Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Sheldon Day returned to Notre Dame for his senior season in 2015 to improve his craft as a disruptive interior force and build upon his leadership skills as a two-time team captain. He wrapped up his college career in fine fashion finishing the year with a Pro Football Focus grade second only to DeForest Buckner among interior lineman. Day is an intriguing prospect that some mock drafts have the Vikings targeting in the mid-rounds.

At 6’1” 296 pounds, Day has been labeled as “undersized” for the NFL. One could even say he is underrated and unappreciated in a draft class loaded with outstanding defensive line talent. Nonetheless, there is no denying that the USA Today first-team All-American is one of the safest and most versatile players in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Where Day lacks in size he more than makes up for with his explosive quickness off the snap and violent hands. He has a non-stop motor with the athleticism to elude blockers with his great lateral movement. Day’s outstanding quickness has most analysts projecting him as an excellent interior pass rusher at the next level. His burst, impressive agility, great closing speed and his relentless attacking effort is certainly fun to watch.

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It is almost time to open up those purple presents!

The buzz is almost unbearable as the 2016 NFL Draft is nearly upon us. Tomorrow night will feature the first round and so I am obligated to present the final version of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft.

I think my mock (view the whole thing here) feels in accordance with much of the consensus thinking out there right, with a few exceptions. Somewhat predictably, however, it was after pick number 20 that the wide receivers started flying off the board… and, boy, did they.

The Vikings end up snagging one of the wide outs in my final version of the mock (I had given them a tight end, a linebacker, and a different wide out in previous versions) and it is a name that would likely make a large portion of the fan base happy enough.

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Vikings Players Address the Media
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Blink and you’ll miss it, but the Minnesota Vikings have been training at Winter Park for over a week now. Lost in the hype for the 2016 NFL Draft is the fact that Vikings players are right in the swing of the annual offseason training program. And today, a handful of names — new and old — spoke to the media for the first time in months.

The hot topic was general manager Rick Spielman’s assertion that the Vikings could deal their first-round selection, the 23rd-overall pick, once the draft begins on Thursday. According to Spielman, two teams have already called about moving up, but the decision to trade likely won’t be made until Minnesota is actually on the clock.

Let’s rewind, though. The draft is less than 48 hours away, and we’re talking about players who aren’t even on the roster yet. For the Vikings currently working out in Winter Park, the offseason  presents an opportunity to focus on improvements and speculate on a potentially exciting future. After a long hiatus from the spotlight, what were some of the best comments from earlier today?

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The latest Vikings draft rumors have them targeting Josh Doctson.

The draftnik community seems to recognize the Minnesota Vikings could go in a number of directions on Draft Weekend, but they are seemingly all hedging their bets towards a wide out being selected first. That speculation includes the most recent mock drafts posted by our staff here at Vikings Territory.

That speculation has been mainly narrowed down to two names: Laquon Treadwell and Josh Doctson.

We have discussed these two players at length on this site, including our recent “Question of the Week” segment focusing on which wide out our staff prefers in the first round.

The most recent rumors, courtesy of Matt Miller’s report at Bleacher Report, cites a Vikings scout as saying the team prefers Doctson over Treadwell.

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Yes, this includes "best player available."

Image courtesy Vikings.com

It’s draft week, and as we march gleefully toward the first round on Thursday evening, most of us have an opinion on what the Vikings should do with pick number 23. As I’ve been compiling mock draft roundups and reading a wide spectrum of theories and viewpoints, certain “conventional draft wisdoms” keep popping up. Some of them valid—Mike Zimmer likes lanky, fast defensive players, for example—some of them less so. And these less valid conventional wisdoms can often morph into draft myths, repeated year after year and anointed as NFL Draft gospel, despite their questionable legitimacy. Here are three of those myths, and the truth for each one:

Myth 1: Best player available.

The Truth: This is far and away the greatest NFL Draft myth: a good GM will select the best player available when his team picks in the first round, regardless of position or other considerations. It is repeated far and wide by anyone and everyone in NFL front offices, sprayed in the direction of reporters at draft-related press conferences, and leaned on as a crutch when team officials (understandably) try to avoid giving any real information on what the team might do on draft day. “Best player available,” they say with a shrug, because why would a competent personnel director do anything other than get the best possible talent for his team?

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