Spielman Talks Draft, QB Class

Posted by cjsiewert on April 20, 2010 – 6:06 pm

The 2010 NFL Draft features a high-profile class of QB prospects, especially with Sam Bradford expected to be the 1st overall pick, Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen universally expected to be a 1st round pick and then all the hype surrounding Tim Tebow.

QB talk has dominated the buildup to this year’s draft, but you wouldn’t know that by speaking with NFL personnel executives such as Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman.

“We don’t treat the quarterback position any different than we treat any other position,” Spielman said during a pre-draft press conference at Winter Park on Tuesday.  “As we evaluate our draft board, I think the best approach to it is like you don’t have anyone on your roster, and you’re just going to go ahead, set your draft board, set the players how you see them, and pretend like you don’t have needs.”

In recent years, the Vikings have not drafted on the notion of the team’s ‘needs’ by position but rather by drafting the best available player.  Case in point – the Vikings drafted RB Adrian Peterson in the 2007 draft following a career-best 1,216 rushing yards from Chester Taylor in 2006.  Also, the WR position didn’t seem to be an immediate need last year but the Purple selected Florida’s Percy Harvin, resulting in Harvin receiving Rookie of the Year honors.

The best way to visualize the Vikings belief in drafting the best available player on the board is to look 2 or 3 years into the future.  When it comes time for the Vikings to make a selection and they possibly choose what is believed to be not an immediate need, they are certainly looking down the road for what that player will contribute to the team in the future.

“We may think a year from now, two years from now, that that guy could maybe be a potential Pro Bowl player,” Spielman said when asked about drafting on a need basis.  “And then you get into the debate a little bit, well, if you take a guy lesser on your board that could potentially fill a need this year, two years from now that guy might just be that same level of player where this guy you passed up is a potential Pro Bowler or in the Pro Bowl, then you look back two years and say, ‘Geez, we passed up a Pro Bowler to take an adequate player.’”

All things considered, it’s safe to say that when it comes time for the Vikings selection on Thursday night, don’t expect them to draft on a need basis, but rather select the best available player who they feel could either make an immediate impact or be a potential contributor down the road.

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5 Responses to “Spielman Talks Draft, QB Class”

  1. By scott on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    I enjoyed that artical yes thats true but also consider a window of opurtunity and its closing suppose you fill a hole of need could in fact strenthen your team as a hole or you could miss the window of oportunity and stockpile on what you already have .don t come up short on the back end remember the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    The weakest links that we have right now are within back-up roles. A second RB and healthy CBs are our biggest concern. That speaks volumes for how well the “best player available” approach has gone. Our QB to follow Favre may still be inquestion, but we don’t even know about that yet. We can’t truly grade how good TJack has become in the past year, and he just may be the guy to take the reigns. But even if he isn’t, there is no hurry to draft a replacement for Favre. Word on the street is that we have such a good team that Pro-bowl QBs are making the Vikings their first choice in teams to move to. McNabb’s contract is set to expire after this year and he has expressed intrerest in joining the team. Whatever happens, I am confident that the Vikings staffing crew will be able to find a great option once the need comes around for another QB.

  3. By Ice The Man on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    Lets all pretend Farve is coming back.. Imagine a rookie having the advantage of watching and learning from one of the best QB’s of all time. My team needs a franchise QB one that can carry the team for years to come. Trade T Jack or Rosengarbage. It has been nice the past few years not questioning our running game. Would it be nice to build a pass game along with it? This last year has proven that we need both to be successful. Im not sure I agree with the quote “we will deal with that when it happens”. That plan may backfire, I say we deal with this QB issue with a good young star now, there are a lot of late round stars to develop.

  4. By TJACKATTACK on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    Please let T Jack play and let the ageing grandpa stay in Mississippi fishing and changing diapers.

  5. By COOLHANDLUKE on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    How in the world can the huddled up team discern what play Tavris Jackson is calling? I can make out less than half of what he says in an interview. Any thoughts of sending him to speech therapy?

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