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NFL Mock Draft 2014: Minnesota Vikings Select Justin Gilbert

With the eighth overall pick in the 2014 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Minnesota Vikings (represented by JackMarzullo) select...

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Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

With all three of the top QBs off the board and the top two OLBs out as well, the Vikings are in a bit of a conundrum since those are their top two needs as we draw closer to the draft. In my opinion, this leaves the franchise to select the biggest playmaker still on the board. Whether the Vikings plan on looking to trade up back into the first round to draft Derek Carr or staying put in the 2nd round and getting ole Zach Mettenberger, the Vikings should look to address their defense in the first round. While Khalil Mack probably is the top rated defensive prospect on their board, he will most likely be gone. With that said, the Vikings should look to improve their paltry secondary. Despite grabbing Xavier Rhodes last year in the first, I believe the Vikings should go that direction again to further strengthen the unit in general. The pass defense of the team was abysmal. They ranked 31st in yards allowed and 29th in QBR against. Long story short, this team needs a secondary player.

The team struck gold with Xavier Rhodes, as he proved a very reliable option on the outside. He will surely have a bright future. But across from him, there are huge concerns. The other CB in Minny, Chris Cook, has been a complete bust and hasn't even recorded an interception since his arrival 4 years ago.

I believe CB is the way to go, and Justin Gilbert has all the tools and measurables to be a lock down corner in the league today. By using his lightning speed and his uncanny coverage skills, Gilbert is currently rated as the top DB in this draft class.

The Vikings need one more DB to form a very young, formidable secondary along with Rhodes and SS Harrison Smith. I believe Gilbert can be that guy who can upstart this defense and begin it's retooling process.


Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Tee Word 30%
2 St. Louis Rams DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina Kevin Sean Held 57%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M Alex Swift 59%
4 Cleveland Browns WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson Shadow Flash 80%
5 Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo Khannar 71%
6 Atlanta Falcons OT Greg Robinson - Auburn Dave Choate
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blake Bortles - UCF russty
8 Minnesota Vikings CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St. JackMarzullo
9 Buffalo Bills
10 Detroit Lions
Monkey Poop Battle
11 Tennessee Titans
12 NY Giants
13 St. Louis Rams
14 Chicago Bears
15 Pittsburgh Steelers
16 Dallas Cowboys
Ryan Edwards
17 Baltimore Ravens
Tee Word
18 NY Jets
Monkey Poop Battle
19 Miami Dolphins
20 Arizona Cardinals
Alex Swift
21 Green Bay Packers
22 Philadelphia Eagles
23 Kansas City Chiefs
24 Cincinnati Bengals
25 San Diego Chargers
26 Cleveland Browns
Shadow Flash
27 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
28 Carolina Panthers
Ryan Edwards
29 New England Patriots
Shadow Flash
30 San Francisco 49ers
31 Denver Broncos
32 Seattle Seahawks