The Minnesota Vikings aren't locked in at drafting a quarterback with the eighth overall pick.
They have other options, have Matt Cassel under contract and could always draft a quarterback later.
“That’s one of the reasons we signed Matt Cassel and signed him back right at the beginning of free agency and were able to get that done, because that does not box you into taking a quarterback at No. 8,” Spielman told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “We can really follow our board and take the best player available. I think it is a deep class in this quarterback class. There’s going to be some value I think through other rounds, too, if you don’t take one in the first.
“But in doing what we were able to do in the unrestricted free-agent market — trying to fill needs in that area by signing Cassel and getting some of the defensive linemen under contract that we were able to sign, and signing Captain Munnerlyn will help our secondary — that gives you the flexibility to take best available player when we get into the draft next month.”
As Spielman noted, the Vikings can get a quarterback in the second round or third round.
“It’s a very tortuous process this year trying to figure out these quarterbacks because there’s a lot of different flavors of quarterbacks,” Spielman said. “There’s mobile quarterbacks, there’s pocket passers, so you really have to home in and decide what type of quarterback you want, what kind of quarterback and what traits fit the kind of system you’re about to run.
“You look at the traits of the quarterbacks in here and work in our offensive scheme and adjust to some of the traits that that player possesses. It’s going to be a very interesting process as we go through our own evaluation of these quarterbacks and try to home in on the particular type of quarterback that may be best for us.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun