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Heading To The Senior Bowl

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 23, 2012 – 5:53 am

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier and his staff are at the Senior Bowl this week, and vikings.com is going, too.

We have an early morning flight, with a connection in Atlanta, and we should be on the ground in Mobile, Alabama for the week-long festivities. Frazier and Co. are coaching the North squad in this year’s Senior Bowl, so we’ll have exclusive, behind-the-scenes access all week, leading up to the game on Saturday night.

Be sure to stay tuned to vikings.com and the vikings.com Blog for complete coverage of Senior Bowl week, including reports from practices and press conferences. Players will be available to speak after practices, and Frazier will also speak after practices as well as hold a press conference each afternoon.

You can also receive updates on Senior Bowl week by following me on Twitter (@wobby).


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223 Responses to “Heading To The Senior Bowl”

  1. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Just imagine what this guy could do with some Time and Talent..

  2. By Mike B. on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred I agree most times the best team will wear the other down in the trenches, but you can’t account for the hail mary pass, the missed field goal, or other outstanding individual play that causes a team to get that win. Sometimes you just get lucky and the breaks fall your way.

  3. By Mike B. on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred I agree with you that the Team needs to address the OL and DBs, but come on man give it a break. Even if they get Kalil he may not win us a single game more than we did this last season. That first pick in the draft should not be about oh our OL is so bad we have to pick an OT. It should be what player is the best at his position when we come to our pick. That player should fill a need of the team, but even that is not a must. Example let’s say RG3 is the best QB ever as determined by scouting. The team should then pick RG3. You need to look at how the person improves the team.

  4. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Wobby – stay on the beat! I will be looking forward to the coverage from Mobile this week.

  5. By Mike B. on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    It takes more than draft picks and FA to get a winning team. It takes talent, coaching, and geling as a unit to get a winning team.

  6. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fred doesnt realize that Mike.

  7. By Mike B. on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer I am sure he does but his constant posting is so terrible. One post a day is plenty of a reminder. Look at we got for a GM. Would any of those wanting a GM have wanted Spielman? Heck No.

  8. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier wil be coaching the North squad. The Vikings will get a good look at a couple solid OGs in Kevin Zeitler and Senio Kelemete.

  9. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    With as many as ten picks in the draft this year, I wouldn’t be suprised if the Vikings drafted a kicker.
    Mike Wobschall – keep an eye on kicker Carsen Wiggs from PURDUE this week.
    Carsen has a monster leg.

    Mike also keep an eye on the DBs this week. Let us know how safety Geoge Iloka looks.

    Also let us know if QB Russell Wilson is too short to play in the NFL or if he will be a late round steal.

  10. By Parody on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – We don’t have a need greater than offensive line. It’s such a glaring need that it has to be addressed early on. IF there really isn’t one worth the #3 pick, the team can’t afford to just take the BPA. They should trade back and get an OL in a more reasonable spot, or just bite the bullet (as they did with CP7) and get as good of an OL as they can. It doesn’t make sense to have 3 starting QBs on the team just because you keep finding a player who looks like he could be better, and you can’t get anything of value for these guys in trade until they show that they can win in big games.

  11. By Parody on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    **You can’t win big games without an offensive line. So none of our QBs will look worth a trade at all until we get them protection.

  12. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    If we resign Sage, he will probablly want to be the backup behind Ponder.
    IMO, Webb will then move to WR.. and that could open a roster spot for a late round #3 QB. Maybe Russell Wilson? Maybe Kurt Cousins?.

    If we can’t land a FA WR or a WR in the early rounds… the Vikings will need to move Webb to WR.

    Webb is faster and bigger than WR Marvin McNutt. Marvin was a QB in High School and early on at Iowa. The switch to WR was a great move for him and I think it would also a great move for Webb as well.

  13. By Rocksalt on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    agreed ,Parody.

  14. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Just wanted to say another QB whose jersey # is higher than “9″ will win a Superbowl.

  15. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2012/01/22/tcf-could-be-vikings-temporary-home-if-metrodome-plan-wins

  16. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.sctimes.com/article/20120123/NEWS01/101230041/In-Vikings-stadium-game-St-Paul-likely-loser?odyssey=nav|head

  17. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/1/18/2715461/minnesota-vikings-stadium-will-wednesday-give-us-some-progress

  18. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_19745803?source=rss

  19. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I like the Shakopee site, though I know that will not happen. I will be for any site outside of the cities of Minneapolis and ST. Paul. I feel nothing is more important to the Vikings this year then getting the new stadium plan in place.

    Have great day everyone.

  20. By 61vikings on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Our coaching staff in Mobile for the Senior Bowl, nice!! Lots of talent on both sides, especially at the DL,DB and OL positions!!! Take a long hard look Coach Frazier, because there’s quite a few guys who we Viking fans would love to see on our team!! There’s one guy, if he’s available in the later rounds, even though he’s a QB, I would like to see us draft is Kirk Cousins from Michigan St. I know our needs are desperate at other positions, but you can never have enough good to great QB’s on your team!!!!

  21. By jv3rnon on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings should take Kalil or if he’s not there take Claiborne.
    If the take Kalil draft a corner/ Or if they draft Claiborne take OT.

