Monday, April 24, 2017

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Mid-Round Sleepers for the Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has become notorious for finding mid-round steals since he took full reign as the franchise’s general manager in 2012.

A few of his ‘hits’ in the middle rounds the past few years include: Rhett Ellison, Jerick McKinnon, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs.

Every draft class contains several “diamonds in the rough” that exceed their perceived stock. Whether it’s overcoming red flags or simply improving on a weakness, these players become “steals” of the draft.

Danielle Hunter is a prime example. He declared for the draft out of LSU as an extremely raw prospect who possessed Greek god-like physical tools. In just two years, he’s developed exponentially faster than anyone expected and is now perceived as one of the best young players in the NFL.

Which prospects are the Danielle Hunters of the 2017 draft class?

13 Days Until NFL Draft — About the Labor Podcast Episode 56

BJ Reidell — Version 2.0

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 56 of the About the Labor Podcast puts Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Center, Outside Linebacker, Safety and a handful of Situational Athletes under the microscope.

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

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Prospect Review: Offensive Line — Tackle, Guard, Center
  • Prospect Review: Linebacker — Coverage Specialists, Versatile Skill Sets
  • Prospect Review: Safety — Lethal Complements to Harrison Smith
  • Situational Rankings: Red Zone, Gadgets, Short Yards, Home Run Threats

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