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Vikings getting private workout with San Jose State QB Fales

Posted by: Mark Craig under Quarterbacks, Vikings, NFC Updated: March 21, 2014 - 9:58 AM

The Vikings' Please-Help-Us-Pick-the-Right-Quarterback Tour will continue this weekend with a private workout and sitdown with San Jose State's David Fales, the Sacramento Bee has reported.

Fales, who threw for 4,189 yards last year and 33 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, is considered by most to be a mid-round selection when the draft finally rolls around in May.

With the eighth pick in the draft, the Vikings may get boxed out on the top three quarterbacks (Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel). So visits with prospects like Fales and Alabama's A.J. McCarron, whom the Vikings met with last week, might be even more important.

General Manager Rick Spielman and offensive coordinator Norv Turner were seen at Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr's workout on Thursday. On Wednesday, the two of them were among the Vikings' contingent that watched Blake Bortles' Pro Day at Central Florida.  Fales also had his Pro Day on Wednesday and reportedly threw the ball with impressive accuracy.

Spielman has said the team will perform its due diligence, looking at 10 or more quarterbacks before the draft. So if the Vikings do get shut out at No. 8 overall, don't take your eyes off the rest of the QBs on the board.

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