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In recent years, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has gained a reputation as one of industry’s brightest football minds, consistently sharing detailed film study and in-depth analysis with fans. His status as a draft guru has led to new coverage opportunities, specifically surrounding the ever-popular NFL Scouting Combine.

On Monday, Mayock held his annual pre-Combine conference call with the media, answering questions about this year’s prospects, the NFL Draft, and individual team needs. After sifting through the 28-page transcript, we dug up Mayock’s thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings, which touched on everything from the Adrian Peterson situation to Mike Zimmer’s draft strategy.

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It’s a long offseason. So it makes sense to go beyond the borders of the US to cultivate additional Minnesota Vikings awesomeness. I had the good fortune to be joined by The Daily Norseman founder Christopher Gates from Germany to talk about our favorite professional football team.

We chatted about Adrian Peterson’s future with the Purple (mandatory nowadays) and what the latest statements from ownership and the front office could really mean. Reminisced about Chris’ three favorite Vikings of all time: an o-lineman sized QB from Central Florida, some kid from the mountains of West Virginia, and a pint-sized CB who started the ‘private plane watching’ trend among Vikings fans (and always had 2 pair playing 30/60 at Canterbury).

Additionally, we covered the beauty of Teddy, the leadership of Zimmer and how why he’s a rarity in NFL coaches, I call Rick Spielman a top-3 GM, and I put Chris through the tried and true Gauntlet.

All that and other “the New Vikings Stadium will kill a bald eagle” conversations on Episode 101 of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump!

McKinnon NFL Combine
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The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana tomorrow, signaling the start of a frenetic offseason for Vikings fans. It remains to be seen if Adrian Peterson will return to the team, and many wonder if the veteran’s replacement is on the current roster.

Although the Combine has become a giant media spectacle in recent years, its value cannot be underestimated. The week-long event gives scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams the opportunity to evaluate a slew of potential draft picks side-by-side. Film and in-game scouting are crucial to the process early in the year, but the Combine is one of the final “pieces in the puzzle” in determining whether a player moves up or down on a team’s draft board.

McKinnon ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, had a 40.5-inch vertical jump, broad-jumped 11 feet, and bench pressed 225 pounds a freakish 32 times.

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There was a flurry of Vikings noise and news on Thursday when the team put newly promoted Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren in front of a speaker phone.

Warren, formerly the team’s legal counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, last made headlines in November when reports surfaced that he was opposed to Adrian Peterson returning to the Vikings and that he was actively working against it.

With Warren’s promotion came the opportunity to clear the air, or perhaps perform some strategic posturing, in regards to the ongoing Peterson saga.

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