    Players they should cut:
    Remi Ayodele
    Ced Griffin
    Herrera

    Vikes needs:
    LT
    RG
    1#WR
    Everson Griffen to play OLB
    MLB
    2#CB
    3#CB
    FS
    Winfield play SS

  22. By DesertViking on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    What are your thoughts on Mistral Raymond, guys? This is a bold statement, but I think he can develop into an Ed Reed type of Safety. What do you guys think?

  23. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    Thank you for your input.

    I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @DesertViking,

    Marcus Sherels also could develop into a terrific CB.
    He has improved A LOT from his college days.

  25. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    ANY running back can gain 1000 yards with a good line in front of him.

    The draft team during the Bud Grant era took an OL in the first three rounds of the draft FOUR YEARS in a row.

    In today’s NFL you don’t discover great offensive linemen in the 6th and 7th round anymore!!!

    WHO DO YOU THINK MAKES THESE QBs, TEs, WRs, and RBs great???

    It ain’t good looks, and a secret recipe, that’s for sure!!!

  26. By Stoney on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I agree O-line is the biggest need, then DB. #1 WR is also needed.

  27. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think this team needed last year as a reality check. This team was fractured in the 2010 season – due to many issues. Farve – Childress – Moss – Berrian – Starcaps – Dome collapsing etc. All you can hope is that when you hit bottom ( this season ) you take a hard look and bounce back. Our Stadium issue will not helping us bounce back at all, you have seen Stadium issues cause teams a lot of trouble through the years, and ours is not an exception. I assume we will have a better year, but until things get rectified with our Stadium we will never be better than .500.

  28. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Stoney,

    Yes, OL and DB are the Vikings greatest needs.

  29. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I have accepted Spielman because the Vikings have already hired and placed him to a new post.

    What we have to hope is that somehow Spielman can be convinced to FILL OUR NEEDS IN THE DRAFT, FREE AGENCY, AND TRADES.

    Currently he seems bent on picking the best athlete. I would not be at all surprised if he picked an RB in the first round, and that RB would get over 1000 yards. Spielman would then call his idiot-self a success.

    Unfortunate, but that is the mentallity we are dealing with here.

  30. By Swedish Viking on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Speilman hopefully will use this draft, at least the the first 4 rounds for need, not for the most athletic or popular pick, DRAFT FOR NEED !!!!!

  31. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mistral Raymond I think will be a solid player in the NFL for many years to come – Marcus Sherels…..I liked him in College and I think if he keeps improving his craft he will be a good player also. I also do not think our Defensive Backfield is in as bad a shape as everyone thinks. Raymond – Burton – Cook – Winfield – Sherels – A. Allen – Sapp is not that bad, the first four are inexperienced yes, but good talent that can be developed for sure. I think LB and DL is where our defense is weaker for the near future anyways.

  32. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Rocksalt,

    I never said, “get the players to play.”

    Why would ANYONE say that.

    Coaches get too much credit when they win, and too much blame when they lose.

    In the NFL there are 53 players on each roster. 53!!!

  33. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    It is again great to read about the Vikings need for COMPETENT OFFENSIVE LINEMEN and DEFENSIVE BACKS!!!

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE…REMEMBER TO PRESS (YES, P R E S S)
    SPIELMAN IN LATE APRIL ABOUT DRAFTING OLs and DBs high in the draft!!!

    This is reminder #25

    SPIELMAN….

    “Do or not do, there is no try.”
    Yoda

  34. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think we try and get Blackmon in the 1st round – I don’t wish that, but that is what I think will happen if he is there. I wouldn’t complain if that happened, because I think he is the one skill guy, outside of the QB position, that has the talent and the head to be a bonified star. If it does happen I would hope they pick OL #2, because if they don’t fix that OL, Ponder and Webb will play 5 years combined.

  35. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ha…You thought you would never see it again, didn’t you!

  36. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Paterno was Yoda-like!

  37. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Viking33,

    I’m still sick about his omission of the abuse by one of the Penn St. coaches.

  38. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @desertviking – I think Mistral played safe. Played too deep! I would like to see Mistral play more physical… play down hill more and attack the ball.

    I have high hopes for Raymond… but I think he played soft as a rookie. Played like he was afraid to make a mistake.

    I think this preseason we will see a more confident Mistral Raymond. However, I think the Vikings will draft or sign a FA safety or 2.

  39. By DesertViking on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Frederick Jones,

    I agree and Brandon Burton shows lots of promise, too. They just need a coach that will push them to the next level.

  40. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Singletary, NFL Head Coaching Record:

    2009 SF 49ers 5-4
    2010 SF 49ers 8-8
    2011 SF 49ers 5-10
    —————————————–
    Overall 18-22

    Singletary was 13-12 until Vernon Davis barfed all over his football field!!!
    Management sided with the star player, as usual.

  41. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    …and Vernon Davis is still barfing on the football field, and the NFL lets him get away with it.

    It’s similar to the NHL allowing fighting.

    Barry Sanders handed the ball to the officials. He respected the other players as well as the officials.

  42. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    oops those coaching dates for Singletary should be 2008, 2009, and 2010.

  43. By DesertViking on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    Yeah, but to me it seems that all of our DB’s play it safe. It must be the coaches telling them to back off and allow the catch, then go for the tackle. Raymond was a physical player in college from what a saw.

