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[This Michael Thomas scouting report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst.]

Michael Thomas | Wide Receiver, Ohio St.

Measurements

Height – 6’3
Weight – 212 Lbs.
Age – 21

At First Glance

2015 All-Big Ten 3rd Team, Nephew of former #1 choice Keyshawn Johnson

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Earlier today the Vikings announced that they have officially purchased land in Eagan, Minnesota. The land consists of 185 acres and is thought to be where the franchise’s next corporate headquarters will be located.

Along with a new headquarters, the new land could also mean the site of a brand new practice facility and eventually the new home for the team’s training camp. With a brand new stadium set to open later this year, an update to the rest of their facilities would not come as a surprise.

New facilities and a new stadium could make potential free agents forget about the sub-zero Minnesota temperatures and become a member of the Vikings. The Wilfs may have made Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman’s job a whole lot easier.

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PFWA All-Rookie Team
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

General manager Rick Spielman’s reign at the head of the Vikings’ draft room began in 2012, when he famously selected Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the first round. Though that decision was an ultimate failure, Spielman has been largely successful in acquiring college talent. Three of his latest draft picks — Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter, and Stefon Diggs — were named to the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-Rookie Team on Tuesday morning.

Spielman’s rookie classes have produced eight players on the annual list. Kendricks, Hunter, and Diggs became the first trio to make the team since Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith, and Blair Walsh did so in 2012. In 2013, Cordarrelle Patterson was added to the roster as a kick returner. The following year, Teddy Bridgewater was honored for his solid rookie campaign as the Vikings’ starting quarterback.

Before the 2015 season began, ESPN’s Ben Goessling reported that 39 of the team’s 53 players had “seen all of their NFL snaps for the Vikings.” The continuity illustrates Spielman’s reliance on the draft and conservative approach in free agency. If the Vikings are going to build a roster, they’re going to do it from within Winter Park.

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[This Jeremy Cash scouting report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst.]

Jeremy Cash | Safety, Duke

Measurements

Height – 6’1
Weight – 210 Lbs.
Age – 23

At First Glance

All-American Safety and ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

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The first step in the offseason process is the Reese’s Senior Bowl down in Mobile, AL. Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) is heading down there for another year of coverage, so why not have him preview all that goes on during the week of the premiere offseason bowl game.

We dive into the week from a media coverage perspective, how players can hurt/help their stock, why practices are WAY more important than the game, how interviews can be even more important than anything on the field, and we also highlight some players to watch for — especially from a Vikings fan perspective.

All that and other “Carson Wentz is gonna get PAID” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Hit up all of Luke’s stuff at eDraft and Cold Omaha.