game against Kentucky this season. According to CBS Sports, Murray hopes to be ready for Georgia's pro day, in order to show NFL's teams what he is capable of. His body of work speaks for itself—the greater concern is how good is his knee?
Perhaps the injury will push Murray down to the third or fourth round, allowing the Vikings to draft a quarterback with a large upside, and little risk.