Sep 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; American sportswriter Peter King walks off the field following the game between the Baltimore Ravens against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Ravens 49-27. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Peter King Discusses the Vikings Options at No. 8


Peter King, one of the most respected writers in sports, stopped by Winter Park recently for a project he is working on. While there, he took the time to do an interview with the Vikings Entertainment Network.

Of course, the most interesting topic discussed was the Vikings options with the 8th overall pick in the draft. Specifically, as to whether the Vikings should take a quarterback at that spot.

“If you take a quarterback at No. 8, you have to be convinced he’s your quarterback of the future,” King said. “You have to be convinced. Are they convinced on any of these guys? I don’t think any of the guys around the league are convinced at all about any of the quarterbacks.”

But King does think the Vikings will take one at some point. He shared a quote that appeared in his column this week from former Super Bowl winning Packers coach Mike Holmgren.

“If you don’t have a quarterback, you have to take one,” Holmgren said. “You have to take one.”

The Vikings signed Matt Cassel this offseason to prevent themselves from being forced to pick a quarterback early, but it seems inevitable that they’ll come away from the draft with at least one. And King said signing Cassel doesn’t prevent you from taking a quarterback in the first round either, it just gives you options.

“Could Matt Cassel, like Matt Schaub in Oakland, be the bridge for one or two years? Yeah, I think he could,” King said. “But if you have a very good feeling about one of these quarterbacks, maybe not a [flawless view], but a very good feeling, I would take him at 8.”

King also acknowledged that the choice is difficult because of all the talent in this year’s draft class.

If you don’t [take a quarterback], obviously you’re going to get a very good player at 8,” King said. “You may not get the player that you want but who knows, maybe Khalil Mack drops into your lap.”

A choice at No. 8 between Khalil Mack and a top quarterback prospect? I’m sure the Vikings would take that scenario in a heartbeat.

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  • jamed

    Take a QB as long as you think he is your guy. Teddy Bridgewater would be a great pick up at #8. 2weeks ago they would have had to move up to get him but at 8 take him.

    • 3kolu

      If Turner believes Bridgewater is their guy, that’s all it takes.

    • Spencer Davis

      Doubt it, and more like two months ago. I bet Teddy drops to the mid 20′s or even the second round. If Mack or Watikins isn’t there, trade down. I’m not hatin’ on Teddy, he just hasn’t convinced anyone yet that he’s a true franchise quarterback. Also, think of it this way. If Rick and/or rookie head coach Mike Zimmer take a QB at 8, their jobs are tied to him. If he fails they fail. If they take a QB in the 2nd or 3rd, there’s less expectations and risk for both parties.

      • jamed

        There’s also a less chance they make it, I know Wilson and others but the chances are a lot less than a 1st round talent as long as the scouts aren’t lazy on there evaluation then a 1st round QB has a better chance to make it.

        • Spencer Davis

          I know chances of success are slightly lower in the rounds after the first. But only slightly. There are still hoards of quarterbacks taken in the first round that are busts. But in recent years there have been more exceptions. Not only Wilson, but Kapernick, Dalton and Foles. All were playoff quarterbacks at least once. In 2011, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder were all selected before Dalton and Kapernick were taken in the 2nd round. In 2012, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were taken before Wilson and Foles. Books not out yet on Tannehill but he doesn’t look like a for sure franchise QB.

          • jamed

            Right, I understand that but we could go back and forth about this cause you got Manning,Rivers,Luck RG3 and then you got people like Brady,Wilson there really is no science to it but like I said before if they feel there guy is there at 8 then you have to take him and I feel Bridgewater will be good in our offense but what does intrigue me lately is the potential that Bortles could have in Norv’s scheme cause he could sit behind Cassell for couple years 1 year at least. So I still think if our guy is there go QB. The draft has got a good LB depth and DB depth we should even be able to pick up a good OG in the 4th or 5th. So I’m all in on grabbing the QB first ill be happy with one of the top 3 or even moving back and grabbing Carr.

    • Gregg Z

      If the defense had been ranked in the middle of the league in ponts allowed the Vikes would have been in the range of 9-7 or 10-6. Draft for the D. The O is “good enough” for now.

      • jamed

        Yea that’s assuming that would happen and maybe if we had a franchise QB we would have won the Superbowl,lol if they think the franchise QB is there at 8 you have to take him cause it is way to hard for the Viks to find this guy.

  • Topdollar

    Mettenberger is THE PICK! This guy will one being one of the best in the league within two years

    • justus w. win

      Iz dat you, Mettenberger????????????