2014 NFL Draft
The Minnesota Vikings have finalized contracts with 15 undrafted college free agents. The team announced Tuesday the following signings: Iowa guard Conor Boffeli, Mississippi tackle Pierce Burton, Northwestern wide receiver Kain Colter, Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox, Florida International defensive tackle Isame Faciane, Ohio wide receiver Donte Foster,
One simple statistic has essentially driven an entire offseason strategy for the Minnesota Vikings. After watching the Vikings allow more points than any other team in the NFL last year, general manager Rick Spielman engineered an exhaustive improvement project to improve his defense. “We’re going to create some great competition for our football team,” Spielman said on Saturday night after the conclusion of the NFL draft.
The Minnesota Vikings have taken Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum and Maine cornerback Kendall James in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Exum was taken with the 182nd pick obtained by the Vikings from Atlanta for the extra fifth-round selection they gained from Carolina earlier Saturday. James was taken with the 184th pick, their original selection.
The Chicago Bears selected Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey and traded up in the fourth round to pick Minnesota safety Brock Vereen on Saturday. Carey was chosen with the 17th pick of the fourth round, 117th overall, and Vereen was 131st.
The Minnesota Vikings have selected Stanford guard David Yankey in the fifth round of the NFL draft. Yankey was taken Saturday with the 145th pick. The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Yankey was a unanimous first team All-American left guard last season who played his junior year at left tackle.
The Vikings have addressed needs at quarterback, linebacker, defensive line and running back through the first two days of the draft. They enter the final day Saturday with four more picks and a glaring need for depth in the defensive backfield. The Vikings have two choices in the fifth round and one each in the sixth and seventh rounds.
The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their pass rush by picking Minnesota defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. Hageman, the fifth pick of the second round, joins a defense that ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and third-fewest in sacks.