Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rick Spielman

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Dates for offseason workouts, OTAs, and minicamp

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The Minnesota Vikings won’t christen U.S. Bank Stadium until the start of the 2016 regular season, but they will return to Winter Park long before the opening of their brand new home in downtown Minneapolis. As first reported by ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Vikings will begin offseason workouts just 17 days from now, on April 18. He also shared the team’s full schedule through June, as follows:

  • Offseason Workouts — April 18
  • Organized Team Activities (OTAs) — May 24-26, May 31-June 2 and June 6-9
  • Mandatory Minicamp — June 14-16

This offseason will likely be much calmer than the last, when Adrian Peterson held out through the beginning of June. When he finally returned to the practice field, the Vikings were well into their offseason program and looking ahead to training camp.

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Finally the NFL Draft is here! Well, almost.

At least now the league’s annual event is less than one month away from taking place. Soon enough, each team will do their best at selecting the right players to add to their roster and then the Cleveland Browns will end the careers of a new set of rookies.

Unlike the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings have not made an enemy of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and are going to be allowed to keep their first round selection in this year’s draft. With their very first draft pick in 2016, will the Vikings keep it boring or will they use the selection to become the talk of the league after the draft’s opening night?

favorite first round memories
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The 2016 NFL Draft is less than a month away, making now the perfect time to reflect on prior draft day experiences. To celebrate the peak of the offseason, I’ve asked the Vikings Territory team to share their favorite first round memories and recall the one moment in Minnesota Vikings draft history that stands out in their minds.

What’s your favorite Minnesota Vikings draft night (Round 1) memory?

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The Minnesota Vikings’ draft plans are a big talking point for fans right now as the 2016 version is less than a month away. GM Rick Spielman will have a lot of decisions to make behind-the-scenes, some will be crazy stories and scenarios that will never see the light of day. To shine a light on a few hypotheticals is our resident NFL Draft BOSS Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman)! The scenarios are…….

Scenario 1: Myles Jack is the #1 player on your board. He’s still available at #5 when David Caldwell of the Jacksonville Jaguars calls you up and says he wants the #23 overall pick plus your 2nd, 3rd and 5th 2016 picks and your 1st rounder in 2017. What say you?

Scenario 2: Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman, Andrew Billings, Jack Conklin, Taylor Decker are all off the board at 23 (as well as who you’d expect to be gone). You cannot trade back. Who do you take?

Scenario 3: Doctson is off the board, but Treadwell is available at 23. Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner has said unequivocally he does not want to work with Treadwell and prefers an offensive lineman. What do you do?

Scenario 4: Washington is on the clock at 21. Doctson is available and your sources say the Texans will grab him at 22 if available. Washington offers to swap picks if you include your 2nd, 5th, and Adrian Peterson. What do you do?

Scenario 5: You get a call from whoever the hell the Titans GM is this week. They’re offering the #1 pick in exchange for your 2016 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th round picks, 2017 2nd rounder, and Matt Kalil. What do you do?

Scenario 6: Head coach Mike Zimmer says that Robert Nkemdiche is the #1 player in this draft and wants to work with him despite the off the field stuff. He’s available at 23, but so is Josh Doctson. What do you do?

Scenario 7: Mike Tannenbaum of the Dolphins calls you up. He offers DeVante Parker for Anthony Barr straight up. What do you do?

Scenario 8: The Dallas Cowboys select Ezekiel Elliott 4th overall. Midway through the first round, Jerry Jones calls you up and offers Zeke and a 5th rounder for Adrian and the 23rd overall pick. What do you do?

All that and other “All. Of the Draft Picks. You Have.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Treadwell's speculated
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The offseason is a drag. It’s too long, it’s filled with smoke screens, and it’s a never-ending stream of misleading rumors. But it’s still football, and it’s difficult to separate the 40-yard dash times and Wonderlic scores from our Twitter feeds and anxious minds. It’s a mental grind, but admit it — you love it.

There’s something spectacular about the frenzy of the offseason. A quote in passing from a head coach becomes fodder for a tweet-based argument. Mock drafts — of which there are plenty — fuel discussions in the comments section. We crave our Sunday football, and in its place, create topics, stories, and scenarios to fill that void.

Today, for example, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell participated in the school’s Pro Day and ran what many consider to be a slow 40-yard dash. His 4.63-second time sparked quite the back-and-forth on Twitter, with some arguing his performance today may lead to a Draft-day slide in April. Darren Wolfson, for one, thinks the Vikings would be “lucky” if he landed at the bottom of the first round:

Treadwell’s speculated “fall” is part of a larger conversation, one that’s grown larger as we inch closer to the 2016 NFL Draft. With every mock draft or reported prospect visit, the hype grows and builds. But at the end of it all, we’re still not any closer to knowing who the Minnesota Vikings will select with the 23rd-overall pick.

Welcome to the uncertainty of the NFL offseason.

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