  44. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @ Frederick – I am more puzzled by the omission than anything as it does not fit with all the good that man did on and off the field. I just do not get it, but the outpouring of support yesterday sways me to think he was a good man who made a bad, bad choice.

  45. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Raymond was a phyical player that seemed to me was just left to play with talent and his physical presence in college more than anything. I hope, as Fred, that some good coaching can harness his abilities and make him better.

  46. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings61 had one of the most inspiring posts I have seen on Vikings.blog, when he talked about the need for dominant offensive and defensive lines.

    I’m very tempted to follow that line of thinking except:

    Our defensive line is an average NFL Line because of Jared Allen’s dominance.
    Sure it would be great to get a similar type DT. But at what cost?

    A reasonable defensive secondary would automatically result in an improved defensive line. AND OUR D-BACKING IS BAD, BAD, BAD!!!

    In addition we are going no where with our OL. All of the first three picks should be spent on OLs or DBs. Crazy? Yes, but the Vikings are in dire straits.

    The remaining money for trades and free agents should be spent on OLs, and DBs.

  47. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Viking33,

    We all have skeletons in our closet. But that does not stop me from being sick about Paterno’s mistake. Eventually people will still revere him.

  48. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Viking33,

    ~~~We all have skeletons in our closet. But that does not stop me from being sick about Paterno’s mistake. Eventually people will still revere him.

  49. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Viking33,

    ~~We all have skeletons in our closet. But that does not stop me from being sick about Paterno’s mistake. Eventually people will still revere him.

  50. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Viking33,

    ~We all have skeletons in our closet. But that does not stop me from being sick about Paterno’s mistake. Eventually people will still revere him.

  51. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Viking33,

    *****************We all have skeletons in our closet. But that does not stop me from being sick about Paterno’s mistake. Eventually people will still revere him.

  52. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    sorry about the five peat. Vikings.com wouldn’t print, and then it WOULD PRINT!

  53. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think if you want to talk about good solid OL and DL play, you need to look no further than Yesterday. Giants – great DL good OL / 49ers – great DL good OL / Ravens – good DL good OL / Patriots – great OL good DL – the trenches were fun to watch yesterday. That is where both of those games were played yesterday, it is too bad that special teams ultimately decided both of them in the end. Which brings me to the point that we need a Great Punter too and Return man too.

  54. By Viking33 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    LOL – NP – Fred, I didn’t think you would go to such lengths to make that point.

  55. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/815426-the-top-25-offensive-defensive-linemen-in-the-2012-nfl-draft

  56. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://nflmocks.com/2011/06/16/top-25-defensive-tackles-for-the-2012-nfl-draft/

  57. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    6. Kheeston Randall, Texas, 6’5″ 295 (Senior)

    Solid defensive line prospect who projects as an excellent 3-4 defensive end at the next level. Randall hasn’t been overly productive in his Texas career,

  58. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    he has the size and strength to be a dominant player

  59. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    1. Jared Crick, Nebraska, 6’6″ 285 (Senior)

    Jared Crick, a member of the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list and one of the nation’s top defensive lineman should be a top draft pick in 2012. Crick has been excellent the last two seasons and he hasn’t gone unnoticed. Crick is a two-time all conference performer. At 6’6″ 285 pounds, Crick has the size, speed and skill set to not only have a productive senior season for Nebraska but to have a great NFL Career. (Austin Bramley, Big Ten Nation)

  60. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    With Jared Crick we would have two great Jareds on the team.

  61. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/613607-too-soon-top-15-prospects-for-the-2012-nfl-draft

  62. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/16937009/big-board-underclassmen-will-rule-the-first-day-of-the-2012-nfl-draft

  63. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like the Vikings will have their pick of Defensive players this year, I hope they pick wisely.

  64. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    16. Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia: A veteran Georgia offensive line was challenged by some exotic blitzing from Michigan State, but Glenn (6-5, 350) held his own, not relinquishing any of the four sacks the Spartans forced in their Outback Bowl victory. He moved outside to left tackle as a senior but the majority his starts came inside at guard, where many scouts view his NFL future.

  65. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    30. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska: Crick missed the final eight games of the Huskers’ season, including the Capital One Bowl with a torn pectoral, but that won’t keep scouts from grading the 2010 All-American as a first-round talent, based on his potential to line up inside or out, depending on the defensive scheme of the team that drafts him come April.

  66. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    32. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina: Ingram (6-2, 276) might be the most versatile front-seven defender in the draft.

  67. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ingram sounds like a good pick to along with Jared.

  68. By bozz on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    As someone who is currently a student at the University of Nebraska, I can tell you, from going to a number of games, that Jared Crick is NOT worth a 1st round pick.

    He’s not that fast, gets pushed around a ton and has trouble getting into the backfield. He got a lot of prominence playing next to Suh on that great defense from Suh’s last year and a solid cast last year. Once the talent around him dipped a little, so did his play.

    Lots of frustration with him from Husker fans.

  69. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @DesertViking – I agree that all our DBs play soft. I hope our secondary coaching can improve.

    Raymond played both corner and safety at USF. I think he switch from safety to corner and looked very good in the process. I don’t think he has the speed to play corner in the NFL.

    I think he can develop into a solid safety. Mistral Raymond did not start very many games at safety for USF…so I think he is still learning the safety position.

