Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Hello, friends. I’m back. I’ve reclaimed my guest bedroom studio just in time for draft week, and am excited to bring you this draft preview edition of Bump & Run.

In this episode, I explain why we can and should still get excited about the draft, despite the Vikings not having a first round pick. I also discuss why drafting for need is not the enemy, and how every NFL team does in fact consider need when drafting. Plus, I give my top three draft needs for the Vikings, which are:

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Mid-Round Sleepers for the Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has become notorious for finding mid-round steals since he took full reign as the franchise’s general manager in 2012.

A few of his ‘hits’ in the middle rounds the past few years include: Rhett Ellison, Jerick McKinnon, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs.

Every draft class contains several “diamonds in the rough” that exceed their perceived stock. Whether it’s overcoming red flags or simply improving on a weakness, these players become “steals” of the draft.

Danielle Hunter is a prime example. He declared for the draft out of LSU as an extremely raw prospect who possessed Greek god-like physical tools. In just two years, he’s developed exponentially faster than anyone expected and is now perceived as one of the best young players in the NFL.

Which prospects are the Danielle Hunters of the 2017 draft class?

9 Days Until NFL Draft — About the Labor Podcast Episode 57

Drew Mahowald — Version 1.0

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald continue their final review of the upcoming NFL Draft with a 45-minute show talking exclusively 2017 prospects and how they may or may not correlate with the Minnesota Vikings. Episode 57 of the About the Labor Podcast puts Running Back, Defensive Tackle and Wide Receiver under the microscope.

Note: Discussion centers around on BJ and Drew’s most recently updated Prospect Ranking Boards available below after the jump!

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Prospect Review: Running Backs
  • Prospect Review: Defensive Tackles
  • Prospect Review: Wide Receivers
  • Twitter Takes

The Road to 50 — About the Labor Episode 47

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss everything from Sharrif Floyd’s ominous future with the Minnesota Vikings to the savagery of putting peas on a pizza. In between the guys celebrate the release of Adrian Peterson, review a handful of NFL combine weigh-ins and answer a pair of open-ended questions. Episode 47 also shines a light on Drew not knowing what a pear is and a bit of a twist to the end of the show. The boys are back, and they’re cookin’ with gas now, folks.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • The guys trash Adrian Peterson one final time for old time’s sake
  • Drew doesn’t seem to know what a pear is?
  • Sharrif Floyd: Comin’ Back or Gettin’ Gone?
  • Reviewing a handful of prospects’ Combine weigh-ins
  • Two fantastic open-ended questions are answered thoroughly
  • BJ and Drew announce what about their podcast game they will be giving up for Lent
  • Drew channels his inner Veronica Corningstone

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Vikings Analysis: Deserving Pro Bowl Selections — Episode 42

Logo designed by Steve Danielson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how deserving each of the Minnesota Vikings’ six Pro Bowl selections is of receiving the honor and continue their draft prospect discussion with running backs and wide receivers.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings Analysis: Anthony Barr should not be in the Pro Bowl
  • Draft Discussion: Dominant running back class led by Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook
  • Draft Discussion: Texas’ D’Onta Foreman an excellent complement to Jerick McKinnon
  • Draft Discussion: Clemson’s Wayne Gallman fit for Vikings’ needs and resources
  • Draft Discussion: Day 3 running back targets and small school transition
  • Draft Discussion: Clemson’s Mike Williams versus Western Michigan’s Corey Davis (Sort of)

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