Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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The NFL Draft is six months away and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are in the thick of the playoff race, but it’s never to early to start glancing at who might make the Purple drink a little bit strong next season. That’s why we’re launching a new weekly segment with out man Like Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha to talk about the college prospects to keep an eye on as the season winds down, we dive into the abyss of the offseason, and we look forward to people reading names at a podium in Chicago.

Today We Looked at 12 Hot Non-QB Draft Prospects
• Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, FSU
• Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
• Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT. Ole MIss
• Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole MIss
• Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
• Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
• Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida
• Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
• Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
• Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
• Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
• Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

All that and other “#TankForTreadwell” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Adrian Peterson. Randy Moss. Two of the biggest offensive names for the Minnesota Vikings in the last decade. Just for fun, we decided to make the VT writers choose. We saw an interesting question posed on Reddit: If the two were in the same NFL Draft class and you could choose only one to be a part of the Vikings roster, which do you take? Check out our answers, take the poll and leave us some comments!

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A couple parameters: 1) I’m drafting for a blank team with no existing players, coaches, philosophy, etc and 2) I’m looking only at college production and not factoring in any NFL history. That being said, I’m taking the PRIDE of Rand, West Virginia Randy Moss. Adrian Peterson was a phenomenal college player at Oklahoma and was frankly robbed of the Heisman Trophy in 2004 (Matt Leinhart won as Oklahoma quarterback and 2003 winner Jason White stole votes from Adrian), but he was also injury prone, fumble prone and had diminishing stats each of his three years in Norman after his 1925-rushing-yard and 15-touchdown apex as a freshman.

Yes, Moss had a checkered past washing out of Florida State and Notre Dame due to off-field issues. Yes, Marshall did not play elite competition in 1997 in the MAC one year after transitioning from I-AA. But I have never seen dominance on display like redshirt sophomore Randy Moss and I might never see it again in my lifetime in college football. No. 88 was a man playing among toddlers putting up 96 receptions for 1820 yards and 26 touchdowns, the latter setting an NCAA single season record and still remains the second most in history (La Tech’s Troy Edwards broke it the following season hauling in 27 scores).

Moss was a potential once-in-a-generation type talent with baggage, but I’d still roll the dice with him over a very talented yet injury prone running back. Also, this.

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Luke Inman of eDraft stops in to talk some Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings to fill up the Bye Week with some audible goodness. We touch on how the offensive line can get right in two weeks (it probably can’t), Teddy out-dueling Peyton Manning (no big deal), the new logjam at wide receiver, how that Zimmer Hellfire Defense is saving us, and if Blair Walsh is gonna get Scobee’d or Mason Crosby’d.

We also dive into Luke’s specialties of fantasy football and the rapidly approaching 2016 NFL Draft. Check out all of Luke’s videos on the eDraft YouTube page.

All that and other “12 Days Til Vikings Football” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Thanks to Luke Inman for his collaboration on this piece. 

Larry Butler III didn’t play varsity football all four years of high school. He didn’t attend a Division I school for college ball.

But there’s no doubt about it – he could be a significant target in the 2016 NFL Draft. In May, Butler was referred to as “the best linebacker prospect you haven’t heard of.” We want to make sure that you hear about him.

Luke Inman, of eDraft Sports, said the following of Butler:

“He’s the epitome of a student athlete not giving up on his dream. While his story may never end up on the movie screen like Michael Oher and The Blind Side, it is one in which children following his footsteps should encounter as it speaks to the passion, heart, and determination to not let anything get in his way of reaching his goals. Of course, that’s just off the football field. Between the hashes, Butler is one of the most sought-after and talked-about Division II linebackers in the entire country.”

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