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Jimmy Garoppolo working out for Vikings on Friday

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The Vikings are expected to come away from the draft with a new quarterback and they’ll be taking a look at a candidate for the job on Friday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the team is taking in a private workout by Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Vikings, like all teams looking for a starting quarterback and a few teams already set at that position, have been busy in recent weeks looking at the top prospects at the position while Garoppolo has also been making the rounds.

Garoppolo probably isn’t in the mix for the Vikings’ eighth overall pick as he is widely considered to be a prospect who will come off the board on the second day of the draft. The same is true of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who the Vikings met with this week, and targeting one of those players would allow the Vikings to fill another hole early before turning their attention to their need at quarterback.

There are several other options available and, with seven teams selecting before them on May 8, the Vikings will be considering all of them as they try to find the right person for offensive coordinator Norv Turner to mold into a starter.

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  1. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 11, 2014 11:37 AM

    I like Garoppolo and Mettenberger, but I don’t think either will be available at 40. If they have a specific guy they’re targeting, they will probably have to trade up, maybe to the end of the first round.

  2. vincelombardisghost says: Apr 11, 2014 11:42 AM

    If the Vikings draft him he’s doomed to never win a Super Bowl.

  3. jermainewiggins says: Apr 11, 2014 11:44 AM

    Just draft the best qb that will be a sure thing hall of famer its that simple…right?

  4. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 11, 2014 11:47 AM

    All hype aside, heading into it, this draft really is looking like one of the deepest drafts on memory. How deep it really ends up being is something else entirely different.

  5. jwcarlson says: Apr 11, 2014 11:52 AM

    “Garoppolo probably isn’t in the mix for the Vikings’ eighth overall pick as he is widely considered to be a prospect who will come off the board on the second day of the draft.”

    Look at where they took Ponder a couple years back and tell me again that someone isn’t in their wheelhouse with #8.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they took Jordan Lynch at number eight.

  6. conormacleod says: Apr 11, 2014 11:54 AM

    Really like the idea of drafting a QB in round 2. Much less pressure on the QB, and on the team. Let the 2nd round pick be the back-up for a season, then take over for Cassel in year two. And #8 overall could be a starting defensive player, like LB or CB.

  7. fwippel says: Apr 11, 2014 11:56 AM

    As a Viking fan, right now Garoppolo is my top choice for them going into the draft. He will likely be available early in round two, or at least late in round one.

    The Vikings would be wise to trade down, collect extra picks, and not be saddled another reach at a QB high in round one.

    Hope Spielman makes the right move.

  8. ruvelligwebuike says: Apr 11, 2014 11:56 AM

    This is a smoke screen. Manziel belongs in Minnesota. Let’s look at the fit…

    Arrogant beyond belief.

    More worried about branding and image than quality or character.

    Can’t handle his liquor.

    Chronic short man’s syndrome.

    Never won a thing at the NFL level.

    He wouldn’t even have to learn how to be Minnesotan. He would fit right in.

  9. barelylegal18 says: Apr 11, 2014 12:03 PM

    Its funny to look at the draft this year and wonder where exactly you’d put Christian Ponder with this group of Quarterbacks. If they’re ranking EJ Manuel at #8, where does Ponder fall (20+) I’d guess. These guys have a lot of decisions to make within the next month, but if QB’s start coming off the board early I hope we don’t make the same mistake as the the Ponder draft and just reach for someone. Only draft a QB that we actually like if available otherwise LB or trade down for more picks. Wish list at #8 Johnny Football, Blake Bortles (he can bring his girlfriend also), Anthony Barr! SKOL VIKES!

  10. whatjusthapped says: Apr 11, 2014 12:09 PM

    About the only thing I could say with confidence is that since it is Spielberg picking, no matter if its 8th overall or 40th or 72nd, he will manage to screw it up.

    I still say the Viking’s best chance at a franchise Qb came and went when they had 2 first round picks of 2005 when the Vikings let Rodgers sit in the Green Room till the 24th pick. Troy “Brick Hands” Williamson and Erasmus “IR bound” James were deemed to be better picks than Rodgers. You can’t make this stuff up.

  11. skoldier612 says: Apr 11, 2014 12:13 PM

    It really does not matter who the Vikings draft at QB because we will dominate the NFC regardless. With Zimmer’s defense holding it down, I could probably suit up and we’d win 13 games. I hope we go defense at 8 or trade down.

    Skol.

  12. thepftpoet says: Apr 11, 2014 12:15 PM

    This is an obvious smokescreen by the draft day genius Rick Spielmaster.

    Who should have been the GM portrayed in draft day by the way.

    You could make a film of the last Vikings draft and it would be an oscar winning movie.

    The QB that’s going to be drafted by the Vikings is Teddy Bridgewater, the next great Quarterback who will thrive in norv’s offense.

    #Skol

  13. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 11, 2014 12:20 PM

    The ideal scenario would be to trade down from 8 and draft C.J. Mosley or one of the cornerbacks, then use the extra picks to trade back up into the first round and get the quarterback they want most. Actually, it’s the most likely scenario based on Rick Spielman’s history of being a magician.

