Thursday, May 26, 2016

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First off, I just want to say “thank you” to all of you readers that have made Vikings Territory one of your destinations on such a busy and fun opening day of free agency. Austin Belisle has been rocking the Live Blog for three straight days like an animal (while also battling the flu) and we plan to keep that going for at least one more day.

Our servers were tested on Wednesday, and sometimes failed the test, but it is great to be a part of such a passionate fan base and see our little corner of the internet getting a little more popular every year. Thank you, again, for being the best damn football fans this side of the north pole.

Anyways, the Vikings organization had a very busy opening day of free agency, and there is a fresh crop of new players to discuss at length between now and September. More immediately, however, it is interesting to note that not a single 2015 Vikings player has yet to officially become a “former Minnesota Viking.”

If you’ve been monitoring our list of Vikings free agents you’ll notice that the Vikings retained seven of their own, but the remaining 10 have yet to be signed by any of the NFL’s 32 franchises.

Rhett Ellison

There was some drama surrounding Ellison today when, apparently, Ellison’s father took to Facebook to tell people he wouldn’t be returning to Minnesota. The post was deleted pretty quickly and promptly replaced with a few Twitter reports suggesting he was talking to the Vikings about a return.

Regardless of what is really going on, the Vikings can’t count on Ellison being available to start the 2016 season thanks to his Week 17 injury last year. The Vikings could certainly be in the market for another tight end this offseason.

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The Vikings have reportedly agreed to terms with former Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur.

This move, reported by numerous outlets as outlined in our Live Blog, comes after the Vikings retained linebacker Audie Cole and also reportedly agreed to terms with former Lions linebacker Travis Lewis. The stage is already set for a considerable competition in Mankato at the linebacker position, and the NFL Draft hasn’t even happened yet, so one can’t help but wonder if Chad Greenway really has played his last game for the Vikings.

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[This Su’a Cravens Scouting Report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst. All previously published scouting reports can be found by clicking here.]

Su’a Cravens | OLB/Safety, USC

Measurements

Height – 6′ 1″
Weight – 225 lbs.
Age – 20 yrs.

At First Glance

Three-year starter, Freshman All-American Team

Projected Round:

1st – 2nd Round

VT Offseason Plan, Free Agency

Introduction

[In part two of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth free agency plan for the Minnesota Vikings. Part 1.]

Rick Spielman’s job with the Minnesota Vikings isn’t easy. In reality, any general manager’s job is a challenge. As the highest-ranking member of the team’s personnel department, Spielman is not only responsible for hiring coaches and staff members, but for building and tweaking a competitive roster each season.

His duties require year-round coordination and planning, all of which come to a head between February and April. It’s then that Spielman and his front office must finalize their college scouting, address the mad-dash that is free agency, and find new talent through the annual NFL Draft. And he does all this with a clear vision in mind, one he’s continued to develop in his five years as general manager.

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Should the Vikings take a chance in the middle of the NFL draft on this undersized linebacker?

[This Eric Striker Scouting Report, with a Vikings slant, has been provided to Vikings Territory by Draft Season. Be sure to check back for more and also be sure to visit Draft Season to quench your NFL Draft thirst. All previously published scouting reports can be found by clicking here.]

Eric Striker | Linebacker, Oklahoma

Measurements

Height – 5’11”
Weight – 228 lbs.
Age – 21-22 yrs.

At First Glance

First Team All-Big 12

Projected Round:

3rd to 4th Round

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