Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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The term “low rider” certainly applies to USC nose tackle Antwaun Woods for his stocky low center of gravity. After two years of spot duty, Woods made the most of his opportunities as a junior starting 10 games and collecting 37 tackles and one sack. As a senior in 2015, Woods compiled 41 tackles, seven for loss, and three sacks as he proved to be an immovable object in the middle of the Trojan’s defensive front.

Antwaun Woods | Defensive Tackle, USC

Measurements

Height – 6’0″
Weight – 329 lbs.
Age – 23 yrs.

At First Glance

First Team All-PAC 12.

Projected Round:

6th – 7th

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The Vikings rumor mill and speculation machine are both currently examining the situation in Minnesota regarding Matt Kalil and his $11.1 million salary for 2016. On March 9th, that salary becomes fully guaranteed and forces Rick Spielman to make a decision on the left tackle position very soon.

In a vacuum, Kalil is certainly a dubious investment when it comes to such a sizable chunk of the salary cap. However, that you’ll find someone to play the position better than him anytime soon is also a risky proposition.

The ideal situation, for both the team and the player, would probably be to come to a long-term extension agreement that lowers Kalil’s cap hit while also providing him some long-term guarantees. That also puts the Vikings in a position to again overpay, over a longer period of time, for a player that has been inconsistent (at best) so far in his career.

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The Vikings offseason is starting to heat up as rumors and opinions are floating around everywhere recently. However, any rumor that was discussed this week was trumped by the news of former Minnesota defensive end extraordinaire Jared Allen announcing his retirement from the NFL.

Allen will go down as one of the best to ever put on a Vikings helmet. His time spent in Minnesota sacking countless opposing quarterbacks could potentially lead to him being presented with a gold jacket in the near future.

  • He has a very long way to go, but what are the chances that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can pass Emmitt Smith as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader?
  • Where did you spend your Valentine’s Day? Minnesota safety Andrew Sendejo might have everyone beat with the greatest destination to take a date.
  • The Vikings hired a new Strength and Conditioning coach this week and his name is Brent Salazar. Most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs, Salazar will attempt to put an end to pectoral injuries occurring in Minnesota among other things.
  • For the first time since 2000, the Vikings could be spending their Thanksgiving holiday on the football field. Randy Moss might come out retirement to play in this one.
  • Will Minnesota re-sign guard Mike Harris this offseason? If they decide to do so, will he end up becoming their starting right tackle in 2016?
  • Draft Season has been doing some outstanding work for us here at Vikings Territory, Their latest mock draft has Minnesota sticking to one specific side of the ball.
  • Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did not have an impressive statistical season by any means in 2015. However, he did have one of his best games this year against the Super Bowl champions.
  • Cornerback Terence Newman provided a spark for Minnesota last season. Would re-signing the 37-year-old be in the team’s best interest?
  • As for this week’s Moment of Zen, Jared Allen explains the mystique behind his famous hairstyle…

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Laquon Treadwell is regarded as the top receiver prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft. He sports an NFL ready frame, outstanding body control and great hands to be a threat at all levels of the field. As a three year starter for the Rebels, Treadwell lined up inside and outside accumulating 2,393 career yards on 202 receptions. In 2015, Treadwell’s 82 catches and 1,153 yards led the SEC.

Laquon Treadwell | Wide Receiver, Mississippi (Old Miss)

Measurements

Height – 6’2″
Weight – 210 lbs.
Age – 20 yrs.

At First Glance

2012 USA Today All-American. SEC Freshman of the Year. 2015 All-SEC and All-America honors.

Projected Round:
1st Round

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jared allen

Jared Allen hung em up after 12 NFL seasons including 6 with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. He’s one of my all-time favorite Vikings and I eulogize his career during the intro of the show. We then have a chat with Brandon Kraniger (@skolszn) about his All-22 work on the Vikes and what he saw this season.

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

An Andy Carlson Joint

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