Friday, May 6, 2016

Rick Spielman

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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Alabama’s old-school hard hitting inside linebacker is an elite prospect who will be a day one starter in the NFL. Reggie Ragland is a premier run-stopper with exceptional football instinct and IQ.

Reggie Ragland | Linebacker, Alabama

Measurements

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 247 pounds
Year: Senior

At First Glance

SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Numerous All-American Honors.
BCS National Championship 2015.

Projected Round:

First Round

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Poll of the Week

Vikings Veterans Have Something to Prove
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The Minnesota Vikings are a relatively young team, buoyed by first and second-year players at multiple positions on both sides of the ball. From Teddy Bridgewater to Eric Kendricks, the roster is stacked with up-and-coming contributors who should remain in purple and gold for years to come. Minnesota’s success hinges on their long-term future with the team, but they’re not the only cogs in the winning machine.

Veterans like Adrian Peterson, Terence Newman, and Phil Loadholt are just as, if not more important to the Vikings’ short-term outlook than the team’s young stars. Chad Greenway, set to play his last season with the Vikings in 2016, recently commented on Mike Zimmer’s unbiased, win-first approach coaching.

“He’s just in your face, and you always know where you stand – good or bad,” Greenway said, per Lindsey Young. “Whether you’re 32 years old or 22 years old, he’s going to have you playing your best football every week. He’s going to continue to get you better no matter where you’re at in your career.”

To Zimmer, age is nothing but a number. Newman led the team with three interceptions last season, Peterson won his third rushing title, and Joe Berger was arguably Minnesota’s best offensive lineman. Father Time hasn’t caught up to many of the Vikings’ veterans yet, and they’ll look to stay ahead of the curve in 2016.

Which veteran — any player over 30 years old — is most important to Minnesota’s winning chances this season?

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