The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly taking former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel out to dinner Thursday night. Manziel held his pro-day Thursday afternoon, and after an impressive showing, the Vikings decided to make a strong move and meet with the talented quarterback immediately.
Manziel had a bit of an unconventional pro day, as he wore a helmet and shoulder pads, and even had personal quarterback coach George Whitfield chase him around with a broom at times. New head coach Mike Zimmer was in attendance, as was offensive coordinator Norv Turner and general manager Rick Spielman, all of whom will be at the dinner with Manziel.
This is a bit surprising to hear the Vikings so aggressively trying to meet with Manziel, as he is an unconventional quarterback not similar to the strong-armed pocket passing QB’s Turner usually works with. A player like Derek Carr or Blake Bortles would be the typical Turner signal-caller, but maybe Manziel has showed them enough to deem worthy of the eighth overall pick.
This is all dependent on Manziel falling to No. 8, however, and even if he did, the Vikings would be tempted with other options. Earlier in the offseason, Spielman stated he would like to accumulate picks, so it’s unlikely the Vikings move up to draft a quarterback, but a possibility they trade back if a couple fall.
The NFL Draft remains just over a month away, but there will be plenty of player news emerging in the coming weeks, as teams and scouts have more time to evaluate, and over-evaluate, the top prospects in the draft. Manziel is a player who teams either hate or love, so although he could conceivably go No. 1 overall today, in a month from now, he may be the best player available for the Vikings at No. 8.