Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Living in Sebeka, MN, Mike Arthur proves to be another storied Vikings fan, his childhood filled with memories surrounding the purple and gold. When Arthur was in kindergarten, he played football with his friends, and they each picked players to act as. Arthur always chose Anthony Carter or Tommy Kramer.

Things really picked up for Arthur when Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter entered the picture.”I became a super fan when Warren Moon and Carter started connecting for all those touchdowns,” he remembers.

There has been plenty of disappointment between “the good ol’ days” and now, and Arthur has endured the pain and heartache with the rest of us. However, he’s ready and excited for a season that will hopefully go a little more according to plan.

The offseason is in full swing, and the Vikings have made plenty of moves praised by the fans, including Arthur. Drafting CB Trae Waynes and LB Eric Kendricks will prove significant for Minnesota. Arthur weighs in on the selections:

“Waynes will be a huge upgrade in our secondary and should help this defense turn the corner from being good to great. I think of all the trouble the Vikings had getting off the field on third down last season, and he should be the key to that puzzle.” 

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As first reported by ESPN 1500 contributor Darren Wolfson Thursday afternoon, Trae Waynes became the fourth first-round pick to sign his rookie deal. The four-year contract, which includes a fifth-year option for the team, is worth $12.944 million and pays Waynes a $7.674 million signing bonus.

The Vikings selected Waynes with the 11th-overall pick, making him the most valuable cornerback they’ve ever taken in the draft. He joins rookies Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter, B.J. Dubose, and Edmond Robinson as the latest additions to Mike Zimmer’s defensive rebuild.

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Welcome to our ongoing series profiling our newest Vikings. Thus far, Carl delivered a good look at Tyrus Thomas and Austin put together a nice break down of Stefon Diggs.

This most recent draft seemed oddly routine for Vikings fans. There weren’t any major trades or surprise picks and the team addressed some of their biggest needs in the early rounds. The first being Trae Waynes out of Michigan State.

When trying to take the crown of the NFC North, drafting cornerbacks is always a good idea. The Vikings believed that to be true and used the 11th pick overall to draft Waynes making him the highest drafted cornerback in franchise history. With Waynes being the first cornerback off the board last weekend, the Vikings clearly made a statement that Waynes was their guy.

There was plenty of speculation that Waynes would end up with the Vikings prior to the draft, but now that he is officially a Viking, let’s take a moment to break down what he brings to the defense.

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