Well, if I didn't, I probably should have, because all of the indications coming out of Minnesota are saying that Coach Frazier might be married to the concept of drafting a quarterback in the first round, and definitely within the first two rounds.
According to Pro Football Talk, Frazier has said that the team would, ideally, like to take a quarterback in the first two rounds of this year's draft.
Frazier: "I can’t imagine a scenario where we wouldn’t add a quarterback (in the draft) at some point. ... Ideally" in 1st or 2nd. #Vikings
Now that's not a big deal. . .most of us have been saying that all along. The problem lies with the fact that Frazier has also, apparently, said that he would not be adverse to trading up from the number twelve pick in the draft in order to get his quarterback.
Quite frankly, I don't see how that would happen or why the team would want to do that. The team has a lot of holes that need to be filled, and they're already without a third-round selection, so I'm not sure what they'd use to move up in any event. In addition, the only two quarterbacks the team would probably have to trade up to get would be Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton, neither of which I'm particularly enamored with.
I've been on record as saying that, in this year's draft, I actually feel that the quarterbacks that would likely be available to the Vikings in the second round. . .guys like Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder, and Ricky Stanzi. . .would be a much better idea than the guys that are allegedly coming out with first round grades like Gabbert, Newton, and Jake Locker. (I'm honestly not sure where Ryan Mallett falls at this point, but I'd prefer him to Gabbert, Newton, and Locker, too.) As much as the Vikings might like to trade up, I don't see it as being that feasible a possibility, unless you want to get into the possibility of dealing next year's picks, which is something else I would rather not see happen.
Frazier also didn't rule out the possibility of trading for someone like Philadelphia's Kevin Kolb if the opportunity came along, saying that the Vikings would have to consider such a thing if he became available. However, the rumor is that the Eagles already have an offer for a first-round pick on the table for Kolb. . .so much for not talking during the lockout. . .and that it's rumored to be the Seattle Seahawks that have made that offer to the Eagles. I'm still of the mindset that the number twelve pick is a little too much for Kolb's services, largely because he's still unproven for the most part and, since he only has one year remaining on his rookie contract, would require a sizable contract extension as well. I don't think I'd be particularly jazzed about backing up an armored truck full of money up to the house of a guy that's thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in his career to this point. . .but I don't run the Minnesota Vikings, either.