The Minnesota Vikings have the 8th overall pick in tonight's NFL Draft. I love this day. It's about hope, the future, and the team I love. While many suggest taking a quarterback like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortels, or Teddy Bridgewater would be a first-round mistake, but I'd like the excitement it would generate (and God knows we need one).

A look back at some of the Vikings' recent first round picks reveals a pretty impressive list:

  • Sharrif Floyd (2013)
  • Xavier Rhodes (2013)
  • Cordarrelle Patterson (2013)
  • Matt Kalil (2012)
  • Harrison Smith (2012)
  • Christian Ponder (2011)
  • Percy Harvin (2009)
  • Adrian Peterson (2007)
  • Chad Greenway (2006)

Tonight's first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft can be seen live on ESPN starting at 7:00 pm CT.