Sunday, April 19, 2015
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At some point, you’re all going to get sick of how much I trust some insiders. But I operate in that way, and I feel like I can filter out information that feels smokescreen-y, even if I don’t attempt to do much of that in the rumor roundups I occasionally post.

Today, there’s more drama from the 2014 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer, who spent all his time covering the draft hunkered down with the Vikings, fully published his “insider look” at the Vikings draft process, and what the Vikings went through in order to get Teddy Bridgewater.

 

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Per Mike Freeman at the Bleacher Report, the Vikings have been looking for ways to part with premier running back Adrian Peterson:

The Vikings are looking for ways to part with superstar runner Adrian Peterson sooner rather than later. Peterson is 29 and when backs hit 30, their production usually drops off precipitously. Backs age in dog years, and despite Peterson’s adamantium bone structure, he isn’t impervious to aging. The contract situation is also brutal. Peterson will receive a base salary of $11.75 million in 2014, then $12.75 million in 2015. In 2017, it will climb to $15.75 million.

That is simply an impossible salary structure to pay a player in today’s game, where the running back position has been greatly devalued.

“My person opinion,” said one AFC general manager, “is this (coming) season will be Peterson’s last with the Vikings. Despite the cap hit, they’ll make some sort of move to get him off the roster.”

Potshots at the Bleacher Report aside (they’re not what they were three years ago), I trust Mike Freeman, though I’ve found him slightly more prone to “lying season” than other, more reliable, insiders. That said, I think this is the truth.

 

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Nothing special or outstanding about this post. Just a place for Teddy Bridgewater highlight videos, including some interesting takes from around the internet before and after Bridgewater’s selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2014 NFL Draft.

It’s a cheap way to get you to come to this website, but let’s not pretend we don’t both love it.

**UPDATE: I FINALLY FOUND THE FULL GRUDEN QB CAMP VIDEO FEAST YOUR EYES

 

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Vikings legend Scott Studwell announced today that he is stepping down as the Vikings Director of College Scouting, but not leaving the Vikings. He wants to spend more time with his family and cut down on the extensive travel time associated with scouting players across the country, but will continue to remain “a big part of the draft process,” according to Sid Hartman at the Star Tribune.

Instead, Jamaal Stephenson—NFC scout of the year of 2012 and former Assistant Director of College Scouting—will step up in his place. Stephenson has previously worked with Norv Turner when they were both with the Washington Redskins as a scouting assistant (along with Charlie Casserly). He was a part of the team when they made the famous 1999 trade with the New Orleans Saints that netted the Redskins two first-round picks, two third-round picks, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh. The Saints got Ricky Williams. The Redskins used a lot of those picks as trade assets, and ended up with Champ Bailey and LaVar Arrington, as well as a number of other useful starters.

 

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One of the interesting things about gathering Big Boards across the country and finding the different ways that evaluators grade the players is that it gives us an ability to take a look at the draft from their perspective. There’s a big stigma against “grading the draft,” that I don’t think makes a lot of sense because we’re so willing to share our opinions on the players and teams who drafted them in every other way.

It seems we can give opinions about individual players and their teams without criticism. but as soon as we summarize it in a letter grade, we’re doing something wrong and have to wait. Instead, it may be better to wait three years to judge it.

But that’s no fun, and we want feedback. We just have to acknowledge we have a high band of uncertainty and give our impressions of the draft.

But how about instead of inserting post-hoc opinions about our favorite team, we take a look at a metric we’ve already laid the groundwork for? Let’s compare a team’s draft capital to what the Big Boards accumulated said.

 

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