Report: Vikings looking for defensive help at No. 8

Last month, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman called the process of sifting through the quarterbacks in this year’s draft “torturous” because each of the top prospects are “a mixed bag” of strengths and weaknesses.

For a G.M. who missed on Christian Ponder in the first round just a few years ago, the prospect of making the wrong quarterback call with the eighth pick could grease the skids on his way out the door in Minnesota. That may lead Spielman and the Vikings to decide that no quarterback in the first round is better than having no quarterback at all.

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column for, Peter King reports that the Vikings “are more inclined than ever” to hold off on selecting a quarterback until the second round. When the eighth pick does roll around, the intention is to select “a front-seven disruptor” like Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald ahead of adding to any other position.

The Vikings signed Linval Joseph this offseason and picked Shariff Floyd in the first round last year, so the cupboard is far from bare at defensive tackle in Minnesota. That doesn’t mean they won’t look in the direction of Donald or another front-seven player, but they may also be signaling to teams looking to move up to No. 8 that there’s a willingness to move down because grabbing a quarterback right there isn’t a priority.

Or they could be trying to keep teams from vaulting in front of them to grab the quarterback that they want in the first round. True intentions will remain shrouded all week, but any pick that Spielman makes will need to come through if he’s going to be making the pick again next year.

65 responses to “Report: Vikings looking for defensive help at No. 8

  1. It feels like we’ve been waiting for this draft to be over for 11 years. If moving it back was intended to enhance it as an “event” to challenge NBA playoffs etc, I do not think it’s working the way you wanted.

  2. Minnesota would get much better if they traded/cut that juiced up, low character, non-available father/running back.

  3. Vikings will have a much better year than expected-also I predicted the Minnesota Vikings will either pick up defensive help with the 8th pick or trade down. The Vikings WILL be a force this year-believe it, you heard it here first!!!

  4. If the Vikings were really really smart, they’d move Peterson and get at least 2-3 draft picks and really fix that defense and find a QB.

    But their not really that smart. Never have been, never will be. They’ll always be known for their 0-4 in the big game! LOL

  5. It’s a win-win. Either we get to make fun of the Vikes for picking a QB at 8 and making the wrong choice or they pass on all the QBs and some other team takes one that turns out to be a stud after 8 and the Vikes miss their chance. I’m fine either way.

  6. Yeah, I’m sure Spielman and the Vikings told King exactly what he was going to do. There is only one certainty come Thursday — whatever pick the Vikes take will be called a bust by cheesers (after they get down on their knees and worship TT’s pick of course).

  7. Beginning of post: Vikings more inclined than ever to take a defensive player, like Donald.

    End of post: Probably none of this means anything.

    Draft can’t be over soon enough.

  8. So let’s see…..

    If taken at face value, the Vikings, Raiders, Browns, and Texans are all looking at either defense or receiver in the first round, and will wait until at least round 2 to select a QB.

    Right. And an elephant may fly right out of my rectal area.

  9. Not sure this makes sense with all of the acquisitions in offseason on the line. This is pretty thick smoke

  10. I am not sure if any of our linebackers could start for another team. Maybe Greenway. But this is a huge hole in the middle of the defense. I watched us beef up the D line and secondary with free agents but I think we need 2 linebackers unless someone on the bench is ready to make a big jump. New linebackers would complete a major overhaul of our defense, and sadly we needed it.

  11. They shouldn’t shy away from a QB in the first round just because Ponder hasn’t panned out. Don’t reach for a guy, but don’t rule out anything. And they probably haven’t ruled out anything…

  12. The comments on this post really highlight the class difference between packer fans and vike fans. If this was a packer post there would be a hundred viking troll posts calling us turd bay, fatties, or other immature things. Yet look above and you’ll see no stupid insulting posts from pack fans trolling this viking thread. Take note pftpoet and the rest of the fools….

  13. We have known this in MN for at least a month, maybe more. National Media continue to bang on the quarterback thing, but the truth is, the Vikes are happy with Cassel enough to get their dynamic talent on the more anemic defensive side of the ball.

  14. Johnny Football is going to be a terrible defender, but a great QB. Skol!!!

  15. All GM’s (and I using that term loosely as it applies to Spielman) engage in smoke screens leading up to the draft so I wouldn’t put one ounce of credibility into his statement. Forget the draft, I still wouldn’t put one ounce of credibility in anything Spielman has done for there is a reason he was fired from his previous job and the Viking fans (speaking of no credibility) are about to find out in spades what that reason was.

    Its been said that when you swing and miss on a 1st round QB, it sets your franchise back about 5 years. The Vikings are about to find out exactly how true that is.

  16. I’m thinking either Mosley or Gilbert, with Gilbert being less likely. Mosley can play anywhere in the LB corps, and given the uncertain state of the current group, that makes him that much more valuable. Is Matui ready? Can Cole really hold down the middle on a consistent basis? Is Hodges worth another shot after a miserable rookie year? Answering those questions and plugging Mosley in at the weakest position is probably the best use for this pick.

    Besides…. A new coach likes to put his stamp on the team with a new QB. What was the first thing that Zim and Norv did? Sign Cassell back. Do you think that says anything? Just maybe? Does that scream “QB AT #8!!!” to you, or does that suggest a project for Norv?

    Yeah, of course you would think that…..

  17. The Vikings will be drafting a QB in the first round, but it won’t be with their #8 pick. It’s almost a certainty that they will pick defense with that pick, then trade back into round 1 and get a QB in the 20’s.

  18. I can believe a pick of defense with that choice, but a DT there makes little sense considering the signing of Linval Joseph and the drafting of Sharif Floyd a year ago.

