Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Listen up, Vikings fans, we have some big programming news for you all!

The entire team here at Vikings Territory plans on hosting each of you, your siblings, your parents, your friends, your pets, and even your weird uncle with the tinted glasses on Draft Weekend 2015. So, pretty please, plan on making us your one-stop shop for all the latest Draft news during all three days of the event.

Here is what we have to offer:

AN AWESOME LIVE BLOG PAGE OF GOODNESS

We plan on having a page with an amazing amount of content. If you liked Arif Hasan’s 2015 Free Agency Live Blog, then you are going to love what this page has to offer. With a sort-by-round feature, Austin Belisle will be manning this Live Blog on each day, through each round, covering every single pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. The entire VT team will be working to feed Austin with all of the latest news, bits of interest, and rumors as it is our goal to make sure his fingers are bleeding by Saturday. Each of the features listed below will also be accessible from this page.

LIVE UPDATES FROM WINTER PARK

Our own Lindsey Young has a seat waiting with her name on it in the Winter Park media room this year. She’ll be as close to the War Room as any of us are allowed to get and providing us with all of the necessary updates as they become available. Lindsey’s Twitter account will be a must-follow during Draft Weekend, and we’ve integrated her tweets into the design of the Live Blog page for easy viewing. This ensures that VT readers will be the first Vikings fans to get the latest quotes and info offered up by the organization’s decision-makers, as well as the newest members of the team.

MUTE YOUR TV AND STREAM PFW! LIVE

This will be uncharted territory for us, as Andy Carlson plans on getting live reactions out of the Vikings Territory staff, as well as a bevy of other guests. The Purple For The Win! Podcast will be streaming live so that you can get the “pain and pleasure” delivered to you in real time with each Vikings selection. The plan includes over five hours of live coverage throughout Draft Weekend which is sure to include plenty of shenanigans.

THE BIG BOARD OF ALL BIG BOARDS

Arif Hasan is currently working on a consensus big board that will include every bit as many expert takes and as much thorough research as you would expect out of him. The Big Board will be updated in real-time, with players being eliminated as they are selected, throughout the weekend. This will allow even the most casual of draft observers to be informed about what is coming next. This board will be unveiled soon and you’ll be able to follow along with the updates right on the Live Blog page.

THE MAIN PAGE WILL BE BUSTING AT THE SEAMS

While the Live Blog page will surely be the center of attention, we will also have the thorough and complete coverage of the Vikings Draft Weekend moves right here on our main page. We’ll have any breaking news and rumors, plenty of analysis on trades and picks, and lots of polls allowing you to weigh in on each decision Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer make.

We hope that we’ve lined up enough features to make us your preferred destination for all your Vikings information on Draft Weekend. We’ll all be working very hard to make sure you don’t regret that decision and can’t wait to hear from each of you about how much you love or hate each Vikings decision.

Oh, and let us know if you have any other ideas we should consider during the big weekend, we are all ears!

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We love getting guest contributions on the front page here at Vikings Territory and today is no exception. Richard Comben (Aussie61 to those of you who know who is who in the comments section around here) is the latest reader to submit a mock draft for all of us to enjoy.

Richard said something when he emailed this to me that I thought was particularly of interest. “One thing that I have learned is that these mock drafts are more difficult than can be imagined when you start putting things on paper!” he wrote to me.

I thought that was a really good point to bring up, because mock drafts are one of the easiest things on the internet to criticize or dismiss, but the truth is that they aren’t easy to produce. Those guys that do this on a weekly basis (or daily basis, as is the case with some writers) deserve credit for what they do.

Anyways, leave Richard some love in the comments section, he did a nice job.

2015 NFL MOCK DRAFT – Submitted by Richard Comben

1. Tampa Bay //  Dante Fowler, EDGE – Florida

Jameis Winston is the popular pick, but he’s not mine. I worry about his interception rate and off-field issues. Lovie Smith won’t miss the chance to boost his ailing defense, and Fowler can help right away.

2. Tennesee //  Leonard Williams, DL – USC

The Titans are struggling on both sides of the ball, but offensive help is available later in the draft. Williams will add a piece that the Titans can build around up front.

3. Jacksonville //  Brandon Scherff, OL – Iowa

The Jags had the worst ranked offence last year. After investing a first round pick in Blake Bortles they need to give him a chance to make plays. Some talent was added during free agency and fixing the OL has to be high on the agenda.

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Just about everyone sounds convinced that the Vikings will seek out cornerback help in the 2015 NFL Draft, with top tier prospects like Trae Waynes and Marcus Peters getting a lot of attention as potential first round selections, but it is entirely possible that the Vikings will also be looking for depth at the position later on in the weekend.

It is important to note, when talking about the Vikings draft “needs,” that the depth chart in the secondary has not gotten worse this offseason. In fact, by adding veteran Terence Newman, the Vikings have arguably gotten better via that one addition and the assumption that continuity leads to improvement. Adding more talent to a group that features Xavier Rhodes, Josh Robinson, Captain Munnerlyn and now Newman certainly can’t hurt the team’s competition situation in Mankato.

Snagging a small school prospect like Towson’s Tye Smith might turn into a late-round (or undrafted free agent) steal that pays dividends for the Vikings down the road. Smith (6′ 0″ and 184 pounds) has a nice frame for an NFL cornerback and seems like a player with the upside to develop into more than just training camp fodder.

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Zach Zenner was a three-time All-American academically and athletically for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Zenner has already been admitted to the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. When his football playing days are over, Zenner’s goal is to become a surgeon. For the time being, Zenner hopes for the opportunity to cut apart defenses in the NFL as he did at the FCS level where he became the first player in Division 1 history to rush for over 2,000 yards in three different seasons and finished just 12 yards shy of setting the FCS all-time rushing record.

Zenner is a small-school, big-dreams player from Eagan Minnesota where he grew up with his eyes on the Vikings. After meeting with the Vikings at the East West Shrine Game, Zenner acknowledged he would love to play in Minnesota.

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He’s back, but what’s he worth to the Minnesota Vikings?

After Adrian Peterson’s reinstatement on Friday, April 17th, fans were again left to wonder — will he stay or will he go?

We’ve debated the topic for months, nitpicking, analyzing, and breaking down every statement or piece of news surrounding Adrian Peterson. While exhausting, it’s necessary when the situation involves the league’s best running back and longtime key to the Vikings’ success.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported that the Vikings are seeking “at least” a first-round pick and “more compensation” for Peterson. That compensation would likely include a starting cornerback, which the Vikings consider to be their greatest position of need.

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