Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Ten Studs & Two Lists

Images courtesy of Vikings.com

The NFL draft continued its forever-long streak of unpredictability on Thursday evening with one of the most entertaining first rounds to date. From the Chicago Bears’ questionable acquisition of North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky to an on-air explosion of joy courtesy of UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley, the 2017 draft is already well on its way to becoming an instant classic.

And the Minnesota Vikings haven’t even joined the festivities yet!

Minnesota made it through the first round without making a peep and now sits *just* 16 picks away from answering months of speculation as to who general manager Rick Spielman will select at 48th overall. And that’s not all — the Vikings are also scheduled to make selections at Nos. 79 and 86 overall, setting the stage for a highly eventful, absolutely critical and potentially franchise-altering Day 2 in Philadelphia.

The Vikings are not far away from contending for a Super Bowl, meaning that how Spielman performs over the next 24 hours could hypothetically be the difference between competitive and dominant. Connecting on two of their three selections on Day 2 is easier said than done, but there is still a small arsenal of top-end prospects available — Now it’s Time to Execute.

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VT Roundtable Episode 8

Opening night of the 2017 NFL draft is officially in the books. As expected, the Minnesota Vikings were inactive during the first round, electing to forgo what proved to be a truly unpredictable and chaotic night in Philadelphia, Penn.

The guys return to discuss everything from the Chicago Bears’ interesting selection of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to Minnesota’s Day 2 approach on Episode 8 of the VT Roundtable.

Be sure to check out Episode 8 after the jump AND subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to keep up with ALL our video content!

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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!

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Hello, friends. I’m back. I’ve reclaimed my guest bedroom studio just in time for draft week, and am excited to bring you this draft preview edition of Bump & Run.

In this episode, I explain why we can and should still get excited about the draft, despite the Vikings not having a first round pick. I also discuss why drafting for need is not the enemy, and how every NFL team does in fact consider need when drafting. Plus, I give my top three draft needs for the Vikings, which are:

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Images courtesy of Vikings.com

NFL Draft Week has finally arrived.

In just a few short days all of the questions spawn from speculation, discussion and news reports will be given answers over the course of three wildly unpredictable days. The Minnesota Vikings will enter an interesting situation without a first-round pick and three selections (48, 79, 86) in the top 100.

With these three early-round picks along with a pair of fourth-rounders and three other Day-3 selections, the Vikings have a number of holes to fill and edges to smooth over. This guide aims to find the middle ground on “need” and “value” in order to best project how Minnesota will operate this coming weekend.

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