MOCK DRAFT: QB,s likely go high, who will the Vikes take?

Four quarterbacks are certain to go in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, all of them early. 

Five might be off the board midway through the top 32 picks. And, who knows given the desperation pro teams are displaying about finding that franchise QB, we could see six of them go on opening night. 

Barring trades - and there will be a few of them - here's one attempt at a mock draft. 

1. ClevelandOnce more, the Browns try to find their long-term guy at the key offensive position. There are plenty of positives and enough negatives about the top four quarterbacks to make this a crapshoot. We'll roll with the QB with the most upside ... 

JOSH ALLEN, QB, WYOMING 

2. New York GiantsDespite the screams from Big Blue fans to find the replacement for Eli Manning, the Giants believe he has two or three very good years left. So do we. Helping Manning recapture the glory will be the highest-rated player in the entire draft. 

SAQUON BARKLEY, RB, PENN STATE 

3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis) They traded to this spot with one express purpose: finding the next Joe Namath. Or a reasonable facsimile. 

SAM DARNOLD, QB, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 

4. Cleveland (from Houston)The Browns took a stud defensive end last year at the top in Myles Garrett. They get to bookend him with this crop's top defensive player. 

BRADLEY CHUBB, DE, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 

5. Denver Many teams will call the Broncos when they see that two of the hyped quarterbacks remain. John Elway will listen, then will grab what he hopes will be the next, well, John Elway. 

BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, OKLAHOMA 

6. Indianapolis (from N.Y. Jets) If they don't trade again - and if they're convinced Andrew Luck will, indeed, return to Pro Bowl form - the Colts have lots of options here. They also have tons of needs. 

QUENTON NELSON, G, NOTRE DAME 

7. Tampa Bay 

Nelson would have been on the Bucs' radar, but no other blocker rates in the top 10, so they turn to filling a hole on defense with ... 

DENZEL WARD, CB, OHIO STATE 

8. Chicago Certainly not in the quarterback derby after their bold move for Mitchell Trubisky a year ago, the Bears can go many ways here. The most help for them to go up in the NFC North is ... 

TREMAINE EDMUNDS, LB, VIRGINIA TECH 

9. San Francisco With Jimmy G in the fold for years (and multi-millions), the rapidly rebuilding and improving 49ers get a stud on the defensive side reminiscent of Patrick Willis. 

ROQUAN SMITH, LB, GEORGIA 

10. Oakland Predicting what Jon Gruden ever will do - such as leaving the comfort of the broadcast booth for the Black Hole - is foolhardy. Then again, what is a mock draft? 

MINKAH FITZPATRICK, S, ALABAMA 

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