A lot has happened in the 2014 NFL Draft, but there’s a long way to go. With the second and third rounds set for Friday night, here are five burning questions that remain for the Vikings in this year’s draft.
1. Will the Vikings Trade Up Into the 2nd Round?
The Vikings upgraded their second-round pick (No. 40) and sent Seattle their fourth-round selection in the deal that netted them quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32, leaving them with no selections in the second round or fourth round and still two in the third. The Vikings could stand their ground and take two players in the third on Friday night and two in the fifth on Saturday afternoon, or they could package of a combination of third- and fifth-rounders to move back into the second round.
2. Will the Vikings Select a Running Back on Friday?
Obviously the Vikings are set at running back with Adrian Peterson, but when you have the best running back in the NFL it does make sense to have a quality backup and/or a complementary back to use in the passing game. Currently on the roster are Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard, capable of winning spots on the 53-man roster. But no running backs were taken in the first round, which has pushed many talented ball-carriers down the board. Will the Vikings take one of them on Friday?
3. Do Any Available Cornerbacks, Safeties Appeal?
The Vikings hit on safety Harrison Smith in 2012 and cornerback Xavier Rhodes last year, and then they signed veteran Captain Munnerlyn in free agency this year. From that standpoint, the talent level in the secondary has been on the rise, but there is still room to grow. A total of nine cornerbacks and safeties went in the first round, but plenty of worthy ones remain on the board heading into the second and third rounds.
4. When Will the Vikings Fortify the Front Lines?
The Vikings have been busy this offseason strengthening the defensive and offensive lines. Defensive end Everson Griffen and defensive tackle Fred Evans were re-signed, and defensive end Corey Wootton and defensive tackles Tom Johnson and Linval Joseph were signed in free agency. On the offensive line, the Vikings brought back both Joe Berger and Charlie Johnson from last year’s group, and they signed guard Vladimir Ducasse in free agency, as well. But will the Vikings look to the draft to add more bodies for competition and depth? Only three defensive ends and one defensive tackle went in the first round, and there were no offensive guards or centers among the first 32 selections.
5. Are the Vikings Targeting Another Tight End?
The Vikings are set at tight end with Kyle Rudolph as the main pass-catcher, Chase Ford as his backup and Rhett Ellison in a do-anything type of role. But who’s to say the teams couldn’t use another tight end to complement Rudolph and challenge Ford? Only one tight end was drafted in the first round, meaning there are a handful (or more) still on the board who are worthy of being selected.