Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd runs the shuttle dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
We know the Vikings will address quarterback at some point during the draft. What we don’t know is whether they plan on doing that early or late.
If it’s early, the choice will be someone like Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. If it’s late…it could be any one of a bunch of players who are perceived as projects.
Narrowing down the list of potential late round QB targets isn’t easy without any hints. Has Norv Turner just helped us out with that?
According to draft insider Tony Pauline, one particular QB has caught Norv Turner’s eye. Pauline posted on Twitter:
Tajh Boyd? The same Tajh Boyd who was terrible at the Senior Bowl?
What about Tajh Boyd could be “intriguing” to Norv Turner?
Well, Boyd has a good arm, and some touch to go with his passing power. He also possesses good mobility and is seen as a strong guy who can take hits.
The negatives? He’s a little on the short side. He also is a bit too run-happy. And there are questions whether he can play in a pro style system after lining up at shotgun the majority of the time at Clemson.
The arm strength is likely the big factor with Norv. A lot of the second tier QBs – AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, the players in that range – look like WCO QBs.
Boyd may not seem like a great pro style QB at first glance, but with polishing and development, maybe he could grow into the role. Would he be less risky as a late round developmental QB than, say, Tom Savage or Logan Thomas?
If Norv likes him, then it won’t be hard for the Vikings to get him. He should still be sitting there around the fifth round.
With eight picks and a lot of their defensive needs sewn up via free agency, the Vikings may actually be looking at taking two QBs in this draft. Might not be a terrible idea.