Vikings not likely to take QB in first round

Some whispers I’ve heard from reliable sources while waiting for the NFL draft to kick off Thursday night:

  • The Vikings have been linked to Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen and Florida QB Tim Tebow in the first round, but I’ve been told the team is headed in another direction with the 30th overall pick. Minnesota could go cornerback, safety, defensive tackle or running back instead. The Vikings could select a quarterback during the three-day process, but unless there’s some sudden change of direction, it won’t happen Thursday.
  • Buccaneers brass has discussed using the No. 3 pick on Tennessee safety Eric Berry. I’ve been told that Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy or Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh likely will be the pick, but a contingent in Tampa Bay really likes Berry. I can’t see the Bucs passing one of those defensive tackles, though.
  • Speaking of Berry, more and more signs point to him being selected by the Redskins at No. 4. That could prompt a shift on the draft boards in Kansas City (No. 5) and Cleveland (No. 7). If that happens, a top offensive tackle such as Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung or Oklahoma’s Trent Williams would be available to the Chiefs.
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