In the video below, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offers a visual illustration for why I "reached" for a quarterback at the No. 12 overall pick of the ESPN.com blogger mock draft.
By McShay's reckoning, the Vikings will have their pick of every quarterback except Auburn's Cam Newton and Missouri's Blaine Gabbert. By the time their second-round pick comes around, Washington's Jake Locker, Florida State's Christian Ponder and TCU's Andy Dalton are all off the board. In that scenario, the Vikings would be left to choose between Arkansas' Ryan Mallett and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick.