Record Numbers for Ownership Chat

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 16, 2009 – 2:45 pm

Thanks to all of you joined us earlier today in the live chat with Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. We’ve conducted several live chats this offseason, and today’s chat produced the best numbers yet, both in terms of number of visitors and number of questions asked.

Nearly 600 readers joined the chat, compared to 150-200 readers for past chats, and there were 420-some questions asked, compared to about 150 questions asked in previous chats.

Several topics were broached, including the Vikings continued stadium efforts, the potential of Brett Favre joining the Vikings, Brad Childress’ tenure as head coach, challenges for the upcoming season, the economy’s affect on the league, expanding the regular season and playing the Pro Bowl 1 week before the Super Bowl this year.

If you were unable to join us for today’s chat, you can review it by clicking here.

Thanks Zygi and Mark for chatting on today. And thank you Vikings fans for joining the chat and asking so many good questions.

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A Quick Look at the NFL Supplemental Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 16, 2009 – 8:58 am

In a blog entry yesterday we mentioned Cris Carter, in reference to the fact that he was in town working with Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald and a couple Vikings WRs. And then this morning I’ve come across a couple of items on various sites about the NFL Supplemental Draft, which will be held this afternoon.

That combination of events led me to remember that Cris Carter, the greatest WR in Vikings history, was actually a 4th round selection in the 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft. It seems hard to believe that a player who turned out to be one of the greatest WRs in NFL history was actually not even drafted in a regular NFL draft.

Cris Carter’s NFL story has been well-chronicled, so we won’t go into the details right here. But his story is a great reminder that not all NFL stars were Heisman Trophy winners or 1st-round picks who signed mega-contracts before their first year in the League. Some of the league’s greatest success stories are the product of late-round picks, or undrafted players, or players taken in the supplemental draft.

As I mentioned above, the 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft will happen today. Gil Brandt, a former NFL personnel guru and current contributor to, has a piece on right now that previews and discusses the supplemental draft. It’s a good read and I suggest checking it out.

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