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We've got to find a quarterback


Vikings' Frazier says finding franchise QB a must in NFC North


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81dbddea/article/vikings-frazier-says-finding-franchise-qb-a-must-in-nfc-north?module=HP_headlines2col

"We've got to find a quarterback," Frazier told the newspaper. "You look at the playoff teams and none of them really have an issue at quarterback, they have their starting quarterback and most likely for years to come. We've got to find us a quarterback that we can build our franchise around, and if we do, it's going to stabilize a lot of things for our team and organization."

It appears that Frazier is bound and determined to get a QB this year.  That means first round!

So who should it be?

Should the Vikings trade up and forfeit a pick?

They may not be able to trade a player but if they could who would it be?

If they could trade a player I would consider trying to trade Jared Allen to Cincinnati along with the #12 pick to get to #4.  Maybe that is enough to get all the way to the top spot?

If they can only trade picks they would have to use their second to get up to between #5 and #6.

So it will be interesting who is left at #12 and who they believe is the franchise QB.

Here are two scouting reports from the huddlereport.com ...

Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri TALENT BOARD Round 1

STRENGTHS
Blaine is a tall, strong, athletic player with a bazooka for an arm. He has the quickest release I've ever seen coming out of college. He has excellent accuracy and plays from the pocket in spite of playing from a spread offense. Blaine has strong leadership skills and the athletic skills to play in any style of offense, but seems to prefer to work from the pocket. He does a solid job when pressured making decisions and will make the franchise throw without question or hesitation. He has that John Elway swagger after he makes a throw that pulls his team out of adverse situations. Blaine (because of his arm strength and quick release) is a bit of a gambler and is not afraid to fail, which can be a gift and a curse. Blaine has franchise QB potential -- make no mistake about that. I call him Blaine (Two Guns) Gabbert because he has two guns to fire the ball with: his unbelievable strong arm to go along with his lightning quick release. Two guns baby, two guns!

CONCERNS
Like I said, Blaine is a bit of a gambler. He will throw interceptions at the worst time of a game trying to make a play, but...he will also bring you back from the depths of despair just when you thought that there was no way to win a game. Blaine doesn't read defenses very well right now in the running game. He struggles to go through his progressions because he has such confidence in his quick release and will lock on to one receiver at times. He will wait an unusual amount of time for a receiver to get open because of that quick release. This will cause him to turn the ball over at the next level until he learns to throw the ball within the rhythm of the offense. This is normal for a young QB and I expect no problems with his intelligence and work ethic to improve on any of these issues.


BOTTOM LINE
There is more than one franchise QB in this draft and Blaine is one of them. Blaine on film looks like he has the mental stamina, athletic skills and football intelligence to be just that...a franchise QB. Blaine plays in a spread offense and for some reason that confuses scouts and makes them question a player's ability to play in the pocket under pressure. The scouts can't tell how well a QB's accuracy and decision making ability is when a player has less time (than a spread offense gives a player) to make correct throws and decisions and not fold mentally under the pressure. Blaine has shown very good ability to throw under pressure with accuracy and make those throws when needed. I'm detecting a new gunfighter in town: Blaine (Two Guns) Gabbert. If I'm Carolina, I would think about drafting Blaine (Two Guns) Gabbert over Cam (Daddy Makes Two) Newton because Blaine has more football maturity and stronger leadership skills to go along with his excellent talent. The B S Detector Drew Boylhart Jan /11

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Jake Locker QB Washington TALENT BOARD Round 1

STRENGTHS
Jake is a big QB with excellent arm strength and a lot of athletic talent. He shows on film good, solid leadership skills and has the ability to make the players around him better. Jake has the athletic talent to move the ball through the air and on the ground. He reminds me a lot of Tim Tebow because, like Tebow, he will make the tough run to get a first down. Jake has proven through injuries this year that he will do anything to win and that stats are not his priority. He can make all the throws and this year, with all the adversity, Jake has shown me that he understands what playing the QB position at the next level will be all about. He understands that it is not just about talent. It is about leadership, character and then talent. Jake has proven to me this year (more than last year) that he has the potential to be a franchise QB for the next level. Not only does he remind me of Tebow (QB Broncos), but also, for you old-timers, Terry Bradshaw (former Hall of Fam QB Pittsburgh Steelers). Terry moved around pretty good when he first got into the NFL and learned to stay in the pocket after a few years of frustration for the fans, the coaches and himself to become the QB his talent suggested that he could become.

