Minnesota Vikings: Breaking Down the Best Options with the 8th Pick in the Draft

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Minnesota Vikings: Breaking Down the Best Options with the 8th Pick in the Draft
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The Minnesota Vikings are facing a big decision—what to do with the eighth pick in the upcoming NFL draft—and no matter which direction they go it will be wrong.  Regardless of the player they choose, someone, somewhere will present an argument that they made the wrong pick. If they draft a quarterback, they will be accused of reaching for the sake of drafting a quarterback. If they take the best player available, and select a different position, there will be criticism about passing up a potential franchise signal caller. 

Looking back at the quarterback-prospect ranking from Walter Football for 2011, Ponder was projected as a late-first, or second-round pick. If the top quarterbacks are off the draft board when the Vikings pick, and they address another position, there will be plenty of criticism for a team in desperate need of a quarterback. 

So who's the best option for the Vikings? 

I looked at 50 mock drafts from the Walter Football mock draft database. There were four different players predicted as the top pick in the draft for the Houston Texans—Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater topped the list 25 times. The other three players are South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. 

Predicting the NFL draft is not an exact science, there is no magic formula that can be used to determine the best fit for each team. This is evident by the discontinuity with who is the predicted top pick in the draft. With the lack of consensus at the top spot, who the Vikings might draft is even harder to predict. The seven teams ahead of them will have plenty of influence on who the Vikings select.

Here's a breakdown of the top-seven players predicted to be selected by the Vikings from these 50 mock drafts. 

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