This post isn't about whether we should draft a quarterback, when we should draft, who we should draft, what we should do once we draft, IF we should draft... blah blah blah. Instead, it's a quick update on the status, if you will, of the quarterback selection that's going to be potentially upcoming.
At first, it looked to be an exceptionally rich year for quaterbacks in the draft- however- Andrew Luck and Cam Newton are both considering (apparently, Luck is STRONGLY considering) NOT declaring. This impacts the draft considerably. Now granted, neither has decided conclusively, and we won't know for sure for a little bit what their plans are.
They both have different reasons- Luck is apparently interested in finishing his architectural engineering degree (I think I heard that he currently has a 3.75 GPA, nothing to sneeze at), and while Newton's reasons seem vague, I'm strongly inclined towards believing it's because he wants the stench of the pay-for-play scandal to disperse for another year.
But either way, both are undoubtedly a little iffy about declaring for a draft with a potential lock-out looming, and you can't blame them.
So- overall, let's temper some of our discussions with this very important point in mind. Without Luck and/or Newton declaring, it has a bit of a domino effect, as then other quarterbacks who might have fallen lower in the first round will now be taken higher, outside of the Viking's range. And arguments about whether we should sell the farm to draft Luck, or whether Newton is NFL-caliber or not, are rather moot should they not even declare.