Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NFL Draft 2017

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Silent But Deadly

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Thirty-two picks down, 221 to go.

Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings began the 2017 NFL draft with eight selections — Nos. 48, 79, 86, 121, 129, 160, 199 and 232. Whether by choice or as a result of a failed trade attempt, the Vikings general manager will open the second round with the same eight-pick collection.

Draft selections are no ordinary resource, however. Each pick is assigned a numeric value (chart below) based on how close it is to the top of the list and the round in which it falls. While these figures establish a base point for trade negotiations, they do not account for situational influence.

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WARNING: Do Not Draft Kickers & Punters

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The Minnesota Vikings find themselves in a bit of a special teams quagmire with the NFL draft quickly approaching.

Blair Walsh, a sixth-round pick in 2012, was notably released this past November and subsequently replaced by former undrafted free-agent kicker Kai Forbath. The Jeff Locke roller coaster, which began with the Vikings selecting the former UCLA punter during the fifth round in 2013, came to a decisive end when he bolted for Indianapolis during free agency this offseason. He has since been replaced on Minnesota’s roster by a pair of previously undrafted punters in Texas Tech’s Taylor Symmank and Boston College’s Ryan Quigley.

Forbath, who connected on 15 of 15 field-goal tries and 11 of 14 extra-point attempts after joining Minnesota ahead of Week 11 in 2016, offers — at the very least — a short-term solution to the Vikings’ kicking situation. Symmank and the recently-signed Quigley, on the other hand, are set to battle it out for the punting job vacated by Locke, but — similar to Forbath — do not necessarily represent definitive long-term options.

Point being, Minnesota is potentially (still) in the market for an upgrade at kicker, punter or both — and the Vikings should refrain from investing any of their very limited draft capital on either special teams position during any round of the 2017 NFL draft.

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VT Roundtable Episode 5

The Vikings Territory team (minus Sam Neumann) continues its NFL draft discussion on Episode 6 of the VT Roundtable with their best- and worst-case scenarios for the Minnesota Vikings.

Polarizing prospects such as Michigan State’s Malik McDowell and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon are among primary talking points in a discussion that ranges from specificity to ambiguity with regard to how the panelists detail their dream and nightmare Vikings draft scenarios.

Be sure to check out Episode 6 after the jump AND subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to keep up with ALL our video content!

9 Days Until NFL Draft — About the Labor Podcast Episode 57

Drew Mahowald — Version 1.0

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue their final review of the upcoming NFL Draft with a 45-minute show talking exclusively 2017 prospects and how they may or may not correlate with the Minnesota Vikings. Episode 57 of the About the Labor Podcast puts Running Back, Defensive Tackle and Wide Receiver under the microscope.

Note: Discussion centers around on BJ and Drew’s most recently updated Prospect Ranking Boards available below after the jump!


  • Prospect Review: Running Backs
  • Prospect Review: Defensive Tackles
  • Prospect Review: Wide Receivers
  • Twitter Takes

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16 Days — About the Labor: Episode 54

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the relevancy of the Minnesota Vikings’ release of their preseason schedule, review the resources general manager Rick Spielman has at his disposal with the NFL draft closing in fast and talk about a handful of mid-round prospects that Minnesota could target in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.


  • Preseason Schedule Release
  • Resources Review & Salary-Cap Standing
  • Mid-Round Studs

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