Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Vikings Select C Pat Elflein
image via Vikings.com

Each day following NFL Draft coverage, we’ll provide a running diary of thoughts and reflections on rounds past while looking ahead to the Minnesota Vikings’ future.

Rick Spielman Wheels and Deals

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was on the phone early and often Friday, putting together four trades in total to move the Vikings all over the draft.

The savvy Spielman didn’t just make trades, though. He moved up for two excellent value additions in Dalvin Cook and Pat Elflein. Slick Rick then moved down twice to regain the picks he lost in trading up.

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Hawkeyes Dominate Vikings BPA Rankings

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107 picks down, 146 to go.

The final day of the 2017 NFL draft has arrived and with it comes the ultimate challenge for scouting departments — find the hidden gems amidst a massive pile of rubble. This isn’t an impossible task, but it has a special way of separating good teams from champions. Behind seemingly every extended run of success is a Hall of Fame quarterback and multiple quality starters acquired on Day 3 or during undrafted free agency:

  • Pittsburgh: Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, James Harrison, Alejandro Villanueva, Ike Taylor
  • Seattle: Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, KJ Wright, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Malcolm Smith
  • Green Bay: Mike Daniels, Corey Linsley, Donald Driver, Al Harris, Atari Bigby, Aaron Kampman
  • Denver: Chris Harris, Jared Crick, CJ Anderson, Julius Thomas, Danny Trevathan, Malik Jackson
  • New England: Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, James White, Malcolm Butler, Rob Ninkovich, Trey Flowers

This trend has a rather simple explanation: Few teams are consistently able to find impact players during Rounds 4-7, which allows organizations that accomplish this task on an annual basis to collect talent faster and easier while being able to keep championship rosters together longer by using bargain rookie contracts.

DRAFT DAY — About the Labor Podcast Episode 60 feat. Jordan Reid

BJ Reidell — Version 3.0

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) on to the show to give a final review of defensive prospects as it pertains to the Minnesota Vikings.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro (0:00-0:46)
  • Prospect Review: Defensive Tackles (0:47-11:36)
  • Prospect Review: Linebackers (11:37-28:03)
  • Prospect Review: Edge-Rushers [43 Defensive End/34 OLB] (28:04-42:02)
  • Prospect Review: Cornerback [Outside/Nickel] (42:03-52:51)
  • Prospect Review: Safety (52:52-1:00:08)
  • Twitter Questions: “Nickel CB is the most difficult position on defense” (1:00:09-1:08:58)
  • Bold Draft Predictions: “Deshaun Watson goes No. 4 overall” (1:08:59-01:14:48)
  • Sign Out (01:14:49-01:16:07)

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VT Roundtable Episode 6

NFL Draft Week has finally arrived, and to celebrate, the Vikings Territory team got together for a special mock draft edition of the VT Roundtable. The group uses the VT consensus big board to debate what the Vikings should do with ever pick from No. 48 to 232 with Fan Speak’s mock draft function while an absent Drew Mahowald grades each selection from afar.

Be sure to check out Episode 6 after the jump AND subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to keep up with ALL our video content!

6 Days Until NFL Draft — About the Labor Podcast Episode 57

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue their final review of the upcoming NFL Draft with a 45-minute show talking exclusively 2017 prospects and how they may or may not correlate with the Minnesota Vikings. Episode 58 of the About the Labor Podcast puts Quarterbacks, Tight Ends, Cornerbacks and Priority Undrafted Free Agents under the microscope.

Note: Discussion centers around on BJ and Drew’s most recently updated Prospect Ranking Boards available below after the jump!

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Prospect Review: Quarterbacks
  • Prospect Review: Tight Ends
  • Prospect Review: Cornerbacks
  • “Priority Undrafted Free Agent Engagement List Agenda”

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