Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman talks with the media after the introduction of the 2013 1st round draft picks at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Sid Hartman and Peter King Both Convinced Vikings Won’t Draft QB In 1st

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Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman talks with the media after the introduction of the 2013 1st round draft picks at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports


Veteran scribes Sid Hartman and Peter King are on the same page on this one. When the Vikings’ turn comes to draft on the evening of May 8, the selection will be anything but a quarterback.

Rick Spielman has spoken to both King and Hartman, and apparently convinced each man that the plan is to go BPA at 8 and take a quarterback later.

“While there is much speculation that the Vikings will select a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft, General Manager Rick Spielman made it clear that he won’t draft a QB with the pick because he said they will take the best player on the board with their first selection, and there is no reason to believe that a quarterback will be the best player on the board,” Hartman said in a Sunday column.

The estimable Mr. Hartman quoted Spielman explaining why the Vikings would do well to pass on a QB this year and address other needs.

“There are some very good defensive players, some very good receivers in this draft, some good offensive linemen,” Spielman said. “There’s some significant linebackers that can play not only standing up but also help you rush the passer as well. I think we’re going to have a lot of options at 8, but we’re also going to potentially look to move out of that pick as well.”

Peter King’s MMQB segment on Spielman included similar quotes. “That’s a big reason why we made it a high priority to sign Matt Cassel back. Every one of these quarterbacks … nothing is a sure thing,” Spielman told King. “There’s no Andrew Luck, no Peyton Manning. It is such a mixed bag with each player—every one of them has positives, every one of them has negatives. And if that’s the way you end up feeling, why don’t you just wait till later in the draft, and take someone with the first pick you’re sure will help you right now?”

In the same piece, King pointed out that the Vikings will have a minicamp days before the draft, and indicated that Minnesota will use that minicamp to get a read on where Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder both are.

The implication being that the Vikings could still elect to draft a quarterback at 8, if they become convinced that their present QBs aren’t good enough.

Despite Spielman leaving the door open on taking a QB at 8 if their on-roster QBs stink enough, King told a Twin Cities media personality that he thinks he thinks he knows the Vikings will go away from QB at 8.

In a tweet to Meatsauce responding to a question about what the Vikings will do at 8 King said, “Not a quarterback. They want a sure thing.”

Straight from the keyboard of King and the quill pen of Sid Hartman. No quarterback for the Vikings at 8 this year.

So Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, any other quarterbacks who think they have a chance of being taken #8 overall? You can cancel that order for purple apparel, you can call off that Twin Cities area house search, you can delete all those sweet Minneapolis honies from your phone.

Minnesota ain’t gonna happen for you.

Memo to any teams expecting the Vikings to take a QB at 8? Listen to Sid Hartman and Peter King. It’s not going to happen. So submit your Ha Ha Clinton-Dix/Aaron Donald/C.J. Mosley/Jake Matthews/Odell Beckham-related trade proposals now.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    My proposal is simply this. Trade Ponder for Pryor. Get both guys out of their, convicted in the court of public opinion, cities. Pryor might be what the Vikings new OC likes with a big arm and a solid athlete. Ponder might even see some starts out Oakland way, who knows? These guys are done in the home town of their teams as of today…That way each team gets something even if it’s nothing…

  • Justin Weishaar

    1. No pick is a sure thing. Never is and never will be.
    2. Spielman mindtrick 101. We are good at oline. We are good at wr. We are not drafting one at 8.
    3. Manning and luck are once in a generation guys and the colts debated right to the end. Manning or leaf. It is one thing to miss on a qb. It happens. But oassing on a qb for fear that hemight not be good and seeing him have a hall of fame career, that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

    4. If the big 3 are gone at 8. Dont go qb. If bridgewater Iis there. Trade down and get more picks.
    5. Bortkes or johnny ay 8. DRAFT ONE OF THEM.

  • Bob E.

    Ya cuz its not like Spielman smokescreens his draft or anything… Not like he had the world convinced Manti Teo was their man last year or anything… 3 fist rounders later he dropped to the second round.

  • jamed

    So if Spielman isn’t lying to protect his pick then I’m thinking we already got a trade partner. So if Bortles or Manziel or Bridgewater fall to #8 wouldn’t they be the best player available cause that would mean that all the D players and Watkins is gone.