ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. originally gave Minnesota a B – for their entire draft class once the selection process ended. However, after the regular season, he bumped the grade up to a B +. No doubt the play of Teddy and LB Anthony Barr played a huge role in the upgrade.
The success of the Vikings’ 2014 draft will ultimately lie with the futures of Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, both of whom the Vikings drafted to be foundational players for their future. Do both players have to turn into stars for the first-round picks to be worth it? Given where the Vikings selected Barr, that might be more important for him — and draft grades aside, there’s no more important task for the team than solving its quarterback issue.