EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The latest quarterback drafted from Southern California does not have a Heisman Trophy, but John David Booty certainly comes with plenty of polish.
"It's all the same stuff that all of these teams are doing in the NFL, so I think there's no question that it has benefited me for the next level," Booty said on a conference call with reporters.
Though Booty brings more of a pro-ready profile from USC than Jackson developed at Alabama State, the selection of Booty should actually further confirm Minnesota's commitment to Jackson.
As a late-rounder with a history of injuries and questions about his ability to throw deep, Booty will find himself challenging Brooks Bollinger for the No. 3 spot behind Jackson and backup Gus Frerotte.
Still, Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman raved about Booty's accuracy and described an aggressive push to get him once the fifth round unfolded.
"A guy can throw it through a wall. He may have a (strong arm), but can he put it where it needs to be put at the time it needs to be put there?" Childress said. "That's what he does bring."
Minnesota swapped spots - No. 150 for No. 137 - with Green Bay and gave up a seventh-round pick in the process. Spielman said he discovered "three or four" other teams were chasing Booty while calling around for trade partners.
Guion started only 14 games over three seasons with the Seminoles, but family financial concerns prompted him to skip his senior year and declare for the draft. Guion, one of 36 players suspended by Florida State from the Music City Bowl game as a result of an academic cheating scandal, had 12 1/2 tackles for loss during his college career.
The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Guion was so excited to be picked he said he was shaking.
"I don't know what to do. I'm just happy that I made it," Guion said by phone with "the whole family and half of the church" hanging out in the background at his home in Florida.
"I can't hardly talk, I'm so nervous," he interjected at one point on a conference call.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press