Monday, December 5, 2016

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thoughts from round one
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It’s the week before the draft, or as I call it, Draft Week Eve, and the mocks are being updated fast and furiously. The Josh Doctson conventional wisdom has reigned supreme for months, and while a healthy amount of mockers still believe the TCU wide receiver will go to the Vikings at number 23, there is more disagreement now than at any time since February. Some mock drafts are even finally suggesting my long held pipe dream will come true, and Minnesota will have the option of selecting a previously-thought top ten player with their first round pick.  Here’s an updated look at who the mock drafts have the Vikings taking at number 23:

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MOCK DRAFT: Belisle Version 4.0
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You can’t always get what you want. It’s a fact, and has been long before the Rolling Stones sang it in 1969. No matter how badly you want something, and in this case, a something is a someone in the 2016 NFL Draft, it doesn’t always work out the way you’d planned. I, for one, want the Minnesota Vikings to draft TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson. He’s been the subject of my past two mock draft updates, but sadly, that’s going to change today.

Austin’s First Round Mock Draft

With less than two weeks remaining before the first round of the Draft, the chatter is louder than it has been all offseason. Analysts are firing off their remaining few scouting reports and rumors are flying from team source to reporter to Twitter at an alarming rate. The “leak” that caught my eye — aside from an early look at the Vikings’ Color Rush uniforms — concerned Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell:

Long considered the top receiver in the class, Treadwell’s suffered an ugly draft collapse since running a surprisingly slow 4.65 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Treadwell’s lack of top-flight speed could keep him out of the top-15, making the Rebels receiver a possible selection for the Vikings at No. 23.

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During last week’s NFL regular season schedule release, it was revealed that the Minnesota Vikings will have the luxury of playing two Thursday games in the 2016. The first Thursday game will take place on Thanksgiving day against the Detroit Lions and the second will occur the very next week on December 1st, against the Dallas Cowboys.

In four Thursday games last season, the NFL required the participating teams to wear a “Color Rush” uniform. The uniforms were met with plenty of mixed reviews, including the reaction from people who are color blind and struggled to view some of the obnoxiously bold uniform combinations featured in the games.

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A Tajae Sharpe scouting report with a Minnesota Vikings focus.

[This Tajae Sharpe Scouting Report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst. All previously published scouting reports can be found by clicking here.]

Tajae Sharp | WR, UMass

Measurements

Height – 6’2″
Weight – 194 lbs.
Age – 21 yrs.

At First Glance

Two-time 1st team All-MAC

Projected Round:

4th – 5th Round

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Alabama’s old-school hard hitting inside linebacker is an elite prospect who will be a day one starter in the NFL. Reggie Ragland is a premier run-stopper with exceptional football instinct and IQ.

Reggie Ragland | Linebacker, Alabama

Measurements

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 247 pounds
Year: Senior

At First Glance

SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Numerous All-American Honors.
BCS National Championship 2015.

Projected Round:

First Round

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