Friday, June 23, 2017

It is pretty likely that the St. Louis Rams will end up selling the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft to the highest bidder. There are multiple teams out there that are willing to pay for him… and I imagine they are willing to pay a lot. For this reason, over the past few days, there have been various articles claiming that the Vikings win over the Redskins in late December may have been the costliest in Vikings history because it moved the Rams up to the number 2 spot (as well as caused a major injury to Adrian Peterson). There have also been articles claiming that the Vikings won’t likely have many interested in trading with them at the third spot if RGIII is off the board.

While I would agree that if Griffin is taken with the #2 pick (which is very likely) there will be less interest in the third pick, I do believe that there is still opportunity for a trade to happen. And here’s a good reason/example:

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For the next 32 days (give or take) I want to take Vikings Territory on a journey through the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft by allowing you to vote on each pick on a day-by-day basis.  The picks will be decided by who gets the majority of the votes and the results will be posted here, updated daily.

In the “analysis” section of the grid I will pick a comment that I feel best describes the rationale behind the choice, so be sure to leave a comment stating your reasoning.

Today, we will start you off with an easy one, as the Colts are on the clock with the first overall pick.

Yesterday, I scribbled a list of my “Top 25” free agency targets for the Vikings.

DeSean Jackson didn’t make the list, but that was only because we all knew he would get hit with the franchise tag.  Today, he got hit with the franchise tag.

Rumors suggest the Eagles intend to trade Jackson, but I highly doubt the Vikings would be a willing trade partner.  With a somewhat saturated market at the receiver position, it doesn’t make much sense to give up a high pick to obtain a player that wants to get paid like a superstar.  Besides, he’s a headache.

One player who did make my list, Raiders safety Tyvon Branch, is no longer on the market.  It has been reported that Branch will be tagged by the Raiders.  In an already depleted safety market, one more option is off the table for the Vikings.

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As expected, an announcement was made this morning at the Minnesota Capitol that formally introduces a Vikings stadium bill to Legislature, which marks the farthest point the Wilf’s have reached in this process since they bought the franchise in 2005.

The bill’s main talking points are pretty much exactly what I had laid out last night: 

  • A total price tag of $975 million.
  • The Vikings (and NFL) would pay $427 million.
  • The State would pay $398 million.
  • The State would primarily raise funds using electronic pull tabs.
  • Minneapolis would pay $150 million using an existing sales tax.
  • The stadium would have a fixed, covered roof.
  • A three to four year construction process would be expected.
  • The final year of construction would have the Vikings playing at TCF Bank Stadium

Governor Mark Dayton cautioned enthusiasts that “now the real work begins” as the plan must be approved by the State Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council.  There is sure to be some opposition at those levels, but what the strength of that opposition is remains to be seen.

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Prior to a number of late-season games in 2011, fans of this blog and countless others argued passionately about whether or not it was acceptable to root for their team to lose in an effort to secure better Draft position.

Both sides made good arguments, and now Minnesota’s local media is going nuts for a topic they refused to touch back in December.

Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press says that the Christmas victory over Washington “cost Vikings dearly.”  Dan Wiederer of Access Vikings calls it the win the “costliest in Vikings’ history.”

With reports surfacing that indicate the St. Louis Rams could be on the verge of striking a Herschel-type deal that lands them multiple high Draft picks, and possibly some talented players, it is hard to argue that the Vikings would rather have the second overall pick than the third.

Oh, and don’t forget, that was the game in which Adrian Peterson suffered his devastating knee injury.

These writers aren’t throwing blame at anyone (Joe the Draft Killer!), and are simply pointing out the obvious, but I still find it difficult to sign off on the throwing of an NFL game just to enhance their Draft position.  Besides, the Vikings are still in pretty good position, and may soon find themselves in an even better one.

It is tough, however, to think of any win in Vikings history that led to the team losing so much.

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