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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Rick Gosselin Mocks Andy Dalton To Minnesota

Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has a track record of being one of the most accurate mock drafters out there, and he also has the Vikings selecting a quarterback. . .but not one that would immediately spring to mind for most people.

In his final mock draft, Gosselin has the Vikings selecting TCU quarterback Andy Dalton with the 12th overall pick in this year's draft. Here is what Gosselin has to say about Dalton.

Like the Titans, the Vikings need to draft a rookie quarterback and play him immediately. Dalton brings a wealth of experience — four years as a starter, 42 career victories and more than 1,300 career passes.

I totally agree with Gosselin's assessment, and Dalton is becoming one of my favorite quarterbacks in this year's class. The guy wins, he's smart, and he's a hard worker. . .all things that any team should want in a quarterback, and all things that would make Andy Dalton the Vikings' best bet as a signal caller for the next decade rather than having to throw stop-gaps out there constantly.

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