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.