Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Vikings Analysis: Deserving Pro Bowl Selections — Episode 42

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how deserving each of the Minnesota Vikings’ six Pro Bowl selections is of receiving the honor and continue their draft prospect discussion with running backs and wide receivers.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Anthony Barr should not be in the Pro Bowl
  • Draft Discussion: Dominant running back class led by Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook
  • Draft Discussion: Texas’ D’Onta Foreman an excellent complement to Jerick McKinnon
  • Draft Discussion: Clemson’s Wayne Gallman fit for Vikings’ needs and resources
  • Draft Discussion: Day 3 running back targets and small school transition
  • Draft Discussion: Clemson’s Mike Williams versus Western Michigan’s Corey Davis (Sort of)

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VT Question of the Week

Falcons Offer Vikings a Lesson
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Imagine the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons are classmates in school (the NFL); both receive high grades, score well on tests, and excel in most subjects. Near the end of the school year, the teacher hands out a test, one the Vikings and Falcons must pass to graduate. Unfortunately, it’s the Falcons who pass and the Vikings who stumble, missing one too many questions.

I’m a fan of analogies, so grant me this imagery for a moment. The Vikings and Falcons – save for an MVP quarterback – are eerily similar, with defensive-minded coaches leading teams built primarily through the NFL Draft. Each franchise places a high value on draft picks and spends money sparingly on high-profile free agents.

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Minnesota Vikings 1500 ESPN KSTP Chris Long

The great Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) swung by to join us for a spirited chat about the Vikings, the upcoming Super Bowl, and Sid Hartman apparently was part owner of the Minneapolis Lakers… We talked about if this was Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford’s team going forward (from the player’s perspective), where and how much Adrian Peterson makes next year, how the evolution of college offenses have come at the expense of NFL offensive line play, why Laquon Treadwell may have struggled this season, and a whole lot more.

All that and more “Chad Greenway 2017?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

Wondering what to eat for the Super Bowl? Blue Door Pub has you covered with Super Bock IV!

Cam Robinson | OT, Alabama

Measurements

Height: 6’6″

Weight: 326 pounds

Projected Round

Late 1st Round – Early 2nd Round

Pros

Power: Robinson’s massive frame and immense strength make him a powerful presence at left tackle. This is most evident in the run game, where he consistently drives defenders backward several yards behind constantly-churning legs.

There are a few reasons Robinson is considered the strongest run mauler in this draft class. His sheer power and frame have certainly helped him earn that title.

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It’s pure schadenfreude of Vikings fans to take pleasure in the Green Bay Packers being boatraced by the Atlanta Falcons 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game. AH WELL. To me, it was easily the 2nd best game of the season (Week 2’s win over the Packers being the number one) and even though the ’98 Falcons DID best the 15-1 Vikes and ruin my childhood, I hold no malice against the Dirty Birds. Mostly because the Purple beat themselves and Denny was too conservative in regulation. We GAVE the game away.

Plus the Falcons have been through a lot. The drama with Michael Vick, gutless Bobby Petrino saying deuces in the middle of a season (they had a helluva defensive coordinator though I hear), and also competing for fans in a hockey town. Because when you think Atlanta, you automatically think of the Thrashers. And Pepsi.

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