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Updated: May 13th, 2014 12:12pm
Bridgewater or Manziel? The national perspective on Vikings' QB search

Bridgewater or Manziel? The national perspective on Vikings' QB search

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft had as much intrigue as any in recent memory. Much of the intrigue surrounded the uncertainty at quarterback and a large part of it was driven by the Johnny Manziel hype.

So naturally, after the draft, we're left wondering what really happened with Johnny Football?

A couple of national reporters weighed in, specifically as Manziel Mania related to the Vikings.

Albert Breer of NFL.com wrote Monday about the Vikings' Manziel-Teddy Bridgewater decision. Peter King of SI.com and MMQB.com published a column Tuesday.

Both pieces are worth the time to read if you're into the NFL draft.

Here are the key takeaways:

--The Vikings ended up with Teddy Bridgewater, whom they say they like an awful lot. They also could have ended up with Manziel or Jimmy Garoppolo or Tom Savage.

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--The Vikings tried to get pick No. 22 from Philadelphia, but Minnesota was trumped by Cleveland in a four-way bidding war.

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--The Vikings and the Browns wanted Manziel. A third team wanted the pick, but not to take Manziel. That team finished with the second-best trade package; the Vikings were third, behind Cleveland a mystery team. The team that finished fourth in the sweepstakes also is unknown.

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--The Vikings didn't want to include their 2015 first-round pick to move to No. 22.

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--Here's an excerpt from the King piece:

When the Vikings spent private time with Manziel before the draft at dinner, coach Mike Zimmer was pointed and blunt (which is exactly what Zimmer is) with Manziel. At one point, Zimmer said to Manziel, "I've been waiting all my life for this chance. Can I trust you?'' Manziel said yes. Manziel told Zimmer they would win Super Bowls together. Zimmer loved it. Zimmer wasn't sure whether he trusted him totally, but he loved it, and he loved the confidence.

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--The Vikings planned to conduct a 60- to 90-minute workout and three- to four-hour "board session," a one-hour film session, and a dinner, with each of nine quarterbacks: Bridgewater, Manziel, Garoppolo, Savage, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, A.J. McCarron, Zach Mettenberger and David Fales.

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--The Vikings worked out Bridgewater on March 16, the day before his pro day that caused many pundits (and perhaps general managers) to question Bridgewater.

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--During the second weekend of April, Vikings brass (not including Mike Zimmer) went to South Florida to work out Bridgewater.

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--The Vikings had Manziel rated slightly higher on their draft board than Bridgewater. Each was seen as a stretch at No. 8. Each worth more than the No. 40 pick.

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--Garoppolo was worthy of going No. 40. Savage was viewed as a third-round consideration.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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