Stanford QB Andrew Luck Will Not Declare For 2011 NFL Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 6, 2011 – 1:50 pm

Those of you hoping the Vikings would find a QB in the 1st round of this year’s NFL draft should be disappointed to learn that Stanford QB Andrew Luck – widely considered to be the top prospect in this year’s draft – has decided to remain in school instead of leaving early for the NFL.

This weakens the depth of this year’s QB draft class and could make it that much more difficult for the Vikings preferred player to fall down to #12 overall. I don’t know who the Vikings like in terms of QBs in this year’s draft, but ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. released his latest Big Board recently and here’s where he has the next several QBs ranked: Blaine Gabbert at #9, Cam Newton at #13, Ryan Mallet at #17 and Jake Locker at #25.

It’s still early yet and NFL personnel guys will shift their rankings and preferences slightly once the college all-star games and the annual NFL Scouting Combine concludes, but it’s still fun to follow the updates day-by-day. On top of that, who’s to say the Vikings will indeed select a QB in the 1st round?

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Coming In At #2 Is…

Posted by cjsiewert on January 6, 2011 – 1:16 pm

Over the course of the week we’ll take a look back at the Top 5 bright spots of the 2010 season and what we can look forward to in 2011. I’ll post what I feel have been the most exciting features of Vikings football during their 50th season, from #5 this past Monday to #1 on Friday.

Today’s installment – E.J.’s resurgence
#3 – Veteran leaders control the defense
#4 – Adrian Peterson’s ball security
#5 – The impact of the 2010 rookie draft class

Check back tomorrow for #1 on the list.

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Vince Young, The Vikings And The NFL Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 6, 2011 – 9:47 am

We’ve already established that how the Vikings address the QB position this offseason will be one of the most popular topics of conversation in the coming months. A couple of days ago we went over a few names that will likely remain in this conversation, but now there’s another one to add. But I don’t think he’ll be considered a possibility in Minnesota for long.

The Tennessee Titans have decided to cut the cord with Vince Young, their 1st-round selection (#3 overall) in 2006 and a player who’s had a tumultuous time in Tennessee. He actually has a solid win-loss record, but he’s been poor in handling adversity on several occasions and the team has finally decided to part ways with the athletic and strong-armed QB.

So the natural questions is: Could the Vikings become interested? I think it’s an interesting topic to debate but ultimately my conclusion is that he might not be the best fit for the Vikings at this time. With new head coach Leslie Frazier beginning the process of building his team in conjunction with VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman, perhaps adding a volatile personality such as young isn’t the right way to go.

Young’s tremendous athleticism and win-loss record is tempting, however. He has outstanding mobility and strength, which allows him to avoid pressure and throw on the run or pick up yardage on the ground. Plus he has a strong arm. In the end, though, I don’t see Young landing in Minnesota.

So if he doesn’t go to Minnesota, where will he go? That’s anyone’s guess for now, but considering the Vikings are looking to address their QB position this offseason, I suggest that Vikings fans root for young to land in one of the following cities: Carolina, Buffalo, Arizona, San Francisco or Washington. Those are cities whose NFL teams choose ahead of the Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft. While it’s more likely that Young joins a team as a backup rather than a starter, having Young on the roster makes it less-likely that that team will choose a QB with their 1st overall pick in the draft or will compete with the Vikings for other QBs on the open market.

Anyway, what do you think of Vince Young? Should the Vikings consider adding him? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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