Assigning Odds to Potential Minnesota Vikings 1st-Round Pick

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Assigning Odds to Potential Minnesota Vikings 1st-Round Pick
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Teddy Bridgewater (left) and Johnny Manziel are expected to be on Minnesota's radar on draft day.

So, in case you didn't know, there is this NFL draft coming up on May 8. 

It's kind of a big deal, especially if you're a Minnesota Vikings fan. 

With the Christian Ponder experiment having all but failed, the franchise again will seek to acquire its quarterback of the future.

And, given that the NFL is an offensive, quarterback-oriented league, it's more important than ever to have the right guy under center. 

But, then again, the Vikings have serious holes on the defensive side that could be addressed early in the draft. 

It's quite a conundrum: Draft a quarterback or improve the defense? It may be outside of Minnesota's control.

The early part of the draft, specifically Minnesota's lone first-round pick (No. 8), is the focus of this slideshow. 

Plenty of names have been linked with Minnesota, and we'll discuss some of them here. 

This slideshow features five players, listed in order of most favorable odds to become a Viking, who could wind up being called at No. 8. These aren't the only players who could be selected at No. 8 but the five that I wanted to discuss.

Each slide will assess what makes the player attractive to the Vikings, how likely it is he'll be available at No. 8 and the odds that the Vikings will likely end up with him. 

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