Purple Rumor Mill: Rationale of Doing Business with GB, Vikings as Draft Winners, Malik Willis

Purple Rumor Mill: Rationale of Doing Business with GB, Vikings as Draft Winners, Malik Willis
Adam Thielen

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the April 30th edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.


Rumor: The Vikings were nuts to trade the pick landing Christian Watson in Green Bay.

Feb 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; National Squad wide receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State (1) runs with the ball in the first half against the American squad at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

If you have a crystal ball illuminating Watson as a Pro Bowler in years to come, yes, the Vikings were nuts to hand Green Bay the 34th pick for Watson.

That is the only beef with the trade — because the Vikings “won” based on calculator value.

It’s incredibly delicate to do business with division foes, chiefly because the seller — the Vikings in this case — must contain the drafted asset twice per year. The burden of proof lies with the Vikings.

Ultimately, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah received the most value from the Packers, and he pulled the trigger. It took a lot of, well, oomph to do it.

Rumor: The Vikings are draft winners through three rounds of the event.

Georgia defensive back Lewis Cine. News Joshua L Jones

Declaring draft winners — at all — until years down the road is dumb. All one can do is applaud the glitz of names and draft forecasts to arrive at draft “winners and losers.”

Nevertheless, pundits do enjoy the Vikings dealings thus far:

Chris Simms, too:

Rumor: Minnesota wanted Malik Willis at some point during the draft process.

Dec 18, 2021; Mobile, Alabama, USA; Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis (7) shows the Most Valuable Player award in the 2021 LendingTree Bowl after defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert McDuffie-USA TODAY Sports

This rumor came from Ian Rapaport, it appears.

Well, if the Vikings wanted Willis, Adofo-Mensah — and about 30 other general managers — had oodles of chances to make the call.

They did not.

Should the Kirk Cousins and Kevin O’Connell experiment fall flat in 2022, Minnesota will examine the 2023 NFL Draft for the next quarterback. Willis did not excite them.

But it was fun to speculate for 24 hours.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).