Most people expect the Minnesota Vikings to wait until the second or third round to take a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, but there’s still a slight chance that the Vikings complete the smokescreen and draft a quarterback today with the eighth overall pick. Heck, the Vikings could even take a QB lower than eight after securing some picks, since they have shown interest in trading down this year. That said, a trade down would make more sense if the Vikings aren’t interested in drafting a quarterback in the first round, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what Rick Spielman wants to do. Some say the Vikings are targeting Zach Mettenberger, others say Jimmy Garoppolo or Tom Savage, and others say they will pounce on a top QB like Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles at No. 8.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Johnny Manziel is still an option for the Vikings with the eighth overall pick, and the sweetspot for Manziel in this year’s draft seems to be from 3-13. ESPN’s Adam Schefter named the Vikings as a potential suitor for Manziel, so that combined with Rapoport’s report means that this is definitely still something at least worth watching for. I think the Vikings shouldn’t pass up on Bridgewater if he’s there, but it’s obviously all about who the Vikings “guy” is and weighing the value of where they could get that QB this year.
Anyway, Rapoport adds that the Vikings owners are “flying in for a late, pre-draft meeting”, and that’s where they will make their final decision. The Manziel rumors have been flying, sucking in the likes of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, and even the New York Giants in the process.