Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Recapping the Minnesota Vikings' 2017 NFL Draft (ep. 370) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman more than lived up to his “Trader Rick” moniker wheeling-and-dealing seven times (we think) in this iteration of the draft. We recap the haul, declare Winners and Losers of the draft Vikings-wise, and how the Purple neophytes project to make an impact in 2017 and beyond.

2 (41) – Dalvin Cook, RB – Florida State
3 (70) – Pat Elflein, C – Ohio State
4 (109) – Jaleel Johnson, DT – Iowa
4 (120) – Ben Gedeon, LB – Michigan
5 (170) – Rodney Adams, WR – South Florida
5 (180) – Danny Isidora, G – Miami
6 (201) – Bucky Hodges, TE – Virginia Tech
7 (219) – Stacy Coley, WR – Miami
7 (220) – Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE – Northwestern
7 (232) – Elijah Lee, LB – Kansas State
7 (245) – Jack Tocho, DB NC State

All that and more “2018 7-Round Mock Dropping Tomorrow” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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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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Hawkeyes Dominate Vikings BPA Rankings

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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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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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