Johnny Football will most likely not be learning hoe to ice fish anytime soon. While the Minnesota Vikings are among the quarterback needy teams at the top of the NFL Draft this year, it’s looking very unlikely that they’ll make a move and trade up to draft Manziel.
At this point, it’s looking like teams will have to trade up into the top five to draft Manziel and that may even be too late. Ben Goessling from ESPN.com states that the Vikings may not pass on Manziel if he slides, but won’t be sacrificing picks to move up and get him.
Unless they were so dead set on Manziel that they couldn’t imagine not getting him, and they had determined they’d have to move that high to take him, I can’t see them sacrificing that many draft picks with so many other needs. Now, if Manziel slipped to No. 8, would the Vikings take him? I’d have a hard time seeing how they wouldn’t. But I don’t think they’ll get him unless they managed to trade up, and that comes with a price.
In an earlier piece, Goessling mentioned that general manager Rick Spielman wants at least 10 picks to play with in the Draft this year, casting further doubt on the idea the Vikings would trade up. If anything, the Vikings will move down in the draft but landing Manziel at No. 8 overall is still a possibility — no matter how slim.