Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Vikings Select RB Dalvin Cook
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The Minnesota Vikings selected former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook with their second-round pick (41) in the 2017 NFL Draft. The move came after a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals that saw the Vikings move from  48 to 41 while giving up a fourth-round (128) pick.

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Ten Studs & Two Lists

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The NFL draft continued its forever-long streak of unpredictability on Thursday evening with one of the most entertaining first rounds to date. From the Chicago Bears’ questionable acquisition of North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky to an on-air explosion of joy courtesy of UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley, the 2017 draft is already well on its way to becoming an instant classic.

And the Minnesota Vikings haven’t even joined the festivities yet!

Minnesota made it through the first round without making a peep and now sits *just* 16 picks away from answering months of speculation as to who general manager Rick Spielman will select at 48th overall. And that’s not all — the Vikings are also scheduled to make selections at Nos. 79 and 86 overall, setting the stage for a highly eventful, absolutely critical and potentially franchise-altering Day 2 in Philadelphia.

The Vikings are not far away from contending for a Super Bowl, meaning that how Spielman performs over the next 24 hours could hypothetically be the difference between competitive and dominant. Connecting on two of their three selections on Day 2 is easier said than done, but there is still a small arsenal of top-end prospects available — Now it’s Time to Execute.

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After Day 1, the Vikings are in a solid position

Vikings Draft Diary
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Each day following NFL Draft coverage, we’ll provide a running diary of thoughts and reflections on rounds past while looking ahead to the Minnesota Vikings’ future.

What the heck, Bears?

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is a rookie in the business, but he fleeced the Chicago Bears like a savvy veteran last night. Before the mega-trade that sent Mitch Trubisky to Chicago, the 49ers and Bears sat second and third, respectively, on the board.

Here’s the bounty it took Chicago’s front office to swap spots with Lynch and land Trubisky:

  • 2017 Pick No. 3
  • 2017 Pick No. 67
  • 2017 Pick No. 111
  • 2018 Third Round Pick

Either the Bears believe Trubisky is the league’s next great quarterback or were duped into believing he was the target of another team looking to trade with San Francisco. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the latter. Lynch—like Rick Spielman with Trent Richardson, the Browns, and Matt Kalil in 2012—worked his way out of an advantageous spot and still landed the player he wanted in Solomon Thomas.

The Bears, meanwhile, mortgaged the future of the franchise on a quarterback with very little proven production. That, and they’ve already sunken $45 million into the recently-signed Mike Glennon, leaving many to wonder — “What was Chicago thinking?”

All I know is, if you’re Mike Zimmer’s defense, you’re licking your chops at the chance to go after a rookie quarterback twice a year.

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VT Roundtable Episode 8

Opening night of the 2017 NFL draft is officially in the books. As expected, the Minnesota Vikings were inactive during the first round, electing to forgo what proved to be a truly unpredictable and chaotic night in Philadelphia, Penn.

The guys return to discuss everything from the Chicago Bears’ interesting selection of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to Minnesota’s Day 2 approach on Episode 8 of the VT Roundtable.

Be sure to check out Episode 8 after the jump AND subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to keep up with ALL our video content!

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Silent But Deadly

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Thirty-two picks down, 221 to go.

Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings began the 2017 NFL draft with eight selections — Nos. 48, 79, 86, 121, 129, 160, 199 and 232. Whether by choice or as a result of a failed trade attempt, the Vikings general manager will open the second round with the same eight-pick collection.

Draft selections are no ordinary resource, however. Each pick is assigned a numeric value (chart below) based on how close it is to the top of the list and the round in which it falls. While these figures establish a base point for trade negotiations, they do not account for situational influence.

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