With the draft just over a week away, the calm before the storm begins where things seem pretty much settled. Will the Vikings stay put and draft a quarterback? Will they move down to grab a corner like Dennard or Gilbert? How the first round shakes out is anyone's guess, but there is a recent storm that is brewing that could spell trouble for the Vikings.
According to multiple sources, Tampa Bay is heavily considering drafting a quarterback at #7 overall. After signing Josh McCown to a two-year, $10 million contract this offseason (soon to be 35 years old), most assumed that the team would continue to develop Mike Glennon. Glennon was phenomenal in his substitute role in 2013, throwing for 2,608 yards and 19TDs:9ints in just 13 games. However, with the new regime of Jason Licht and Lovie Smith taking over, the reports are that they aren't satisfied with Glennon heading in to the season.
Here is why it is a problem: Imagine you are Rick Spielman/Mike Zimmer/Norv Turner, and you decide that you want to stay put and wait for your QB to drop to you at #8. The draft shakes out like analysts are predicting as of late with a devaluation of QB's, and the first 6 picks go something like:
Houston: Khalil Mack
STL: Greg Robinson
Jax: Jadeveon Clowney
CLE: Sammy Watkins
OAK: Aaron Donald
ATL: Jake Matthews
Every QB you may want is still there, and Tampa Bay is on the clock. Are they actually drafting a quarterback? What if your guy (Bortles/Bridgewater/Manziel/Carr) is the choice? Tampa Bay is apparently in love with Manziel, Lovie Smith could really like a guy like Teddy Bridgewater, and OC Jeff Tedford has been connected to Derek Carr.
This is like a nightmare for the Vikings, and rookie GM Jason Licht gives you a call with 10 minutes on the clock. He wants your 3rd round, #32 pick from Seattle to trade places. "IS HE NUTS? WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS? They are probably bluffing, they want Mike Evans.... or do they???" Slick Rick Spielman finds himself in the scenario he created for Cleveland back in 2012, when they were compelled to give Minnesota their 4th and 7th round pick so they wouldn't lose Trent Richardson.
Spielman and Co. have stated they are only taking a QB at #8 if the whole team is 100% sold on the guy. If this is the case and they are able to build consensus, what is the chance that they risk losing their guy and settle for their 2nd choice? The cost of moving up further may be too great, but may the Vikings move up a spot?
This is what I call the Tampa Bay problem, and it will be interesting to see how it develops on draft day.