Monday, October 24, 2016

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mock draft

As many Purple FTW! listeners know, I only do one mock draft a year. Mostly due to my lack of expertise and the rest is due to apathy, but it’s Draft week! And as Rick Spielman prepares to be the stone cold boss of the Vikings War Room (probably with one-handed pushups), I offer these humble suggestions for potential prospects straight from my weak and feeble fan brain.

The WTH is Andy Thinking? Picks Are:
1. (23) Josh Doctson, WR TCU – 6-2 202
1. (30)* Karl Joseph, S West Virginia – 5-10 205 (via CAR)
3. (86) Jaylon Smith, OLB Notre Dame – 6-2 233
5. (160) Drew Kaser, P Texas A&M – 6-2 212
7. (240) Moritz Wilhelm Boehringer, WR Germany – 6-4 227 (via BUF)
7. (244) Keith Marshall, RB Georgia – 5-11 219
7. (252)* Justin Zimmer, DT Ferris State – 6-3 292 (via CAR)
*Carolina trades their 1st (30) and 7th (252) for Minnesota’s 2nd (54), 4th (121) and 6th (180)

All that and other “Big Upside” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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As with any rule in the NFL, including the one that tells us what is and isn’t a catch, there are plenty of exceptions to the rule that says “character matters” when a front office decides to add a player to their roster.

Vikings fans are plenty familiar with exceptions to this rule. In modern history you can point to guys like Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Jared Allen, and even current Viking Everson Griffen as examples of young men that were able to overcome their early personal struggles to make a significant impact at the NFL level.

Despite all of those exceptions, however, NFL teams expend many resources to try and figure out what exactly exists between the ears of hundreds prospective players. The idea is that a player that is successful off the field is more likely to be successful on it.

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Vikings 2016 Record Predictions
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While it’s way too early to start making win/loss predictions for the 2016 season, it’s also never too early to make win/loss predictions for the 2016 season! Sure, there are lot of unknowns out there and everything could change for the Vikings in an instant, but what fun would it be to simply present the Vikings 2016 schedule without conjecture or any sort of blind speculation?

That wouldn’t be fun. So, I reached out to our talented staff here at Vikings Territory and had them look into their purple-hued crystal balls to see how they thought the Vikings would fare this season.

Are the Vikings going to improve their impressive 11-5 record from last season and establish themselves as a dominant team? Or will they regress and fall below admittedly high expectations?

We can’t say for certain. But that certainly won’t stop us from trying. 

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In less than 5 days, a new batch of rookies will find out where they will be landing when the 2016 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday night. What has always been a popular event among the league’s biggest fans, has now become must-see TV for even some the NFL’s most casual fans.

Of the Minnesota Vikings first round draft selections from the past three years, four out of the six are now starters for the team. Will Vikings general manager Rick Spielman be able to find another player from the first round to make an immediate impact in 2016?

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2016 NFL Draft Schedule

Here at Vikings Territory we love the NFL Draft. All of us, we love the NFL Draft. We look forward to seeing who will become the newest Minnesota Viking and we look forward to sharing every minute with all of you. We will have Minnesota Vikings Draft Live Chat, updates from the belly of the beast, and tons more that will make us your one-stop shop for everything during Draft Weekend.

Here is what we have lined up this year:


We’ll have a guy as close to Rick Spielman and the Vikings’ “war room” as you can get, and that guy is none other than Austin Belisle. Austin will be providing live updates from within the Vikings headquarters all weekend long.

Be sure to check our main page for all of Austin’s latest articles and follow him on Twitter. He’s got a personal goal of beating out all of our favorite beat writers this year in terms of bringing the VT readers all of the most important news first, so make sure to check back often!


As I type this, Brett Anderson is feverishly working to compile an amazing page with all the draft content one could want to have. The centerpiece of the page will be the ever-popular Live Chat,  and we invite you all to join the best Vikings fans on the internet to discuss everything Draft Weekend has to offer in real time.

The Live Chat will be mainly hosted by Brett. Plenty of other VT writers have vowed to co-host the event throughout the entire weekend,  including Sam Neumann and myself. We will have another post coming soon to announce the official hours that the chat will be hosted, but it will essentially be open all weekend long.

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