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There are six quarterbacks participating in this year's Senior Bowl. If you believe the rankings from Walter Football or NFL Draft Scout, the South roster will have the advantage in this game. Derek Carr from Fresno State is the fourth-ranked quarterback in the draft by both sites. Eastern Illinois quarterback, and East-West Shrine Game offensive MVP, Jimmy Garoppolo is ranked fifth by CBS Sports and projected as a second-round pick.
According to a tweet from Peter Schrager from Fox Sports, Carr deserves to be in the mix with the top quarterbacks in the draft. This past season, Carr passed for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He led the Bulldogs to an 11-3 record.
With the eighth pick in the first round, Carr represents a dilemma for the Vikings. While the defense has a lot more holes to plug, the right quarterback can make a bigger impact. Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs, who went from 2-14 in 2012 with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn at quarterback, to 11-5 in 2013 with Alex Smith.
Carr could be a reach with the eighth pick, but most likely will not be around by the time the Vikings select with the 40th pick in the draft—especially if he plays well in the Senior Bowl.
For Garoppolo, this will be his second consecutive All-Star game. Last week he completed 9-of-14 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown for the East team. He finished the season with just as impressive numbers as Carr. Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards with 53 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.
The Star Tribune reported that Garoppolo met with 10 members of the Vikings coaching staff Tuesday evening, including new head coach Mike Zimmer.
According to Adam Hoge from CBS Chicago, Garoppolo and Carr were the top two quarterbacks during practice on Monday.
The top-ranked quarterback prospect for the North team is Tajh Boyd from Clemson. There's a big difference in opinion about where Boyd may go in the draft—Walter Football projects anywhere from the first to the third round and NFL Draft Scout projects him as a fifth-round selection.
Boyd passed for 3,851 yards with 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the Tigers. Boyd could be a possible selection for the Vikings later in the draft if they choose to address the defense first.