    I am willing to give him some time to develop. If Mistral is going to be our starting FS, I think it would be smart for the Vikings to sign a good veteran free agent strong safety to line up back with Raymond.

    Developing M. Raymond and J. Sanford together as our starting safeties this year is NOT a good idea.

  70. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Riley Reiff*, OT, Iowa
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.98.
    Projected Round (2012): Top 15 Pick.
    12/14/11: Reiff was strong as a run blocker and pass blocker this season. He is a very balanced offensive lineman who can execute in both phases of the game. While Reiff is a good run blocker, he probably should add some power for the next level in order to be able to move defenders off the line of scrimmage.

  71. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Barrett Jones*, T/G, Alabama
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 311.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.19.
    Projected Round (2012): 1.
    12/14/11: Jones has had tremendous season that has really elevated his draft stock. In his biggest test of the year, the junior was playing very well against LSU before he sustained an ankle injury in the second half. Early in the evening, Jones was doing a phenomenal job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and Alabama had a lot of success running behind Jones. He also wasn’t getting help with LSU’s speed rushers on the edge, and Jones was rock solid not allowing a sack or pressure. If the tackle can duplicate that performance against Tigers’ speed rushers in the National Championship Game, he could move his stock up even more further.

  72. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Barrett Jones sounds like a great pick.

  73. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
    Height: 6-8. Weight: 320.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.12.
    Projected Round (2012): 2.
    12/14/11: Adams has played reasonably well after returning from his suspension. Ohio State’s offense became much better when they got him back. He continued to have some issues with speed rushers. Illinois speed rushing end Whitney Mercilus torched Adams for 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. That weakness could prompt his moving to right tackle in the NFL. He is a strong run blocker who should be an asset in the ground game.

  74. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 300.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.14.
    Projected Round (2012): 2.
    12/14/11: Potter has had a quality season. He does not have elite physical talent, and that pushes him into the second day. Potter is one of the few left tackle options who should be available after the first round. He had a strong debut against Georgia, the best team Boise State faced this season. Potter constantly gave quarterback Kellen Moore ample time to throw the ball. Even though Potter is not a heavy tackle, he showed the strength to anchor against bull rushers. Potter needs to increase his strength and power to be an adequate run blocker in the NFL.

  75. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Nate Potter sounds great as well. Sound like there will be great offensive linemen available as well.

  76. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go now.

    Everyone have a great day.

  77. By Derrick.G on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I just wanna watch the senior bowl….i just hope that i see great defense from Fraser’s squad…show us some early potential with our new DC. Be physical.

  78. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think Barrett Jones is going to play for Alabama agian next year.

    Mike Adams is projected as a much better NFL RT than LT.
    Nate Potter is a bit of a developmental project than a true franchise LT.

    If we want to find an upgrade to Charlie Johnson at LT we will need to draft Matt Kalil or Riley Rieff in the first round!

  79. By Carl K on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Why waste a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a LT when they may not be much of an upgrade over Johnson.

    LT in the first round is a must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We can find WRs and CBs in later rounds that can upgrade our current starters.

  80. By GM on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Is the Coaching staff in Mobile right now? If so, daily updates would be great.

  81. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    #1 Kalil

  82. By Spence on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    #2 CB

  83. By GM on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Gillette stadium was built for $325 million ($397 million in 2012 dollars)

  84. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes need help on the O-line…But they don’t have to blow it up with all new guys…Fusco can play center or guard…And even though D Love never saw a down this last season…Love can play tackle but might start out better at guard…But LT is a HUGE need…Need to get an anchor there for years to come…Kalil would be the man to get…Between Loadholt,Sully,Berger,Fusco, and Love…The O-line would look pretty solid if Kalil was added to the mix…Love just got done having successful knee surgery to remove some bone spurs…Might have been a reason for not seeing him get playing time late this past season…

  85. By Spence on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    This is getting out of hand now. I dont care if Eli wins another Superbowl, he still isnt in Peytons class! Peyton will go down as one of the best QB’s to Ever play the game. Eli isnt even the best QB in the NFC..

  86. By Andrew S on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    draft kalil, move charlie to RG and get michael griffen in free agency and if hes still on the board with out second pick we should get alshon jefferey

  87. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Drew Brees quoted’ I will do whatever it takes to keep this offense in tack referring to his free agent contract

    Sorry Nicks and Colston fans doesn’t look like they will be available for free agency…. hmmm another reason to draft Kalil?

  88. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/613607-too-soon-top-15-prospects-for-the-2012-nfl-draft#/articles/1035372-reports-colts-interview-jim-tressel

  89. By TITUS THE GREAT on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Eli is in the top 3.

  90. By NovaScotiaVike on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    If Nate Potter isn’t available at draft time, we should go after his more famous brother, Harry.

  91. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Carl K, met Russell Wilson in person one time and we were standing eye to eye. I’m 6′and half so not an issue. Yes, a nfl team will get a steal in the draft imo!

  92. By Spence on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Top 3 of all time Titus?

  93. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://nflmocks.com/2011/06/15/top-defensive-end-prospects-for-the-2012-nfl-draft/

    1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina, 6’6″ 282 (Senior)
    Probably the top defensive end prospect in the entire draft.

  94. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Good one NovaScotiaVike

  95. By Derrick.G on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kinda slow here lately….

  96. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MannEl00.htm

    Eli Manning

    Position: QB

    Height: 6-4 Weight: 218 lbs.

