I was reading a mock draft the other day, and it said something that I found interesting. It stated that St. Louis would stand pat at the 2nd overall pick and pick a QB, thus signaling the end of the Sam Bradford era in St. Louis. This prospect intrigues me a little. Although Bradford isn't much more than an avg QB, he is good enough that he shouldn't be riding the bench in St. Louis. He also has enough value that St. Louis would have to at least entertain some trade offers from QB hungry teams like the Vikings.
With that stated, MN should do it's due diligence in the matter and give Bradford a hard look as an option. He is a QB that can make all the throws, has sound mechanics, has more talent than This team had seen at the QB position since 2009, and he's young enough that he still has a future, and with the right system and the right weapons, he may be able to elevate his play.
Now I'm no true talent scout, and I will leave the details of how well he will work in the new system under Turner, but the preliminary conclusions I have come up with are positive. Bradford has the ability to make most of the throws he would need to in Turners system. The one knock I can find in his abilities is that he may not have enough accuracy to make tight window throws like back shoulder throws and such, which I don't think he will be asked to make often in this system, but I could be wrong. He may not be the best fit for the Vikings, but I think he's better than the current options. With the Vikings sitting at 8th in the draft, the prospect that a QB the team is targeting will be there is low. I think there are to many variables for the Vikings to trade back and have a great shot at Carr, and there are to many needs on defense and too much talent still sitting at 8 to make trading back an ideal move. And then you look at free agency. There isn't really an option there that appeals to me here. The best option seems to be Vick, because he has all the things the Vikings need in a QB, but he's a 2 year bridge at best, and doesn't have the durability to make through the season. Those reasons make Bradford appealing to me.
How could the team make this happen? With Bradford in the last year of his rookie contract, St. Louis will want to get all the equity it can out of Bradford. A trade for a 3rd round pick with Ponder I think it's a fair deal. St. Louis gets a veteran option for a backup in return and a mid round pick. The Vikings then restructure and extend Bradford for 6-8 million a year. If it works out he's a bargain. If it doesn't then at least the team was able to bolster another part of it's lineup via the draft instead of reaching for a QB or missing out on the top 4 options altogether with nothing to show for it.
What do you guys think?