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Vikings expect seven quarterbacks in first 42 picks

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The Minnesota Vikings think a run on quarterbacks is coming tonight and tomorrow night.

According to ESPN, the Vikings’ brain trust has conducted 15 different two-round mock drafts, trying to consider every possibility for how the draft could go. And to the extent that they can accurately determine how other teams will act, the Vikings think they’ve figured out that seven quarterbacks will go off the board before their own second-round pick, which is No. 43 overall.

Presumably, the seven the Vikings are expecting to go in the Top 42 are Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett and Colin Kaepernick.

Thinking all the top quarterbacks will be gone before their second-round pick might lead the Vikings to draft a quarterback in the first round, and some of the latest mock drafts have the Vikings using their first-round pick, No. 12 overall, on Andy Dalton.

However, the Vikings insist that they won’t reach for a quarterback just because they’re expecting other teams to draft quarterbacks. So if they take Dalton at 12, that means they think Dalton is a good value at 12.

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  1. madesian says: Apr 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    they better draft a QB in the first. any chance they trade up for Gabbert?

  2. fground says: Apr 28, 2011 4:17 PM

    It’s amazing how much group think seems to take over the NFL draft. All the GMs spew the “we will take the best player available” line, but almost all of them fall back on making a pick that fits with consensus.

    This draft should be a field day for the smarter draft managers like NE, GB and Pitts, because group think will lead to some very stupid decisions by the lesser management teams.

  3. JimmySmith says: Apr 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    The only guarantee is that whoever the Viking’s pick, either at #12 or #43, the guy will end up being a bust.

    They have 50 years of franchise history to prove that point. Their best years recently were with other team’s castoffs, BrINT in 2009 and Cunningham in 1998.

    The only other guarantee is that whoever they pick, the Viking fans will instantly declare their GM a drafting genius and predict a Superbowl victory this year. Alas, there is the same 50 year history to prove just how wrong they are, again.

  4. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 28, 2011 4:22 PM

    They wasted so many years using Journeymen QBs for multiple all chips in seasons. Now that they are actually willing to go out and draft a QB that isn’t a project, they are finding it more difficult than they expected…

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 28, 2011 4:23 PM

    “However, the Vikings insist that they won’t reach for a quarterback just because they’re expecting other teams to draft quarterbacks. So if they take Dalton at 12, that means they think Dalton is a good value at 12.”

    Or they’re lying so people dont shout “reach” as loudly when they do take him.

  6. hobartbaker says: Apr 28, 2011 4:26 PM

    After sending the information to their salary cap expert, the Vikings brain trust concluded that was approximately 1 in 6 of the top 42 picks.

  7. fatguystrangler says: Apr 28, 2011 4:39 PM

    If the Viking’s prediction holds true, that’s quite the commentary on the dearth of quality QB’s currently in the NFL . I don’t see all 7 of these QB’s as franchise guys. Maybe 2-3.

    Who knows, though, maybe a sleeper like Stanzi or Devlin, in later rounds, will have far superior careers than some of these guys.

  8. mataug says: Apr 28, 2011 4:40 PM

    why not wait another year & manage this season with a QB like Hasselback

    no guarantee that your QB will get to camp in the current situation, so I would rather not draft a QB this season

    this is a transition year for them anyways… Leslie can focus on improving the defensive/offensive lines & then get his rookie QB next year

  9. keramidas21 says: Apr 28, 2011 4:40 PM

    What, are the Vikings psychics now?

  10. rajbais says: Apr 28, 2011 4:46 PM

    Fifteen mock drafts???

    How much free time do they have???

  11. mattsffrd says: Apr 28, 2011 4:48 PM

    that red hair is going to clash with those purple uniforms

  12. blackcatnfl says: Apr 28, 2011 4:51 PM

    I expect the Redskins to sign all 7 of those quarterbacks and let them compete for the starting job. Synder says, “Draft…what draft?”

