Ben Goessling of ESPN.com writes that the fate of current Vikings GM Rick Spielman could be determined by who elects to bring in at quarterback this offseason.
Goessling points to Spielman’s inability to find a franchise quarterback as the “biggest hole” in his résumé and Spielman acknowledged as much following his decision to fire HC Leslie Frazier following the season.
The Vikings currently have the No. 8 overall pick in the draft and could obviously use the pick another quarterback, depending of course on how things play out at the top of the draft. The idea of Minnesota passing on a quarterback in round one and looking for a developmental player in the middle rounds has been floated as a potential options as well.
Goessling writes that if the Vikings elected to go this route, they would most likely have to re-sign Matt Cassel who will be an unrestricted free agent.
It’s rare that general managers are given more than one shot at drafting a quarterback, so it seems realistic to think that another miss like Christian Ponder would most likely cost him his job.
For what it’s worth, we have the Vikings selecting Blake Bortles in the first round of our recently updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft.