Ahhh it seems as though the Vikings are in need of a qb in the upcoming draft. Assuming that our first two picks are used on OL and Defense, it'll be late when we take a QB. Two quarterbacks who i see sitting at our 4th round pick are qb's Greg Mcelroy of Alabama and Andy Dalton of TCU. Lets compare these two quarterbacks past two seasons.
17 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 140.5 rating, 61% completions, and 2508 passing yards.
23 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 151.83 rating, 61.6% completions, and 2756 passing yards.
19 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 166.94 rating, 70% completions, and 2767 passing yards.
26 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 167.02 rating, 66.2% completions, and 2638 passing yards.
Damn!!! These guys are pretty much identical. Andy Dalton has more touchdowns in the past two years but Mcelroy has definately taken care of the ball better. Their QB ratings are damn year identical but Dalton has the advantage while Mcelroy has a higher completion percentage. They both have also thrown for pretty much the same amount of yardage.
Things we must take into account:
1) The strength of the SEC is by far stronger then any conference in college football. Atleast 5 of the teams in the SEC in the past 5 years (Alabama, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia) could win a series of 3 games against the best of any other conference. Therefore Greg Mcelroy's stats to me seem to be more impressive then Dalton's. I dont believe Dalton could bring his horned frogs into SEC play and have the same success.
2) Dalton has the ablity to move on his feet. Better then Mcelroy. Dalton had 5 rushing touchdowns compared to Mcelroy's 1. But I believe neither of these guys would have that much effect in the run game at the next level anyway.
3) One negative about Greg Mcelroy that i know of is that he holds on to the ball way too long sometimes. This accounted for 18 sacks and 30 sacks in the past two years. He needs to learn how to dump that ball off.
4) I havent seen much of Dalton so I really cant say much about him.
5) Greg Mcelroy is pretty smart. like really smart. like really really really smart. I mean the guy graduated as a junior. He's a Rhodes Scholar finalist and finished with a 3.82 GPA. This makes me believe that he has the capability to be able to pick up the nfl pro style offense quicker then usual. Again I'm not sure of Dalton's academics but no one else has said much about it.
***INTERESTING NOTE THAT I JUST FOUND OUT***
Greg Mcelroy lead his high school team to victory over Andy Dalton's team in the Texas 5A state championship in 2005.
But anyways what do you guys think? Who would you rather pick up with your 4th round pick.