The Minnesota Vikings made a couple moves across the board in the opening round of the 2014 NFL draft.
They would trade their eighth round pick with the Cleveland Browns for the ninth, and a fifth round selection. New head coach Mike Zimmer's first pick at the helm would be offensive linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr started all 13 games at right offensive linebacker in 2013 and registered 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks with a pass breakup and five forced fumbles. Won the Lott IMPACT award and was a finalist for the Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards.
The Vikings weren't done for the night though as they made a last minute move, actually the very last move of the night as they traded their second round pick for the final pick of the first round. The move was fulfilled with the selection of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The 6'2" 214 lb dual threat quarterback became the first true freshman to start at QB for Louisville since Stu Stram in 1976.
Anthony Barr was born in South Bend, Ind., and raised in a Notre Dame family: His father, Tony Brooks, played fullback at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 1992 draft; uncle, Reggie Brooks, played running back at ND, was fifth in the 1992 Heisman voting and played 41 games with the Redskins and Buccaneers (1993-96); and uncle Cedric Figaro played linebacker for the Irish as well as 98 games for the Chargers, Colts, Browns and Rams (1988-92, 1995-96).
Highly recruited, he spurned Notre Dame, not wanting to play receiver, and signed with UCLA and then-head coach Rick Neuheisel in order to play running back and remain close to home. As a true freshman in 2010, rushed six times for 29 yards and no touchdowns with nine receptions for 66 yards and no touchdowns in 12 games.
Bridgewater produced a stellar campaign in '13, tossing 303-427-3,970-31-4 (71.0) in 13 starts. He earned his sports administration degree in three years and graduated in December. He scored six career rushing touchdowns and had a 27-8 record in 35 games as a starter in offensive coordinator Shawn Watson's college-tailored, pro-style, West Coast offense.
Information compiled from Minnesota Vikings release.