Monday, June 26, 2017

Rick Spielman

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After Day 1, the Vikings are in a solid position

Vikings Draft Diary
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Each day following NFL Draft coverage, we’ll provide a running diary of thoughts and reflections on rounds past while looking ahead to the Minnesota Vikings’ future.

What the heck, Bears?

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is a rookie in the business, but he fleeced the Chicago Bears like a savvy veteran last night. Before the mega-trade that sent Mitch Trubisky to Chicago, the 49ers and Bears sat second and third, respectively, on the board.

Here’s the bounty it took Chicago’s front office to swap spots with Lynch and land Trubisky:

  • 2017 Pick No. 3
  • 2017 Pick No. 67
  • 2017 Pick No. 111
  • 2018 Third Round Pick

Either the Bears believe Trubisky is the league’s next great quarterback or were duped into believing he was the target of another team looking to trade with San Francisco. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the latter. Lynch—like Rick Spielman with Trent Richardson, the Browns, and Matt Kalil in 2012—worked his way out of an advantageous spot and still landed the player he wanted in Solomon Thomas.

The Bears, meanwhile, mortgaged the future of the franchise on a quarterback with very little proven production. That, and they’ve already sunken $45 million into the recently-signed Mike Glennon, leaving many to wonder — “What was Chicago thinking?”

All I know is, if you’re Mike Zimmer’s defense, you’re licking your chops at the chance to go after a rookie quarterback twice a year.

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VT Roundtable Episode 8

Opening night of the 2017 NFL draft is officially in the books. As expected, the Minnesota Vikings were inactive during the first round, electing to forgo what proved to be a truly unpredictable and chaotic night in Philadelphia, Penn.

The guys return to discuss everything from the Chicago Bears’ interesting selection of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to Minnesota’s Day 2 approach on Episode 8 of the VT Roundtable.

Be sure to check out Episode 8 after the jump AND subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to keep up with ALL our video content!

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25 Hidden Gems

Lamar CB Brendan Langley — Screen Shot courtesy of NFL Network (NFL Combine Coverage)
NFL DRAFT DAY IS FINALLY HERE!

But… for Minnesota Vikings fans, however, the excitement likely won’t begin until Friday — which inherently makes Thursday’s Round 1 show a bit underwhelming BUT also aids in helping Day 2 and Day 3 become as thrilling as ever in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The following is a list of 2017 NFL draft prospects have not received the hype or overall media attention — good or bad — of a Myles Garrett or Jabrill Peppers, but each of them represent realistic options for the Vikings during Rounds 4 through 7 due to a variety of reasons. Check out our list of hidden gems after the jump!

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Purple FTW! Podcast - Episode 368 - Guardians of the NFL Draft Vol. 2

I do not claim to be an NFL Draft expert. But draft season is a fun time of the year for me because I’m a fan of the process and the feeling of hope springing anew for the 31 teams that didn’t hoist the Lombardi last year. Plus because players are 100% subjective and despite being a neophyte, I will have around the same hit rate as a seasoned tape watcher that breaks down every aspect of a player’s game. It’s the “Sweet Inexact Science”. We take our crack at a First Round Mock Draft [Follow Along Here] and do up our Minnesota Vikings 7 (but really 6) Round Draft Simulation 2.0. [Click For Spoilers!]

All that and more “I’m basically Rocket Raccoon” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is a restless man during the NFL Draft. When he’s not on the clock, he’s frantically making calls with other teams to improve Minnesota’s draft position. He has operated that way since he took over full reigns as general manager in 2012.

In his first three NFL Drafts, Spielman either moved Minnesota’s place in the draft or added a selection in the first round. He swooped an extra couple of picks from Cleveland in 2012 to move down one spot and was still able to get the guy he wanted in Matt Kalil. In 2013, Spielman selected three times in the first round, making trades with Seattle (before the draft) and New England to acquire picks that turned into Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Spielman then pulled the trigger on a trade that moved the Vikings back into the last slot of the first round in 2014 to select Teddy Bridgewater.

“Slick Rick” didn’t make any such moves in the previous two drafts, but his track record indicates that type of maneuver is on his mind a week before the draft. It’s important to keep in mind that Spielman would likely need to give up the 48th overall pick and the 79th overall pick to move up into the bottom of the first. Depending on the prospects available, it might require more than that.

With all of this in mind, the question must be asked: If Spielman does pull the trigger on a trade into the first round, which prospects should he target?

The fundamental answer is easy: trade up for a guy with top-tier first round talent who has slipped through the cracks. Several candidates fit that bill in this year’s draft class.

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