Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Vikings Helmet Draft
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With the Scouting Combine long past and free agency underway, it’s time for Version 2 of our mock draft roundup. Last month, we did a pre-combine breakdown of who the online world expected the Vikings to draft in the first round. Now that (most of) the players have gone under the microscope, lots of opinions have changed, and draft stocks are rising and falling across the board. Also, the rush of early movement in the free agency tampering period has already had an effect on team needs; we’ve already seen the Vikings make a handful of moves, including the release of Mike Wallace. So here’s an updated look at who mock drafts have the Vikes taking at number 23:

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[This Karl Joseph 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. All previously published scouting reports can be found by clicking here.]

Karl Joseph | S, West Virginia


Height – 5’10”
Weight – 201 lbs.
Age – Unknown

At First Glance

2015 All-Big 12 Football Awards Honorable Mention

Projected Round:

2nd Round – 7th Round (Injury Concerns)

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The Vikings made waves on Tuesday by releasing wide out Mike Wallace and his $11 million price tag. In the same press release distributed by the team, however, the team announced that they had also waived guard Austin Wentworth.

Wentworth entered 2015 with his goal set on the starting job at left guard, but an interview with Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press revealed that the health issues that cropped up in March were serious enough to call it quits.

After a tingling sensation in his legs sent Wentworth to the hospital it was determined that surgery was needed where he had a muscle removed, which cost him the ability to move his foot and ensured he would wear a brace for the rest of his life. Blood clots were pegged as the root cause of the problem.

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Minnesota Vikings release Mike Wallace
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In non-surprising free agency news, the Minnesota Vikings announced on their official website that they’ve released wide receiver Mike Wallace. The move frees up $11.5 million in salary cap space, giving the Vikings more flexibility when free agency opens tomorrow afternoon.

Wallace was originally acquired in a 2015 trade with the Miami Dolphins. The Vikings sent a fifth-round pick to Miami in exchange for Wallace and a seventh-round pick. In one season with the team, Wallace caught 39 passes for 473 yards and a two touchdowns; disappointing numbers given his 2015 salary cap hit.

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mock draft

Mock Drafts. So hot right now. That’s why I teamed up with the smartest draft mind in the South Metro, Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and did one up. Parameters are simple: We alternated picks for the first round of the draft and come on the show to talk about our thought process behind our selections. Luke’s reasoning is in-depth and studied, while mine has as much logic behind it as the secretary in your office always winning the March Madness Pool by picking winners based on their mascot. Yeah… All of the picks are listed below.

All that and other “With the First Pick….” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

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Check out Luke’s 7-Round Vikings Mock Draft too.

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