  14. thepftpoet says: Apr 11, 2014 12:28 PM

    This is an obvious smokescreen by the draft day genius Rick Spielmaster.

    Who should have been the GM portrayed in draft day by the way.

    You could make a film of the last Vikings draft and it would be an oscar winning movie.

    #Skol

  15. vikingdoode says: Apr 11, 2014 12:31 PM

    id rather see the Vikes either trade up for the GUY
    or trade back abd get a guy to sit a bit…

  16. shaggytoodle says: Apr 11, 2014 12:32 PM

    The Vikings should draft a better talent somewhere else and take a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round.

    They should have done that the year Ponder was drafted too though.

  17. gbmickey says: Apr 11, 2014 12:33 PM

    How bittersweet it must be for a prospective NFL draft pick….exciting that an NFL team is interested, yet disheartening to know its the Vikings because it the kiss of death for a qb. Just look at the track record.

  18. backdapack4evr says: Apr 11, 2014 12:35 PM

    Ever notice how high the Vikings always get to draft!!
    Lol

  19. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 11, 2014 12:36 PM

    Jimmy Garoppolo is a winner. He will likely be one of the very best QB’s taken in this draft, regardless of where he’s picked, or who picks him.

  20. norseyapper says: Apr 11, 2014 1:02 PM

    I’d love to see them have their pick of either Garoppolo or Mettenberger in the 2nd round. Excellent chance for that to happen.
    #8 overall should go to the top LB left on the board, probably Barr but possibly Mosely. The top cb wouldn’t be bad either, depending on how you read the depth at the poisition for rd 3.

  21. theytukrjobs says: Apr 11, 2014 1:09 PM

    I really don’t think this is smoke screen. Sammy Watkins, Evans, or Kalil Mack fit positions of need and may be ranked much higher on the Vikes big board than ANY of the QB’s.

    They probably want to really evaluate if Garrapalo/Mettenberger/Carr are as good if not better prospects than the “big 3″ because almost certainly one of those guys will be available with their early 2nd round pick.

    Or maybe they’ll look closely at these guys and go “meh” and grab a QB with the 8th pick. Personally I’d love to see them go Kalil Mack or Sammy Watkins with the #8 and then trade into the late 1st round for Carr. But who knows if that will even be an option?

  22. steelerben says: Apr 11, 2014 1:22 PM

    Reaching for a QB in the first round is something you can afford to do when you have a ton of draft picks, or your team is already built and is only looking for that one last piece. Neither is true of the Vikings. They’d be best served to go with best player in every round and roll with Cassel for a year. They might not be vying for a championship this season with that model, but it puts them in a much better position for next year.

  23. tombradysponytail says: Apr 11, 2014 1:23 PM

    “Jimmy Garoppolo is a winner.”

    Well then he better hope he doesn’t get picked by the Vikes. They’ve killed a lot of careers over the years!!

  24. 92nick182govikings says: Apr 11, 2014 1:30 PM

    Nobody thought Aaron Rodgers was gonna be the bad man that he is today. thats why the Vikings passed on him. If he didnt sit behind favre for like 4 years do you think Rodgers would be the qb that he is today? It is uncertain. And for all you folks… rick spielman has only been the Vikings gm since 2012. give the guy a break. I thought he has done great since 2012. Kalil h.smith cp.flash Rhodes shariff. All great starters. Get manziel and our qb issues will be fixed for years to come.

  25. dreday2431 says: Apr 11, 2014 1:31 PM

    I like all the comments so far but no one has talked about the defense. The vikings lost 5 games with a touchdown or less cause of the defense. I think ponder was solid not bad but average as a starter. I think khalil mack will get the team over the hump but if I’m taking a qb I’m taking manziel he is a younger favre. He has the leadership and the toughness to be the next vikings starting qb. If not manziel I’m taking aj McCarron this guy is going to turn necks I see this guy as a top 3 qb in 3 years if he starts on a team. Aj is a younger Peyton Manning he is a top 3 qb in this Draft like it or not great vision very calm like Peyton and I see him well with the vikings but manziel will put the men in purple back in playoff hunt. It will be scary to have manziel and Peterson in the back field trust me this kid loves the game like it or not he will die for this sport great future for him if he’s in a vikings uniform

  26. flannlv says: Apr 11, 2014 1:47 PM

    You could give the Vikings the first 10 picks in this year’s draft and they still wouldn’t make the playoffs.

  27. granadafan says: Apr 11, 2014 2:07 PM

    Yes, Rodgers would still have been this good even if he hadn’t sat for 4 years. The guy in front of him did nothing to mentor the young QB adn actively refused to do so from day 1.

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 11, 2014 2:42 PM

    The Vikings draft is like an Oscar winning movie????

    Maybe so. “Titanic” won an Oscar. And that ship sunk too.

