Taylor Heinicke says he would have been “ecstatic” had any team decided to take him in last weekend’s NFL draft. But the former Old Dominion quarterback admits the Minnesota Vikings, who took Heinicke as an undrafted free agent only moments after the draft ended, presented the best opportunity.
“Minnesota has been on me for a while,” he told the Sportswrap over the phone. “I was hoping I’d get drafted by them, it seemed like the best opportunity for me. The best-case scenario was for them to draft me, and I think the second-best scenario was for no-one to draft me and (they pick me up) in free agency.”
“I’m happy I didn’t get drafted by a team where they already have four, five or six quarterbacks. I think this is the best opportunity for me in Minnesota and I’m happy I got to sign with them.”
He admits he probably spent around six hours watching the late rounds on Saturday with his family and his trainer in Atlanta, Georgia, and now gets to look forward to learning from Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
He andHeinicke share similar traits, and both played in similar spread offenses in college (Bridgewater played at Louisville).
Heinicke visted the Vikings facility before the draft, and watched some film of Bridgewater with Scott Turner (Vikings quarterbacks coach) and Norv Turner (Vikings offensive coordinator). He says what Bridgewater does in Minnesota is very similar to what Old Dominion runs under Bobby Wilder.
“I felt like his style of play is kind of like I play,” said Heinicke. “I felt very comfortable. I felt like it was home.”
Heinicke will try to make himself at home when he reports to Vikings rookie mini-camp Thursday.