There are two types of mock drafts. There are those that are intended to predict what a franchise will do and those that predict what a franchise should do, both from the author’s perspective.
Last year I tried to predict what franchises should do, and my mock turned out to be less accurate than Shaq from the free throw line.
So, this year I have been taking a different approach by trying to predict what franchises will do and that has been an agonizing experience thus far, particularly when trying to place this year’s crop of quarterbacks whom all seem to have draft stock that is, to steal a phrase from Rick Spielman, “etched in oatmeal.” Add on the fact that we don’t know if free agency and trades will occur before or after the draft and we now have all the makings of a hack blogger sleeping less and driving his wife batty.
The last couple of days have produced a good quantity of tidbits and insights into some of the quarterbacks potentially available to the Vikings. So, if you are interested in seeing a somewhat comprehensive look at some of the items that have made me so indecisive, then keep reading after the jump.
As the college season came to a close I was not shy about declaring Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett as my favorite passer in the draft, despite an incident involving public intoxication.
Mallett, however, had since been slammed by unnamed scouts participating in interviews where they made references to having plenty of dirt on Mallett and that the baggage was the type no team would want to carry.
Then we got some possible clarification when NFL Draft Monster ran an article in which they cite multiple sources from within the Arkansas program claiming to have witnessed Mallett using marijuana and cocaine.
In the eyes of the media, Mallett did not do himself any favors by abruptly ending his Combine interview session after repeated questions focused on the drug rumors. The media and the actual teams are two different stories, however, and there was plenty of post-Combine chatter that Mallett was actually quite impressive during private interviews with teams.
I cannot say for sure if the Vikings met with Mallett during the Combine but we do know that they met with one of his teammates, tight end D.J. Williams, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they snuck in some questions about Mallett. That isn’t to say they aren’t interested in Williams himself, as he is a fine player in his own right.
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