Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Brent: Eric Kendricks
We’ve all seen what Zimmer can do with rookie linebackers and although Kendricks might not be as athletic or ready for the NFL as his UCLA counterpart Anthony Barr was as a rookie, I think Zimmer will find a way to put Kendricks in positions to have an impact on the defense. Some would argue that Trae Waynes will mean more to the secondary, but I’m not convinced he starts in week 1 and if I’m a QB, I’m going to pick on the rookie CB a little knowing what kind of defender Xavier Rhodes has become. Waynes will be a fine addition to this defense in the long term, but I think Kendricks adjusts faster and will make notable plays that will contribute to this impact on the defense.

Adam: Eric Kendricks
I’m in the slight minority in that I love, love, love the Trae Waynes pick. With that being said, I never have super high expectations for rookie cornerbacks, and he will probably get picked on a lot seeing as Xavier Rhodes is the guy lining up across from him. So, I’m going to go with linebacker Eric Kendricks, who possesses the ability to cover athletic tight ends and even some slot receivers in the passing game. Not only that, but he should be an immediate upgrade to a run defense that struggled plenty in 2014. If Kendricks is as talented and pro-ready as I think he is, then he will be the key that unlocks a lot of fun new wrinkles in the Mike Zimmer defense. I don’t see any of our other rookies as being able to positively impact such a broad portion of our game plan as Kendricks will be able to from Day One.

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Yesterday, Carl introduced you to Tyrus Thompson, one of 10 players the Minnesota Vikings selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. We’ll break down every player over the next few days, from first round draft pick Trae Waynes to 7th round project Edmond Robinson.

This morning, I’ll take a look at wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a “swiss army knife” who spent three seasons at Maryland, where he found success as a pass catcher and kick returner for the Terrapins.

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Click around the different sports websites and blogs, and you’ll find the Vikings listed near the top of numerous “Draft Grades” and “Best of the Draft” lists. Their haul of players, which includes Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, is expected to contribute early and often. Below, a quick look at the newest members of the Minnesota Vikings:

Vikings Draft Picks 2015

Of the 10 players selected by general manager Rick Spielman, it’s not difficult to imagine six or seven playing a starting or rotational role this season. All ten will attend the Vikings’ rookie minicamp later this week (May 8-11), where they’ll get to meet their positional coaches, run through basic walkthroughs, and begin the process of absorbing an NFL playbook. There, head coach Mike Zimmer and his staff will get their first look at players they’ve only seen through film or from stadium seats.

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According to the NFL.com’s Conor Orr, former Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson announced his retirement from the NFL. Carlson is 30 years old.

Orr posted the following statement by Carlson:

After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us. I was blessed to play seven seasons in the NFL for three tremendous organizations — the CardinalsVikings and Seahawks. I will always treasure the experiences and relationships made during that time but I’m also very excited about the next phase of my life and what’s ahead.

The Minnesota native and Litchfield High star excelled in Seattle during his first three years in the NFL, and he subsequently earned a five-year, $25 million contract with the Vikings. Carlson played two seasons with the Minnesota before being cut from the team and signing a deal with Arizona.

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