    Born: January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, LA

    Drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.

    Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 61 (927th overall since 1950)

    2-time Pro Bowler

    Similar Players

    What does “similar” mean? • Glossary • SHARE • CSV • PRE • LINK • ?

    NumYrs Players whose career was of similar quality and shape

    3 Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw*, Mark Brunell, Brian Griese, Gus Frerotte, Jay Cutler, Ed Brown

    4 Tom Brady, Brian Griese, Jay Cutler, John Elway*, Gus Frerotte, Brett Favre, Ken O’Brien, Tony Eason, Randall Cunningham, Boomer Esiason

    5 Brian Griese, Tom Brady, Jim Plunkett, Ken O’Brien, Mark Brunell, Bob Griese*, John Elway*, Jim Everett, Milt Plum, Jay Cutler

    6 Mark Brunell, John Elway*, Tom Brady, Jim Everett, Ken O’Brien, Doug Williams, Troy Aikman*, Jim Plunkett, Steve McNair, Bob Griese*

    Career David Garrard, Jake Delhomme, Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Chad Pennington, Stan Humphries, Tony Romo, Aaron Brooks, Daryle Lamonica, Doug Williams

  97. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Quinton Coples sounds like a good pick for the Vikings.

  98. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS why should we draft a DE in the top ten of the draft? sure there are a ton of players to help us but DE is last on the list

  99. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fran Tarkenton

    Position: QB

    Height: 6-0 Weight: 190 lbs.

    Born: February 3, 1940 in Richmond, VA

    College: Georgia

    Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 3rd round (29th overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft.

    Drafted by the Boston Patriots in the 5th round (34th overall) of the 1961 AFL Draft.

    Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 147 (7th overall since 1950)

    9-time Pro Bowler & 1-time First-Team All-Pro

    Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1986, finalist in 1984, 1985

  100. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond, because the Viking need a D to become winners once more.

  101. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I believe that Football games are won in the trenches and we need great players that can do the job on the D-Line and The O-Line, all your pretty boys cannot do the job by them self, the teams in the SB have proven that.

  102. By GM on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman’s gonna pick Trent Richardson first.

    Why would they pick a lowly OL like Kalil when the potentially next Adrian Peterson is available?

    Why would they build a $400 million dollar open stadium when the next billion dollar, I wanna be like Jerry Jones stadium is potentially available?

    There ain’t anything that makes any sense any more….

  103. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings theme song for 2012: dedicated to drinkheavyvikingsfan and this year’s draft!

  104. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    And the Vikings need all the help they can get on the O-Line and D-Line. Last year S-U-C-K-E-D!

  105. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    If ponder is good as Fran Tarkenton we should have a great QB for years to come.

  106. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron Rodgers

    Position: QB

    Height: 6-2 Weight: 223 lbs.

    Born: December 2, 1983 in Chico, CA

    College: California

    Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (24th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

    Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 45 (1836th overall since 1950)
    2-time Pro Bowler & 1-time First-Team All-Pro

  107. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS I agree! but we are okay at the def end spots. Must have push up the middle. Our qb only has 1.5 seconds to read defenses and throw so why not give other teams the same situation. NT, DT create havoc

  108. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Besides sandiamond, Quinton Coples, North Carolina is the best player available at that spot and fits the Vikings get the best player available.

  109. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond, I agree that there is a need for the Vikings to revamp their D-Line and O-Line. They need to do it in all phases of requiring players, and they need to get the best players that will fill the needs this team is in need of now.

  110. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry for any miss spellings.

  111. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    That should have been acquiring not requiring.

  112. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1033878-2012-nfl-mock-draft-which-teams-must-pick-impact-skill-players

    3. Minnesota Vikings (3-13): Morris Claiborne, CB (LSU)
    The Vikings’ pass-defense ain’t what it used to be.
    Morris Claiborne is the best corner in the draft.
    If Minnesota doesn’t deal this pick to a team that’s hard after Robert Griffin III, don’t be surprised if they end up adding Claiborne to their D.

  113. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever the Vikings do they better beef up their D-Line and O-Line in any way they can and do something about that D-Secondary, get someone who can cover their man.

    Have to go for now, have fun everyone.

  114. By jerolson on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Lets all hope that o tackle Kalil is still there that helps out the whole offense

  115. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    #1 need is OT- Kalil is the best pick for first round. The Vikes should make this pick unless they trade one down to Cleveland, let them pick RG3, then Vikes will still get Kalil with #4 pick, plus extra picks. I highly doubt that scenario will happen so back to the #3 pick! Kalil! Ponder approved pick!

  116. By PURPLEBLOOD on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    first i think that we are not as bad off as some may think we are , we have to understand that defensively we had a some change over and injury as well as inexperience point ! no big Pat , kevin not at full speed ( foot ) sed coming off acl surgery , twan coll. bone ect. ! offense yes the OL blew it no excuse there , no no. 1 rec. bad Mc Nabb ! , rookie qb , new OC AND DC for that matter along with NO OFF SEASON was a recipe for disaster Gentle men this is not excuses but fact ! so i see the future bright that the worm will turn !! with precise and strategic drafting smart acquisition oh and coach em up ! THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY NO. 1 VIKE SINCE 1970 GOD BLESS YOU ALL ! COMON GOOOO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  117. By Mike B. on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    looked at a couple of sources and Kalil is the second best player in the draft behind luck. He is in a need position and the Vikings should do everything to assure to get him on the team. Hopefully the Rams don’t spoil our draft party.

