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Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

QBs Savage and Renner Visited the Vikings this Week


If the Vikings fail to find a quarterback in this year’s draft, it won’t be for lack of trying.

Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage and North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner both paid the Vikings a visit this week, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

With those two names now linked to the Vikings, the Vikings have had contact with at least 15 different quarterback prospects throughout this offseason (you can find the full list here). The two were in town for the Vikings annual “Top 30″ event, along with quarterback prospects Teddy Bridgewater and Keith Wenning, according to Breer.

Tom Savage

Savage’s name has been rocketing up draft boards in the last couple of weeks, and reports have now surfaced that he could come off the board early in the second round of the draft.

The fact that Savage’s stock is so high is very interesting because he had a very up and down college career. After losing his starting job at Rutgers due to injury, Savage transferred to Arizona, and then transferred again to Pittsburgh when Arizona’s head coach left.

Savage’s numbers were not eye-popping during his senior season, as he passed for just 2,598 yards and 21 touchdowns, to go along with nine interceptions. Savage completed just over 61 percent of his passes in 2013, after completing around 52 percent his first two years of college.

Savage’s production was limited due to a shaky offensive line in front of him, as he was sacked 43 times.

Still, scouts see great size (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and a plus arm in Savage, and it sounds like he’s considered a “project” that many coaches would like to work on. Savage has some of the raw tools and size you want in a quarterback prospect, he just hasn’t put it together on the field yet.

Bryn Renner

Renner is a potential late round pick the Vikings could be interested in, depending on how quickly he bounced back from a shoulder injury in November. Renner ended up playing in only seven games his senior season after being knocked out in early November.

In those games, Renner completed close to 66 percent of his passes for 1765 yards with ten touchdowns and five interceptions.

Renner has solid size for a quarterback prospect at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds. Renner fits the mold of a traditional pocket quarterback, though he has played in both pro style and spread systems during his time in college.

Renner was medically cleared to perform all exercises at the Combine, but it’s possible the Vikings wanted to have their personal doctors take a look at his shoulder before potentially spending a late round pick on him.

If Renner is not drafted, it’s possible the Vikings would make him a priority undrafted free agent as potential camp arm.

What do you think Vikings fans? Do either of these prospects move the needle for you at all? Sound off in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter @Goatman102!

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  • David Mallow

    Renner more than likely will not be drafted, not because he isnt good, just that QBs in this are only a priority for a hand full of teams. I do like his play however and if they got him into camp as an UDFA for a competition arm I would be thrilled for a chance to see what he can do…now Savage on the other hand has been a look for me for quite a while. Mettenberger and Carr are the only two guys I have ahead of him..I like everything about him, his arm strength, accuracy, pocket awareness are all above average and I think he could have a special career with proper coaching (Norv Turner)…I’ve also been hearing that he could sneak into the end of round 2.. would love for the Vikes to get him… SLEEPER ALERT

    • Chris Schroeder

      Agreed. Ive watched a lot of Tom Savage film and this guy will be a stud especially with nor molding him. Barr with number 8 then Savage with 2nd. Plus wouldn’t having a Vikings jersey with Savage on the back be pretty sweet

      • David Mallow

        trade down in the first, get another 2nd and 4th, draft CJ Mosley then get Savage and Deone Buchanon in the second

        • Chris Schroeder

          I’d be happy with that to

  • Cool Jack

    I agree with this guy (David Mallow) a true Viking fan with good insite….I like this Savage prospect…him and Metttenberger give the Kings the option of trading back,picking up another draft pick, and taking one of them (Tom Brady) like QB”s. P.S…to all Cheeseheads ….worry about your own closet full of assholes…PPS…By the way…Julius Peppers is too old and worn down to worry the KINGS…!