Croyle on the Vikings' Radar?

The Vikings need to develop a quarterback of the future, and Alabama's Brodie Croyle would be among those considered with the team's second- or third-round pick in the draft. See what Croyle had to say about his college career and get analysis on him from TFY Draft Preview.

Vikings coach Brad Childress continues to forward speculation that the Vikings would be interested in packaging a group of draft picks to move up in the first round of the NFL draft to select a quarterback of the future.

If that is the case, they would be choosing among USC's Matt Leinart, Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler or Texas' Vince Young, depending on how far the team would move up in a trade.

"All three of those guys are going to be top-10 picks, but a lot of people are going to draft a quarterback after that," said Alabama QB prospect Brodie Croyle.

Short of getting a shot at one of the top three quarterbacks in the draft, the Vikings likely will be spending one of their second-round picks on a player like Croyle, Charlie Whitehurst or Omar Jacobs.

One of those most often associated with Minnesota as a second-round interest is Alabama's Croyle. While the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder didn't mention the Vikings among the teams he talked with at the NFL Combine, a source tells that Croyle is on the Vikings' radar.

While his voice resembles that of Brett Favre, his play is more like Brad Johnson's. He is an efficient caretaker that threw 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in his senior season.

"We knew that not turning the ball over, not giving up points, was the only way we were going to be successful. That went into this season, just not trying to force things. If it's there, it's there. If not, hit your checkdown and move on to the next play," Croyle said at the Combine.

The question with Croyle is his durability as he tore the ACL in each knee during his college career. He also started taking the hits early in high school, starting as an eight-grader while trying to avoid 18-year-olds. He called that experience "painful" and said he learned a lot about toughness, getting up after a sack and going on to the next play.

"I'm just a guy that's going to make plays for you and a guy that hopefully they put ‘Winner' next to," Croyle said. "If you're a quarterback, that's what you want. There are tons of guys here that can throw, there are tons of guys here that can run, but it's just the intangibles that you bring to the table that really separate the good quarterbacks from the great ones."

One of the most impressive stats from Croyle's senior season was his completion percentage, which nearly reached 60 percent. He also learned to handle the pressure, both standing in the pocket and playing for an Alabama program with strong fan support.

"You're going to be in a fishbowl," he said of his Crimson Tide experience. "You're either going to be the most liked man in the state or the most hated, one or the other. I'm glad I finished my career liked instead of hated. I'm not big on the limelight or being on center stage. I've been on it for five years, but I could care less."


Three-year starter who totaled 59.6%/2,499/14/4 as a senior. Played in three games as a junior before tearing a ligament in his right knee. Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and passed for 2,303 yards.

Pos: Solid intermediate passer with a terrific sense of timing. Stands strong in the pocket, buys time for receivers and displays excellent awareness. Displays good speed on short and intermediate passes. Looks off covered receivers, does not make poor decisions and is always in control of the offense.

Neg: Has a long throwing motion that slows his release. Cannot drive passes down field and is rarely on the mark with long throws. Durability is an issue.

Analysis: A quarterback with outstanding intangibles and a player who led Alabama to several game-winning drives last season, Croyle lacks top upside but could be a very effective second quarterback at the next level.

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