Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Since Luke Inman is in Bangkok (for real, not a euphemism), we called in reliever Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle) of Vikings Territory to give us a few innings of hot Vikings Mock Draft talk. Austin links the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings with a very familiar name at the top, but some fresh blood in the latter rounds including TWO cornerbacks. So tune in as we run through his 7-round Vikings mock and check out his full first rounder on VT.

All that and other “Will Fuller is Not Troy Williamson, Dammit” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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I tend to favor production over potential, but that’s not the case with Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones exploded onto the scene in 2014 winning a National Championship with solid performances in his first three starts to end the season in place of injured starter T.J. Barrett. Jones choose not to enter the NFL Draft but opted to return to Columbus as a junior in 2015. After five inconsistent performances, Jones lost the starting job to Barrett. Jones finished his college career as a backup but boasts all the tools to someday burst onto the scene in the NFL the same way he did in the Big Ten.

Cardale Jones | Quarterback, Ohio State

Measurements

Height – 6′ 5″
Weight – 253 pounds
Year – Junior

At First Glance

BCS National Championship 2014

Projected Round:

3rd Round

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A stout run defense rarely garners the splashy headlines in today’s pass-heavy NFL schemes. Mike Zimmer however, is a head coach who prides himself on being able to control the clock with a power running attack and a dominant defense. Under Zimmer, the run defense hasn’t received the press attention as some of the other phases of the game, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any less of a focal point for him.

In Leslie Frazier’s final season in 2013, the Vikings finished ranked 11th against the run giving up 105.8 yards per game. The following year, Zimmer’s first as a head coach, the Vikings fell all the way back to 25th allowing 121.4 rushing yards per game. The Vikings took a step forward last season by only allowing 109.2 rushing yards per game, good for 17th in the league.

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The Minnesota Vikings are guilty… Of having a great offseason so far in free agency as well as retaining their own core guys. With the draft rapidly approaching, Rick Spielman has to decide if he wants to give quarterback Teddy Bridgewater some offensive firepower with a top-tier wide receiver or continue to build on Mike Zimmer’s “Dream Team” Defense. Harrison Smith is F. Lee Bailey.

Friday Free-For-All Talkers Include
• Greg Jennings Wants to Comeback
• Vikings Interested in German Wide Receiver Moritz Böhringer
• 30 Visit Week Rumors
• Caledonia named Minnesota Football Program of the Year by the Vikings
• Teddy and the Offense Working Out Together
• Vikings Preseason Schedule Released

All that and other “Rushford-Peterson >>> Caledonia” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Minnesota Vikings began welcoming players to Winter Park on Tuesday for their “Top-30” annual draft prospect event, which uses many of their allotted 30 pre-draft visits that each NFL team is allowed to conduct. It’s a good opportunity to bring the players in all at once to meet the coaches and team personnel, and go out to dinner and see how they interact as a group.

It is no secret the Vikings have invested some time and interest in finding a wide receiver this draft season, and Laquon Treadwell of Mississippi and Josh Doctson of TCU seem to be the top two targets getting most of the Vikings attention. Typically the Vikings have not been a heavy smoke screen team that wastes time on players they are not genuinely high on, that’s good news for Treadwell and Doctson. However, at the same time they’re also very good at not showing their hand on other players they covet enough to draft.

So, with a grain of salt, here is a partial list of names rumored to be invited to the event.

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