The P/PTSD Perspective: A Diamond in the Rough, Kwesi’s Refusal, & The Gopher Possibility

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Troy Reeder (51) celebrates a play with cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) against the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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1) Did the Vikings Unearth a Diamond in the Rough in LB Troy Reeder?: That’s certainly the hope. The athletic linebacker should, at the very least, be a solid option on special teams. Something to watch for is if he gets substituted for Jordan Hicks on passing downs.

Jan 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Troy Reeder (51) celebrates after he sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in the first half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

2) Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Refuses to be Boxed Into a Corner: Indeed, the GM wants to keep his options open. Going into a draft feeling utterly compelled to reach for a certain position isn’t a great place to be. Of course, the team does have needs and priorities, but Minnesota’s general manager has given himself the ability to be patient, if needed. His press conference earlier in the week simply reinforced that he wants to keep things open.

3) Could a Minnesota Gophers Star Soon Join the Minnesota Vikings?: Very possible. One would assume that being able to scout top prospects in one’s own backyard is an advantage. Lots of opportunities to get out to see live games.

4) The Vikings are Setting Up to be Big Spenders in 2024 and Beyond: Yes, the Vikings will have quite a bit of financial flexibility coming up, even with some large dead cap hits incoming. The roster is going to flip over and fully become Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s and Kevin O’Connell’s in 2024.

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Feb 28, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo‐Mensah during the NFL combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

5) Report: Vikings to Host Hometown 2023 Draft Prospect: The team is doing their work on some of the RBs in this draft class. There are pros and cons to trading Dalvin Cook. Moving on from the current RB1 would mean the RB room could use a touch more depth. In that situation, drafting a running back makes a lot of sense.

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