Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and as always we have some clear winners… and some clear losers. But let’s not worry about the overall winners/losers, let’s take a look at some targets that won and lost who also could be on the Vikings radar come draft day.


1. Darron Lee LB, Ohio St.

The 6’1, 232 pound linebacker put up an eye popping 4.43 second 40 yard dash time, making him faster than most of the wide receivers in 2016. Not only was his 40 time impressive, but he managed to be at the top of almost each category for linebackers. To add to his solid numbers, he also looked the part in drills and very well could have jumped his stock into the top 20, making it a real possibility he doesn’t even reach the Vikings at pick 23.

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This time of year, with the Scouting Combine just wrapping up and the Draft rapidly approaching, we spend a lot of time focusing on the future. The Vikings are coming off an 11-5, division championship season, and look to be firmly headed in the right direction. So, before any draft picks or free agency additions, I thought it was a good time to look at the future within the organization. Below is a countdown of the 10 most important players to the Vikings’ future:

(NOTE: This list only includes players currently on the team’s roster. It takes into account skill level, positional importance, age, contract, and the team’s investment in the player. It’s more than a list of best players; rather, it focuses on who will be counted on to play major roles in the next five to eight years if the team is to continue to compete for division championships and playoff berths. For example, a player who is talented and productive but approaching the end of his career would be given less consideration than a young, high draft pick who has shown good ability in a short time.)

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Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins | Wide Receiver, Colorado St.


Height – 6′ 2″
Weight – 217 lbs.
Age – 21 yrs.

At First Glance

First Team All-Mountain West

Projected Round:

3rd Round

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ALL Vikings talk on this special cross-over episode of the Purple FTW! Podcast and my new project The Andy Carlson Show. Love talking about all sports and all topics on the new show, but we all know that the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings is my wheelhouse (or at least mediocre wheelhouse).

We talked about upcoming Vikings free agency, what the heck to do with Mike Wallace, and pontificate about my two draft crushes and how Trader Rick can come up with both of them.

If you like what you hear, please feel free to subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Love ya!

Today’s Five Things Are
• Free Agency Thoughts Update: We’re Not Signing Osemele
• George Iloka’s Tweet
• Mike Wallace Pay Cut
• Vikings Doing Homework on Cody Whitehair
• Josh Doctson Will Be a Viking

An Andy Carlson Joint

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This is the time of year to be skeptical of all that you hear or read.

This time of year is plenty full of people with motives behind their words, whether it be the G.M. of an NFL franchise or the agent for a prospect or two, but we’ve never shied away from passing along potential smoke-screens for our readers enjoyment. Oh, and sometimes they turn out to be true.

The most recent rumor regarding the Vikings comes from Luke Rodgers of 247 Sports whose 12,400 Twitter followers were privy to an interesting little Vikings-related nugget. For the sake of transparency, I didn’t know who the guy was prior to today. To be fair, however, that probably says more about me than it does him.

Rodgers claims that the Vikings gave a nose tackle assurances during the NFL Scouting Combine that they will select him with the 23rd pick this year if he is still available. He even spilled the specific beans by giving us the prospect’s name.

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