The Minnesota Vikings are interested in drafting a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft, but they reportedly don’t want to draft one in the first round. They are likely wanting to get a quarterback in the second or third round, and there has been one name flying around in rumors today.
According to ESPN’s Bob Holtzman, the Vikings are interested in drafting Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
ESPN’s Bob Holtzman, who is live at #Vikings HQ: “One name I’ve heard mentioned here is Jimmy Garoppolo.” (MIN worked him out in April.)
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 8, 2014
This is certainly a situation to keep an eye on over the next couple days, and it would make sense for the Vikings to target him in the second or third round. He has a great arm, and has begun receiving more interest over the last few weeks. There are some question marks surrounding him, but he also has the upside to become a very good NFL quarterback.
Garoppolo had a huge season for Eastern Illinois last year, throwing for 5,050 yards, 53 touchdowns, and only turning the ball over nine times through the air. While those numbers look amazing, he did play against a lower level of competition than most of the top NFL quarterback prospects. He completed 66.0% of his passes and showed a great poise in the pocket and ability to make plays for his teammates.
Overall, the Vikings wouldn’t be making a bad decision to take a flier on Garoppolo in the second or third round. He has the potential to be a very good quarterback with the right coaching, and he very well might be their starting quarterback in the near future. There are certainly many options for the Vikings that would be more dangerous and end up being worse than drafting a quarterback that showed great potential in college.