Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Vikings executives stay local Tuesday
By Kevin Seifert
As you might have read somewhere on ESPN.com, Tuesday marks two important pro days in the quarterback draft circuit. Auburn's Cam Newton and Arkansas' Ryan Mallett will both be working out on their respective campuses this afternoon.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of a search for their quarterback of the present and future, but we can already tell you that some of the most important people involved won't be in attendance at either pro day. According to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune, Vikings vice president Rick Spielman and director of pro personnel George Paton are both attending the University of Minnesota's pro day instead. They have been joined by quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson.
I wouldn't read too much into his revelation. It's true that Spielman has ultimate draft authority under the Vikings' leadership structure, but I'm sure the Vikings will have at least a scout at both Auburn and Arkansas. Private workouts are also a possibility. In addition, we don't know where coach Leslie Frazier and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave are Tuesday, if anywhere.
It would be hard to imagine the Vikings have already ruled out Newton or Mallett as possible draft picks this early in the draft season. Stay tuned.