Complete Combine Coverage At

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 18, 2010 – 2:12 pm

For the 3rd consecutive year, will be making the trip to Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. This year’s Combine will run from February 24-March 2 and will be in Indianapolis taking it all in and relaying it back to you from Wednesday the 24th through Saturday the 27th.

The point of the event is for NFL teams to come together in one place and do more due diligence on this year’s draft class. As a consequence, however, the event serves as the NFL epicenter because of the media attention it receives and because most NFL head coaches and personnel executives are available to the media while they’re there.

To make it easy for you to follow our coverage, Ryan has already created the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine Content Hub. There are preview videos already posted on the hub page and the content will continue to roll in before the Combine and it will grow increasingly as the event commences and I arrive in Indy.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will meet with the national media once during the event and then he’ll also likely meet with Minnesota reporters privately at another time. Also, we’ll do our best to get with Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman while we’re both at the event.

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Stars Out Of The Spotlight Series Continues

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on February 18, 2010 – 11:25 am

Our 5-part series recognizing 5 Vikings players who had excellent seasons but remained mostly out of the spotlight continues today.

So far this week the series has identified LB Chad Greenway, P Chris Kluwe and CB Benny Sapp as stars out of the spotlight, highlighting their important contributions to the team’s success in 2009.

To read about today’s star out of the spotlight and how he significantly impacted the Vikings 2009 season, click here

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Williams Wall Intact For At Least One More Year

Posted by cjsiewert on February 18, 2010 – 10:19 am

With yesterday’s report from the Pioneer Press on Viking DT Pat Williams returning for the 2010 season, Vikings fans can rest assured that the defensive front will once again be one of the best in the league.

But what about the years to follow?

Pat will be entering his 14th and possibly last season in the NFL while fellow run-stopper Kevin Williams will be entering his 8th season in the league.  Certainly, Kevin has a few more years left to play, but the Vikings may need to address the DT position in this year’s draft, considering DT Jimmy Kennedy will become a free agent.

The Vikings will likely resolve other position situations in the early rounds, such as CB, S, and maybe even MLB with the injury of E.J. Henderson, but a DT in either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th round would certainly benefit the defensive front for the upcoming years.

Two great DT possibilities for a 3rd or 4th round pick would be Geno Atkins (Georgia) and D’Anthony Smith (Louisiana Tech).  Atkins, a 6-2, 286-pounder, has good quickness up the middle and proved that trait at this year’s Senior Bowl by putting Mike Iupati (top-ranked G at Senior Bowl) on his heels for most of the game with constant pressure on the QB.

Smith, a 6-2, 300-pounder, has comparable size to Pat Williams and is great in one-on-one situations, but needs to improve on double-teams.  This weakness is something that the Vikings would need to consider if drafted, but there is a lot of potential that Smith has to offer.

If the Vikings decide to wait until the later rounds in the draft to address the DT position, watch for Pittsburgh’s Mick Williams as a possible 7th-rounder.  Williams, a 6-1, 280-pounder, is described as relentless in the trenches that thrives as both a run-stopper and pass-rusher, and if progressive, would keep the Williams wall intact for even more years to come.

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