The 2014 NFL draft was pushed back two weeks from its customary time slot near the end of April. It's doubtful that this delay will have much of an impact on the draft itself, but there's no arguing its impact on sports talk radio and on sports websites.
If you're an NFL draft fan, by now you've not only read the speculation of most every legitimate prognosticator, but you've probably caught yourself perusing mock drafts put out by your dentist and the kid who bags your groceries.
Until names start actually being announced by commissioner Roger Goodell, nobody really knows how things will unfold come May 8. And let's face it, while some of the guesses you read are more learned than others, the truth is best they're just educated guesses
But that doesn't stop you from reading them, does it?
Of course it doesn't and that's part of the fun of the NFL draft. The promise of a big name, the promise of better days ahead for your favorite team. It's hard to quench that thirst in NFL fans, and the run-up to the 2014 draft is one of the most intriguing in history.
It's a deep draft, but as mentioned by Rob Rang at NFLDraftScout.com, it's not a draft that has a sure thing at the most important position, quarterback. And there's a lot of quarterback-needy teams choosing at the top of the draft.
Therein lies much of the intrigue with the 2014 draft. Who's willing to take a chance on a quarterback when there are so many other good players to choose from?
While we won't find out for sure until May 8, let's take a look at a Minnesota Vikings mock draft roundup from a group of well-known draft analysts.
We'll give our thoughts on each pick as well.