The Minnesota Vikings hold the 8th pick in this years NFL draft and are using every avenue possible to evaluate quarterback Johnny Manziel before they make their selection.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has sought the advice of Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton for his own personal insight on NFL prospect Johnny Manziel.
Manziel is expected to be selected in the first round of the draft and the range of the pick is anywhere between no.1 and no.15.
The Texas A&M quarterback will hold his own pro day on the University campus this Thursday and it is expected that a Vikings representative will be in attendance to take another look at the 2012 Heisman trophy winning signal caller.
Former quarterback Tarkenton has already expressed his admiration for Manziel and that the prospect reminds him of a younger version of himself. The comparison stems from the height of the two and the scrambling nature they both share.
Zimmer was interviewed on Tuesday and commented on his conversations with Tarkenton: "I did talk to Fran, and we talked a lot about (Manziel) because of the height with Manziel and the scrambling ability and things like that. Just (got) some of his insights for playing the game so long. …. He said a lot of good things about Manziel.’’
Despite the obvious approval of the Hall of Fame Tarkenton, it no way makes it a lock for the Vikings to select Manziel with their 1st round pick, nor does it mean Manziel will be left on the board when it comes to the eighth selection.
Zimmer exclaimed about picking the quarterback: "It’s still going to come down to how we feel about how he’s going to be in the locker room, what kind of person he’s going to be, what kind of leader, and then go from there."