Fast-Rising QB to Visit Vikings

The Vikings are scheduled to meet in April with one of the most talked-about players in the 2008 NFL Draft. Get the scoop on the quarterback who has scouts and fans trying to figure out how good he could be in the NFL.

Projected high-round draft prospect Joe Flacco will be visiting the Minnesota Vikings in April, according to what a league source told Scout.com's Adam Caplan.

The Vikings' interest in the quarterback is interesting, considering Tarvaris Jackson's presence as the incumbent starter, but if the interest is sincere it could be the Vikings hedging their long-term bets with Jackson. Jackson is expected to be the starter in 2008, and with Flacco considered a developmental prospect, it could be two or three years before he is ready for the NFL game after spending the last part of his college career with Delaware.

Flacco was looked upon as a late-round pick prior to the start of the 2007 based on his BLESTO ranking, but after a superb senior season, he was looked at as a mid to late second-round pick. After his performance during Senior Bowl practices and at the NFL Scouting Combine, he's now looked at as an early second-round or possibly a late first-round pick.

His private workouts so far have been solid so it's not out of the question that he moves up even higher.

The Vikings currently hold the 17th position in the draft, meaning they could trade in the first round or package some of their other picks to move up earlier in the second round.

After transferring to Delaware from Pittsburgh, Flacco set school records while completing 331 of 521 passes (63.5 percent) for 4,293 yards in 2007. His ability to take care of the ball is no doubt an asset the Vikings preach often for their quarterbacks. He threw 23 touchdowns while limiting his interceptions to five last season.

He also had prototypical NFL quarterback size at 6-foot-6¼ and 236 pounds.

Despite running a spread offense in college, Flacco looked comfortable working for NFL coaches at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to a pool report filed on him. He is considered to have a strong arm with some limitations as an athletic quarterback, although he ran for four touchdowns in 2007.

He actually moves a lot better than reported. In fact, an NFC quarterbacks coach told Scout.com that Flacco's tape study showed him moving pretty well.

Flacco worked out for the New York Jets on Wednesday and will be headed for the Carolina Panthers for a workout next Tuesday, according to the league source.

It isn't certain if his visit with the Vikings in April will be part of their recent tradition of having the allotted 30 visits all at once at Winter Park a week or two before the draft.


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