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Vikings High On Jake Locker

April 15, 2011

The months between the final snap in the Super Bowl and the first selection in the NFL draft is rampant with rumor. It is common for teams to leak false information to the media in hopes that the player they truly want to select will still be on the board when it comes time to choose. On the other hand, there is also a lot of speculation that turns out to be completely true. Determining what’s fact and what’s fiction can prove difficult.

It’s no secret that the Minnesota Vikings are looking for a quarterback. The team has “kicked the tires” of at least 8 quarterbacks through private workouts, pre-draft visits, or in the case of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, a dinner following his pro day.

Among those 8 prospects, there’s a pretty good chance that at least 6 will still be on the board when the Vikings make the 12th selection in the first round. The popular notion is that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert will already be gone, but after that, the team may have its first decision to make. As early as last month, former Vikings’ beat writer Kevin Seifert began writing that the decision with the 12th pick may hinge on Washington’s Jake Locker.

With word spreading this week that the Minnesota Vikings are high on Locker, it’s difficult to discern truth from rumor. Perhaps the best way to determine the Vikings’ intentions is to watch their actions rather than listen to their words. And the team is certainly looking into Jake Locker.

According to Dave Mahler of 950 KJR radio in Seattle, Washington, the team that has been asking the University of Washington for the most information on its native son Jake Locker is none other than the Minnesota Vikings.

I’ll leave you to interpret that however you will, but I’m beginning to think that Locker may be the next quarterback to don the purple uniform. Or maybe I’m completely wrong.

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