Mock draft updates: Bortles to the Vikings?

Author:
Updated:
Original:

If the 75/1 odds Las Vegas gave the Minnesota Vikings to win the Super Bowl next season is any indication of how far they need to go to once again be competitive, then this will be a very important offseason for the Vikings.

For perspective, the 75/1 odds is tied with the Bills and Raiders for the second worst chance to win a title in 2015. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars (100/1) had worse odds.

Those odds probably won't improve unless the Vikings find a franchise quarterback – something they have been void of for a long time, arguably going all the way back to the days of Fran Tarkenton. Finding the next franchise quarterback via free-agency doesn't seem likely. Michael Vick and Josh McCown, who combined to start 15 games last season, are the two biggest names expected to become available when free-agency opens March 11. McCown threw for 13 touchdowns and only one interception, but the 34-year-old is pondering retirement so he can be around his family more often, according to USA Today.

Nate Davis of USA Today released a brand new mock draft on Tuesday and it has Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles lands in the Vikings' lap with the eighth pick in the first-round. Davis writes that Bortles could "apprentice under veteran Matt Cassel and OC Norv Turner could be the long-term fix for an offense that has plenty of talent elsewhere."

What if Cassel is back with the Vikings next season? He has until Friday to void his contract. If he doesn't, the Vikings will have to decide to cut him or pay him a $500,000 roster bonus.

SB Nation's newest mock has Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley going to the Vikings. Bortles is going No. 1 to the Texans while other top quarterback prospects Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are picked in the top five.

Walter Football, as of a week ago, had Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr going to the Vikings.

The NFL Draft will be held May 8-11.

Yahoo! Sports created a list of the five biggest needs the Vikings must address this offseason: Quarterback, linebacker, cornerback, defensive line and a change-of-pace running back made the list.

Next Up

protest, Daunte Wright

LIVE UPDATES: Protesters, police clash in Brooklyn Center

Tracking Monday night's clashing between law enforcement and demonstrators.

Tim Gannon

Brooklyn Center recommends firing police chief and officer who shot Daunte Wright

The new acting city manager will make the decision on Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 8.54.21 PM

Cop who fatally shot Daunte Wright identified as Kim Potter

She is a 26-year veteran on the police force.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 6.36.53 PM

Chauvin trial: Cardiologist among witnesses as prosecution draws to close

Judge Peter Cahill also rejected the defense's motion to sequester the jury on Monday following a fatal police shooting in Brooklyn Center.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 8.27.03 AM

Medical examiner: Wright died of gunshot wound to the chest

The 20-year-old was killed by a police officer on Sunday, April 11.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 5.44.29 PM

Brooklyn Center fires city manager following Daunte Wright killing

The mayor has taken swift action after being granted extra powers by the city council on Monday.

Brooklyn Center unrest

National Guard presence in Twin Cities to double; 25-30 arrested on Sunday

Gov. Tim Walz said it's 'devastating and heartbreaking that we're here once again' following the killing of Daunte Wright.

Tim Gannon

Brooklyn Center police chief: 'Once we got pelted, we responded in kind'

The police presence will be enhanced Monday and beyond.

Screen Shot 2021-04-12 at 12.05.47 PM

Chief: Officer who killed Daunte Wright meant to use Taser, pulled gun by mistake

Chief Tim Gannon provided the update as Brooklyn Center PD released bodycam footage of Daunte Wright's death.

Related