The Vikings missed their chance to draft Johnny Manziel when they went with Anthony Barr at 9.
They missed a second chance to draft Manziel when Cleveland snatched the #22 pick away from them via trade.
With Manziel gone, the Vikings went to the next guy on their board. And they weren’t going to let him get away.
To secure the #32 pick in the draft, moving ahead of the QB-needy Texans, Raiders and Buccaneers, the Vikings dealt the 40th pick plus the #108 overall pick to Seattle.
And used the pick on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings miss on Johnny Football, but they take the player who once upon a time was seen as a near-certain top 10 or even top 5 pick.
Heck, a lot of people had Bridgewater as the #1 overall.
But Bridgewater, for whatever reason, did not shine as brightly in the eyes of talent evaluators as he did in the eyes of the media.
In the end, he barely sneaks into the first round.
The Vikings got Teddy even without tanking. They just had to give away a fourth round pick.
So the Vikings leave day 1 with a linebacker and a quarterback. And they didn’t have to really reach to get their quarterback.
I have to believe Rick Spielman is pretty happy.