It’s seriously up in the air as to which player the Minnesota Vikings will select with the 8th pick in the NFL draft. The team has many needs on defense and offense, especially at the quarterback position.
Minnesota needs to think critically when selecting its first pick in the draft because there are so many great options that will be available to them.
However, I still believe that selecting a quarterback in the first round would be the best choice for Minnesota in the long run, but what quarterback gives this team the best long term solution?
That guy would be Blake Bortles from UCF.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been watching game highlights of Bortles and his play with UCF. I see a great upcoming leader, and a guy that possesses all the natural skills at the QB position. He reminds me a lot of Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers with his enormous frame for a quarterback.
Many draft experts are now saying that Bortles could land with the Vikings. Weeks earlier, they had him projected at number one overall, but I guess we all know that these draft projections change fast.
The fact that Bortles played for UCF, a school that competes in the American Athletic Conference could make teams with a top-five selection a little weary when deciding to select Bortles or pass him up. Many of the teams in the AAC are not relevant nationally in college football, therefore the level of play is not like it is in the Big 10, ACC, or SEC.
I’m not writing this post to bash the AAC, but scouts analyze players based on the teams they competed against during their collegiate careers. This could potentially affect Bortles’ stock in the draft.
Remember when the Vikings drafted Daunte Culpepper out of UCF? He was projected higher, but fell to the Vikings at number 11. I see the same scenario with Bortles in this year’s draft.
Culpepper panned out well for the Vikings, but I think Bortles’ attitude, body frame, and skill set will end up paying off even more for the Vikings in the long run.
I fully expect Matt Cassel to be the team’s starting QB next season, but this would give Bortles a chance to learn from the veteran and step in if he struggles.
Minnesota would be the perfect place for Bortles because the Vikings will be patient with him and give him a chance to adapt to Norv Turner’s system.