Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rick Spielman

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Offensive linemen, in my experience, are some of the hardest position to predict when it comes to which round or day they will be drafted. Look no further than Vikings lineman Antonio Richardson for an example of how different projections can be from reality.

Wisconsin offensive tackle Rob Havenstein could potentially go as high as the third round, especially if Arif Hasan’s consensus Big Board is any indication (he’s #100), but I also see him as a guy that potentially falls well into Day Three.

Most people are plenty familiar with Wisconsin’s dominant run game last season, with Melvin Gordon stealing all of the hype and accolades as the benefiting running back. Gordon is certainly deserving of his status among the best backs in this year’s class, but the offensive line that paved his way every Saturday should not be ignored, including Havenstein.

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We’re busy gearing up for all of our live NFL Draft coverage, but that won’t stop the news train from chugging along. In the NFL, a truly year-round league, there’s always something to write about. Today, that comes in the form of the oft-discussed Adrian Peterson.

On Monday, Chris Tomasson of the Pioner Press reported that the six teams are “in the mix” to trade for Peterson, and that next week’s NFL Draft will be their best opportunity to do so:

The Vikings’ greatest leverage will come during the NFL Draft, which begins on April 30 and ends May 2. In a class loaded with running backs like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, needy teams will be desperate to take the best available player at the position.

According to Tomasson’s source, general manager Rick Spielman could be able to persuade a team to trade for Peterson once the draft’s best running backs, Gurley and Gordon, are off the board. His source also named the six teams, many who have been linked to Peterson in earlier reports:

Arizona, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa Bay

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Listen up, Vikings fans, we have some big programming news for you all!

The entire team here at Vikings Territory plans on hosting each of you, your siblings, your parents, your friends, your pets, and even your weird uncle with the tinted glasses on Draft Weekend 2015. So, pretty please, plan on making us your one-stop shop for all the latest Draft news during all three days of the event.

Here is what we have to offer:


We plan on having a page with an amazing amount of content. If you liked Arif Hasan’s 2015 Free Agency Live Blog, then you are going to love what this page has to offer. With a sort-by-round feature, Austin Belisle will be manning this Live Blog on each day, through each round, covering every single pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. The entire VT team will be working to feed Austin with all of the latest news, bits of interest, and rumors as it is our goal to make sure his fingers are bleeding by Saturday. Each of the features listed below will also be accessible from this page.


Our own Lindsey Young has a seat waiting with her name on it in the Winter Park media room this year. She’ll be as close to the War Room as any of us are allowed to get and providing us with all of the necessary updates as they become available. Lindsey’s Twitter account will be a must-follow during Draft Weekend, and we’ve integrated her tweets into the design of the Live Blog page for easy viewing. This ensures that VT readers will be the first Vikings fans to get the latest quotes and info offered up by the organization’s decision-makers, as well as the newest members of the team.


This will be uncharted territory for us, as Andy Carlson plans on getting live reactions out of the Vikings Territory staff, as well as a bevy of other guests. The Purple For The Win! Podcast will be streaming live so that you can get the “pain and pleasure” delivered to you in real time with each Vikings selection. The plan includes over five hours of live coverage throughout Draft Weekend which is sure to include plenty of shenanigans.


Arif Hasan is currently working on a consensus big board that will include every bit as many expert takes and as much thorough research as you would expect out of him. The Big Board will be updated in real-time, with players being eliminated as they are selected, throughout the weekend. This will allow even the most casual of draft observers to be informed about what is coming next. This board will be unveiled soon and you’ll be able to follow along with the updates right on the Live Blog page.


While the Live Blog page will surely be the center of attention, we will also have the thorough and complete coverage of the Vikings Draft Weekend moves right here on our main page. We’ll have any breaking news and rumors, plenty of analysis on trades and picks, and lots of polls allowing you to weigh in on each decision Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer make.

We hope that we’ve lined up enough features to make us your preferred destination for all your Vikings information on Draft Weekend. We’ll all be working very hard to make sure you don’t regret that decision and can’t wait to hear from each of you about how much you love or hate each Vikings decision.

Oh, and let us know if you have any other ideas we should consider during the big weekend, we are all ears!

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Eric Galko of @OptimumScouting joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft and what it means for our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. Slick Rick Spielman hit on Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater last year and he looks to add to his draft haul of seven 1st round picks in the last three seasons. The Vikings are currently picking at #11 but who knows if they stay there, if Adrian Peterson is moved, or if Rick hops back into the end of the first round as has been his usual move. Eric helps me break it all down from a scouting perspective as we take an in depth look at prospects who could be on the Vikings radar.

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