    The suggesting of a DT there looks like a typical pre-draft smokescreen.

  19. The truth is that the Vikings defense isn’t that bad and they have improved it quite a bit through free agency and especially with the addition of Zimmer as coach.

    Not saying they won’t draft a defensive player but they won’t unless someone falls into their hands that they didn’t expect.

  20. What Speilman is really saying is,

    “to the team that is really interested in Aaron Donald, lets do a trade.”

    If the Vikings select 8th, they will pick defense. Then trade back into the end of round 1 and take a QB.

    Just my WAG.

  21. Rick Spielman could sell snow to an Eskimo in the wintertime. Seven of his last eight first-round picks have been solid to spectacular players. Seven of Ted Thompson’s last eight first-round picks have been busts. Whatever Spielman does, it will probably be the right thing. I guarantee it won’t be Aaron Donald.

  22. It sounds as if they have a deal to move up and get Bridgewater which is good.

    Ricky really is in a no win situation so he has to try and make the best of it.

  23. Vikings looking to draft defensive help at #8…

    enter into the Rickspeak translator gives you the following…

    Welcome to Minnesota Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles

  24. Spielman is so incompetent that he once got fired for incompetence in Miami. But the Vikings can’t do any better than Rick, so they’re stuck with him and his last place rosters.

  25. Hey Brohm or Spielman the magician or whatever past alias you want to be known as you might try and look at NFL GM’s and find one that has been more successful than old Ted trust me you wont find many currently in the NFL. For a Viking fan to ridicule him is just laughable and shows your jealousy. Lets compare shall we. According to you Ted cant draft well which is quite odd considering he rarely signs free agents but yet has led them to the playoffs 6 straight years with just draft picks! Your lowly gm who has been previously been fired for incompetence has led the Viking team to the cellar 3 out of 4 years. In head to head against Ted his record is 1-7-1. Ted has a top 3 winning % since he has been at the helm while Rick has just plain failed. Before you blame the coach just ask yourself who hired them. Old Ted had hired a coach who has been one of the most successful in the NFL with a Super Bowl. You have a team you claim every year is going to contend based on a stellar offseason and claim another championship but when season actually plays you end up changing username when reality hits. Its amazing that with all the great draft picks you are left with Embracing The Suck!

  26. Drafting a QB projected to go #1 at 24 when your current QB is threatening retirement is not a genius move. What has he done since then? You could see last year that the team is terrible without Rodgers. Seven of the last eight first-round picks have been busts.

  27. Remember Brian Brohm -typical loser viking fan. Isn’t it about winning games? TT hits on more picks than he misses, regardless of the round and has built a very succesful franchise, albeit built around a future HOF QB, What has Spielman built around a future HOF running back? You just keep on winning the off season every year, I’d much rather have my team win football games. (And Super Bowls – you’ve heard of ’em haven’t you)

  28. I’ve enjoyed the Packs performance in the playoffs the last 3 years : )

  29. I expect the Vikings to trade back to the middle of the 1st, pick up an extra 2nd and 4th, select one of Clinton-Dix, Barr, Mosley, Gilbert, Dennard or Pryor, then use the extra picks to trade back into the end of the 1st for one the QB’s that has dropped. Bridgewater, Bortles, or Carr or maybe even Garapollo. Somehow, someway, I will bet you Tricky Rick gets two picks in Thursday night.

  30. Spielman is so full of BS, everything he says expect the opposite. The worst is his rhetoric of always taking the best player available then drafting Ponder. Then forcing Frazier to start him and not getting Alex Smith because they needed to see what they had in Ponder. That was a Jerry jones level pick there.

  31. I wish the draft is over. I wish the regular season starts this Sunday. I wish that I wouldn’t have read 97% of the posts here, including this one. My wishes never seem to come true, though… What a pack of garbage sits on this page, for the majority. Too bad… hate is plain stupidity. When it comes to sports, and not real life situations, it’s worse than stupid and starts with the letter “R”.

  32. No matter who Spielman whiffs on, the Viking trolls will be out in force minutes after with a nomination for the HOF.

    That’s your Minnesota Vikings, winning paper championships every spring since 1961.

  33. The reality is, the North is weak. Cassel has enough to lead this team to a division. For that reason alone we won’t push for a QB I’m round 1. Also for the predictable pack fans ripping on Ricky, I guess you guys didn’t see that article comparing him and TT in drafted pro bowlers…

  34. I’d love Aaron Donaldson, he plays an awful lot like John Randle and he was pretty good and the same size. “Regulator…mount up!”

  35. Some of these posts by Packer trolls are laughable. Are you going to seriously blame Spiel man for Frazier’s inadequacies when he was NEVER Spielman’s guy? It was over for this franchise as soon as Frazier was promoted. His scheme just didn’t work anymore and his coordinators were horrible (except Priefer who has done a nice job with the ST). Apielman now has his guy with well respected coordinators including Turner and the RB coach from Pittsburgh. Spiel man has ONLY whiffed on the quarterback position so far. Norv should have most of the power when it comes to what quarterback best fits his system and Spielman will make it happen. As far as TT goes, I have little faith in his drafting abilities early in the draft. However, he always finds late round or undrafted gems (Sam shields anybody). Spielman has found gems late, but, overall, he has nailed the draft well.

  36. Both Gm’s are damn good! Just remember the players play the games Not the Gm’s I would love to see the Vikes move back, Say 2 spots and take Barr then take corner or safety with pick 2 then take Arron Murry, Grappolo, or mettenberger in rounds two or three. I just don’t want Bridgewater great athlete but bad at reading defenses!!

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