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Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft: Fresh 7-Round Predictions Post-Week 1 Free Agency
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Khalil Mack was a force on defense for Buffalo, starting all 13 games at linebacker in 2013.

The Minnesota Vikings have been busy during the first week of free agency, addressing several positions on both offense and defense. With an overhauled coaching staff, general manager Rick Spielman has worked together closely with new head coach Mike Zimmer on the players that will best fit his vision for the future.

Specifically on defense, the Vikings made some aggressive moves in the external market, adding nose tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to help bolster a squad that finished 31st in total defense last season.

Minnesota also re-signed promising defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year deal, spelling the end of the road for Jared Allen. With Brian Robison signing a contract extension last year and Sharrif Floyd now entering his second season, the starting defensive line appears to have solidified. 

On offense, the signing of veteran quarterback Matt Cassel helps to temporarily stabilize the signal-caller position, but it does little to change the strategy heading into the 2014 NFL draft. The Vikings are still in desperate need of a franchise quarterback with plenty of talent to choose from in a relatively deep class.

Given the new look of the club after some holes have been filled and other players have walked away, let's run through what effect that could have for Minnesota heading into the draft.


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