Sunday, September 24, 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 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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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.

2 Days Until NFL Draft — About the Labor Podcast Episode 59

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

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Prospect Review: Quarterbacks (1:51-15:24)
  • Prospect Review: Running Back (15:25-34:20)
  • Prospect Review: Wide Receiver (34:21-43:54)
  • Prospect Review: Tight End (43:55-50:04)
  • Prospect Review: Offensive Line (50:05-1:02:33)
  • Twitter Questions (1:02:34-01:13:45)
  • Final Takes (01:13:46-01:15:12)

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This post originally appeared on Purple PTSD.

The Minnesota Vikings opened voluntary workouts at Winter Park this week, marking the beginning of “official” offseason activities. Each year, the climax of the Super Bowl seems to be followed more closely by the start of these workouts and team activities.

What we consider the “offseason” is just one part of the NFL’s shift to a year-round schedule. As soon as the winner hoists the Lombardi trophy, analysts turn to the college tapes in anticipation of the NFL Draft. The start of free agency may come before the rush of collegiate speculation, but this is the time of the year to fawn over favorite players and potential picks.

A name oft-floated around the Vikings is Joe Mixon — the troubled, yet über-talented running back out of Oklahoma. For some, he’s a surefire selection if available when the Vikings pick at No. 48. But for others, he’s an untouchable prospect with too many disqualifying questions to land in Minnesota.

Joe Johnson of Purple PTSD recently asked me to investigate Mixon; what I thought of him as a player, whether I think he’s a good fit for the offense, and whether or not the team’s interest in the former Sooner is more than “smoke.” After the jump, I’ll break it down, one question at a time.

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