Oh my goodness, what will Rick Spielman and the Vikings do when their turn comes to draft?
Everyone is trying to piece together the clues and come up with some kind of indication. Here’s some new info from draft insider Tony Pauline via Twitter.
Look for the Vikes to go linebacker in the first and take QB Zach Mettenberger some time later on.
Word from several sources; Minnesota Vikings heavily leaning towards Zach Mettenberger/QB/LSU in 2nd, looking for LB (Khalil Mack/UB) in 1st
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 1, 2014
Recently there has been a lot of speculation about Johnny Manziel. Folks have been wondering if Mike Zimmer’s negative comments about Manziel have been a means of throwing up a smokescreen to hide the team’s true interest in the QB.
If Pauline’s sources are correct, the Vikings aren’t on Manziel at all.
It’s probably just as well for the Vikes to not be interested in Manziel, because the way the arrows are pointing, Manziel won’t be available at #8 anyway.
Unfortunately for Minnesota, the best linebacker in the draft, Khalil Mack, probably won’t be available at #8 either.
C.J. Mosley, the second-best linebacker by consensus, probably will be available at 8. If the Vikings like Mosley, they can possibly trade down and still get him.
A trade down with a team that wants a wide receiver, followed by a trade back into the first to acquire Mettenberger looks like a solid piece of speculation to me.
Again, this is just another report, just another chance for people to argue “real info vs. smokescreen” again.
But it does seem like a logical course of action given the team’s needs.