Friday, June 23, 2017

Rick Spielman

Minnesota Vikings Fanspeak Mock Draft
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

I took to Twitter on Tuesday night to pose a vital question to my followers.

I thought, “Hey, only nine percent said no, so why not give it a shot?”

Fanspeak’s On The Clock feature allows fans to simulate the 2017 NFL Draft by acting as general manager of any team. It brings together several different variables that NFL front offices consider when selecting — and it allows the user to choose which reputable big board to use for the simulation.

For this simulation, I used the Dan Brugler big board from CBS Sports. And, I stuck with Fanspeak’s free On The Clock feature instead of paying for the Premium feature, which allows users to make trades in the draft.

You can view the full results of my simulation HERE.

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21 Days — About the Labor: Episode 54

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how the Minnesota Vikings should approach making their first pick at No. 48 overall, reviewing the current list prospects that have been in contact with the team, Andrew Sendejo’s Twitter battle with a disgruntled delivery man and the Richard Sherman-to-Minnesota hypothetical on Episode 54 of the About the Labor Podcast.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Pick No. 48
  • Top-30 Visits and Prospect Interactions
  • Andrew Sendejo vs. Delivery Guy
  • Richard Sherman Hypothetical

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Purple FTW! - Mock (Yeah) -ing (Yeah) Listener (Yeah) Mock (Drafts) (ep. 366) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

We’re in the thick of Mock Draft Season. It’s the most exciting/mind numbing part of the NFL schedule as all the draft jabronis are on “Mock Draft 49.1”, but it’s still so much fun. The last time reading of lists of names was this intriguing, Lucius Cornelius Sulla had started his proscriptions in ancient Rome (Google it). We had listeners submit their own Minnesota Vikings mocks (via FanSpeak or With the 1st Pick) and on today’s show I’m going to go through the picks and evaluate. What I like, what I hate, how many Week 1 starters there are, and rate their mocks on a scale of 1-5 Reuben Sandwiches. Even included 1500’s own Matthew Coller‘s mock in the mocking. *Cue Suspenseful Music* Follow along with all of the drafts in the slideshow below.

All that and more “Josh Dobbs. No Matter What.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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In 1978 author Margot Zemach published a children’s book entitled, “It Could Always Be Worse“. Inspired by a Yiddish folktale, the narrative revolves around the philosophical idea that things in life are not always as bad as they initially seem. Zemach’s book was a massive success, as it was named a Caldecott Honor Book and later served as an educational tool for middle school teachers and parents.

Promoting optimism regardless of circumstance is a powerful message, but it is also not necessarily accurate. It is not humanly possible to determine whether or not the Zemach code is universally applicable, but the Minnesota Vikings have spent over 50 years constructing an air-tight case for the existence of worst-case scenarios, situationally (and geographically) disproving the relevancy of this timeless philosophy.

As it pertains to the NFL at least, it’s certainly difficult to imagine a deeper hole than the one Minnesota fell into this past August. At the beginning of June, the Vikings were viewed as darkhorse Super Bowl contender behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The wide-spread expectation — both internally and externally — that the signal-caller would drastically improve during his third season at the helm served the team well in promoting optimism, but it may also have led upper management to ignore the potential impact of Taylor Heinicke suffering an absurd foot injury ahead of preseason play.

Backup quarterbacks serve a strange role in professional football. It is the only NFL role in which an ideal season may be accomplished without recording a single snap. There are multiple ways to fulfill a backup quarterback contract, but every general manager negotiates with the hope that his substitute signal-caller will serve multiple years as an incredibly well-paid clipboard holder — and nothing more.

These players may be almost universally viewed as insignificant, but the fine print in their job description yields a critically important role — limit the damage caused by an NFL worst-case scenario.

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Purple FTW! - Zimmer Loves Teddy and Vikings Draft Simulation (ep. 365)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media on Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast (with no omelet bar, but I digress). Zim had some interesting things to say about Teddy Bridgewater, who recently released a video of him throwing, and Sam Bradford, who is also a person. We decode some of his statements as well as dip our toe into the Mock Draft bidness later in the show.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Decoding Mike Zimmer’s Comments
• Impossible to Keep Both Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford in 2018
• Scott Crichton Was a Bust Spielman Can’t Afford
• Get Ready for a Tough Negotiation with Xavier Rhodes
• 7-Round Vikings Draft Simulation via Fanspeak [Results Here]

All that and more “*Sniffle* That’s My Quarterback” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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