Minnesota Vikings' Mock Draft: Instant Contributors to Be Had in Each Round

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Minnesota Vikings' Mock Draft: Instant Contributors to Be Had in Each Round
Patric Schneider

The big question for the Minnesota Vikings heading toward the 2014 NFL draft is whether or not one of the Big Three quarterbacks will still be on the board when they choose with the eighth overall pick in the first round.

Unfortunately for Minnesota, the best guess is that Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater will all be gone when No. 8 rolls around.

And while more and more mock drafts have the Vikings landing Manziel, there is no way that seven teams will pass up the chance to draft him, especially considering that arguably six of them could use a quarterback.

That thought may or may not have been the author putting a reverse jinx on Manziel's availability come the eighth pick. It's worth mentioning that over the last 20 years the two players that Minnesota most coveted in the draft were Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson, and no one ever thought they'd fall to the Vikings. 

Having said all of that, if your hope is that one of those three falls to Minnesota, you can come up with scenarios where that may happen.

Houston may see Jadeveon Clowney as too good to pass up. The Jaguars, Raiders and Buccaneers all have quarterbacks on hand who are good enough to start, so they may wait to draft a signal-caller.

The Vikings have given themselves plenty of options leading up to the draft. Signing free agents Linval Joseph and Captain Munnerlyn filled two gaping holes on the depth chart and affords Minnesota a lot of flexibility with its draft picks.

It's a very deep draft. Jarrett Bell of USA Today quotes several NFL general managers who call it the deepest draft they've seen. 

That bodes well for the Vikings, who still have plenty of roster spots to fill. Here is a look at some possibilities for every Minnesota pick. These players could make instant contributions.

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