Vikings Interviewed Top-10 Quarterback

With limits set on how many draft prospects NFL teams are allowed to bring to their facilities, the Vikings didn't bring in one quarterback expected to go in the first day, but they did conduct a formal interview with him at the NFL Scouting Combine. Find out more inside, along with other player visits being made around the league.

During an interview with, Brigham Young quarterback John Beck said he's got his first three visits lined up. This week he'll be meeting with the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens.

Beck had a personal workout for Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron and general manager Randy Mueller. And he's also worked out for quarterback coaches from the Rams, Jets and Panthers to date. Miami was one of five teams that conducted a formal interview with Beck at the Combine in Indianapolis. He also met with the Texans, Bengals, Eagles, Dolphins and Vikings.

The Ravens previously showed interest in Beck at his Pro Day back on March 21, and he said that the Chiefs and the Browns also spent some time with him that day. NFL Expert Tom Marino currently has the strong-armed and accurate Beck ranked as the No. 5 quarterback in this draft and projects him to be a first-day draft pick.

Oregon State tight end Joe Newton has primarily drawn interest from two teams so far. He had a formal interview with the Eagles at the Combine, and the Rams showed some interest at his Pro Day. Beyond that, Newton said he's having a tough time figuring out which of the many other teams that have talked to him are the most interested in adding him to their roster.

Newton is a huge red zone target at 6-foot-7 and 258 pounds. He set an Oregon State school record for a tight end with 15 touchdown catches during his career.

  • Texas defensive end Tim Crowder spoke to last week while on a flight delay at JFK airport in New York. He's already completed his visits with the Falcons, Buccaneers, Jets and the Rams.

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    A previously scheduled visit with the Patriots has been canceled as the team decided they had enough information to complete their evaluation of him, and one with the Colts was apparently moved to this week.

    The standout Longhorns defensive lineman said that the Dolphins have now entered the mix for his services. He was expecting a visit with the Dolphins this week.

  • Crowder wasn't the only player inconvenienced by flight delays last week. Miami LB Jon Beason was scrambling, trying to make his way to San Diego Thursday for an evening with the Chargers and a subsequent visit at their facilities on Friday. During his flight delay, he brought us up to date on his completed visits with the Bengals and the New England Patriots, providing lots of insight and details on his interaction with the teams.

    Beason flies to Detroit on Saturday to meet with the Lions and to Indianapolis on Sunday as he continues his pre-draft journey.

  • Did you know that long-snappers, the guys who hike the ball to kickers and punters, just started to be included as Combine invitees last year? I learned that while talking to UTEP's Aaron King this week, who was one of those specialists who attended this year's Combine in Indianapolis. Until he got the invitation to attend this year's event, he didn't know that long-snappers had been added to the Combine workouts either.

    King said that he's had personal workouts with the Steelers, the Jaguars, and (are you ready for this?) the Dallas Cowboys. So maybe that botched kick in the NFC playoffs wasn't all Tony Romo's fault.

  • Florida defensive end Ray McDonald told me Thursday evening that his visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went well and that he can see himself fitting into their defensive scheme. A previously scheduled visit with the Ravens has been canceled, but he's got visits this Sunday and Monday with the Saints and the 49ers.

  • One NFL sources told that Virginia Tech DE Noland Burchette will be heading to Indianapolis this week to meet with the Colts.

    With Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis currently in place as the starters, some may wonder about the Colts' interest in defensive ends in this draft. But their depth behind them could be improved.

    The 6-foot-two, 259-pound Burchette consistently provided pressure on the quarterback and was able to create some turnovers while doing it at Virginia Tech, and that's a common set of attributes with their starters at that position. During his collegiate career Burchette made 135 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 17.5 TFL, 50 QB pressures, forced 5 fumbles and recovered four.

    As I previously reported, he recently completed a workout with the New York Jets. You can learn more about him in this NFL Draft Snapshot feature that includes a link to an NFL Draft Q&A with Noland.
    A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the network and syndicated through's NFL team pages.

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