Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ben Gedeon

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Vikings 2017 Rookies
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Three days and seven trades later, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman netted his franchise 11 new players. Without a first round pick—and his preferred 10 selections—Spielman was, as expected, one of the league’s more active draft participants.

Over the course of three days, he executed trades with seven teams, swapping 20 total draft picks in a convoluted string of transactions. When he was finally happy with his draft board and the team’s position each round, Spielman settled, garnering a class you’ve come to know well thanks to the Welcome to the Big Show series.

After the jump, I’ll compile each of the breakdowns with links and helpful graphics. This landing page should become an instant bookmark for you; an easy-to-reference guide on the 2017 Vikings rookies.

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LB Ben Gedeon
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The team at Vikings Territory has been busy working to get to know each of our newest Vikings draft selections and this week we will give you a chance to learn everything we know about these players through our reintroduction of the “Welcome to the Big Show” series.

Next Up: That’s it; we’re done!

PERSONAL LIFE

Ben Gedeon is no stranger to the midwest. Born and raised in Hudson, Ohio, he made a name for himself as a two-sport athlete at Hudson High School. Gedeon played basketball and football, shining on the field as a running back and linebacker. In his two senior seasons, Gedeon finished with 2,509 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. It was defense, however, where Gedeon earned his status as a four-star recruit.

The Explorers’ middle linebacker finished the 2013 season with more than 100 tackles, including 55 solo tackles. Before committing to Michigan, Gedeon also fielded offers from a number of Division I schools, including Boston College, Duke, Michigan State,  Ohio State, and Pittsburgh.

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VT Roundtable Episode 10

The VT Roundtable returns for Episode 10 in order to finally cap off the 2017 NFL Draft with some lively discussion, thorough pick-by-pick analysis and final grades for each of the Minnesota Vikings’ 11 selections.

All present together for the first time since Episode 4, the six VT Roundtable panelists battle through some absolutely ridiculous (and hilarious) technical difficulties to bring an informative, passionate and endlessly entertaining product with the goal of ensuring that our fabulous subscribers are aware of anything and everything there is to know about each prospect selected during yet another outstanding performance by trade-happy general manager Rick Spielman.

Check out Episode 10 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Recounting Trade Rick's Capital Gains with JReidDraftScout & BJ Reidell (ep. 371) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

Trader Rick Spielman landed a phat return on the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings’ 8 inbound picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, trading up twice for running back Dalvin Cook and center Pat Elflein, yet still coming away with 11 selections. To help comb through the picks, we compiled out conversations with @JReidDraftScout (The Viking Age) and BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell) (Vikings Territory & About The Labor Podcast) from earlier in the week on BULL with Andy Carlson. Tune in as better draft minds than I sift through the draft picks, the undrafted free agents, and if Vikings fans should be Bearish or Bullish on the rookie acquisitions.

All that and more “Future Franchise Quarterback Jack Nelson” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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