Minnesota Vikings Rumors: No Visit For Blake Bortles a Smokescreen?

By Andrew Fisher
Blake Bortles
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The stretch run to the 2014 NFL Draft is here. Draft day is now just over two weeks away, which means that rumors will be swirling like mad across the internet in the coming days.

When it comes to the Minnesota Vikings, the million dollar draft question is in regards to the QB position. Will they take a signal-caller at No. 8?

It’s pretty much a guarantee that they’ll select a QB at some point over the seven rounds, as both Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman have acknowledged that the team is looking to young at that position. But if they do go QB in round one, who will it be?

One popular name being kicked around is Blake Bortles.

However, if the Vikings are interested in him, they’ve apparently seen enough already. According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Minnesota is not expected to have the UCF QB in for a visit, nor will they hold a private workout for him. Tomasson’s sources say that the team is content with what they learned about him at his Pro Day.

So, is this just a smokescreen?

It’s entirely possible that Minnesota has seen enough from Bortles to know that he’s their guy. It’s also possible that they’ve seen enough to know that he’s not their guy.

My personal take is that they know he’s not their guy. I’m not even sold that they’re taking a QB at No. 8. It seems more likely that they’ll take a flyer on a guy like Zach Mettenberger later in the draft and just roll with Matt Cassel as their starter in 2014.

That’s just one man’s take on the Bortles situation, but if the Vikings do select him, it’d be hard to say he was a bad pick.

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