John Wolford – QB (Arizona Hotshots)
The Vikings brought in former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion in for a visit last week to potentially compete with Kyle Sloter for the backup quarterback job behind Kirk Cousins. Mannion has really done nothing in the league since being drafted back in 2015, and if they are going the non-productive route, then why not take a chance on a hungry player from the AAF?
John Wolford played his college ball at Wake Forest. During his career he threw for nearly 9,000 yards with 59 touchdowns. Those numbers are eye-popping but he also tossed 41 interceptions so this guy is clearly a gunslinger and gambler.
Wolford went undrafted a year ago and was picked up by the New York Jets after the draft. He played throughout the preseason but didn’t make the team and not even the practice squad.
He joined the Arizona Hotshots and became their starting quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound signal-caller threw for the second-most yards in the league with 1,616 and 14 touchdowns. Wolford stayed true to his reckless nature and tossed seven interceptions to go along with those touchdowns.
He showed great mobility, often times scampering away from the pass rush to save his life, or just turning a busted play into a gain by rushing for positive yardage. Another big factor in Wolford’s corner was the toughness he showed. Wolford took some big bone crushing shots and occasionally had to leave some games due to injury. He bounced back every time and clearly toughed it out to be there to compete with his teammates.
Wolford definitely did enough to earn another shot at the NFL. The Vikings need another quarterback on the roster of that there is no doubt. Wolford could be a guy who could push Sloter for the backup job, but worst case would be the third quarterback with a lot of upside.