Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Now that we have reinvented ourselves a little bit here at VT, and added some fun features, it is time we turn our attention to how the Vikings will do the same thing during the 2015 NFL offseason.

Of course, that means it is now open season for mock drafts, and we hope to bring you plenty of them between now and May.  I have completed my first attempt at a mock and you can CLICK HERE to read the whole thing.

The way the top ten selections shook out in my mock left the Vikings with a number of options including popular choices like WR DeVante Parker, CB P.J. Williams, and OT Andrus Peat.  I did not end up selecting any of these three, however, and encourage you to find out who was picked by visiting my mock draft page.

Also, don’t forget to check out Brett’s first mock draft.  He gave the Vikings a guy that I don’t even have going in the first round of my mock.  How’s that for variety?

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2015 NFL Mock Draft (Brett)

Guess what, everyone? It’s mock draft time here at Vikings Territory! Despite working my tail off on the site redesign, I still found some time to throw together my first mock draft of the season.

I’ve been scouring the internet for mock drafts the day the regular season was over for the Vikings. I’ll be honest with you – most of them have Minnesota selecting wide receive DeVante Parker who, of course, played with Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville.

While this is very possible, it just seemed a little too easy, no? I mean, sure – mock drafts are intended to be our best, educated guess at what will happen come draft day. But they’re also meant to be a little fun, too. The last thing I wanted to do was bore everyone with a pick they’ve seen everywhere else. (No offense to future mock drafts on Vikings Territory that may have Parker as their selection for the Vikings.)

So, if I don’t have Parker going to the Vikings, who is it then? Well, you’ll have to visit the full mock draft to see who I have going #11 overall to Minnesota. I can promise you it’s likely someone you don’t suspect…

The first five picks of the draft are included below as a little teaser. I hope you enjoy the rest. Make sure to check out Adam’s first mock draft which will be posted a little later today.

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1. Tampa Bay (2-14) // Jameis Winston, QB – Florida State

Needs: Quarterback, O-Line, Pass Rush

Winston represents the best opportunity to provide the Buccaneers with a franchise quarterback. I say opportunity because Winston is not a sure bet. But despite character concerns being an issue, Winston has the physical attributes to compete at the next level and has the highest ceiling for a quarterback in this class.

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 2. Tennessee (2-14) // Randy Gregory, Edge – Nebraska

Needs: Quarterback, Pass Rush, CB, Guard,

While Derrick Morgan has been solid on one side, the Titans could definitely use an upgrade in their pass rush on the other.

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3.  Jacksonville (3-13) // Leonard Williams, 34DE, 43DT –  USC

Needs: FS, OL, DL Depth

Will Leonard Williams, arguably the best talent in the 2015 draft, pull an Eli Manning if not drafted by the Raiders? We’ll see… Jacksonville needs more depth on their line. Williams is incredibly versatile, a run stuffer and can definitely get after the quarterback.

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 4. Oakland (3-13) // Amari Cooper, WR – Alabama

Needs: ILB, OT, DE, WR

In this scenario, the Raiders and Leonard Williams miss out on each other. Derek Carr did well in his first year for the Raiders and may provide the stability this franchise has been in search of for a long time. The Raiders have no #1 threat at wide receiver and were an ineffective on offense leading the NFL in three and outs. Amari Cooper, while not necessarily physically gifted, is an exceptional route runner and the kind of guy you want to pair with a young, developing quarterback.

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 5. Washington (4-12) // Brandon Scherff, OT – Iowa

Needs: S, CB, OT, DE

The Redskins had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL in 2014. They need to solidify their line if they truly intend to give Robert Griffin III a final shot.

Brett's First 2015 Mock Draft


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[Note:  This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period.  This is the third article, focusing on the fullbacks.  In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterback preview here and the running backs are here.]

If there was any real potential for drama at the fullback position this offseason, it was pretty much erased when Jerome Felton made it clear that he would be opting out of his contract. By doing so, he will sign with a team that almost certainly will keep him on the final roster, something that could be in question with the Vikings despite his status as a Pro Bowl caliber player.

The Vikings will gain about $2.5 million in cap space with Felton choosing to leave and have Zach Line waiting in the wings to pick up the slack.  Tight end Rhett Ellison is also equipped to take some fullback snaps if needed.

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Our weekly look around our Division and some of the headlines produced by our greatest enemies:


We like to hate on the Green Bay Packers on these pages, and for good reason, but I have to give Packers cornerback Sam Shields credit for admitting that they were the beneficiaries of a very dubious postseason call.

Shields, in an interview with ESPN, admitted that Dez Bryant made the catch that has been at the center of a playoff controversy that could only be outdone by some deflated footballs. Shields was covering Bryant on the fourth down play that handed the Packers a chance at the NFC Championship Game.

“It was a catch,” Shields conceded recently.  “But the new rule and at the last minute what happened, that’s what the refs came up with. I never said he didn’t catch it. He made a helluva catch I was in great coverage. Like I said, it was good on good and he came up with the catch.”

In the end, Shields’ statement means very little, as the referees still reversed the call on the field that a catch was made and the Cowboys turned the ball over on downs.

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**ANNOUNCEMENT: Vikings Territory will be down from Friday, January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th.**

Vikings Territory was launched in late September, 2011. Since then, we are very proud to say we’ve come a long way. Our readership has steadily grown, we’ve added a stable of talented, young writers, we’ve been invited to attend training camp and even recently adopted our own podcast. We’re proud of what we’ve built here with help from all of you. More exciting is what the future holds for Vikings Territory. We know that 2015 is going to be a huge year for us – and we have a big announcement to kick things into gear.

Very shortly we will be launching a new and improved version of Vikings Territory. Our current site, while filled to the brim with glorious content, isn’t a suitable vessel, if you will. Other than just looking outdated, it isn’t a responsive site that adjusts to whatever device you use to consume your Vikings News and Opinions (phone, tablet, etc.) It isn’t visually engaging and it doesn’t really foster the exploration we want our readers to experience. Finally, it doesn’t promote a community of passionate Vikings fans as well as we’d like it to.

The new site coming to you soon will do this and more.

Unfortunately, we will have a slight downtime while the new site is being launched. Starting this Friday at about 9:00 AM Central, Vikings Territory will be down. The new site will be live Monday morning for your viewing pleasure.

Although it’s a slow time of the year and there isn’t a ton of new, breaking news, you can follow @vikingterritory on Twitter for current updates as well as all our other writers (included at the end of this post).

We’re excited for this new stage at VT and appreciate the patience while we work to make sure you all have the best site possible.


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