Saturday, April 30, 2016

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cordarrelle

Cordarrelle Patterson is the best kick returner in the NFL. We expected more after trading up to 29 to draft the uber raw product out of Tennessee in 2013, but here we are. The new NFL rule change moving touchbacks from the 20 to the 25 will have a big impact on where Flash’s bread is buttered. We talk about that as well as Mike Zimmer’s comments at the NFL Owners Meetings, 5th-year option decisions for the trio of 2013 first round picks (Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes & Cordarrelle), what loading up on offensive line really means for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings, and a look towards the rapidly approaching NFL Draft.

All that and other “Josh Doctson, No Matter What” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Derrick Henry, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama had a great overall showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and also flashed impressive hands at his March 9th pro day. Is Henry’s jaw dropping post-season workouts enough to earn him a late first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft?

Derrick Henry | Running Back, Alabama

Measurements

Height – 6′ 3″
Weight – 247 lbs.
Age – 21 yrs.

At First Glance

2016 Heisman Trophy Winner.
First Team All-American.
SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
MVP of the SEC Championship Game.
Walter Camp Player of the Year.
Doak Walker and Maxwell Award Winner.

Projected Round:

2nd Round

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safety

The ‘Safety Opposite of Harrison’ has been a much talked about position of need for the Minnesota Vikings since Smith came on board in 2012. We still haven’t found a suitable Robin for Harry the Hitman’s Dark Knight. Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha is back again this week to chat about a few safeties in the draft who could be a damn good Dick Grayson.

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Safety Karl Joseph commands more of the draft buzz than his secondary counterpart and fellow Mountaineers teammate K.J. Dillon, but Dillon’s size and understated traits make him an intriguing Vikings prospect in his own right. His experience at free safety, strong safety and the “Spur” position (hybrid safety/linebacker), along with his ability to play single-high as well as down low in the box, gives him the versatility Zimmer demands from the safety position.

K.J. Dillon | Safety, West Virginia

Measurements

Height – 6′ 0″
Weight – 210 lbs.
Age – 22 yrs.

At First Glance

All-Big 12 Second Team.
WVU’s Defensive MVP against Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl.

Projected Round:

5th Round

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nfl draft

Wide receiver remains a position of need for the Minnesota Vikings as free agency is fading into the ether. So we look towards the draft with our guide Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha to talk us through 15 intriguing wide out prospects in this year’s NFL Draft.

• Josh Doctson, TCU
• Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
• Michael Thomas, Ohio State
• Corey Coleman, Baylor
• Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
• Will Fuller, Notre Dame
• Braxton Miller, Ohio State
• Tyler Boyd, Pitt
• Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
• Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
• Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
• Kenny Lawler, Cal
• Charone Peake, Clemson
• Devon Cajuste, Stanford
• Paul McRoberts, SE Miss St

All that and other “Take the ball deep, take the top off the defense” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Also check out Luke’s updated 7-Round Vikings Mock Draft and his latest Prospect-A-Day on Corey Coleman below.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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