Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dalvin Cook

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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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Thursday's ICYMI
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Good evening, everyone. Welcome to Thursday’s ICYMI: We discuss the Will Sutton signing, the Vikings’ “face of the franchise,” and predict which receivers make the roster. 

“VT’s In Case You Missed It” intends to funnel news reports, general information and a handful of the best analysis articles about the Minnesota Vikings into one all-encompassing write-up. If you don’t have the time to follow the Purple and Gold as much as you may like, allow Vikings Territory to do the dirty work for you with our catch-all Vikings recap of everything you may have missed.

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What if Tampa Bay had Selected Cook No. 19 Overall?

Vikings Rookie Dalvin Cook Barely Escaped First Round
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Dalvin Cook was nearly a first-round pick.

According to an article on WalterFootball.com, Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook barely escaped the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The former Florida State speedster was nearly selected by—take a deep breath—the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected Alabama tight end OJ Howard with the No. 19 overall pick.

Per Walter Football, a source with the Buccaneers explained: “[Mitchell] Trubisky going 2 and then the other two QBs going in the top 12 pushed guys down. There wasn’t as much need for tight ends with teams ahead of us, and typically tight ends don’t go that high. We were lucky. If O.J. had been taken right before us, Dalvin [Cook] would’ve been the pick.”

The Vikings could thank the Bucs for not selecting Cook, but both teams appear to have benefitted from the early run on quarterbacks during the first round of the draft.

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About the Labor Podcast — Episode 65

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BJ Reidell and Jordan Reid — filling in for a vacationing Drew Mahowald — discuss Vikings players who need to step up in 2017, veterans officially put on notice following NFL free agency/draft, answer a few questions from Twitter concerning Teddy Bridgewater and Minnesota’s running back depth chart and finish up with a Take 5 on the most under-appreciated Vikings since the turn of the millennium.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro: Jordan Reid steps in as co-host for a vacationing Drew Mahowald (0:00-1:47)
  • Time to Step Up: Anthony Barr, Trae Waynes and More (1:48-14:49)
  • Veterans on Notice: Jarius Wright, Emmanuel Lamur and More (14:50-20:30)
  • Twitter Question: The Running Back Depth Chart via Brew_Crew23 (20:31-29:00)
  • Twitter Question: Next Vikings Jersey Purchase via Brew_Crew23 (29:01-31:22)
  • Twitter Question: Teddy’s Fit in Pat Shurmur’s Offense via esramsvik (31:23-36:32)
  • Take 5: Jim Kleinsasser and the Most Under-Appreciated Vikings Since 2000 (36:33-46:19)
  • Sign-Out: You Know How This Goes (46:20-47:10)

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Michael Floyd's Coming Home and Stuff with Darren Wolfson & Lindsey Young (ep. 372) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

Minnesota native Michael Floyd was officially brought back home by the Vikings on Wednesday. We touched on what that means for the team and the wide receiver depth chart (in-depth in our YouTube video below). Plus we have great macro Vikings chats with our friends Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of KSTP Sports/1500 ESPN and Lindsey Young (@LindseyMNSports) of Vikings.com.

[Note: Both interview were recorded before the Floyd signing was official. But speculation on fit in 2017 still applicable]

All that and more “Step It Up, Treadwell” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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