Quarterback—that's where Minnesota's draft prep should start and end.
Christian Ponder hasn't panned out like a No. 12 overall pick should, Josh Freeman is a disaster, and Matt Cassel doesn't appear to be a long-term solution at the quarterback position.
But don't get your hopes up on Teddy Bridgewater. The Louisville product is projected as the No. 1 overall pick, meaning the Vikings would need to trade up in the draft in order to acquire his services.
With the number of high-quality quarterbacks expected to be available, don't look for the Vikings to trade up from their No. 8 pick, though. The purpose of this slideshow is to lay a foundation of eight players the Vikings should be considering with their No. 8 pick (we're only looking at the first-round pick in this slideshow).
The following eight players are on this list because they can fill a need for the Vikings and have a good chance of being available when the Vikings are on the clock.
Please speak up on who you'd want the Vikings to take at No. 8 in the comments section.