When the 2021 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night from Cleveland, the Vikings (and their fans) will likely have to wait around two hours before the 14th pick rolls around.
But when it is Minnesota's turn on the clock, many believe Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and his staff are set to be in a favorable scenario near the middle of the first round.
"It's a funny business, isn't it? Nobody really wants to pick high because that means your team was likely lousy the year before," said analyst Charles Davis, who works for CBS and NFL Network. "But what does every fan base want? To pick high! Because they want to get the players they want.
"Pick No. 14 feels a little like no man's land to a lot of fans," Davis added, "but I think the Vikings are in good shape."
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said: "The Vikings are going to have the pick of the litter at some of these positions, and they're in a really good spot."
Added CBS Sports draft expert Chris Trapasso: "Aligning with what the Vikings needs are, sitting at 14 is a really luxurious spot for them."
To start, there are five star quarterbacks (Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones) that have routinely been projected to go in the top 10 of the draft. Additionally, a trio of high-caliber receivers (LSU's Ja'Marr Chase and Alabama's Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith), Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell have all been projected as top-10 picks in most mock drafts.
(A note that these players are going in the top 10 in this exercise only. Other players could certainly be top-10 picks, and the above players could be there at No. 14, but more on that later).