  13. pervyharvin says: Apr 28, 2011 4:52 PM

    Here is where Packer knobs jump in and say they draft way better than the Vikings. Let us compare each teams last 3 first round picks. Packers: Bulaga, Matthews and Raji. Vikings: Harvin, Peterson and Greenway. That gives the Vikings 2 ROY players who are electric on the field and a star linebacker. Vikings know the draft.Game over, we win.

  14. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 28, 2011 4:52 PM

    Lets trade down to 17 with the pats and get that 3rd rounder back and tack on a 4th.

    Please don’t take the ginger at 12. Last year I was terrified the Vikings would be draft Tim Tebow, tonight I fear we may draft a ginger QB.

  15. jmikeh73 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:16 PM

    any team that DOESN’T take a QB in the first 42 picks is going to get an absolute steal because ALL of the QB’s are reaches in Rounds 1 & 2.

  16. carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 28, 2011 5:23 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Apr 28, 2011 4:52 PM
    Here is where Packer knobs jump in and say they draft way better than the Vikings. Let us compare each teams last 3 first round picks. Packers: Bulaga, Matthews and Raji. Vikings: Harvin, Peterson and Greenway. That gives the Vikings 2 ROY players who are electric on the field and a star linebacker. Vikings know the draft.Game over, we win.

    _____

    Okay, now let’s compare Super Bowl wins. Packers 4. vikes 0

  17. rcunningham says: Apr 28, 2011 5:24 PM

    JimmySmith says: Apr 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    The only guarantee is that whoever the Viking’s pick, either at #12 or #43, the guy will end up being a bust.

    They have 50 years of franchise history to prove that point. Their best years recently were with other team’s castoffs, BrINT in 2009 and Cunningham in 1998.

    The only other guarantee is that whoever they pick, the Viking fans will instantly declare their GM a drafting genius and predict a Superbowl victory this year. Alas, there is the same 50 year history to prove just how wrong they are, again.

    Yeah total bust, just like Harvin, AP, and Greenway right? You’re a terrible troll.

    Also, Culpepper threw for 39 TDs and had one of the best QB seasons of all time in 04, you retard.

    Oh and before you say it was all Moss, he was injured that year and only had 700 yards receiving.

    I really hope you do get hit by a bus. You are a miserable human being. In b4 “HURR DURR NOT AS MISERABLE AS VIKING FANS HURRRRRR”

  18. thefiesty1 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:28 PM

    The Vikings still believe Farve will come out of retirement (again) too. Dream on, maybe by the end of round two.

  19. smoothjimmyapollo says: Apr 28, 2011 5:29 PM

    “Let us compare each teams last 3 first round picks. Packers: Bulaga, Matthews and Raji. Vikings: Harvin, Peterson and Greenway. That gives the Vikings 2 ROY players who are electric on the field and a star linebacker. Vikings know the draft.Game over, we win.”

    To be fair, Bulaga, Matthews and Raji were starters on a Super Bowl championship team. Keep counting the rookie of the year awards to go with the Vikings’ division championships as though they mean anything.

    Keep your head up. At least Viking fans don’t have to wait until the 32nd pick tonight. Plus, you get to bail out of draft coverage early tomorrow night since the Patriots will be using the Vikings 3rd rounder that was traded for the “final piece” of the Vikings championship run.

  20. pervyharvin says: Apr 28, 2011 5:30 PM

    Like it or hate it the Vikings are going to draft(spoiler alert)……Christian Ponder. Sorry to ruin it for you.

  21. gdeli says: Apr 28, 2011 5:35 PM

    I am not gonna bs anyone. We need a tom brady like miracle to happen here in MN. If not lets hope Joe Webb can improve like rodgers did. Yeah we drafted better in Mn than GB did huh? I would take matthews over greenway but greenway hasn’t driven a handcuffed QB into the ground for a nasty concussion has he? What a violent league. The pack got another SB ring didn’t they? 50 years of bs here in MN. damn. We gotta be realistic. MN is 5Billion in the red and MORE drama to come. Enough to make ya sick. The raiders have overstock.com stadium now, what will ours be called? Take that softball and run with it guys… ha

  22. pervyharvin says: Apr 28, 2011 5:41 PM

    @ gdeli…..Have a beer and take a deep breath. Say this very slowly…it is only a game. chill bro.

