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Continued: Souhan: Time to shop for QB in draft — and to get it right

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 28, 2013 - 12:04 PM

The Vikings returned from England with their first victory, a bye week in which to rest and plan, and a sense that they had righted themselves. Then they got blown out by Carolina at home and performed incompetently against a bad Giants team on the road.

Sunday, in the Metrodome, the Vikings did not lack intensity. They failed in the categories that matter most in the NFL: skill and matchups.

One of the reasons the NFL ranks as the most popular sporting and television entity in America is that the league offers hope, in the form of high draft picks.

For once, the Vikings’ timing might be good. Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Hundley, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Georgia’s Aaron Murray will be available in the draft.

In 1992, the Packers traded the 19th pick in the 1991 draft for Favre, then a backup with the Falcons. In 2005, Rodgers became a gift with the 24th pick.

In 2011, the Vikings spent the 12th pick in the draft on Ponder.

Sunday’s whipping proved to be nothing more than the logical resolution of those plot twists. This ending was written long ago.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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