New mock draft, new quarterback.
Previously ESPN’s Mel Kiper had the Vikings taking Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the eighth pick, now it’s Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles in his latest mock draft on Thursday.
Bortles was projected to go fourth to the Browns in his previous mock draft (now it’s Manziel). Bortles is raw can’t start on Week 1. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Vikings after resigning Matt Cassel. He possesses the size of a prototypical quarterback, 6-5 and 232 pounds, and has the highest ceiling out of the top three quarterbacks (Manziel and Lousiville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater).
There hasn’t been a quarterback that’s been regarded top quarterback in the draft, and it will probably become the most fascinating thing to watch in three weeks on Day 1.
Also noteworthy: Bridgewater, Kiper’s top player on his Big Board, falls out of the first round. He has the Texans drafting Bridgewater with the 33rd overall pick. Even with all the nonsense about Bridgewater being published, it’s very hard to believe someone that talented doesn’t get drafted in the first round.