Sep 21, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Southern Methodist Mustangs 42-13 at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Vikings Still In Play For Johnny Manziel

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There hasn’t been quite so much talk about Johnny Manziel to the Vikings in recent weeks, for whatever reason.

Maybe people have just bought into the idea that Manziel is not a Mike Zimmer guy. Or maybe the steam for players like Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles has obscured Manziel somewhat.

For what it’s worth, at least one insider suggests that Viking fans shouldn’t give up on Manziel quite yet.

Albert Breer says Manziel is still the guy generating “the most conversation” among NFL executives. The perception he says is that the Buccaneers, Rams and Vikings could still be in play.

If those are the three teams in play for Manziel, and all are willing to use their first pick to get him, then the Vikings will be out of luck because St. Louis and Tampa Bay both pick ahead of them.

If the Vikings really, truly covet Manziel, they would have to trade up to #1 in order to guarantee his acquisition. To get that trade done, they would have to give up multiple picks including, most likely, a 2015 first rounder.

Well, some people might say, if you want Johnny Football bad enough, why not make the deal? Why not just get your quarterback and get on with it?

Such an argument will be very compelling to anyone sold on the idea that Manziel is a slam dunk future star. And not so compelling to those who see lots of red flags floating around Manziel.

I personally can’t see it happening, but I’ve been fooled many times before. If Rick Spielman has identified Manziel as a potential future face of the franchise, and he’s willing to part with multiple picks to make it happen?

Then he should go ahead and do it. It’s his neck on the line, not mine.

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