Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Is Chad Greenway on the way out in 2016?

Vikings NFL Draft Jaylon Smith
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It’s officially draft season at Vikings Territory, making this the perfect time to begin NFL Draft speculation. Who will the Minnesota Vikings select with the 23rd-overall pick in April? Will general manager Rick Spielman trade back for more ammunition? Does the team need to focus on offense or defense in the first round? Without football on Sundays, there’s more than enough time to second guess what the Vikings will do this offseason.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report‘s premier draft expert, recently spent some time analyzing Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith. The 6’3″, 240-pound prospect was a consensus top-10 pick before his gruesome knee injury in last month’s Fiesta Bowl, but may see his stock slip while recovering from a torn ACL and LCL. According to Miller, that makes teams like the Vikings a dark horse landing spot for the Fighting Irish superstar:

“If Jaylon Smith falls in the draft, I could see a team like the Minnesota Vikings pairing him with young guys like Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks. Smith could play weak-side linebacker if you want to keep Kendricks in the middle, or, he could play middle linebacker and Kendricks could play that weak-side spot for Mike Zimmer. If you could imagine those three linebackers chasing down Aaron Rodgers, Vikings fans have to be very happy about it.”

It’s unlikely Smith falls that far, but stranger things have happened to the Vikings. In 2013, Minnesota held the same exact pick and was fortunate enough to land defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. The former Florida Gator was labeled the draft’s “No. 1 player on tape” by Greg Cosell, but fell due to concerns over his arm length and injury history. Smith may fall to the Vikings late in the first round, but it would take a miracle from “Trader Rick” to make the dream of a Barr-Kendricks-Smith trio a reality.

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[This Alex Collins scouting report is the first of many, each with a Vikings slant, 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.]

RB Alex Collins, Arkansas

Measurements

Height – 5’11
Weight – 215 lbs
Age – 21

Pros

Powerful runner. Collins can get loose on the outside with his speed, but he isn’t afraid to rush up the middle and pound his way for some tough yardage.

Compactly built. Collins is a well put-together at 5’11, 215 lbs allowing him to take a hit and drive a pile.

Fast for a back his size. Goes from zero to full-speed in a hurry. Collins’ great acceleration makes him a true threat to score anytime he touches the football.

Adds value as a kick returner.

Hard to bring down. Collins rarely goes down on first contact. He keeps his powerful legs moving, constantly fighting for more yardage.

Shows good patience as a runner. Follows his blocks well and waits for a hole to open up before blasting through it.

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Dear Blair Walsh,

It’s not your fault that the Vikings were unable to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in last Sunday’s NFC first round playoff game. You may have missed a 27 yard field goal that would have put Minnesota ahead with 22 seconds left in regulation, but that is not why your team lost.

There were many things that you and the rest of the Vikings did well last Sunday. However, the final score of the game was the result of a multitude of different instances and not just one single play.

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It is Draft Season at Vikings Territory!

Every year, even the lowliest of NFL franchises successfully sell their respective fan bases on the idea of renewed hope, and seldom are their sources of said hope more powerful than that brought about by the NFL Draft.

Here, in lands known as Vikings Territory, there is an unfamiliar feeling of existing hope and excitement. The Minnesota Vikings organization is not looking to build a new foundation with Mike Zimmer’s third season as head coach fast approaching, and this team will be looking to use the NFL Draft to increase their already high expectations for the 2016 season through the NFL Draft.

This year, we have partnered up with Draft Season to ensure that Vikings Territory is a premiere destination for Vikings fans looking for insight as to how Draft Weekend could play out this year.

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Melvin White Futures Contract
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Twenty five is the lucky number for the Minnesota Vikings, who currently have more than 25 players under 25 years old on the roster. Yesterday, they added another, signing free agent cornerback Melvin White to a futures contract for the 2016 regular season. White spent last year on the St. Louis Rams practice squad and was an undrafted free agent in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 6’1″, 215-pound cornerback joined the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and spent two years with the team, starting 17 of 30 games from 2013 to 2014. While a Panther, White played alongside current Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and recorded three interceptions. According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, White is expected to participate in the Vikings’ spring drills this offseason.

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