Based on various reports that have surfaced in recent weeks, it appears that Auburn's Cam Newton will be at least the fifth quarterback to spend private time with the Minnesota Vikings when he works out for them Wednesday. At least two more visits are expected, leaving Nevada's Colin Kaepernick as the only player among the generally accepted top eight quarterbacks in this draft publicly unaccounted for.
According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the Vikings worked out Florida State's Christian Ponder on Tuesday. They also put Iowa's Ricky Stanzi through a private workout this month, Wilson reported.
Also this month, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the Vikings worked out Washington's Jake Locker. Team officials confirmed they had a private meeting with Missouri's Blaine Gabbert after his March 17 pro day. Visits are upcoming with Arkansas' Ryan Mallett and TCU's Andy Dalton, most likely at their upcoming Top-30 day at their Winter Park practice facility, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
I'm not sure where this leaves Kaepernick. Trying to interpret a team's draft strategy based on publicized workouts, or any other available information, is usually a waste of time in this period of misinformation. Is he their secret target? Have they ruled him out? We should have an answer in about five weeks.