Although a majority of mock drafts had the Minnesota Vikings selecting one of the top three quarterbacks with their first pick in the 2014 draft, those who watch the team closely surmised that they would probably select a stud defensive player first, and then pick up a quarterback later on.
It turns out everybody was right.
New Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is a defense first guy, and Minnesota used its first pick of the Zimmer regime to select outside linebacker Anthony Barr out of UCLA. General manager Rick Spielman then traded back in to the first round for the second straight year and took high-profile quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville.
Those two join eight other draft picks and 15 undrafted free agents as the Vikings roster heads toward the summer with 90 players.
Here we'll take a look at where the most heated roster battles will be this offseason, both for starting positions and for spots on the final roster and the practice squad.
We'll rank the battles in order of importance based on how the results will impact the Vikings during the 2014 season. We'll consider the impact each player may have on the roster and who will be battling who for starting jobs and roster spots.