  118. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

  119. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    AP & TOBY would love this..

  120. By billmarchetti on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    my picks for draft , hoping 3 of 4 pan out,this includes likely comp. pick in 3rd.

    1. kalil
    2.dwayne allen (think ne rudolph and allen @ te monster targets for ponder)

    3a. josh norman cb coastal carolina
    3b.mcnutt or posey wr
    4. harrison smith s
    fa’s meacham , grubbs, and laron landry
    waive herrera,erin henderson,camarillo,hutch

  121. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

  122. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin returning kick offs and this guy for punts Yes Morris Claiborne

  123. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    and he can catch

  124. By billmarchetti on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    fill rest of draft with
    brooks g
    nielson lb iowa
    strong leg k

  125. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    TheRealDon-Ponder would love it too!

  126. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sticking to what I been said and I’m pushing for Morris Claiborne

  127. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I have thrown out the possibility of Webb returning kickoffs, why not Hester does it with Chicago and he has turned into a decent WR. My point is, the Vikes need to get him on the field more often in any capacity.

  128. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Claiborne is a good player, but to pass on Kalil, an outstanding OT that would protect Ponder for many years would not be wise (in my humble opinion!) I think we can look at FA to fill in some of our secondary needs.

  129. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_19796725

    Senior Bowl assignment could pay off for Vikings coaches at draft time

  130. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    #1 pick OT Kalil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  131. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_19796725

    with this year’s No. 3 overall pick, the Vikings likely will take one of the NFL-record 65 underclassmen who declared early for the draft, most notably Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil or Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

  132. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil guys. Hes more important than Claiborne…

  133. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    later

  134. By ponder the beast on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    kalil will make ponder a much better qb for the next 10 years!!!

  135. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t want to seem like a broken record-a broken record-a broken record, but I believe that protecting your franchise QB is essential, and if Kalil is there for us at #3 we must take him. To put it another way, does anybody want Ponder to turn into another David Carr!

  136. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sometimes I just get a little QwiRky!

  137. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_People_Eaters

    We need more players like the purple_people_eaters of the 60′s and 70′s

  138. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_People_Eaters

    The Purple People Eaters were a major factor in the post-season success of the Vikings from the late 1960s through the 1970s.[7] The Purple People Eaters were one of the most identifiable Front Fours in National Football League history, with the “Fearsome Foursome” of the Los Angeles Rams during the 1960s and early 1970s, the “Steel Curtain” of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1970s, and the “New York Sack Exchange” of the New York Jets during the 1980s. Despite not winning a Super Bowl in any of their 4 trips, the Vikings’ defense is considered arguably among the greatest defense of all time.

  139. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Players play the game and win the game-but coaches put them in the right position to do so-we need the right balance of both. Lets hope we have that right combination heading into next season:+]

  140. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Defense gets you championship runs.

    Have a great night, God bless U-All.

  141. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS-Well said, I agree 100%. It’s funny, I was thinking about that the other day-those Superbowl losses was due to no offensive production, the defenses were very good but you still need to score more than a couple field goals.

  142. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Viking-ology, I agree with you, the Vikings need a well rounded team, Fran and the boys let the wins go to their heads, and forgot to show up for the SB. So yes we need a well rounded team, I think the Vikings have most of the Offense they need with maybe a player or two need it, what they need is a D to match the D of the 60′ & 70′s.

    Have a great night.

  143. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ooops that should have been needed.

    Good night.

  144. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    In 4 Superbowls, the Vikings scored a total of 34 points. Twice, they only scored one TD the entire game.

  145. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    We need to get this blog goin….Quick, somebody say Cedric Griffin is better than Chris Cook!

  146. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    D-R-I-V-E this is what a team must have to be the best to get to and win on Super Sunday.

  147. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Only if you say it first, Spencer!

  148. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I would V.O……but I dont want to be seen as the “Trouble-maker!”

  149. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Guys don’t get me wrong in no way will I complain if we pick Kalil but I know what I like and what I feel was worse in this last season..

  150. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    I would’nt say troublemaker but perhaps instigater!

  151. By Spencer ® on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    TRD…..Who do you want us to get?

  152. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    No prob-RealDon!

  153. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting, did you know Brian Robison had 8 games this year where he didnt register a single sack!

  154. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

  155. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    How about a bottle of RUM. LOL have a great night.

  156. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer..Me being stubborn says Claiborne all the way..But I remember yelling at the tv give Ponder some time to throw the ball..Kalil is a beast yes I know this but if he is gone I say get an impact player Claiborne or Blackmon

  157. By draftace on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Dream draft.
    1st rd – OT Matt Kalil
    2nd rd – CB Stephen Gilmore or CB Chase Minnifield
    3rd rd – WR Ruben Randle, WR Dwight Jones or WR Tommy Streeter
    4th rd – OLB Terrell Manning or OLB Nigel Bradham
    5th rd – QB Russel Wilson, QB Brandon Weeden or BJ Coleman (move Webb to WR)
    7th round – DT Akiem Hicks 6-5 324 lbs

    Sign FA SS Laron Landry

  158. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spence … Griffin is better than Chris Cook :)

  159. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fred … Im with you , keep the fight strong. Dont allow people to not know

    OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL

  160. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Shawn.