  23. mvp43 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:42 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Apr 28, 2011 4:52 PM
    Here is where Packer knobs jump in and say they draft way better than the Vikings. Let us compare each teams last 3 first round picks. Packers: Bulaga, Matthews and Raji. Vikings: Harvin, Peterson and Greenway. That gives the Vikings 2 ROY players who are electric on the field and a star linebacker. Vikings know the draft.Game over, we win.

    ————————————–
    I imagine Packer fans will take a superbowl win over ROY players anytime. Plus, Bulaga, Matthews and Raji are all studs.

  24. JimmySmith says: Apr 28, 2011 5:50 PM

    @rcunningham
    ah, remind me again how many Superbowls Pullpecker won in his career as a Viking?

    Everyone’s goal (except Viking fans) at the beginning of each year is to win the Superbowl, not take home Rookie of Year honors or the # of TD passes or any of the other stats the Viking fans like to throw around. Usually, Superbowl winning teams (with few exceptions) have great QB’s. Usually (again with few exceptions) great QB’s are drafted and developed.

    Which brings us to tonight, I gaurantee the Vikings will draft a QB in the first few rounds and I will further guarantee the guy will suck. Maybe not as bad as T Jack Off but then again Childress isn’t around anymore, the great QB developer that he was, or claimed to be.

  25. dmo84 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:50 PM

    @JimmySmith

    So was Duante Culpepper a guarenteed bust before his injury. He would have won the MVP if it wasn’t for Peyton Mannings historic season in 2004. Plus he had over 20 td’s and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2000(his first as a starter). Only reason Cunningham was the starter in 98 was because Brad Johnson(drafted by the Vikings) got hurt. Johnson would have had the same stats, if not better, than Cunningham. So don’t make stupid statements like “50 years of franchise history to prove that point.” Oh by the way, Brett Favre was never drafted by the Packers and Aaron Rodgers fell to them late in the first round. And after the Packers traded Favre to the Jets the Pack were so confident in Rodgers that they drafted Brian Brohm in the second round(and I think they traded up to get Brohm).

  26. adsbad28 says: Apr 28, 2011 6:20 PM

    @ jimmysmith
    jimmydick u obvously do not no jack about football or the draft hey Peterson, Harvin, and Greenway were total busts right? Are u retarded? teams dont draft players with the intention of that player taking them to a super bowl u retard. I bet mommy would even tell u to zip it and leave this website to those who know football not pathetic turds like u!!!

  27. JimmySmith says: Apr 28, 2011 6:22 PM

    Pullpecker wasn’t a bust but he is hardly headed for Canton either. Notice my original pt, that 2009 and 1998 were the two seasons the Vikings made it to the NFC championship game with other team’s qB’s. I realize they made to another NFC championship game but lost 41-0 so I left that year out.

    And who cares if Favre was drafted by the Packers or not, if you will recall, they traded their first round pick for another team’s 3rd string Qb and most people thought the Packers were crazy at the time. Brohm is another dumb ass point, the Packers were so confident in Rodgers that they kicked Favre to the curb, that’s all you need to know about their confidence. They drafted Brohm to be a back up, nothing more, nothing less. He turned out to be so bad that the Vikings didn’t want him, in other words, he really sucks.

  28. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 28, 2011 6:29 PM

    Isn’t “Vikings braintrust” kind of an oxymoron, at least with regards to QBs?

  29. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 28, 2011 6:54 PM

    “dmo84 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:50 PM
    @JimmySmith
    So was Duante Culpepper a guarenteed bust before his injury. ”

    I’m soooo sick of this crap.

    In 2005, BEFORE the escus…..umm….INJURY…that supposedly ruined his career, he had 6 TDs, 12 INTs, and a QB Rating of 72.

