Friday, February 24, 2017

Vikings 2016 Offseason Plan Part 3

[In the final entry of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth NFL Draft plan for the Minnesota Vikings. Part 1 and 2]

Introduction

Cameras click and lights flash during the first round of the NFL Draft, but it’s often the players out of the spotlight that make the biggest impact. We’ve seen prospects taken in later rounds — Danielle Hunter (third round, 2015) and Stefon Diggs (fifth round, 2015) — contribute more than many of their first round counterparts. While the first round is important, constructing a competitive team requires thorough planning, scouting, and strategy that extends all the way through the 256th-overall pick.

We began this process in early February, when we laid out a vision for the future of the Vikings. Later that month, we took to the virtual phones, signing free agents and making a few controversial roster-building moves along the way. We’re taking the same approach to the NFL Draft, crafting a plan that not only allows us to add the right talent to the team, but to do so in a way that sets the Vikings up for long-term success.

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Vikings Territory Free Agency Live Blog
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It’s like Christmas morning here, as today marks the beginning of a long stretch of offseason craziness. The Vikings Territory Free Agency Live Blog is back, and it will be your go-to stop for all things Vikings and all things free agency!

Visit the 2016 Free Agency Live Blog

There, you can find everything you need over the next few days, from our ranking of the top-40 free agents to  an interactive live chat that allows you to join the conversation in real-time. We’ll be updating the page with every free agent announcement as soon as the news begins rolling, taking particular care to give the speculation and reporting a Vikings slant. The rumors are already swirling, and we’ll be doing our best to keep up with the likes of Adam Schefter and Jay Glazer.

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Vikings need to cut Matt Kalil
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Our very own Adam Patrick thinks the Minnesota Vikings need to cut Matt Kalil this offseason. He thinks the left tackle is a disappointment and far too expensive to keep in 2016. With a salary cap hit of $11.096 million next season, I can understand those points.

But I think Kalil deserves another shot to prove he’s the team’s long-term left tackle, and I think the strides he made last season warrant that chance. That’s why I’m throwing a challenge flag and asking Adam to join me for another Vikings Territory #CoinToss! We’ll duke it out, blog-style, and hopefully, I frustrate Adam to the point where he wants to knock my hat off my head.

Here we go! Adam, state your case, convince me that Kalil should be gone!

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Next week, the Minnesota Vikings and every other team will find themselves in the middle of the NFL’s free agent extravaganza. This week saw plenty of teams releasing an assortment of big name players.

The Vikings have until March 9th before the players on their current roster will have their 2016 contracts become guaranteed. Will the Vikings be the next team to release a player or players who could give them some more money to spend this offseason?

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As a three-year starter in the Buckeyes’ secondary, Tyvis Powell was often the forgotten man on a defense loaded with talent. Powell has the size and athleticism teams covet at the safety position, plus the knack for making timely big plays. He led the team with three interception in 2015 and finished third in tackles with 71. Powell’s leadership and energy played a key part in a secondary that was ranked sixth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and second in fewest points allowed (15.1).

Tyvis Powell | Safety, Ohio State

Measurements

Height – 6′ 3″
Weight – 211 lbs.
Age – 22 yrs.

At First Glance

Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.


Projected Round:

4th – 5th Round

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