Spielman Says Vikings Will Keep Open Mind With #12 Pick In Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 15, 2011 – 2:40 pm

One of the reasons I love the drat so much is because everyone has opinions about players, teams and which teams should pick which players. Some Vikings fans think now is the time to find a franchise QB. Others don’t believe in this year’s QB crop and prefer the Vikings address the offensive or defensive line. And still others want the Vikings to take a look at the secondary or maybe even the WR position.

With several options potentially available for the Vikings with the 12th overall pick, Vikings fans can at least take solace in knowing that the team won’t be stubborn in an attempt to draft a particular player or address a certain position. The Vikings, who are guided by VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman during the draft, will stay true to their philosophy of taking the best available player.

“I think there are multiple needs, I don’t think there’s one need,” Spielman said while chatting with Mike Florio on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk Live. “Obviously everybody is talking about the quarterback, but you’ve got to look at offensive line, you’ve got to look at your defensive line, you’ve got to look at your secondary.”

The tough part about projecting which player a team will select with its pick, especially when that team in sitting at #12 overall, is that you don’t know how teams in front of the 12th pick will behave.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of options there at that twelfth pick to fill one of those needs,” Spielman said, “and even potentially let’s say one of those receivers (A.J. Green and Julio Jones), I don’t know what’s going to happen, slides down to twelve and Sidney’s not under contract. There are some things you can do to maybe fill that need as well. That’s why going into this thing we’re going to have such an open mind and stick true to our board once we stack those guys; let’s take the best guy because we do have a lot of needs in some other areas besides quarterback.”

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Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 15, 2011 – 12:52 pm

The NFL draft continues to inch closer and your questions continue to pile in. But keep them coming, because the Monday Morning Mailbag will return again this week to hear your comments and answer your questions.

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