Thursday, May 5, 2016

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NFL DRAFT

The NFL Draft is less than a fortnight away and the annual culling of collegiate talent has gone international. Proven by Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) phoning in from Bangkok for his weekly Minnesota Vikings Draft spot!

We chat about the Rams-Titans trade and how it affects the rest of the draft, the fallout from the Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack medical rechecks, if the Vikings are in a position to draft a “redshirt” player, and which Day 1-2 position combos would make us the most happy as Mike Zimmer and the Vikes try to bring home a dozen Lombardis this year.

All that and other “Something Called Will Fuller” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Technically, version 2.0. Thanks, Rams!

Trae Waynes Draft

The NFL Draft is incredibly unpredictable. Even some of the best gurus around are only able to guess a handful of picks correctly. Take last year for example: Thanks to some tracking from Sports Grid we can see how some of the better known draft experts fared in 2015. Todd McShay? He was only able to correctly guess 10/32 picks. How did Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Mayock, two of the most respected draft heads around, fare? They both got 7/32 picks right. In fact, the most accurate mock draft last year (according to Sports Grid) was from Jason Boris who got a whopping 12/32 (38%!) picks correct.

The truth is, there are just way too many variables and unknowns. Exhibit A? Yesterday’s mammoth trade. This mock draft was done and ready to post Thursday morning. Of course, it’s just my luck that the biggest trade in quite some time took place and left my mock draft outdated and useless in an instant. Every pick had to be revisited because of the domino effect created by the Rams blockbuster trade to move up to the first overall pick. If one team picks Player A instead of Player B, then another team might have to take Players C, D or E, and so on and so on…

What’s nice about this otherwise inconvenient trade is that it gives us a chance through this mock draft to see how it impacts the Vikings .

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

This is Version 3 of the Mock Draft Roundup, and while free agency isn’t finished and the Vikings may very well add another player or two (or three…or four…), the marquee player movement is done. Minnesota made a number of additions—most notably signing guard Alex Boonetackle Andre Smith, and safety Michael Griffin—and one subtraction (Mike Wallace) that will likely affect how it approaches the draft. For that reason, he’s an updated look at who the mock drafts have the Vikings taking at number 23:

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Vikings Helmet Draft
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

With the Scouting Combine long past and free agency underway, it’s time for Version 2 of our mock draft roundup. Last month, we did a pre-combine breakdown of who the online world expected the Vikings to draft in the first round. Now that (most of) the players have gone under the microscope, lots of opinions have changed, and draft stocks are rising and falling across the board. Also, the rush of early movement in the free agency tampering period has already had an effect on team needs; we’ve already seen the Vikings make a handful of moves, including the release of Mike Wallace. So here’s an updated look at who mock drafts have the Vikes taking at number 23:

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mock draft

Mock Drafts. So hot right now. That’s why I teamed up with the smartest draft mind in the South Metro, Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and did one up. Parameters are simple: We alternated picks for the first round of the draft and come on the show to talk about our thought process behind our selections. Luke’s reasoning is in-depth and studied, while mine has as much logic behind it as the secretary in your office always winning the March Madness Pool by picking winners based on their mascot. Yeah… All of the picks are listed below.

All that and other “With the First Pick….” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Check out Luke’s 7-Round Vikings Mock Draft too.

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