Chance for holding first minicamp 'doesn't look good,' Frazier says
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Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier planned to hold his first minicamp next weekend. It now appears a virtual certainty the NFL's lockout will wipe that out.
Frazier told 1500ESPN.com's Jess Myers on Saturday that his coaching staff will make a final decision on Monday, two days before a hearing is scheduled on the decertified NFL Players Association's request for an injunction to lift the lockout.
"We're getting to that point now ... where it's going to be real hard to pull something together by the time we had wanted to do it, which would've been this next weekend coming up," Frazier said. "So, Monday we're going to make a decision and it doesn't look good right now."
Though he finished last season as interim coach, Frazier qualifies under the old collective-bargaining agreement as a first-time head coach for purposes of scheduling two mandatory minicamps, rather than one. However, it's unclear if the next CBA will make the same provision, considering owners' last offer to players included a proposal to reduce organized offseason activities.
Frazier was attending Saturday's Minnesota Wild game as a special guest during a break from preparation leading up to this month's NFL Draft.
He reportedly spent part of this week attending private workouts with two highly regarded quarterbacks, Florida State's Christian Ponder and Auburn's Cam Newton, but declined to discuss specifics.
"We've had a chance to look at a bunch of different quarterbacks, wide receivers, offensive linemen, defensive players," Frazier said. "These pro days, we don't want to get too excited about any particular player. You want to make sure that you go back and watch the tape and do your due diligence when it comes to their character and so on. So, everybody looks good on pro days, but there's more to it than pro day or the (scouting) combine."
Asked if his personal tour of pro days and workouts has clarified the Vikings' options at quarterback, Frazier said, "We've still got a ways to go. We're about three or three-and-a-half weeks away from the draft, so we've got some more work to do. We have other positional needs also, so it just depends on where things fall, whether we address that quarterback need early or late. But things are going well so far."
The last scheduled pro day workout is on Thursday at Notre Dame. Private workouts and visits, including the Vikings' annual "Top 30" day at Winter Park, will continue until shortly before the draft begins on April 28.