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The good news for the Vikings is that they don't need a quarterback. They do, however, need sizable help elsewhere. Which route will they take with their first round pick in the 2015 Battle Red Blog Mock Draft?

Bet you thought I was going to use a Teddy Bridgewater picture here.
Bet you thought I was going to use a Teddy Bridgewater picture here.
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With the specter of Adrian Peterson hanging over everything he does, Puma028 makes the Vikings' first round pick in the 2015 Battle Red Blog Mock Draft.

With the 11th pick in the 2015 BRB Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select DeVante Parker (WR--Louisville).

This pick has the potential to go so many different directions. The Vikings could use upgrades at LB, OL, WR, and RB, especially with the uncertainty around Adrian Peterson. The defense will work itself out, as that is Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s forte. He is off to a great start in that department, as he has taken the Vikings from 31st in yards allowed and giving up 30 points per game in 2013 to 14th and giving up only 19.2 ppg this past season.  If the real Vikings look to defense, someone like Trae Waynes would fill a huge need, especially in a division known for passing offenses.

The real issue for Minnesota is the offense. Scoring only 20.3 points per game is rough on its own, but coupled with the fact that they share a division with the Packers and Lions makes points that much more valuable. A workhorse back such as Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon would make a lot of sense, but this is a decent draft for running backs, so I’d look at the likes of Duke Johnson or Ameer Abdullah in the 2nd round.

For the sake of 2015, we’re going receiver. There are several lights out candidates in this draft and the one we’re taking is DeVante Parker from Teddy Bridgewater’s alma mater, Louisville. There is something to be said for a good rapport between QB and WR, and after playing together for 3 seasons and connecting over 100 times for almost 2,000 yards, it is safe to say that Bridgewater and Parker know each other very well.

The Vikings brought in Mike Wallace and are hoping that Cordarrelle Patterson can bounce back from a subpar sophomore season, but there is no denying that a receiver who caught 43 passes for 855 yards and 5 touchdowns in only 6 games will find a place on the field. Figuring that Parker has great size at 6’3", 209 lbs, legit mid-4.4 speed, a 36.5" vertical, and toughness to spare, he has the look and makeup of a surefire #1 receiver and the potential to be something more. With the passing attack that this pick could give the Vikings, a running game that won’t have to rely on AP if they draft RB wisely this year (see above), focusing on taking a good OL in the middle rounds (think Tre Jackson, Cedric Ogbuehi, or Rob Havenstein) and Mike Zimmer doing Zimmerly things on defense, the Minnesota Vikings have the potential to be very good for a very long time.

I can think of one person who would applaud this move. His name is Teddy Bridgewater.  Okay, two people.  Brett Kollmann has gone on record with his love of Parker. Maybe three people, if you like the pick. Alright, four, I guess, because I dig the selection. I'm not good at math.

How things have gone so far:

Team
Reader
Player Drafted
Pos
School
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers hlc1221 Jameis Winston QB FSU
2. Cleveland Browns (From Tennessee) Caprock High Football Leonard Williams DE/DT USC
3. Jacksonville Jaguars AFBuzz Vic Beasely OLB Clemson
4. Oakland Raiders HTown5 Amari Cooper WR Alabama
5. Washington Redskins BriceMcCainHOF Randy Gregory DE/LB Nebraska
6. New York Jets WotanTX Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
7. Chicago Bears DaJarBot Dante Fowler, Jr. OLB Florida
8. Atlanta Falcons grandmasteroz Alvin Dupree DE/OLB Kentucky
9. New York Giants Coolbreeze3 Danny Shelton DT Washington
10. St. Louis Rams El Torito Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
11 Minnesota Vikings Puma028 DeVante Parker WR Louisville
12. Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland) Huggy The Bear
13. New Orleans Saints UTBawse23
14. Miami Dolphins Bleyd
15. San Francisco 49ers fredy05
16. Houston Texans BRB Masthead
17. San Diego Chargers traviscogg
18. Kansas City Chiefs Zach_The_Gamecock
19.Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland via Buffalo) Huggy The Bear
20. Philadelphia Eagles gm.in.waiting
21. Cincinnati Bengals Free Range
22. Pittsburgh Steelers bigralph
23. Detroit Lions BostonianToro
24. Arizona Cardinals bt20
25. Carolina Panthers TexanStro
26. Baltimore Ravens Three and Out
27. Dallas Cowboys Roll.Texans.Roll
28. Denver Broncos BNew417
29. Indianapolis Colts Schaubshank Redemption
30. Green Bay Packers FeedEmToTheWolves8099
31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle) UTBawse23
32. New England Patriots MD.Texan

The Titans, via Huggy The Bear, are now on the clock. Or they would be, if they hadn't already turned in the pick. Check back late this afternoon to see who the Titans--remember, Tennessee traded back from the second overall pick in this mock draft--decided to fake add to their real roster.

TIMING FOR SUBMITTING REMAINING PICKS:

Team
Reader
Pick Due By...
12. Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland) Huggy The Bear 4/11 @Noon
13. New Orleans Saints UTBawse23 4/11 @7 p.m.
14. Miami Dolphins Bleyd 4/12 @Noon
15. San Francisco 49ers fredy05 4/12 @7 p.m.
16. Houston Texans BRB Masthead 4/13 @Noon
17. San Diego Chargers traviscogg 4/13 @7 p.m.
18. Kansas City Chiefs Zach_The_Gamecock 4/14 @Noon
19.Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland via Buffalo) Huggy The Bear 4/14 @7 p.m.
20. Philadelphia Eagles gm.in.waiting 4/15 @Noon
21. Cincinnati Bengals Free Range 4/15 @7 p.m.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers bigralph 4/16 @Noon
23. Detroit Lions BostonianToro 4/16 @7 p.m.
24. Arizona Cardinals bt20 4/17 @Noon
25. Carolina Panthers TexanStro 4/17 @7 p.m.
26. Baltimore Ravens Three and Out 4/18 @Noon
27. Dallas Cowboys Roll.Texans.Roll 4/18 @7 p.m.
28. Denver Broncos BNew417 4/19 @Noon
29. Indianapolis Colts Schaubshank Redemption 4/19 @7 p.m.
30. Green Bay Packers FeedEmToTheWolves8099 4/20 @Noon
31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle) UTBawse23 4/20 @7 p.m.
32. New England Patriots MD.Texan 4/21 @Noon