Nov 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. UCF defeated Temple 39-36. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper Jr. Currently Mocking Bortles To Minnesota

Earlier today, we revealed who ESPN’s Todd McShay had mocked to the Minnesota Vikings, so now it is time to give his partner in crime, Mel Kiper Jr., his due.

With the eighth pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Mel Kiper Jr. has the Minnesota Vikings selecting:

Blake Bortles, quarterback from UCF

Dec 7, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) runs for a touchdown against the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the second half of an NCAA football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. UCF Knights won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Depite Kiper’s belief that Minnesota will select Bortles, he seems to have a lot of questions regarding his ability to play right away or develop.  He feels that Bortles will face a big learning curve in the NFL and may be a bit of a project for any team that selects him.  Minnesota may not have the time to allow this to happen unless they bring in another stopgap veteran quarterback to start this season or roll with the only quarterback left on the roster, Christian Ponder.

Bortles does have a lot of upside and could become a good quarterback in the NFL, but the Vikings may not want to wait for him to develop into the quarterback of their future.  Kiper sees enough in Bortles to make him the #8 overall pick for Minnesota depite all his questions, and he is the expert after all.

Tags: Blake Bortles Christian Ponder Mel Kiper Minnesota Vikings

  • robb

    Despite wanting the Vikings to go for Manziel, (which I don’t think they will do) this is exactly why they need to pay Cassel before some other team gets him. Ponder has proven himself to be completely out of the question.

    • Johnny

      Cassels proven he isn’t a winner it is more apples to oranges.

      • Justin

        The point is not whether or not he is a winner, which is arguable according to your definition, but who is the best option. Are you insinuating that Ponder is a more viable option for next season? That there is a better QB available? And the whole apples to oranges thing I honestly do not get as no one was making any sort of comparison.

        • Johnny

          Pointless conversation Ponder is the only QB with a contract currently.

          • Justin

            I think we can agree there, with the notion that discussing a potential draft pick is fruitless with no short-term answer in place, which will undoubtedly have a significant impact on who is drafted. Where I beg to differ is the assertion that Cassel is not a proven winner. Whether or not that is the case he is the best option available in free agency. He played well enough outside a couple of performances against the likes of CAR for example, but he was clearly the best QB on the team. Alternatives like Vick, McKown, Mallet*, Flynn, Henne*, etc. (*not sure if they are free agents technically), are not particularly appealing. Being from MN I think the fans would revolt if a guy like Vick was brought in and any others would be just as much a risk and have no experience with any of our players. Cassel is the best option regardless of whether or not he is a proven winner to which the above comment was alluding.