Although the Vikes may have a top ten draft pick in the offseason, it will not necessarily be high enough to draft a franchise QB. Assuming that nobody falls to them and no teams are offering a trade up, which of these QBs would you like to see in Minnesota in 2011? Unlike a draftee, these guys could start in 2011.
(Drumroll please...the list of QBs and a poll after the jump)
One if by trade:
Vince Young: The only guy to lose his starting job for throwing the top half of his uni into the stands could be our guy for considerably less than a first round draft choice or a package of picks. In terms of on-field performance, the proverbial light in VY's head(case) seems to have turned on, and that could benefit the Vikings; however, he costs more than the other options and comes with some degree of risk.
Two if by age:
Chad Pennington: The fact that this guy gets injured every other year is insurance that whoever he tutors (and he has reportedly been a good mentor in previous stops) will get to see the field soon.
Kyle Orton: When Josh McDaniels traded Cutler for draft picks and Orton, I thought that he should be fired then; however, Orton blossomed in Denver while Cutler stumbled in Chicago, and McDaniels was fired anyway. If the Broncos decide to go with Tebow, Orton could be available.
Troy Smith: This guy's NFL story is exactly what the Vikings should be looking for. Smith was a highly rated QB in college until he had a poor bowl game and dropped out of the first round. Even if Troy Smith is benched in QB-needy San Francisco, it would only prove that the Niners organization can't spot a good QB, even when one is on their roster. The Vikings should take a very close look at him in my humble opinion.
Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick: Vick is probably staying in PHI and WAS will probably be willing to write a check big enough to make McNabb stay put if Shanahan wants him there, but there is a small chance that at least one of these guys could hit the FA market.