Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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If you would have told me the Vikings would pass on Andrew Billings in favor of Willie Beavers, I would have thought you were half nuts. Nonetheless, Beavers is an offensive tackle with the upside to someday win a starting job. He needs a year in the weight room to get stronger in his upper body, but he does have the feet to play left tackle in the NFL. Beavers also has nice traits to play anywhere on the offensive line. My guess is the Vikings will groom him to compete with Matt Kalil at left tackle and hopefully have him ready to start by 2017 if needed.

The Vikings land another highly competitive guy in this fluid left tackle. According to his NFL.com profile Beavers is an easy mover who can excel in space.

Beavers can get off the ball quickly and can slide in pass protection allowing him to stay in front and mirror defenders. The 324 pound left tackle from Western Michigan is a three-year starter who earned first-team All-MAC honors as a senior.

Heading into the draft, I felt the Vikings were one offensive lineman away from finalizing the revamping process up front. My heart may have been set on Jack Conklin, but Willie Beavers is pretty good too.

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Miami traded a sixth round pick this year and a third and fourth round pick in 2017 in return for the Vikings third round pick on Friday Night. Rick Spielman certainly got good value in the deal, but what did the Vikings actually give up?

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I like what Mackensie Alexander brings to the table with his sticky cover skills and his physicality and competitive toughness. He is ultra-confident and highly aggressive with 4.47 speed and athleticism to turn and run with wide receivers.

The Clemson slot corner has long arms and a great vertical which makes up for is 5’10 190 pound frame. He is explosive with great stop-go quickness who will fight hard to disrupted completions. Alexander has good balance and body control who routinely times his leaps and lunges to breakup passes. As his NFL.com profile indicates, Alexander was the fourth-best prospect in the country by ESPN coming out of high school.

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Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell is the newest member of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings raiding party. We take a closer look at the young man from Ole Miss, how he overcame a gruesome injury his sophomore year to become a first round NFL pick, why I love his demeanor and maturity beyond his 20-years on this planet, and what he brings to the Vikings offense. Teddy Bridgewater, Stefon Diggs, and Norv Turner have to be very pleased getting the “Ambassador of Quon” in the building.

All that and other “Cris Carter Was Slow Too…..” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Laquon Treadwell was one of the most dominant receivers in the country this past season after returning from a devastating broken fibula and dislocated ankle in 2014. The Ole Miss wide receiver will give Teddy Bridgewater a big, physical target on the outside. He is one of the most difficult receivers to jam because he has a powerful frame, violent arms and exceptionally quick feet. Treadwell may not be the fastest pass-catcher in this class, but he is a very smooth athlete with great body control and hang time allowing him to be effective on 50-50 balls.

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