Vikings scout mid-round QB

The Vikings have attended several functions in which Fordham QB John Skelton was involved. Skelton knows the scouting report on himself and could prove to be a big-armed, developmental quarterback to watch. See what he had to say about the draft process and his strengths and weaknesses.

The Vikings were one of 11 NFL teams represented at Fordham's pro day earlier this week, according to's Chris Steuber.

Fordham? Yes, Fordham should be registering on the radar of draftniks, especially those whose teams need a developmental quarterback. QB John Skelton was being eyed by scouts from the New York Jets, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Brown, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings who attend the Fordham pro day.

Skelton is a strong-arm quarterback that impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, and this was another chance for teams to get a look at the small-school quarterback who checked in at 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds.

Without many of the top quarterbacks not throwing at the Combine, Skelton had a chance to impress there as well, and the scouting report on him proved right – strong arm, great physical stature, still a little raw. But Skelton saw it as an opportunity to expose his skills to NFL scouts and coaches that might not have had a chance to see him throw it yet.

"Why you wouldn't want to throw, I wouldn't understand. I just feel like it's a great opportunity to show your talents, show what you got," he said at the Combine in Indianapolis. "They're here to watch someone, might as well be me."

The Vikings had their offensive coaches watching his throwing session on that Sunday, and the personnel department also had scouts at the East-West Shrine game, where Skelton played.

"I had to explain to (NFL scouts and Division I draft prospects) who I was and stuff, but to get to throw with Big 10 receivers, ACC guys, SEC guys and stuff, it was a good experience," Skelton said. "It definitely kind of elevated my confidence to kind of prepare me for what I was going to expect (at the Combine)."

Skelton was named first-team All-Patriot League last year, when he threw for 3,708 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. While his yardage, touchdown and interception numbers weren't as good as a junior as they were in his sophomore season, his completion percentage continued to get better every year at his college in The Bronx. It was only 44.3 in 2006, then increased to 56.4, 61.3 and finally 64.4 last year.

However, he believes he still needs to work on his accuracy, and he's hoping to accomplish that with better technique in his footwork. He's been working at Fisher Sports in Phoenix to get ready for the draft.

"The main focus was getting my footwork where it needs to be and a lot of my inaccurate balls were based on my footwork and maybe not getting that in the right placement," he said.

Getting to this point, however, hasn't been easy. Skelton wasn't highly recruited coming out of El Paso, Texas. He received some interest from Texas Tech, SMU and UTEP but no scholarship offer. His uncle, Javier Loya, a minority owner with the Houston Texans, had to shop his tape around to several smaller schools on the East Coast before Fordham bit and offered him a scholarship.

At that point, the NFL was just a dream and he wasn't sure how realistic. It wasn't until his sophomore season at Fordham that he believed in the possibility.

"We had a lot of success. We won the Patriot League, had a good showing in the playoffs," he said. "That offseason after that, my sophomore year, that's when my confidence really shot up, and I worked really hard in the offseason and continued to get better the next two years."

And now he's solidly on the radar of every NFL team and he knows the scouting report on himself.

"What I heard: Great arm strength, great size, ability to make all the NFL throws, footwork needs to be worked on a little bit, but I think the talent's there," he said. "I think there's a lot of mysteries about me, really. Being from a I-AA program, a lot of teams haven't seen me play live. If they did see me, it's maybe one to two films, but I hope that … I'll be able to put some of those questions aside."

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