Sunday, May 28, 2017

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See my entire second 2016 NFL Mock Draft by CLICKING HERE.

Wow, was my first attempt at a mock draft wrong, or what? I speculated that the Minnesota Vikings would select Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the 23rd-overall pick. And just a few days later, reports surfaced that the prospect’s surgically repaired knee wasn’t as healthy as originally thought. While the pick wasn’t a “reach” at the time, it quickly became an impossible scenario, and one I hope to avoid this time around.

That’s why I’m going with the obvious, if safe choice in the second version of my mock draft; a wide receiver. The Vikings made multiple moves in free agency that would allow them to target such a player in the first round. With holes filled along the offensive line — and one created by releasing Mike Wallace — Rick Spielman can now focus his efforts on adding the best receiver in the class:

Josh Doctson, WR – TCU

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The Minnesota Vikings have made some major moves in an effort to provide protection up front for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and that is continuing over night with a visit from right tackle Andre Smith reportedly taking place. However, they haven’t forgotten that Bridgewater also needs weapons around him and they are rumored to be cautiously window shopping for wide outs.

As I look over the list of remaining free agent pass catchers, one name clearly resides above the rest in my assessment, and that guy was on our roster very recently. I was really hoping to see Mike Wallace return for a second year in Minnesota, playing indoors and with more protection for his quarterback, but his release from Minnesota reportedly doesn’t make that second year an impossibility.

Ian Rapoport tweeted this weekend that Wallace’s return to Minnesota was still “on the table.” This comes along with news that Wallace will visit the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, but it is expected that the Ravens are not able or willing to spend a great deal of money for the services of the speedy Wallace.

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The Gamecocks offense wasn’t very good in 2015, but Jerrell Adams finished the season as the team’s second leading receiver with 28 catches for 421 yards and one touchdown. His production improved in each of his four years in Columbia after earning freshman All-SEC honors. Adams finished his NCAA career with 66 receptions for 977 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jerell Adams | Tight End, South Carolina

Measurements

Height – 6′ 5″
Weight – 247 lbs.
Age – 23 yrs.

At First Glance

Freshman All-SEC.

Two-time SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Recipient of the Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Representative of the University of South Carolina.

Projected Round:

Mid Rounds

After a solid combine performance, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper thinks Adams could have boosted his stock as high as the late first-round.

Vikings sign free agent defensive end Justin Trattou

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the youngest, most sustainable rosters in the entire NFL. It’s a group of players that helped the Vikings finish 11-5 and atop the NFC North for the first time since 2009. When a team is built to last, such as Rick Spielman’s in Minnesota, it’s hard to argue blowing that team up through free agency.

Spielman’s most recent moves — signing Alex Boone and building depth at linebacker — signal his efforts to retain core contributors and fill necessary holes only when necessary. That’s why today’s announcement from veteran defensive end Justin Trattou comes as no surprise; he’s returning to the team on a one-year deal.

Trattou shared via Instagram that he’s “excited and proud” to “pick up” where the Vikings left off last year and told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that the Vikings are the “best young team in the NFL.”

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If you are still tracking the Vikings free agency possibilities late on this Friday evening then your patience has been rewarded. The Vikings have reportedly agreed to a two year deal with punt returner and reserve cornerback Marcus Sherels.

The report comes from Chris Tomasson (who has done an amazing job this offseason) of the Pioneer Press. Tomasson says that terms were agreed to on Friday and Sherels will officially sign his new contract on Monday.

Sherels had visited the New York Jets this week, who are in need of a punt return specialist, but the deal was reached upon his return to Minnesota.

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