Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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The 2016 NFL Draft has been over and done with for quite some time now. However, there are still plenty of people making sure they get their opinions on this year’s draft class heard.

Jon Ledyard is the Senior NFL Draft Analyst for USA TODAY’s Draft Wire website. He was kind enough to answer a few questions regarding the Minnesota Vikings incoming group of rookies and give everyone an idea of what the team can expect from this year’s draft class.

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David Morgan II

David Morgan II — the Pride of the UTSA Road Runners — stopped by the show to chat about his first weeks with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings.

We talked about what it’s like helping build a brand new college football program from scratch, what he envisions his role with the Purple will be, early impressions of the tight end room and new position coach Pat Shurmur, which current NFL player he models his game after, and why he’s a “II” and not a “Jr”. Also David shares a fishing story that would make B-Rob weep.

All that and other “The Numerology Podcast is Cancelled” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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VT QOTW

Bold Vikings Predictions for the 2016 Season
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With the news cycle at an offseason low, it’s time to start thinking big. The Minnesota Vikings begin organized team activities (OTAs) next week, marking the high-point in what’s been a frustratingly quiet period since the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft.

We’re tired of waiting for the action to begin, though; pull out the crystal balls and put on your thinking caps. The Vikings Territory team — and a special guest — are sharing their bold predictions for the 2016 season. Will Rick Spielman make a surprising trade? Does Moritz Böhringer crack the starting lineup? Read after the jump and see what we think!

What’s your way-too-early bold prediction for the 2016 season?

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Welcome To The Big Show - Mackensie Alexander

Cornerback certainly did not feel like a huge need heading into this year’s NFL Draft, but the Minnesota Vikings felt otherwise. The newest player to become part of the Vikings talented backfield is Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander.

Regarded by some draft “gurus” as a first round talent, Alexander could end up as one of the steals of the draft considering he was selected in the bottom third of the second round. It is time to take a closer look at what Alexander can bring to a Minnesota defense that seemed to get increasingly deeper after this year’s draft.

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Cordarrelle Patterson to contribute
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A few months ago I wrote a quick post about Cordarrelle Patterson. It was about his offseason conditioning, how he was again working out with a man dubbed “Hell’s Trainer” in California. Not an extremely engaging story, since it’s well accepted that Patterson’s inability to get on the field the past two seasons has had much more to do with mental factors than physical ones, but the post sparked an interesting discussion in the comments section. These points that arose have stuck with me, and made me ponder the situation more than I have in the past.

Mandatory disclaimer: I understand the Patterson criticisms. Many of the negative things said and written about his attitude, grasp of the offense, and work ethic have been justified, and I’m certain the coaching staff has at least somewhat legitimate reasons for keeping him off the field. He hasn’t developed as a player—as a receiver—the way they would have liked him to. At times, he has been downright selfish.

But…

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