Thursday, March 30, 2017

Michael Floyd

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Minnesota has had an interesting offseason so far in which we have seen a number of free agents leave for new teams, a pair of tackles highlight Rick Spielman’s hauls, a fair share of disappointments, and the (presumed) end of two very great Viking careers.

With that being said, the Vikings roster is far from complete, and our Question of the Week is a simple one today:

Who is your favorite free agent target still available that you want the Vikings to pursue?

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According to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings will be bringing cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick as well as wide receiver Michael Floyd to Winter Park next week. We already reported that Floyd would be visiting a few days ago. Kirkpatrick’s visit is new news, though.

Realistically, the Vikings will not select either player come April 26th, barring some sort of trade to move further down. It’s good to see the Vikings doing their due diligence though and looking into some of this year’s best prospects at two positions of need.

Ironically, in #MockThree, a social media centric, online, community draft, our war room actually traded back up into the first round to select Dre Kirkpatrick.


While perusing the internet, I came across this article written by Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press.  In it, Walters offers up very little reason outside of the obvious needs of this roster to surmise that there is “little doubt” the Vikings front office will “pounce” on Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith if he is available when they are on the clock in the second round.

One thing Walters wrote did jump out to me, however, of something that might actually have some meat behind it.  He noted that Rick Spielman seems to have a thing for Notre Dame players.  Considering that within less than a year he drafted tight end Kyle Rudolph, gave a hefty contract to center John Sullivan, and signed tight end John Carlson it seems that Walters might be on to something.

In fact, a quick scan of the Vikings roster indeed showed that the only other college to occupy three roster spots on this team is Iowa.  Then, Brett passed along the news that Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd seems to have caught the eye of the Vikings, and I decided we should take a look at what all Notre Dame is offering up this year and examine their prospects a little closer.  Soon, I will take a look at Iowa, too.

Here are the major prospects that could be selected in a couple of weeks and some information on each:

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According to, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is scheduled to meet with the Vikings in the upcoming week. Floyd is just one of the many prospects that the Vikings are sure to host in the upcoming days to the NFL draft.

Michael Floyd is considered by many to be the second best wide receiver in this draft class, only preceded by Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon.

The Vikings, who have the third pick in the draft, are highly unlikely to draft Floyd unless they trade down later into the first round or trade back up into the first round if they really like him.

Interestingly enough, the visit to the Vikings serves somewhat as a homecoming for Floyd who attended, and played football floor, Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Pick five is in the books in our Vikings Territory Community Mock Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made an unsurprising pick and took Morris Claiborne, the stud cornerback from LSU. It wasn’t even a contest with Claiborne receiving 82% of the votes.

Now, the St. Louis Rams are back on the clock after moving down and trading their #2 pick to the Washington Redskins (who selected Robert Griffin III). The Rams primary needs are offensive tackle and wide receiver. Do they reach a little bit and take Riley Reiff or Michael Floyd? Do they trade again and attempt to move down further in the draft? You decide in our poll below.

After making your pick, make sure to tell us the reasoning behind your choice in the comments section and we may include your analysis in our draft table.

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