Friday, October 20, 2017

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VT Roundtable Episode 9

After a silent opening night, general manager the Minnesota Vikings turned it up a notch on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL draft. General manager Rick “Wheelin’ and Dealin'” Spielman coordinated a handful of trades, two of which resulted in the selections of Florida State superstar Dalvin Cook and Ohio State captain Pat Elflein.

With three rounds officially in the books, the guys got together to discuss both of the Vikings’ Day 2 selections and grade the overall draft performance of the Vikings to date on Episode 9 of the VT Roundtable.

Be sure to check out Episode 9 after the jump AND subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to keep up with ALL our video content!

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Dalvin Cook
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The first round of the 2017 Draft fell nicely for the Vikings. Teams focused primarily on defense and skill positions (and, um, quarterbacks), which allowed offensive lineman to steadily slide down the draft board; not a single blocker was selected until the Broncos took Garett Bolles at 20, the longest such wait in NFL history. So Minnesota, with its pressing needs up front—and at guard in particular—saw the second round begin with names such as Forrest Lamp, Cam Robinson, Pat Elflein, Dion Dawkins, and Dan Feeney all still available.

Some fans, including a few of us here at VT, advocated trading up to grab Lamp, a coveted and versatile prospect and the top guard on most boards. In the end, they did trade up, to pick 41, but instead Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.

By most accounts, Cook was a steal in the second round. He was widely considered a first round prospect, and was 14th on the Vikings Territory big board.

Here’s what folks around the web are saying about the Vikings second round pick:

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Ten Studs & Two Lists

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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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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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