    Pretty much right in line with his QB rating POST-injury.

    Give it up. The guy had lost it.

  30. brewdogg says: Apr 28, 2011 7:57 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Apr 28, 2011 4:21 PM
    The only guarantee is that whoever the Viking’s pick, either at #12 or #43, the guy will end up being a bust.

    They have 50 years of franchise history to prove that point. Their best years recently were with other team’s castoffs, BrINT in 2009 and Cunningham in 1998.

    ———————————————

    So you really want to compare drafted QBs between the Vikings and Packers? Rich Campbell and Jerry Tagge ring a bell? Don Horn? Randy Duncan? Babe Parilli? Tell me one high pick other than Rodgers who wasn’t a complete waste.

    Conversly, the Vikings have spent a pick in the first three rounds on a QB a total of 5 times. 3 of those QBs were named to the Pro Bowl.

    So please tell me, where are you getting your historical data from. Looks to me like, given the 50 years of Vikings history, if they take a QB early in this draft, he’s likely to make the Pro Bowl.

    Am I moving too fast for you?

  31. JimmySmith says: Apr 28, 2011 9:27 PM

    No, you lost me when you told me how many Superbowls the Vikings won.

  32. brewdogg says: Apr 28, 2011 10:32 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Apr 28, 2011 9:27 PM
    No, you lost me when you told me how many Superbowls the Vikings won.
    ————————————

    For those who don’t know little jimmy, this is his way of saying “S*!t, busted again!!”

  33. madesian says: Apr 29, 2011 4:10 AM

    @jimmysmith

    As a huge Vikings fan I can honestly say that I love looking at your comments on EVERY Vikings article. It seriously brings a smile to my face and brightens my day much like I think the huge d*ick you suck day in and day out probably brightens your day. Here’s some advice, take it outof your mouth long enough to be honest and say, “I’m a useless f*ggot who lives for attention. I can only get attention online by making fun of a group of professional athletes that could easily pop my head like the nasty zits that cover my under-matured oily face.”
    So thank you for your hilarious comments filled with useless “facts” they bring joy to my life.

  34. JimmySmith says: Apr 29, 2011 3:47 PM

    You cut me deep with those insults, my self image might be shattered forever.

    But seriously, I love how whenever a fact is pointed out, the typical Viking fan response is to hurl a personal insult. Never mind debating the fact, never mind staying on the subject, just get as nasty and personal as you can and that’s your best response.

    I can’t lose in these arguements, the Vikings are a poorly run franchise and have a history of choke jobs and criminal behavior so it is so easy to point to all their screw ups.

  35. madesian says: Apr 29, 2011 7:45 PM

    show me the criminal behaviors and then show me how they are more frequent/the most frequent among the rest of the NFL.

    give me a fact, something other than “they dont draft well” thats not a fact.

    answer me just exactly why you hate the minnesota vikings so much. did your dad (a huge vikings fan) touch you when you were a kid? did you like it? or did a former girlfriend (another vikings fan) beat you up when you did something wrong? how about you grow up and get over yourself because at the end of the day, your just a worthless pile of crap that will leave no type of legacy in this world whatsoever.

    thank you.

  36. rcunningham says: Apr 30, 2011 2:45 PM

    JimmySmith says: Apr 29, 2011 3:47 PM

    You cut me deep with those insults, my self image might be shattered forever.

    But seriously, I love how whenever a fact is pointed out, the typical Viking fan response is to hurl a personal insult. Never mind debating the fact, never mind staying on the subject, just get as nasty and personal as you can and that’s your best response.

    I can’t lose in these arguements, the Vikings are a poorly run franchise and have a history of choke jobs and criminal behavior so it is so easy to point to all their screw ups.

    Are you senile Jimmy? Brewdogg JUST challenged you and all you had to say was “hurr durr 0 super bowls”

    Are all Packer fans this dumb?

  37. brewdogg says: May 2, 2011 11:33 PM

    No….. Some are actually fun to jaw with. little jimmy isn’t one of those.

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