The Vikings are in an extremely enviable position for the second round of the NFL Draft, having traded out of the first round with the Detroit Lions last night. The Vikings traded their 1st round pick (30th) and 4th round pick (128th) for Lions’ 2nd round pick (34th), 4th round pick (100) & 7th round pick (214th).
Sitting that high up in the draft with two top quarterbacks still available (Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen), the Vikes are in a position to nab their choice if they do indeed want to draft a QB, or take offers to trade down again from teams still in need of a signal-caller.
Draft junkies know that the Vikings (as do a lot of teams) go to some lengths to make other teams think something that may not be true with regard to the Vikes’ draft intentions. Today is an instance where that might just be paying off.
It came as no surprise to me, then, when I read in this morning’s Star Tribune that Steve Mariucci, an NFL Network draft analyst and longtime FoF (Friend of Favre) say that the 40-year-old QB has not yet recovered from the ankle injury he suffered against those cheaters, the New Orleans Saints. For good measure, Mariucci added “He’s trying to determine: Is his body telling him something here? Or is he going to be feeling better in due time. He still hasn’t made up his mind.”
Well, is Brett Favre really going to return for another season if his ankle has yet to heal? Will the Vikings draft a quarterback as insurance? Raising these questions among the quarterback-needy that remain in the draft, only benefits Chilly and company. We’ll see how it plays out today but I’m liking where we sit.