  29. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 11, 2014 2:48 PM

    Daunte Culpepper was 28 years old and coming off a top-10 season in NFL history. Anyone suggesting that the Vikings should have taken a quarterback in that draft doesn’t have a clue about football.

  30. vettedehay says: Apr 11, 2014 2:50 PM

    As far a rodgers being as good as he is now without sitting who knows. True farve stated he didnt want to help him, but sitting back and watching one of the all time greats cant hurt. Whose to say he started right after being drafted and got killed, his confidence goes down the tube he turns to drugs and woman to drown his sorrow and hes out the league in two or three yrs. Speculation on what could of happened is just that speculation. Qb is one of the hardest positions to evaluate not only because of the line play around him. But also the talent around them. A guy can be a long bomb accuracy guru, but if he dosent have time it doesnt matter. A qb is a much a product of the team he plays for as the coaches who teach him. Talent matters a lot. But look at michael vick. In space deadly. But have defensive guys knock him to the ground hard, and all that talent doesnt do any good. The system the next vikings qb has to work will determine how well they do in the future. Look at matt cassel. Thrived in NE when he was there. Got killed in KC( no line) and jury is still out in minnesota. All it takes is one play, one way or another to be a hero or a zero. Pure talent only gets u so far. Ask tim tebow.

  31. shaggytoodle says: Apr 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    Culpepper has one of the best seasons as a QB.

    Team goes 8-8.

  32. thepftpoetisacrossdresser says: Apr 11, 2014 5:13 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Apr 11, 2014 12:15 PM

    This is an obvious smokescreen by the draft day genius Rick Spielmaster.

    Who should have been the GM portrayed in draft day by the way.

    You could make a film of the last Vikings draft and it would be an oscar winning movie.

    The QB that’s going to be drafted by the Vikings is Teddy Bridgewater, the next great Quarterback who will thrive in norv’s offense.

    #Skol
    ________________________________

    The name of that movie?

    “What could’ve been but wasn’t.”

    They’ll take Mettenberger, only because they like those Norwegian/Finnish/Dutch/German crazy arse named guys like Kleinsasser, Loeffler, Gustafson, Novoselsky….

  33. jimnsota says: Apr 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    Garoppolo has small hands, never a good combo for a guy who has to touch the ball more than anyone else on offense. I remember watching DPepper he would drop the ball trying to run half of the time.
    I prefer Celebrity man guy over any of the other QB’s. I think only one QB is going ahead of them and its going to between Bortles & Manziel. Im hoping that we get a chance at Manziel but wouldn’t be upset if its Bortles. Any other QB at that point is to early.
    I wouldn’t mind if they take another QB with their 2nd pick. The Vikings could use the problem of having a couple good options at QB for a change.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    I could totally see Janeane Garofalo at QB for the Vikings.

  35. benihana10 says: Apr 11, 2014 8:40 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Apr 11, 2014 11:54 AM

    Really like the idea of drafting a QB in round 2. Much less pressure on the QB, and on the team. Let the 2nd round pick be the back-up for a season, then take over for Cassel in year two. And #8 overall could be a starting defensive player, like LB or CB.
    ____________________________________

    This.

  36. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Apr 11, 2014 8:56 PM

    shaggytoodle says: Apr 11, 2014 5:05 PM

    Culpepper has one of the best seasons as a QB.

    Team goes 8-8.
    ———————————————————-
    And beats the Packers in the playoffs.

  37. knew8411 says: Apr 12, 2014 12:50 AM

    If he’s still on the board at #8, I’d like to see the Vikings pick the LB from Buffalo, and trade up in rd. 2 to get the QB they want.

  38. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 12, 2014 1:14 PM

    Blake Bortles please, if available at #8 or defense defense defense.

  39. bobnelsonjr says: Apr 12, 2014 7:59 PM

    It is not just a starting QB the vikings need.
    They need back up QB’s as well.

    Only about 10 of their 53 rosters spots is filled at this point and they should upgrade every roster spot they can.

    Given their high draft position the last few years and all those #1 picks last year, they should be further along in their rebuilding process.

    Still with a couple of goods drafts they could be 8-8 in a couple of years.

  40. zinjaboy says: Apr 12, 2014 10:59 PM

    Oscar Winning Movies starring the Vikings:

    The Silence of the Lambs
    Ordinary People
    Rocky
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    and everyone’s favorite:
    Gone with the Wind

    Poet, PLEASE don’t set these up so easily!!

  41. ceo73 says: Apr 13, 2014 11:14 AM

    Let’s draft two QB’s. Trade down to the late teens and take Bridgewater in the 1st, then draft McCarron or Murray with one of their 3rd rounders.

    Trade Ponder for a 6th round pick next year.

  42. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 13, 2014 9:21 PM

    No one takes ponder for a draft pick in any round.

    I think it’s time to end the experiment. The Vikings, or as I like to call them, “the eternal expansion team,” should just close up shop and apologize to the decent citizens of Minnesota who were promised a professional football team. And when I say decent, I understand that it’s probably only two or three people.

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