If someone would have told a Minnesota Vikings fan pre-2010 season that their pride in purple would wind up playing an outdoor home game with a college wide receiver playing quarterback while out of playoff contention in late December, that person would have been promptly hit over the head with an encyclopedia.
But that’s how things were for the Vikings in 2010. Yes, those Vikings, the same ones who were nearly Super Bowl-bound just one season prior.
Luckily for Minnesota, things don’t have to be completely restarted. After all, the Vikings still have that Adrian Peterson dude.
But the question that fans of quarterback-less teams always ask during the offseason is: who will line up under center?
Quarterback is, and always will be, the most ballyhooed position. Few think the Vikings will reach for a quarterback in the first round with the No. 12 pick since Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert will likely already be off the board, but what will they do with No. 43? Ryan Mallett has been a name tossed around here and there.
He’s expected to still be available. Could Minnesota be plotting to swipe the high-potential QB in the second round or trade down and grab him in the first?
Let's play Vikings front office for a day and find out.