Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd runs the shuttle dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Draft Targets: Norv Turner “Intrigued” By Tajh Boyd


We know the Vikings will address quarterback at some point during the draft. What we don’t know is whether they plan on doing that early or late.

If it’s early, the choice will be someone like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. If it’s late…it could be any one of a bunch of players who are perceived as projects.

Narrowing down the list of potential late round QB targets isn’t easy without any hints. Has Norv Turner just helped us out with that?


According to draft insider Tony Pauline, one particular QB has caught Norv Turner’s eye. Pauline posted on Twitter:


Tajh Boyd? The same Tajh Boyd who was terrible at the Senior Bowl?

What about Tajh Boyd could be “intriguing” to Norv Turner?

Well, Boyd has a good arm, and some touch to go with his passing power. He also possesses good mobility and is seen as a strong guy who can take hits.

The negatives? He’s a little on the short side. He also is a bit too run-happy. And there are questions whether he can play in a pro style system after lining up at shotgun the majority of the time at Clemson.

The arm strength is likely the big factor with Norv. A lot of the second tier QBs – AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, the players in that range – look like WCO QBs.

Boyd may not seem like a great pro style QB at first glance, but with polishing and development, maybe he could grow into the role. Would he be less risky as a late round developmental QB than, say, Tom Savage or Logan Thomas?

If Norv likes him, then it won’t be hard for the Vikings to get him. He should still be sitting there around the fifth round.

With eight picks and a lot of their defensive needs sewn up via free agency, the Vikings may actually be looking at taking two QBs in this draft. Might not be a terrible idea.

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  • jacknine

    In the 4th round, but not earlier.

  • Gordon Guffey

    With Cassel and Ponder under contract for 2014 there is no need to reach for any QB ~ Its a good idea to have a 3rd project QB on the roster ~ Its not like Boyd was a bad college QB and was viewed by some as a first or second round draft pick before his senior season ~ IMHO this could be a great move ~

    I dont see the Vikings taking a QB before round 2 and maybe round 3 where they have 2 3rd round picks ~ I dont see the Vikings reaching at #8 while their is a need at LBer and guys who will fit BPA that fit a need ~

  • David Mallow

    after they trade down in the first to get their goal of 10 picks, they will take 2 QBs between rounds 2 and 5 somewhere…Boyd will not be one of them unfortunately… im thinking Carr if possible in the early 2nd or Fales in the 3rd will be one of the picks for the Vikings QB situation…exciting draft this year

  • holymomentumbatman#84

    Call me the oddball out, but there are several “sleeper” QB’s in this draft that I would have to take a second and even a third look at BEFORE considering any of those obvious “top 3″, and it just so happens that Tajh Boyd is one of them. I think that, under a wing as big as Norv Turner’s is, 90% or better of what most other coaches wouldn’t consider good potential prospects, would end up flourishing under Turner’s guidance.

    I just don’t see small bodies like Manziel or Bridgewater lasting a long time in the NFL, unless they can throw and run like Russell Wilson, (on a CONSISTENT basis). That being said, I PERSONALLY don’t think I’d consider either one. That might seem like a dumb decision to some, but, oh, well. Bortles, MAYBE. He’s a bigger body, and has a pretty good arm. There’s another guy with similar talents, but I think maybe even has bigger potential than Bortles, but, like Bortles, the competition level he faced in college might bring that potential into question. Nonetheless, I think he’s damn good. Look at some film of Jeff Mathews from Cornell. 6’4″, 230lbs., only a 4.9 40, but hey, Peyton Manning doesn’t run either. Mathews has A CANNON. It’s been said by many more besides me, he’s THE STRONGEST ARM