Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Image Courtesy of @George_Iloka

ALL Vikings talk on this special cross-over episode of the Purple FTW! Podcast and my new project The Andy Carlson Show. Love talking about all sports and all topics on the new show, but we all know that the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings is my wheelhouse (or at least mediocre wheelhouse).

We talked about upcoming Vikings free agency, what the heck to do with Mike Wallace, and pontificate about my two draft crushes and how Trader Rick can come up with both of them.

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Today’s Five Things Are
• Free Agency Thoughts Update: We’re Not Signing Osemele
• George Iloka’s Tweet
• Mike Wallace Pay Cut
• Vikings Doing Homework on Cody Whitehair
• Josh Doctson Will Be a Viking

An Andy Carlson Joint

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This is the time of year to be skeptical of all that you hear or read.

This time of year is plenty full of people with motives behind their words, whether it be the G.M. of an NFL franchise or the agent for a prospect or two, but we’ve never shied away from passing along potential smoke-screens for our readers enjoyment. Oh, and sometimes they turn out to be true.

The most recent rumor regarding the Vikings comes from Luke Rodgers of 247 Sports whose 12,400 Twitter followers were privy to an interesting little Vikings-related nugget. For the sake of transparency, I didn’t know who the guy was prior to today. To be fair, however, that probably says more about me than it does him.

Rodgers claims that the Vikings gave a nose tackle assurances during the NFL Scouting Combine that they will select him with the 23rd pick this year if he is still available. He even spilled the specific beans by giving us the prospect’s name.

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Vikings are interested in Cody Whitehair
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The Dallas Cowboys selected Zack Martin with the 16th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and many debated whether the Notre Dame tackle was worthy of a first round selection. Jerry Jones opted for the safe choice, passing on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for a chance to bolster what was then the NFL’s best offensive line.

“Is Martin as a guard worthy of a mid-first round pick? That’s debatable,” wrote Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar. Other media members shared Farrar’s sentiment, and all were quickly proven wrong. Martin finished his rookie season as the NFL’s fourth-best run-blocking guard, per Pro Football Focus, and continued his elite play in 2015. The right guard position is a non-need for the Cowboys, and it will be for years to come because of Martin. This year’s draft class is a bit top-heavy with interior offensive line prospects, putting the Minnesota Vikings in a similar position as Dallas two years ago.

Widely considered the top guard in the class, Kansas State’s Cody Whitehair is drawing plenty of interest from NFL teams, one of those being the Vikings. According to reports from ESPN 1500’s Andrew Krammer, general manager Rick Spielman and staff are pouring their time into Whitehair:

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Gathered together in Indianapolis, the 2016 rookie class of wide receivers have proven themselves to be historically slow when it comes to the forty yard dash. Our Minnesota Vikings, conversly, are reportedly using the NFL Scouting Combine as a chance to bring back one of the NFL’s fastest wide outs at a lesser price tag.

Bleacher Report‘s Jason Cole reports that the Vikings and Mike Wallace will discuss a pay cut in Indianapolis this week. Cole claims the source of this information comes from within the Minnesota Vikings organization.

Cole says that the meeting is scheduled to include Wallace’s agent, Bus Cook.

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After transferring from Iowa Western Community College where he help win a national title, Geronimo Allison went on to lead Illinois in receiving as a senior hauling in 65 passes for 882 yards. He finished his two-year stint with the Illini catching 106 total passes for 1,480 yards and eight eight touchdowns. Allison had a great performance at the East-West Shrine game finishing with six catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

Geronimo Allison | Wide Receiver, Illinois


Height – 6’3″
Weight – 198 lbs.
Age – 22 yrs.

At First Glance

Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.

Projected Round:

6th Round

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