Would the Vikings have drafted Blaine Gabbert at #12? We’ll never know, because the Jaguars picked him off at #10 after trading up with the Redskins.
Gabbert fell to 10 only after several teams believed to be interested in a QB passed on him. Among those who said no on Gabbert: the Tennessee Titans, who made Jake Locker the #2 quarterback selected.
There was mild chatter that the Vikings might try to trade up above 10 to get Gabbert but it was never more than mild. There had been rumors all day that the Redskins wanted to trade down, and indeed, they ultimately did.
What we don’t know, of course, is if the Vikings ever wanted Gabbert. We do know they liked Locker, but Locker went earlier than expected. It’s possible that, in the Vikings’ own minds, their draft has already been a disappointment. Unless they really love Christian Ponder.