Friday, July 29, 2016

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Anyone following the Vikings presser with Rick Spielman before the draft as he previewed (or refused to preview) the Minnesota draft plan for 2015 probably caught the word “analytics” a few times, a discussion that came up as a result of one line of a nine minute prepared statement he provided the press.

We’ll see the results of that kind of approach today and in the next few days of the draft. There’s a very real possibility that because of the results of research finished “this year” on how to approach the draft, that the past three years are not in fact a good guide into how Spielman will take on this year’s draft.

We know him as a wheeler and dealer, but if research has found that the top of the second is better than the bottom of the first, we may see a different trend.

But there’s so much more potentially at stake.

Adrian Peterson

We don’t want to beat the Adrian Peterson situation to death, and there have certainly been plenty of headlines surrounding the running back and Minnesota’s desire—or lack thereof–to trade him. At this point, it seems that GM Rick Spielman does not plan to deal Adrian Peterson. But is it all a smoke screen from Slick Rick?

This morning, Cris Carter may have “let the beans out of the bag” in regards to Peterson and where he will play the 2015 season. The former Vikings wide receiver said the following:

I’m under a gag order on the Adrian Peterson situation. But I believe something’s gonna happen. But I can’t talk about it.

Andy: Left Guard
Charlie Johnson wasn’t retained (for good reason), and last year’s fifth-round pick David Yankey is a wildcard; we have no idea where he’ll be at in 2015 since he was basically given a redshirt season. I like Brandon Scherff and La’el Collins as far as the top-tier guys, with Laken Tomlinson and Ali Marpet in the second-third round area. Cornerback is also a position of need, but I feel this Draft is pretty deep at that position. Lock up the most glaring need with elite talent first (if the board breaks right), and worry about cornerback later–especially since guard is seen as top heavy and not deep this year.

Arif: Linebacker
Assuming they don’t trade Peterson, I would say linebacker. The presumed starter outside (Chad Greenway) is long past his prime, and he’s set to start, according to both himself and Zimmer, over any viable alternatives—which tells me the coaches are not that keen on Gerald Hodges despite his performance. In the middle, the Vikings let Jasper Brinkley walk and even though Audie Cole was fine at the end of the season, he still doesn’t seem like a starting linebacker to me. Even if I’m wrong on one of them, I could be right on the other, so the Vikings may need to draft a linebacker just to play the odds. At receiver, Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson are set to start, which feels better than Greenway/Cole to me, especially because the depth at receiver is better than at linebacker. Ditto for safety.

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The time has arrived!

The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here and the team here at Vikings Territory has pulled out all of the stops in an effort to enhance your experience as a fan of the purple and gold. In addition to our normal coverage of all things Vikings (scroll down on the main page) we have the following menu of offerings:

LIVE BLOG: Austin Belisle will be pounding the keyboard all weekend long, keeping his Live Blog updated every couple of seconds with the latest pick analysis. There are lots of fun features to be had on this page including an interactive chat and Arif Hasan’s consensus “Big Board.”

PURPLE FOR THE WIN: Our partner Andy Carlson is bringing his podcast to a whole new level with a 5-hour live event which will allow you to mute your TV and get instant reactions from the entire VT gang and other special guests.

LIVE FROM WINTER PARK: Our own Lindsey Young is stationed at Winter Park with her ear pressed up against the War Room door. She is eager to bring you all of the latest updates regarding the Vikings and you can follow her on Twitter or keep track of her updates on the Live Blog page.

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