Saturday, December 10, 2016

Rick Spielman

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On Day Three of the 2016 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings have added offensive lineman Willie Beavers, linebacker Kentrell Brothers, and wide out Moritz Boehringer. They also added two picks to their 2017 arsenal on Friday by trading out of the third round.

On Saturday, Spielman once again made a trade, this time with his 186th overall selection. He traded, once again, with his former team the Miami Dolphins. In fact, the pick that Spielman traded to Miami was the sixth rounder he acquired from them just yesterday.

So, what did the Vikings get in return?

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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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Rick Spielman

Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings passed on nose tackle Andrew Billings once, twice, and then a third time when they decided to trade out of the third round completely on Friday evening.

Their trade partner was the Miami Dolphins who moved up to #86 to acquire Rutgers wide out Leonte Carroo.

In exchange, the Vikings have reportedly received a sixth round pick (#186) and Miami’s third and fourth round picks in 2017.

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No. 11 is in the Vikings' building!

Laquon Treadwell Arrives in Minnesota
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Laquon Treadwell won’t officially be a member of the Minnesota Vikings until the ink on his rookie contract dries, but he is in Minnesota and just wrapped up his first press conference at Winter Park. The 20-year-old, who will wear No. 11 for the Vikings, spent about 10 minutes at the podium fielding questions from the media on everything from his college career to his training with Cris Carter.

“Honored, blessed, and grateful. Glad to be here and looking forward to starting my NFL career.”

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(Note: this is a running diary of Thursday night’s first round. We begin at 7 p.m. CT as the draft starts.)

And we’re off! I’m planted firmly in front of the TV with a Dewar’s on ice, and my fiancé is making dinner so I don’t have to move for at least the next three hours. She’s a keeper, that one.

After months of workouts, speculation, and endless mock drafts, the day is finally here. I’ve loved the NFL Draft since I was old enough to buy the annual Lindys Draft Guide with money I scrounged together from mowing lawns. It’s always been my favorite event on the NFL calendar. It’s evolved through the years, and moved from a Saturday/Sunday affair to a three-day jaunt, with the first round being held in primetime on Thursday. This is just fine with me; an event so grand is worthy of the evening lights.

Roger Goodell walks out to kick things off. The usual boos are audible, but mostly overcome by jubilant cheers from the fans in attendance. It almost seems as if the excitement about the event these people voluntarily paid to attend is outweighing their irrational disdain for a man they’ve never met. Odd.

Goodell: “The 2016 NFL Draft is now open. The Rams are on the clock.”

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