Monday, May 30, 2016

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1. Plenty of talent in the pool.

We can get wrapped up in the first round of the draft and diminish the importance of days two and three, but as I looked at the players available coming into Friday night, I was thoroughly impressed by the number of quality prospects still available. There was more than a handful of guys still around that seemed like viable options for the Vikings in round one: A’Shawn Robinson, Reggie Ragland, Su’a Cravens, Cody Whitehair, Vonn Bell, and more. That’s not even mentioning Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith, two of the most talented players in the draft that fell due to injury concerns.

The takeaway: this stuff matters. The first round is flashy, but rounds two through five are where you can get quality starters and build a team. As the picks came in, it became apparent (much like on Thursday) that the Vikings were going to be able to get a very good player in the second round. So…

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Yes, this includes "best player available."

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It’s draft week, and as we march gleefully toward the first round on Thursday evening, most of us have an opinion on what the Vikings should do with pick number 23. As I’ve been compiling mock draft roundups and reading a wide spectrum of theories and viewpoints, certain “conventional draft wisdoms” keep popping up. Some of them valid—Mike Zimmer likes lanky, fast defensive players, for example—some of them less so. And these less valid conventional wisdoms can often morph into draft myths, repeated year after year and anointed as NFL Draft gospel, despite their questionable legitimacy. Here are three of those myths, and the truth for each one:

Myth 1: Best player available.

The Truth: This is far and away the greatest NFL Draft myth: a good GM will select the best player available when his team picks in the first round, regardless of position or other considerations. It is repeated far and wide by anyone and everyone in NFL front offices, sprayed in the direction of reporters at draft-related press conferences, and leaned on as a crutch when team officials (understandably) try to avoid giving any real information on what the team might do on draft day. “Best player available,” they say with a shrug, because why would a competent personnel director do anything other than get the best possible talent for his team?

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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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Dear William Percival Harvin III,

Your time with the Minnesota Vikings was greatly appreciated by at least some of the team’s fans. On behalf of those fans, there are a few accomplishments that you should be thanked for.

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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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