Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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People like to make fun of Draft grades being posted immediately following the event’s conclusion, and for good enough reason, but there is no doubt that people love to read them. Here at Vikings Territory we are taking a slightly different approach to the normal quick analysis that accompanies these types of post (oh, we’ll have that too, I suppose) with the assignment of our 2016 Vikings Draft Grade.

It is easy to dismiss most draft grades as speculation, because they are. The most informed Vikings fans on the internet (you guys), however, took to our pages all weekend long to vote on each pick and trade the Vikings executed during the 2016 NFL Draft.

At the very least, your perception at fans has been measured, and there has to be some worth to that. We think there is, anyway.

Here are the results of each poll posted throughout Draft Weekend:

ROUND 1: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss — A

Whether or not the Vikings preferred a different receiving threat is now irrelevant, and Vikings fans seem genuinely pleased with this addition of the big-bodied target to help get Teddy Bridgewater to the next level.

63% of you gave this the “A” grade we assigned. Only 6% of voters gave the Treadwell selection a “C” grade or worse.

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Jayron Kearse has NFL bloodlines as the nephew of former defensive end Jevon Kearse and cousin of former first-round cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

Kearse has the look of a game changing safety at 6’4” 216 pounds with long limbs and a thick build. He carries a presence when tackling and he out sizes most wide receivers.

The Clemson safety is a long strider and shows some closing speed and ability to cover a lot of ground, but unfortunately he ran a surprisingly slow 4.64 forty time at the combine.

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The latest on undrafted free agents at the Minnesota Vikings UDFA Tracker

Minnesota Vikings 2016 UDFA Tracker:

I will be doing my best to compile reports and rumors regarding the Minnesota Vikings and their 2016 undrafted free agent signings. I will only include names that come with a link sourced the information, but feel free to help us get the latest updates by dropping links into the comments section here.

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Offense a Priority for Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has two new potential targets in German wide receiver Möritz Boehringer and UTSA tight end David Morgan II. General manager Rick Spielman focused on offense late in the draft, picking players with very unique skill sets and potential fits in Minnesota.

Boehringer is 6’4,” 229 pounds, and compares athletically to players like Andre Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson. When asked which receivers he hopes to mold his game after, Boehringer didn’t hesitate to pick two of the NFL’s best.

“A.J. Green and Julio Jones”

Morgan, the first player every drafted from the University of Texas San Antonio, is excited to join a tight ends group that includes Kyle Rudolph, MyCole Pruitt, and Rhett Ellison. “Being able to play in a tight-end heavy offense, how they move a bunch of guys around, it’s going to be awesome,” he said. “I can bring a lot to the table for them.”

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