Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Eric Galko of @OptimumScouting joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft and what it means for our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. Slick Rick Spielman hit on Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater last year and he looks to add to his draft haul of seven 1st round picks in the last three seasons. The Vikings are currently picking at #11 but who knows if they stay there, if Adrian Peterson is moved, or if Rick hops back into the end of the first round as has been his usual move. Eric helps me break it all down from a scouting perspective as we take an in depth look at prospects who could be on the Vikings radar.

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I love DeVante Parker.

I love his size, I love his 80″ wing span, and I love his ball skills in the red zone. I love that he played with Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville, and I love that he caught 28 touchdowns from Bridgewater between 2011 and 2013. I love his fit in Norv Turner’s offense, and I love Luke Inman’s description of Parker as “Randy Moss-Lite”.

But in my latest mock draft, I don’t love drafting him 11th-overall.

Why? Because the Vikings reportedly love Trae Waynes, and I’m not one to come between Mike Zimmer and his affection for athletic cornerbacks.

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I’m starting to get that “kid on Christmas morning” feeling as the 2015 NFL Draft is slowly sneaking up on us. I am as excited as anyone for Spielman Claus to put some new toys under little Mikey’s tree this year.

We have big festivities planned this year, with an NFL Draft Live Blog scheduled to cover every last trade and pick throughout Draft Weekend. I’ve even heard rumors that Vikings Territory will have boots on the ground at Winter Park and will be hosting some live reactions to all the action courtesy of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Be sure to check back often for all the details, but you can certainly plan on making us your one-stop shop throughout Draft Weekend.

In the meantime, speculation season is in full swing, and tonight I’m taking a look around the web to see what everyone else is saying about the Vikings this time of year.

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Game of Thrones is back and is a BIG deal. I’m the only person on Earth who isn’t obsessed with the show, but that won’t stop us from talking about it in a Vikings capacity for SEO purposes! Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) of The Daily Norseman rejoins the podcast to talk some GoT, Minnesota Vikings draft, and his latest piece casting members of the Purple as characters from the George R.R. Martin masterpiece.

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Week 5 Green Bay 2014 by Matt Engstrom
Week 5 Green Bay 2014 by Matt Engstrom

The fifth season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones premiered last night, but even Tyrion Lannister can’t replace the Minnesota Vikings on Sundays. For fans of the show, “Winter is coming” has become a rallying cry and popular meme that embodies the success of the George R.R. Martin adaptation.

For those not engrossed by “A Song of Fire and Ice”, the tales of Westeros pale in comparison to the drama that surrounds NFL Draft season. I’ll stop talking “geek” and get straight to the point, though — “Draft Day is coming”, and soon, Rick Spielman will have to make a decision with the 11th-overall pick. Brace yourselves, Vikings fans.

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