Mark My Words: The Minnesota Vikings Need Colt McCoy in 2010

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Mark My Words: The Minnesota Vikings Need Colt McCoy in 2010
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Over the past few years, the Minnesota Vikings have done an incredible job of using both the draft and free agency to build a talented team. The signings of Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson, and Brett Favre were incredible moves.

Draft picks like Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, and Phil Loadholt also turned out to be great decisions.

This year, though, is a make-or-break year when it comes to the Vikings' offseason.

Should Brett Favre finally retire for good, the Vikings would be left once again without a franchise quarterback. However, should Favre stay for one more season, the Vikings still don't have a viable option at quarterback in 2011.

With a draft pick likely in the 25-32 range, quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford will likely be out of reach in 2010. However, one player who seems to be sliding down draft boards for no apparent reason is Colt McCoy.

The Vikings benefited from the sliding of Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin on draft day, and could benefit once more should McCoy be available for them.

While scouts knock McCoy's arm strength and Texas' shotgun-heavy offense, I see McCoy as a great fit for the Vikings. Colt McCoy is one of the most accurate passers in college football history.

McCoy is also a great passer outside of the pocket and on the move, which translates well to the Vikings play-action-heavy attack.

While McCoy has not shown a great ability to convert in the vertical passing game, he is incredibly smart and accurate on short and intermediate routes. In the Vikings' West Coast offense, McCoy could be great. McCoy's arm strength grades out at above-average, but not great; so he could be a decent deep-ball thrower in the future.

Scouts seem to be obsessed with Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen, despite each quarterback having similar question marks.

Neither Clausen or Bradford has elite arm strength. Bradford also played in a shotgun-heavy offense and is recovering from surgery on his throwing arm.

While I might take Bradford or Clausen before McCoy, I see McCoy as an incredible value in the late first round. He should grade out to be an above-average quarterback down the road.

Best case scenario:

  1. As scouts predict, McCoy is available when the Vikings select at the end of the first round and the Vikings take him.
  2. Brett Favre returns to play one last season with the Vikings, allowing McCoy to learn from him for a year.
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