Vikings news has been defensive-minded during the 2014 NFL free agency period, with every indication that the Minnesota Vikings will look to find their next franchise quarterback with the eighth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Now, according to a report cited by DraftInsider.net, a source close to the Minnesota Vikings says they have found their "signal caller of choice" in former LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
The Vikings have been linked to several potential draft prospects with the #8 pick in May's NFL Draft, including controversial former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
However, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer made it clear earlier this week that "there are some [red] flags that come up" in regard to Manziel's celebrity-focused mindset, and that Manziel's pro day was a "sideshow" which may have turned Zimmer off to the thought of bringing Manziel in at such a high pick.
Which leaves LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who has seen his draft stock rise exponentially in the past few weeks.
In 12 games with the LSU Tigers last season, the potential Minnesota Vikings target led the SEC in passing yards per attempt (10.4), completing 64.9% of his passes for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The two-year starter at LSU also threw just eight interceptions in 2013, before suffering a torn ACL which kept him out of LSU's Outback Bowl victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.