Monday, October 5, 2015

 In the exciting world of college football there are good players, bad players and better player. Minnesota Vikings’ third round draft pick Jerick McKinnon falls into the “better” category for a couple reasons.

A) He is one of the better triple-option threats in the country rushing for 2817 yards in his junior and senior seasons combined at Georgia Southern. McKinnon can play quarterback, running back and also has two career interception as a defensive back. Factor in his 18.5 yard average on 4 kickoff returns and you will be hard pressed to find a better Jack of all trades than McKinnon. And no, Jack of all trades doesn’t always mean master of none.  

B) With better coaching and a better offensive system, it stands to reason that McKinnon should naturally become an even better player, right?

 Well, that’s my thought process now even though I didn’t have the same vision before the Vikings selected him with the 96th pick.


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It’s Saturday afternoon, which means I’m mailing it in.

Pro Football Focus, the grading company that I’ve too often promoted for their excellent work, has finished their Top 101 list for the year, a list that has explicit guidelines:

– This list is based solely on 2013 play. Nothing that happened in previous years or may happen in the future is accounted for. This isn’t about class or talent; it’s about form throughout 2013.

– This list is created with an “All Positions Created Equal” mantra. So you won’t see 32 quarterbacks heading the list, even though that is the most valuable position, instead seeing how guys played relative to what is expected from their position. You might disagree with this for doing a Top 101 list which is your right, but this is how we’ve done it for the past three years and will continue doing it. This way every player has a fair shot at getting the respect they deserve.

– A repetition because it’s often the most misunderstood: this is not a list about talent or a lifetime achievement award. It is solely, 100% based on what happened between the opening kickoff of the 2013 regular season and the final snap of the Super Bowl this past February. Anything outside those dates does not matter.

So, which Minnesota Vikings cracked the list? Not many, but two you’d expect and one that is a pleasant but mild surprise:


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As a senior this past year at the University of Minnesota – Duluth, tight end Jeremy Reierson grabbed 12 catches for 159 yards and five touchdowns. Reierson has proven to be an extremely versatile player on the field, and he was disappointed to come away from last weekend undrafted. However, the TE will get another opportunity this weekend at the Vikings rookie training camp.

In an article on Northland News Center, UMD head coach Curt Weise said the following about Reierson:

“Every team is a little different. Some tight ends are used as wide receivers, some play on the line of scrimmage. You watch the Vikings offense, and I think Jeremy’s a guy that could potentially play both spots for those guys.”

Reierson spent two seasons at the University of Wisconsin before transferring to UMD. He redshirted his freshman year and did not play his sophomore year. After making the move to Duluth, however, Reierson immediately saw an increase in playing time. He received started in seven games his junior season and caught seven passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns, both during road games.

The TE might be a little big more of a risk, having fewer credentials to go off of, but it’s clear that his size and athleticism at the TE position are valuable to any team.

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Over the past few days, I’ve come under a bit of heat for suggesting that Chad Greenway has been a liability for the Vikings more than he has an asset, and more heat for suggesting it’s been a truth for the past several years instead of one down year beset by injury. You’ll note that I marked him as bad, not questionable, in my color-coded depth chart, and I’ve been a little too insistent at making my point, if you follow me on twitter.

But I’ve constantly been asked to flesh out my opinion on this matter, so I have.

There are a lot of reasons on film and statistically that Chad Greenway has been a bad linebacker for three years, but first I want to get a misconception out of the way, because it concerns 90% of the argument that I’ve heard in defense of Greenway—who has played like one of the worst linebackers in the NFL.


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Seth Mathis

Over the next few days, Bethel University’s Seth Mathis is getting a shot at the NFL.

The Division III linebacker has demonstrated outstanding athletic ability during his four years at Bethel. His junior year, Mathis led the Royals with five interceptions and 120 tackles. In fact, he LB ranked No. 25 in the nation with that tackle total.

It was that season that proved Mathis had very real potential to move onto the pro level — in December 2012, Mathis even met with a representative from the Dallas Cowboys and was given a standardized intelligence test called the Wonderlic, which is taken by all NFL prospects.

Mike Fregeau, Bethel’s Defensive Coordinator, said the following about Mathis:

“Seth was an outstanding player for us here at Bethel […] He’s extremely talented with great speed and strength and has incredible instincts for the game!  [Seth is a] great teammate both in the sense of bringing out the best of his teammates, but also caring about them like a brother.  He would much rather play hard for his teammates and have someone else get the credit.”

Mathis finished his time at Bethel as a two-time AFCA All-American and three-time All-MIAC linebacker. As a senior, he intercepted 11 passes, forced six fumbles, and grabbed 3.5 sacks. He currently stands No. 1 in the Royals program with 361 career tackles.

Royals inside linebackers coach Rick Meyer also had nothing but good things to say about Mathis:

Seth has grown himself into an incredible man and player through years of demanding physical and mental preparation.  His discipline and dedication to himself, his teammates, and the game are truly admirable.  Moreover, what makes Seth exceptional is his ability to make everyone else around him better not only because of his tremendous athleticism and talent but equally because of his pure heart and humble leadership abilities.  When he plays hard, everyone else follows.  That’s the sign of a true leader.  Fortunately for our football team, he gave unbelievable effort in every opportunity year round.  These actions from a star player left a lasting impression on his team, his teammates, and the entire program.

[Mathis] is seasoned and ready to take the next step as a player and man.  Knowing his personality, he is embracing the opportunity to learn, grow, and prove himself.  Coming from Division III he knows the mountain is a little steeper, but he is well-equipped for a great climb.

Although Mathis remains undrafted, he hopes to impress the Vikings staff this weekend and earn a free agency contract for the upcoming season.

“I know [the training camp] will be highly challenging,” said Mathis, “but my goal is to prove to coaches and scouts that I slipped through the cracks and belong at the next level.”

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