Wednesday, June 1, 2016

minnesota vikings

Laquon Treadwell signs contract
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The Vikings signed seven of their eight draft picks last week and wrapped up the group by getting wide receiver Laquon Treadwell under contract on Thursday. As a first-round pick, Treadwell signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth season. Further terms have not been released.

The Vikings selected Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick in the draft hoping the 6’2” 221 pound wide receiver will add production to their passing game. Treadwell hauled in 202 career receptions for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns for Ole Miss.

Treadwell isn’t the fastest receiver in the class, but his great hands and extreme physicality more than made up for it during his college career. Stefon Diggs is established at one receiver spot and Treadwell should see plenty of playing time lined up opposite Diggs this season.

Treadwell has elite-level ball skills giving Teddy Bridgewater a big reliable weapon to target. The SEC-leading receiver will also provide physical blocking in the running game for Adrian Peterson.

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The newest class of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings rookies are in the building this weekend for rookie mini-camp. Draft picks, undrafted free agents, and tryout players alike will try to climb the mountain of making the Vikings 53-man roster (remember, John Randle was a tryout/UDFA), in what could be the most competitive offseason in team history. There is talent everywhere.

Today we run through a few of the rookies and forecast what their present and future roles could be in Purple. Beyond the headliners in wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and cornerback Mackensie Alexander, there are a number of interesting names who can bring something to the Vikings’ table.

All that and other “Chewbacca was a Rookie” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Jayron Kearse has NFL bloodlines as the nephew of former defensive end Jevon Kearse and cousin of former first-round cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

Kearse has the look of a game changing safety at 6’4” 216 pounds with long limbs and a thick build. He carries a presence when tackling and he out sizes most wide receivers.

The Clemson safety is a long strider and shows some closing speed and ability to cover a lot of ground, but unfortunately he ran a surprisingly slow 4.64 forty time at the combine.

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Moritz “Mo” Boehringer is a 6-foot-4, 225 pound wide receiver with 4.4 speed. And he just happens to be from Germany. Mo became the first international player to be selected in the draft without ever seeing a college football snap.

Boehringer is raw, but he’s got the physical tools that had the scouts drooling. After his outstanding pro day at Florida Atlantic he became the center of media attention. He still has a lot to learn as he has only been playing American football since 2013. Boehringer first began with the Crailsheim Titans, a junior youth team in Germany. He played well enough to be “called up” to the German Football League in 2015 to play for the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. All he did in his first season was win GFL Rookie of the Year honors after catching 59 receptions for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games. Boehringer’s training at XPE Sports Academy in Boca Raton Florida has paid off as he now sets his sights on moving up the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver depth chart.

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The Vikings run defense gets a big shot in the arm with this muscled up tackling machine. Brothers has elite instinct and awareness who can sift through trash easily shedding blocks in the trenches. He has great gap discipline and always takes proper pursuit angles to the ball carrier. Brothers displays smart pre-snap recognition skills with the ability to process action immediately. He is a thumper in the middle who can convert quickness to power upon impact as a tackler. His 274 tackles over the last two years is more than any other college football player.
Zimmer now has the option to move Eric Kendricks to weak side and use Brother in the middle of the base defense unit. Brothers projects as a two-down run defender who will probably not see action in the nickel package.

I love this pick. In Mike Zimmer’s final year in Cincinnati as defensive coordinator, the Bengals were ranked top-five against the run giving up only 96.5 yards per game. Zimmer is driven to improve the Vikings below average run defense, and Brothers is a hard hitting defender who could offer immediate help.

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