CONCERNS
Jake still hangs on to the ball too long and tries to make every play a big play. Of course, with a better offensive line this might not be as much of an issue. Jake does have injuries that will need to be checked out, but nothing that I know of that will not heal. He will also need to acquire a better touch to his short and intermediate passes; however, I don't feel that any of these issues will be a problem because Jake is coachable. My biggest concern is that Jake seems to need a lot of repetitions to absorb what he needs to take in and effectively translate to his play on the field on game day.

BOTTOM LINE
We have all seen the type of QB that Jake can be when he is healthy and is given time to perform. We saw it last year, but this year, we got to see what makes this kid tick. We found out that he loves the game, is a good teammate and will try to play injured for his fans, his coaches, his teammates and then for himself. I know most scouts are going to downgrade Jake because of this year, but that's the difference in what I do and what others do. I profile people, they evaluate talent. That's a big difference. I know Jake has the talent. All he has to do is keep learning, refining his skills and all of that talent will shine. I look for more than talent and if I have to go to another year to find it, then I will. As an owner you have to be impressed when you see fans standing up in a crowd naked from the waist up in freezing cold weather thanking Jake by spelling out his name. Thanking a college QB who has, no doubt, been less than a winning QB this year tells me something. It tells me something more than this just being a few inebriated fans having fun in the cold. It tells me that Jake knows how to lead and still be humble. That, my fellow draftniks, means that along with Jake's talent, he is coachable. I would suspect that a few teams might be interested in drafting Jake in the first round, including the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. With the Redskins or Colts, he could sit, learn and be used in wildcat situations. With the Seahawks, he might have to start right away and he might struggle, but he will prevail in the long run. The BS Detector Drew Boylhart Dec/10

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I also posted this in another thread about Andy Dalton.  His college stats are eerily similar to Aaron Rodgers stats.

Aaron Rodgers Collegiate Stats
Passing Stats
YEAR – TEAM – CMP – ATT – PCT – YDS – AVG – TD – LNG – INT – RAT
2004 – CAL – 209 – 316 – 66.1 – 2566 – 8.1 – 24 – 80 – 8 – 154.35
2003 – Cal – 215 – 349 – 61.6 – 2903 – 8.3 – 19 – 5 – 146.58

Rushing Stats
YEAR – TEAM – ATT – YDS – AVG – LNG – TD – FD – FUM – LOST
2004 – CAL – 74 – 126 – 1.7 – 36 – 3 – 0 – 0 – 0
2004 – CAL – 86 – 210 – 2.4 – – 5

Andy Dalton Collegiate Stats
Passing Stats
YEAR – TEAM – CMP – ATT – PCT – YDS – AVG – TD – LNG – INT – RAT
2007 – TCU – 222 – 371 – 59.8 – 2459 – 6.6 – 10 – 70 – 11 – 118.48
2008 – TCU – 182 – 307 – 59.3 – 2242 – 7.3 – 11 – 65 – 5 – 129.19
2009 – TCU – 199 – 323 – 61.6 – 2756 – 8.5 – 23 – 75 – 8 – 151.83
2010 – TCU – 209 – 316 – 66.1 – 2857 – 9.0 – 27 – 93 – 6 – 166.48

Rushing Stats
YEAR – TEAM – ATT – YDS – AVG – LNG – TD – FD – FUM – LOST
2007 – TCU – 98 – 232 – 2.4 – 19 – 5 – 0 – 0 – 0
2008 – TCU – 113 – 432 – 3.8 – 24 – 8 – 0 – 0 – 0
2009 – TCU – 116 – 512 – 4.4 – 18 – 3 – 0 – 0 – 0
2010 – TCU – 86 – 435 – 5.1 – 47 – 6 – 0 – 0 – 0

Those stats are almost identical for the last two years of Rodgers vs Dalton. And Dalton ran for more yards.

The competition they faced was similar as both QBs played for top 5 teams their last year.

Rodgers does have a stronger arm and quicker release but Dalton looks good to me.

Now I am not saying Dalton will be as good as Rodgers in the NFL or even ever start a game in the NFL.

But those numbers are interesting considering they both played on really good teams in college.

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