Monday Morning Mailbag


Monday Morning Mailbag

Posted Jan 5, 2014

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What do you think the Vikings chances are of investing some draft picks to trade up in the draft to get a quarterback like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater? Looking at the 2014 draft order, the Houston Texans Pick first and could take a quarterback. The second pick goes to the St. Louis Rams, who have Sam Bradford. Picks three through five go to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders, all of whom desperately need a quarterback. Do you think Rick Spielman would try to swap picks with the Rams to nab one of the top quarterbacks?
-- Zach H.
New Ulm, MN

One thing those of us who’ve observed Vikings drafts under Spielman’s guidance know is that you can’t count anything out with him. He’s shown a willingness to move down, move up and stand pat, and he’s found success doing all three. Just last season he moved up from the second round to grab Cordarrelle Patterson at the end of the first round, and two years ago he moved up from the second round to grab safety Harrison Smith. Moving back is also something he’s done, sliding from No. 3 to No. 4 two years ago to select Matt Kalil, for example.

At this point it’s far too early to know what Spielman and Co. will do in the first round and to speculate is almost an elementary exercise, but it’s fun to think about and it’s most certainly a discussion we’ll have plenty of times as the draft continues to draw near.


After looking at the draft order, I kind of feel as if the Vikings are on the outside looking in for top quarterback prospects. I say this because looking at the teams ahead of us, a lot of them (if not all) are in need of a franchise quarterback. My question is: What do we do from here? Do we trade up to the Rams for the second pick? If so, at what cost? Do we take our chances and hope someone like Derek Carr or Manziel will fall to us? Or do we get top defensive pick and maybe get a guy like AJ McCarron or Aaron Murray later in the draft? After what I saw this season I just can't wait for next year! I'm sure I'm not the only one with these questions, so if you could shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated!
-- Ryan M.

With the Vikings season over and the college football bowl season fresh in our memories, it’s easy to get excited about the new crop of prospects and wonder what will happen in the draft. What we have to keep in mind, though, is that the draft is four months away. A lot is going to happen between now and the draft that will dictate draft-day decisions, including the start of a new League Year and free agency on March 11. We still have the college all-star games, such as the Senior Bowl, plus events such as the Combine and pro days to help teams decide how they’re going to address their needs in the draft.


Do you think that Cordarrelle Patterson can be better than Percy Harvin?
-- Rob A.

Yes, Patterson can be a more impactful player than Percy Harvin. Just one season into Patterson’s career, it may be too early to compare him to Harvin because Harvin was a standout player for the Vikings for four seasons. But already we’ve seen Patterson display as explosive or even more explosive skills as a returner and I believe the sky is the limit for Patterson as an offensive player.

Obviously not the way we wanted the season to end up but what a way to end on a high note and fight till the end. I just wanted to say that's as a season ticket holder since 2007, I have enjoyed every moment spent in the Metrodome and hope we can have a great bunch of memories in the new stadium when it's open.
-- Chris L.
Blaine, MN

Great to hear that sentiment from Chris. It was bittersweet seeing the end of the Metrodome era because so many great memories were made in that building. But the future is full of many bright memories to come for the Vikings, and I’m anxious to keep marching toward them. It all starts with the 2014 offseason, a period of time that will be important for the Vikings as they look to regain NFC North supremacy.