Minnesota Vikings' 7-Round Mock Draft Ahead of Free Agency

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Minnesota Vikings' 7-Round Mock Draft Ahead of Free Agency
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The latest mock draft from WalterFootball.com has the Minnesota Vikings drafting Lousiville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

NFL free agency starts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11, but don't expect the Minnesota Vikings to make a big splash by signing any big-name free agents. Their recent strategy has been to wait things out and not overpay while getting more involved beyond the top tier of free agents. Even though the Vikings have somewhere between $31 and $33 million in cap space, general manager Rick Spielman seems to prefer building through the draft. 

Right now the Vikings have eight picks in the 2014 NFL draft. In a Star Tribune story last month, Spielman indicated that he wants to increase that number to at least 10. They came very close to that over the last three years with a total of 29 draftees. 

The focus should be mainly on the defensive side of the ball—especially with how poorly the defense played last year. The team needs to find some help at almost every position on defense—defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker and cornerback. 

On offense, the biggest gap is at quarterback—one of the hardest positions to fill, which the Vikings know well. They may be a little hesitant to draft a quarterback early in the draft for fear of making a similar mistake as in 2011. That's when they reached by taking Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the first round.  

Here's my look at the Vikings' mock draft just before the free-agency feeding frenzy begins. 

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