Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings are not just a passing-down team anymore.
That title would be fitting if it were true.
Bradford is not only one of the most productive quarterbacks in the NFL, he is one of its most prolific pass-catchers, too.
In addition to his production, he has also become a leader in a team that is on the cusp of its best season in more than a decade.
The Vikings are a team with the depth and talent to be a perennial contender, but it’s also a team struggling to find its identity under the new regime.
They need a quarterback, but they also need to become a passing game, something they struggled to do last season.
There are no shortcuts in the passing game.
There is no guarantee that a quarterback can take a game away from the opposition.
There’s no guarantee they can play well enough to be effective.
And there’s no reason to expect the Vikings to start Sam Bradford.
As the Minnesota quarterback situation grows more and more uncertain, Bradford’s status as a viable long-term option could become more of a concern.
But it is not likely that the Vikings will have to look elsewhere for the starting job.
They are not without talent at the position, but there are very few capable quarterbacks available in the draft.
The Vikings could easily pass on Bradford and select another passer from their draft class, but Bradford is one they have to consider.
If he’s still on the board, Bradford could be a valuable player for the Vikings going forward.
In other words, it would be a mistake to overlook Bradford in this draft.
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