Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Mid-Round Sleepers for the Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has become notorious for finding mid-round steals since he took full reign as the franchise’s general manager in 2012.

A few of his ‘hits’ in the middle rounds the past few years include: Rhett Ellison, Jerick McKinnon, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs.

Every draft class contains several “diamonds in the rough” that exceed their perceived stock. Whether it’s overcoming red flags or simply improving on a weakness, these players become “steals” of the draft.

Danielle Hunter is a prime example. He declared for the draft out of LSU as an extremely raw prospect who possessed Greek god-like physical tools. In just two years, he’s developed exponentially faster than anyone expected and is now perceived as one of the best young players in the NFL.

Which prospects are the Danielle Hunters of the 2017 draft class?

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Purple FTW! Podcast - Episode 368 - Guardians of the NFL Draft Vol. 2

I do not claim to be an NFL Draft expert. But draft season is a fun time of the year for me because I’m a fan of the process and the feeling of hope springing anew for the 31 teams that didn’t hoist the Lombardi last year. Plus because players are 100% subjective and despite being a neophyte, I will have around the same hit rate as a seasoned tape watcher that breaks down every aspect of a player’s game. It’s the “Sweet Inexact Science”. We take our crack at a First Round Mock Draft [Follow Along Here] and do up our Minnesota Vikings 7 (but really 6) Round Draft Simulation 2.0. [Click For Spoilers!]

All that and more “I’m basically Rocket Raccoon” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Purple FTW! - It's Time to Pay Xavier Rhodes (ep. 367) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

Xavier Rhodes is the next Minnesota Viking to be paid. He’s also going to be among the highest paid cornerbacks in the league (if not the highest) and rightfully so. Today on the show, Andy explores what XR and his camp should do to maximize their leverage with the Vikings and if general manager Rick Spielman should capitulate or balk.

Other Talkers Today Include:
• Todd McShay’s Mock Draft
• Vikings Preseason Schedule Is Out
• Adrian Peterson Visited Saints, No Deal
• Prospect Profile: Caleb Brantley

All that and more “WILL THE DRAFT PLEASE JUST GET HERE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A CDM Joint

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VT Roundtable Episode 5

Depth proves to be a difference-maker on this week’s VT Roundtable, as the guys tackle a number of Minnesota Vikings topics despite two key absences from their weekly panel.

Topics range from determining the identity of Minnesota’s rebuilding offense to a purple twist on Fantasy Football in yet another action-packed episode of polarizing opinions, unexpected tangents and a handful of hot takes.

Be sure to check it out after the jump AND subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel for more videos!

Minnesota Vikings Fanspeak Mock Draft
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I took to Twitter on Tuesday night to pose a vital question to my followers.

I thought, “Hey, only nine percent said no, so why not give it a shot?”

Fanspeak’s On The Clock feature allows fans to simulate the 2017 NFL Draft by acting as general manager of any team. It brings together several different variables that NFL front offices consider when selecting — and it allows the user to choose which reputable big board to use for the simulation.

For this simulation, I used the Dan Brugler big board from CBS Sports. And, I stuck with Fanspeak’s free On The Clock feature instead of paying for the Premium feature, which allows users to make trades in the draft.

You can view the full results of my simulation HERE.

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