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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.
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.
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!