Friday, August 28, 2015

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We’re busy gearing up for all of our live NFL Draft coverage, but that won’t stop the news train from chugging along. In the NFL, a truly year-round league, there’s always something to write about. Today, that comes in the form of the oft-discussed Adrian Peterson.

On Monday, Chris Tomasson of the Pioner Press reported that the six teams are “in the mix” to trade for Peterson, and that next week’s NFL Draft will be their best opportunity to do so:

The Vikings’ greatest leverage will come during the NFL Draft, which begins on April 30 and ends May 2. In a class loaded with running backs like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, needy teams will be desperate to take the best available player at the position.

According to Tomasson’s source, general manager Rick Spielman could be able to persuade a team to trade for Peterson once the draft’s best running backs, Gurley and Gordon, are off the board. His source also named the six teams, many who have been linked to Peterson in earlier reports:

Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa Bay

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He’s back, but what’s he worth to the Minnesota Vikings?

After Adrian Peterson’s reinstatement on Friday, April 17th, fans were again left to wonder — will he stay or will he go?

We’ve debated the topic for months, nitpicking, analyzing, and breaking down every statement or piece of news surrounding Adrian Peterson. While exhausting, it’s necessary when the situation involves the league’s best running back and longtime key to the Vikings’ success.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported that the Vikings are seeking “at least” a first-round pick and “more compensation” for Peterson. That compensation would likely include a starting cornerback, which the Vikings consider to be their greatest position of need.

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Eric Galko of @OptimumScouting joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft and what it means for our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. Slick Rick Spielman hit on Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater last year and he looks to add to his draft haul of seven 1st round picks in the last three seasons. The Vikings are currently picking at #11 but who knows if they stay there, if Adrian Peterson is moved, or if Rick hops back into the end of the first round as has been his usual move. Eric helps me break it all down from a scouting perspective as we take an in depth look at prospects who could be on the Vikings radar.

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I’m starting to get that “kid on Christmas morning” feeling as the 2015 NFL Draft is slowly sneaking up on us. I am as excited as anyone for Spielman Claus to put some new toys under little Mikey’s tree this year.

We have big festivities planned this year, with an NFL Draft Live Blog scheduled to cover every last trade and pick throughout Draft Weekend. I’ve even heard rumors that Vikings Territory will have boots on the ground at Winter Park and will be hosting some live reactions to all the action courtesy of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Be sure to check back often for all the details, but you can certainly plan on making us your one-stop shop throughout Draft Weekend.

In the meantime, speculation season is in full swing, and tonight I’m taking a look around the web to see what everyone else is saying about the Vikings this time of year.

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