Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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VT QOTW

2016 NFL Draft is Finally Here
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The long hiatus from football is finally over, and in a little under five hours, Roger Goodell will take the stage in Chicago to kick off the 2016 NFL Draft. Fans have waited months for this night, when the 32 NFL franchises jostle, negotiate, and maneuver their way through the first round. Trades will be made, teams will reach for players, and picks will shock the football world — it’s just the cyclical nature of the draft.

Some general managers will surprise, but others, like the Minnesota Vikings’ Rick Spielman, will likely make the most of their limited draft picks. Spielman has an opportunity to make a splash — like drafting a top-tier wide receiver — with the 23rd-overall selection, but he also has seven other picks at his disposal.

At Vikings Territory, we’ve focused on the pick he’ll make tonight, not the players Spielman could draft on Friday and Saturday. So today, we’re each looking ahead and picking one player we believe the Vikings will select at some point this weekend.

Who is one player the Vikings will select in the 2016 draft?

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The Minnesota Vikings went into this offseason widely believed to be in need of some safety help across from Harrison Smith. Veteran safety Michael Griffin appears to be in the mix to fill that role.

Despite the impressive contract numbers they gave 2015 Andrew Sendejo a few days ago, everyone believed they would seek more outside help via free agency or the NFL Draft. Griffin (age 31) appears to be signing that aims to bring more serious competition to Mankato after the Vikings missed out on blue chip possibility George Iloka.

 

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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.

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  • 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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Last week, it was all about the offensive and special teams free agents that could potentially land in Minnesota this offseason. This week, it is all about the defense.

For a unit that ranked fifth in points allowed last season, one would think that the Vikings do not have much to improve upon for 2016. However, improving in a few areas this offseason with free agent signings could help propel Minnesota’s defense into one of the NFL’s best in more categories than just points allowed.

Finding a safety to play next to Harrison Smith is priority number one on this defense’s offseason checklist, as well as improving the play at few other positions. The Vikings, who spent the fourth least amount on free agents last offseason, will likely bring in players who put a smaller dent in their wallet and shy away from the free agents looking for their big payday.

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