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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Co-Owner of the Minnesota Vikings, Mark Wilf, took time this weekend to try and squash rumors that the Vikings had, at some point, pursued Bill Parcells to run their football team.

He went as far as to say that the reported event “never happened” and then went on to gush about the man they hired, Rick Spielman.

“From A to Z, he has all the tools you need to run a football operation,” Wilf said Saturday. “We felt he was the perfect choice to be our general manager. Rick has the ability to follow through on a plan. He’s disciplined, but will be aggressive when he has to. It’s a plan that we’re all comfortable with. We’re following his lead.”

Look, I’m not calling Mark Wilf a liar, but even if they had been in talks before settling on Spielman what else is he going to say at this point in time?  Whether or not the Vikings talked to any other candidates will have no impact on how the owners talk publicly about Spielman now that he is their man.

After all, with the most important Vikings Draft in recent memory right around the corner, we wouldn’t want to see season ticket holders lose whatever faith they might have in this organization’s ability to turn things around.

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(Note: This is a continuation of a series where we take you inside our War Room for the #MockOne draft series. This particular version is for #MockFour. If you are unfamiliar with what it is all about, you should probably start off by reading about what we did in the previous #MockThree.)

We are at it again. I had such a blast participating in #MockThree that I decided to just keep rolling right in to #MockFour. This time, though,  I’m the General Manager. Not only that, but everyone’s favorite Vikings writer, Adam,  is a member of the War Room. We’ve also added a new manager to the team: Ryan Broser, a great writer for Bruno Boys, Fantasy Victor and Bleacher Report Vikings. (Josh Deceuster, our GM for #MockThree has returned to provide his valued opinion in the War Room as well.) So, let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

The first two picks of this draft started off much like the previous drafts. Andrew Luck is selected by the Indianapolis Colts and Robert Griffin ends up with the Washington Redskins. Now on the clock at #3, we were prepared to select OT Matt Kalil, the sure thing that I so vehemently defended selecting in me and Adam’s recent debate. Ironically enough, we actually ended up not selecting Matt Kalil.

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It is almost here!  Almost!  Can you feel it?

The single most anticipated event of the offseason is less than two weeks away and we have some big plans for our readers.  Vikings Territory has designs on making this site the place to be during the 2012 NFL Draft, and the features that will make it so are now being unveiled.

Here is what we have lined up so far:

NFL Draft Live Chat

We plan to bring you the latest news, rumors, and analysis during every single moment of the 2012 NFL Draft.  Myself, Brett Anderson, all-star VT reader Malte, and The Viking Den founder Gil Alcaraz IV will man the live chat each day to ensure everything runs smoothly and is the best Draft experience on the web.

To sign up for an automatic email reminder for the event, and to get a tip on how to ensure your live chat experience is the very best it can possibly be, then click here to check out our new page.  Make sure to add that page to your favorites list.

VT Big Board

Using a unique blend of expert opinions from around the web, as well as our own rankings, we have stacked nearly 400 prospects in our Vikings Territory Big Board.  Brett will be working up a sweat to ensure the Big Board is updated quickly and accurately so that you will know who has been selected by which teams and who is still available as the Draft progresses.

The Big Board is hand tailored to highlight the best players available, but also with a slant towards the roster needs of the Minnesota Vikings.

Check out our Big Board by clicking right here, and be sure to let us know what you think of the rankings!

Updated Draft Order

The Draft Order has been set for a while now, but once the trades start to fly then keeping track of who has what picks can be increasingly difficult.  We will do our best to update this Draft Order, which you can see by clicking here, as information becomes available during Draft Weekend.

There will be no need to go to another site if you want to keep it simple!

Trade Value Charts

There are a number of opinions on the relevance of various NFL Draft Trade Charts.  However, most fans want to reference these quickly and easily on Draft Day.

We have included two of the most popular Trade Charts available, and have descriptions of how each were developed.  This will make for easy reference on Draft Day.

Click here to see the charts.

As you can see, we plan to be working hard for three days straight because we really, really, really hope you will be here with us for the entirety of the event.  We aim to please, so let us know if there might be any other features you would like to see us add between now and then!

All of the features mentioned above can be accessed via the menu at the top of the page, too.

Owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts Jim Irsay is suddenly no stranger to the “Quarterback Carousel” game that haunts many NFL teams.

For the first time in a very long time, he has had to evaluate this Draft class’ top quarterback prospects after giving away the identity of his franchise, Peyton Manning.  While it is widely expected that Irsay and company will ultimately select Stanford star Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, he recently made comments about Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill that would suggest the Vikings will at least receive some inquiries about the availability of the third overall selection.

Irsay’s recent tweet said, “Tannehill is a hidden gem in this draft, a quiet secret who was always sneaking up to #3..you want him, you better talk to Zigi The Biggie!”

Former Colts G.M. Bill Polian also took to the airwaves to suggest that the path to Tannehill will run through the third overall selection.  He predicted that the Miami Dolphins would trade up to the third spot giving the Vikings their eighth overall selection, their second rounder, and their third rounder to secure Tannehill.

Since trade speculation is starting to pick , Brett and I, who have somewhat different opinions on the topic, decided to create a debate post to start the conversation. We hope it will continue into the comments section with opinions from you all.

According to this post-lockout chart, the Vikings third overall selection is worth 401.3 points of value.  The eighth overall pick (318 points), second round pick (159.1), and third rounder (119.4) total 596.5 as a package which suggests the Vikings would be getting the better end of the deal.

Okay, on to the debate!

Reports are surfacing that the Vikings have worked out Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe.

Poe (6’ 4” – 346 pounds) solidified his status as this Draft’s top nose tackle with a superb display at the NFL Scouting Combine which included a 4.87 second forty time.  He is expected to come off the board in the first round, but it would be a stretch to call him a candidate to be drafted in the third spot currently occupied by the Vikings.

The team’s interest in top prospects outside the top three is not unsurprising, however.

The Vikings appear to have genuine interest in moving backwards if the right offer presents itself and they need to be prepared to pull the trigger on other top prospects should that situation become reality.  Secondly, since they own the 35th pick too, they need to be prepared to select a top prospect that happens to fall into their lap.

The Vikings have also visited with Boise State defensive tackle Chase Baker.

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