Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rick Spielman

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In less than 5 days, a new batch of rookies will find out where they will be landing when the 2016 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday night. What has always been a popular event among the league’s biggest fans, has now become must-see TV for even some the NFL’s most casual fans.

Of the Minnesota Vikings first round draft selections from the past three years, four out of the six are now starters for the team. Will Vikings general manager Rick Spielman be able to find another player from the first round to make an immediate impact in 2016?

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2016 NFL Draft Schedule

Here at Vikings Territory we love the NFL Draft. All of us, we love the NFL Draft. We look forward to seeing who will become the newest Minnesota Viking and we look forward to sharing every minute with all of you. We will have Minnesota Vikings Draft Live Chat, updates from the belly of the beast, and tons more that will make us your one-stop shop for everything during Draft Weekend.

Here is what we have lined up this year:

REPORTING LIVE FROM WINTER PARK

We’ll have a guy as close to Rick Spielman and the Vikings’ “war room” as you can get, and that guy is none other than Austin Belisle. Austin will be providing live updates from within the Vikings headquarters all weekend long.

Be sure to check our main page for all of Austin’s latest articles and follow him on Twitter. He’s got a personal goal of beating out all of our favorite beat writers this year in terms of bringing the VT readers all of the most important news first, so make sure to check back often!

MINNESOTA VIKINGS DRAFT LIVE CHAT

As I type this, Brett Anderson is feverishly working to compile an amazing page with all the draft content one could want to have. The centerpiece of the page will be the ever-popular Live Chat,  and we invite you all to join the best Vikings fans on the internet to discuss everything Draft Weekend has to offer in real time.

The Live Chat will be mainly hosted by Brett. Plenty of other VT writers have vowed to co-host the event throughout the entire weekend,  including Sam Neumann and myself. We will have another post coming soon to announce the official hours that the chat will be hosted, but it will essentially be open all weekend long.

VT QOTW

Laquon Treadwell or Josh Doctson
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It’s April 28, the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft begins, and prospects start flying off of the board. Three quarterbacks are taken in the first 15 picks, a handful of offensive linemen are gone, and suddenly, the Minnesota Vikings are on the clock. Surprisingly, the top two wide receivers — Ole Miss’s Laquon Treadwell and TCU’s Josh Doctson — are still available.

Who’s the better wide receiver, and more importantly, who’s the better wide receiver for the Vikings? It’s a position of need in Minnesota, and many, many mock drafts have the Vikings selecting one of the two prospects. In an alternate universe where both are available and the Vikings do want to draft either of the two, Rick Spielman will have to make a very difficult decision. Fortunately, the Vikings Territory team is here to pull the trigger.

Would you rather have Doctson or Treadwell in the first round and why?

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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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MOCK DRAFT: Belisle Version 4.0
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You can’t always get what you want. It’s a fact, and has been long before the Rolling Stones sang it in 1969. No matter how badly you want something, and in this case, a something is a someone in the 2016 NFL Draft, it doesn’t always work out the way you’d planned. I, for one, want the Minnesota Vikings to draft TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson. He’s been the subject of my past two mock draft updates, but sadly, that’s going to change today.

Austin’s First Round Mock Draft

With less than two weeks remaining before the first round of the Draft, the chatter is louder than it has been all offseason. Analysts are firing off their remaining few scouting reports and rumors are flying from team source to reporter to Twitter at an alarming rate. The “leak” that caught my eye — aside from an early look at the Vikings’ Color Rush uniforms — concerned Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell:

Long considered the top receiver in the class, Treadwell’s suffered an ugly draft collapse since running a surprisingly slow 4.65 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Treadwell’s lack of top-flight speed could keep him out of the top-15, making the Rebels receiver a possible selection for the Vikings at No. 23.

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