  161. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    GUYS……..WE NEED A KICKER! RYAN SHORTWELL WAS GARBAGE THIS YEAR!!!

  162. By DRS on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Give me a bottle of Rum I have to go to bed, LOL, just having some fun, good night one and all, ARRRRRE.

  163. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer raising ire again!

  164. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    V.O- Who do you think should be starting Week 1 at QB next year?

  165. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone else think this might be our draft?

    Our weakness and talent pool seem to allign like the stars.

    Our biggest weakness OL and DB

    2 of the top 4 draft prospects are LT Kalil and CB Claiborne

    There is also quality depth at CB and OL so whether we get Kalil or Claiborne there will be a potential starter at LT and DB with our second round pick

    WR is another weakness and the WR depth seems solid enough to land a potential starter with our rd round pick

    1st round Kalil or Claiborne
    2nd round Minnifield / one of the Bama safeties / or Ponders college LT Sanders
    3rd round WR McNutt
    _____________________________________________________________

    beyond 3rd round its anyones guess might as well flip a coin

  166. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer-As you know I am in support of Ponder as our QB! This is also why we need an OT to give the kid a fighting chance!

  167. By Viking draft guru on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    OK look you people are nutzo

    heres what we need to draft

    1st round … QB RG3
    2nd Round … TE
    3rd round … K
    4th round RB
    5th round Center
    6th round MLB
    7th round anyone to replace Chris Cook

  168. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Viking draft guru..#Fail

  169. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, why do you have such a fascination with Randy Moss?

  170. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons …

  171. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn..If you want that make sure you push for it..

    SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons …

  172. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Randy Moss was a beast that showed up every game … AND

  173. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @TRD … you are so right , I couldnt agree more

    By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply
    Shawn..If you want that make sure you push for it..
    SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons …

  174. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

  175. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    LOL…….You guys wanted us to draft TONY PIKE OVER JOE WEBB!

    http://blog.vikings.com/2010/04/24/vikings-select-qb-webb-in-6th-round/#comments

  176. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting, Practically NOBODY liked it when we drafted Chris Cook!

    http://blog.vikings.com/2010/04/23/vikings-select-cb-chris-cook-early-in-2nd-round/#comments

  177. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn..He plays hard and can tackle..

  178. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty much Everybody LOVED the Toby Gerhart Pick.

    http://blog.vikings.com/2010/04/23/vikings-trade-up-grab-gerhart/#comments

  179. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

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  180. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    TRD … Check out Tyvon Branch’s scouting report

    ” Instinctive defender in coverage. … At his best in zone coverage where he can track the action and read the quarterback’s eyes. …”

    http://www.nfl.com/player/tyvonbranch/1681/combine

    BTW what team plays a lot of zone and needs a safety ?????????????

  181. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, Tyvon Branch routinely gets lost in coverage…

  182. By TheRealDon™ on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn..Yea liked what I read and we do play allot of zone..

  183. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spence … do you know these guys ?

    By Andrew Chatelain on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply
    I HATE CHRIS COOK!

    By Damien on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply
    What a waste of a pick. I thought we traded down to ADD a few more picks plus draft CLAUSEN with that 34th overall. I’m guessing McCoy or Tony Pike will be drafted by the Vikes sometime tonight. Cook will be a bust. I hate our organization , especially when it comes to drafting SECONDARY positions.

    By Andrew Eppmeyer on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply
    Why would you take another CB when you have Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Asher Allen, Lito Sheppard when Clausen AND Taylor Mays are on the board. This kid has a lot to prove. Agreed?

  184. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spence you routinely get lost in blogging

  185. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Tyvon Branch ran a 4.31 – 40 yard dash

  186. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Chris Cook doubters are feeling pretty salty now. And besides Sherals, is Cook the fastest guy on the D?

  187. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    LaRon Landry is not a ball- hawk but a ball-buster which in turn = injury reserve

    Shawn I think his agent or someone affiilated has been in here ‘pumping’ up his stock
    sure looks like washington is going to cut him loose

  188. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    TRD … I also think being a 3 year starting safety in the NFL at the age of 25 is a MAJOR plus. Some of the safeties coming out of the draft will be 24.

  189. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    sadiamond … thats a good point

    “LaRon Landry is not a ball- hawk but a ball-buster which in turn = injury reserve”

    Landy is 27 and only started 8 games this season and 9 the year b4. = Sydney Rice of Safeties

    We dont need a secondary with Cook and Landry because wed be in the same boat we are now … 2nd and 3rd stringers playing DB

    http://www.nfl.com/player/laronlandry/2495658/careerstats

  190. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    It’s great that he will knock the socks off wide recievers but he doesn’t know when to draw the line. Put yourself out of the game and off the team and you hurt the entire team

    LaRon Landry = damaged goods ‘ run like h e l l ‘

  191. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Any word on Brandon Burton?

  192. By Shawn on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons … SS Tyvon Branch … 25yo … hasnt missed a start in 3 seasons …

  193. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    anybody know when free agency opens up?

  194. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    One more time Shawn.

  195. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    NO SPENCER< Of course not. Eli is in the top three this season, NOT ALL TIME! Where do you come up with these questions?

