Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Every Sunday during Draft Season, Carl and the team at Vikings Territory release scouting reports on sleeper prospects. They’re players many may not recognize, but should get to know as the 2016 NFL Draft approaches. This time of the year, the biggest names dominate the headlines, but other players taken in the later rounds can often have more of an impact than the top-32 picks.

Players like Danielle Hunter (3rd-round) and Stefon Diggs (5th-round) were more important to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 than Trae Waynes, the team’s 11th-overall selection. Each made significant contributions on defense and offense, while Waynes was relegated to a role as the punt team’s gunner. He played well in spot duty, especially against the Seattle Seahawks, but to say he outperformed his teammates would be lying.

Sometimes, it’s the players we least expect who have the most immediate success in the NFL. That’s why I’ve asked the team here to name their favorite under-the-radar prospects; the players they love that no one’s talking about.

Who is one draft prospect you love that no one is talking about?

VT Offseason Plan, Free Agency


[In part two of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth free agency plan for the Minnesota Vikings. Part 1.]

Rick Spielman’s job with the Minnesota Vikings isn’t easy. In reality, any general manager’s job is a challenge. As the highest-ranking member of the team’s personnel department, Spielman is not only responsible for hiring coaches and staff members, but for building and tweaking a competitive roster each season.

His duties require year-round coordination and planning, all of which come to a head between February and April. It’s then that Spielman and his front office must finalize their college scouting, address the mad-dash that is free agency, and find new talent through the annual NFL Draft. And he does all this with a clear vision in mind, one he’s continued to develop in his five years as general manager.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings look to reload and take another step forward in the 2016 season. To do so, Rick Spielman will have to work his magic once again and supplement the already young and talented roster with players who will help push Mike Zimmer and his crew over the hump. Grab a coffee and come on in. Let’s talk some Vikings!

The 11 Talkers Include
• NFL Combine Under Way
• Ricky Spielman Spoke at the Combine
• Rick Spielman Sat Down with Beat Writers Last Week
• Spielman Says Height Not Determining Factor in Drafting Next Vikings WR
• Norv Might Be In Trouble
• Adrian Showing Signs of Wear?
• One Free Agent to Watch….
• James Laurinaitis Cut By Rams. Fit for Vikings?
• Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah LOVE the Vikes
• Will the Vikings Re-Sign Chad Greenway?
• Andy’s Free Agency and Draft Wishlist

All that and other “There is No Vikings Offseason” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

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Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman took the podium for his annual press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday. In his opening statement he talked about the great job Mike Zimmer has done turning this team around and his ability each season to build on that success. Spielman identified that the development of younger players, the culture that has been established in the locker room, and the emphasis that the team comes first are the key elements to the Vikings success. One veteran leader that Spielman singled out was Mike Wallace.

“What Mike Wallace brought into our locker room, his buy-in and his sacrifice from a standpoint of stats and what is best for the team – and I know coach Zimmer mentioned it in his post-season press conference – but he was a true professional and everything he was asked to do he did to the best of his ability. His leadership was very key to the success we had on the field.”

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The NFL Combine kicks off this Friday in Indianapolis. All of the NFL GMs, scouts, executives, coaches, etc are descending on Lucas Oil Stadium (but really St. Elmo’s) to scope out the next crop of NFL talent as the young men compete in events tangentially related to the game of American Football, all while wearing their skivvies.

Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) is back in the house to tell us about what matters at the Combine, what doesn’t and what Vikings fans should look for this weekend. Also I try to stump Luke in a festive round of NFL COMBINE TRIVIA!

All that and other “Underwear Olympics” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

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