Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Hawkeyes Dominate Vikings BPA Rankings

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

107 picks down, 146 to go.

The final day of the 2017 NFL draft has arrived and with it comes the ultimate challenge for scouting departments — find the hidden gems amidst a massive pile of rubble. This isn’t an impossible task, but it has a special way of separating good teams from champions. Behind seemingly every extended run of success is a Hall of Fame quarterback and multiple quality starters acquired on Day 3 or during undrafted free agency:

  • Pittsburgh: Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, James Harrison, Alejandro Villanueva, Ike Taylor
  • Seattle: Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, KJ Wright, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Malcolm Smith
  • Green Bay: Mike Daniels, Corey Linsley, Donald Driver, Al Harris, Atari Bigby, Aaron Kampman
  • Denver: Chris Harris, Jared Crick, CJ Anderson, Julius Thomas, Danny Trevathan, Malik Jackson
  • New England: Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, James White, Malcolm Butler, Rob Ninkovich, Trey Flowers

This trend has a rather simple explanation: Few teams are consistently able to find impact players during Rounds 4-7, which allows organizations that accomplish this task on an annual basis to collect talent faster and easier while being able to keep championship rosters together longer by using bargain rookie contracts.

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25 Hidden Gems

Lamar CB Brendan Langley — Screen Shot courtesy of NFL Network (NFL Combine Coverage)
NFL DRAFT DAY IS FINALLY HERE!

But… for Minnesota Vikings fans, however, the excitement likely won’t begin until Friday — which inherently makes Thursday’s Round 1 show a bit underwhelming BUT also aids in helping Day 2 and Day 3 become as thrilling as ever in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The following is a list of 2017 NFL draft prospects have not received the hype or overall media attention — good or bad — of a Myles Garrett or Jabrill Peppers, but each of them represent realistic options for the Vikings during Rounds 4 through 7 due to a variety of reasons. Check out our list of hidden gems after the jump!

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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Minnesota Vikings NFL Mock Draft Luke Inman

‘Nuff Said. The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are already looking towards the offseason, and while there are many decisions to be made before the draft (Adrian Peterson, Brandon Fusco, Andrew Whitworth, etc), they are not as fun as mocking where former unpaid interns will go in April’s NFL Draft. Our man Luke Inman (Cold Omaha/eDraft) joins us at Blue Door University to go over his first Vikings Mock Draft of draft season and also critique my own hack attempt at a mock. Plus some SUPER sleepers.

All that and more “Slick Rick” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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