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Updated: March 17th, 2011 12:15pm
Vikings reportedly will dine with Blaine Gabbert as QB hunt continues

Vikings reportedly will dine with Blaine Gabbert as QB hunt continues

by Tom Pelissero
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Blaine Gabbert's pro day at Missouri will be followed by a night with the quarterback-needy Minnesota Vikings.

That's the word from the Columbia Daily Tribune, which reports Gabbert had dinner with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night and will do the same with the Vikings on Thursday, following his workout on campus in Columbia, Mo.

Gabbert widely is regarded as a top-10 pick and perhaps a candidate for the No. 1 overall selection. He measured in on Thursday morning at 6-foot-4 and 233 pounds and was expected to throw in front of NFL scouts, coaches and executives for the first time since skipping all passing drills at last month's scouting combine. reported Leslie Frazier was among those in attendance, and that's no surprise. Team officials have made clear they plan to examine all the draft's top quarterback prospects, and they reportedly have conducted (or will conduct) private workouts with Auburn's Cam Newton, Washington's Jake Locker and TCU's Andy Dalton, among others.

Scouts' primary questions about Gabbert surround his ability to function in a pro-style offense after operating a shotgun-heavy spread at Missouri.

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