  196. By Spencer on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    You were very vague, Titus.

  197. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings61…

    had one of the most inspiring posts I have seen on Vikings.blog, when he talked about the need for dominant offensive and defensive lines.

    I’m very tempted to follow that line of thinking except:

    Our defensive line is an average NFL Line because of Jared Allen’s dominance.
    Sure it would be great to get a similar type DT. But at what cost?

    A reasonable defensive secondary would automatically result in an improved defensive line. AND OUR D-BACKING IS BAD, BAD, BAD!!!

    In addition we are going no where with our OL. All of the first three picks should be spent on OLs or DBs. Crazy? Yes, but the Vikings are in dire straits.

    The remaining money for trades and free agents should be spent on OLs, and DBs.

  198. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    If Tyvon Branch is available keep pushing him. Maybe, just maybe Rick Spielman will have a change of heart.

    It’s possible that he will take RB Trent Richardson.

    We are better off with Caleb King, Lorenzo Booker, Jordan Todman, than to waste a pick on yet another running back. If you have the linemen, you’ll be able to run and throw the football.

  199. By Frederick Jones on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    To extend on my last point:

    Don’t we often see a long lineage of great running backs on the good teams?

    I wouldn’t be able to be accurate about the modern teams, although the Giants are one team that constantly seems to have great backs. It seems like they are always in the playoffs. The Patriots are another team that just rotates RBs every two years or so.

    The Packers of the 1960s, The Vikings of the late 1960s and 1970s. It did not matter who toted the ball. They had the OFFENSIVE LINE TO GET THINGS DONE!!!

  200. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

  201. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond-I believe FA opens in March.

  202. By Viking-ology on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder-approved pick: Kalil

  203. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wobs we know you are a big supporter for selecting a WR early in this year’s draft. Please give an update on Broyles injury and if he is in Mobile. I really like this guy: 1 dropped pass in 500 (surehanded as they come) reminds me of victor cruz!!!!

  204. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Great ology that should give us a sense of direction for the draft

  205. By TITUS THE GREAT PREDICTOR on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I was hardly vague– you said:

    Eli isnt even the best QB in the NFC..

    Then I said he is in the top 3. How can you misconstrue that to mean all time? Even a toddler can rattle off ten great quarterbacks without thinking of Eli.

  206. By saddy on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Tj Graham wr from fraziers north senior bowl roster impressed today, we need to draft this guy, he is our field stretcher

    This guy clocks 4.35 and gets seperation every time and he is a late round steal, hope our staff takes note on him

  207. By sandiamond on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Scouts galore in Mobile today. A few notes about players I found:

    Marvin Mcnutt looks like a linebacker / cut, long arms / largest hands/ Ravens
    Kendall Wright ankle injury will not play
    Micheal Brockers(underclassman) will be meeting with 5 teams including the vikings
    Devon Still toe injury will not play
    Kelechi Osemele largest wingspan 85.5 inches
    Jeff Fuller monster arm length 34 inches
    T.J Graham explosive with quick change of direction
    Alfonzo Dennard problems with turn&run
    Micheal Floyd un-injured will not show up
    Mike Singletary touting lb Audie Cole
    Marvin Jones wr lot of buzz
    OG Kevin Zeitler worked after practice at center with the viking coaches
    Markelle Martin Ripped body

  208. By sandiamond on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    yes saddy, one of these “get percy some help players” also an excellent kick returner seen him play live several times

  209. By saddy on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond also a punter who impressed almost everyone..good notes byvthe way, excited for next season

  210. By sandiamond on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    I meant punt returner, does he punt too? lol

  211. By saddy on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    No sorry if I confused you, but there was a punter who did good today

    Brad Nortman (P/Wisconsin) was kicking moon shots all afternoon. His punts were consistently flying 55-to-60 yards with great hang time.

  212. By sandiamond on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    I bet Singletary is not aware of Terrell Manning(jr) the other linebacker from NC State (better nfl prospect) of the two. Zero highlights on youtube except the bowl game. Going to push him till april!

  213. By Matthias on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hutchinson won’t retire!

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82645ed9/article/vikings-g-hutchinson-will-try-to-continue-career-after-concussion

  214. By animal26 on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sorry to be the barer of bad news guys, but the writing is now on the wall. It will be incredibly shocking if the Ziggy Wilff takes the deal Minnesota is giving the Vikings.The Vikings will most likely leave Minnesota. This is a very sad day……………….. :*( http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/1/23/2729024/minnesota-vikings-stadium-metrodome-now-only-workable-site?ref=yahoo

  215. By Spencer on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    If we moved to LA…would they keep the jerseys intact?

  216. By DRS on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Told you so, Minnesota leaders are fools and short sighted! Now is the time for New Mexico to push for the Vikings to come here. I would rather have the team here in New Mexico then AL.

    What a sad day it will be when the Vikings leave MN.

  217. By DRS on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry that should have been LA not AL

  218. By sandiamond on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ Carl, Wilson came in at 5’10&5/8. He had on cleats when i met him so that explains it. tweet buzz is he might be too short…..

  219. By sandiamond on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Maze bama wr 5 feet 6 inches, two inches shorter than listed. Still would be nice to pick him up in the 7th round (percy back-up)

    http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/01/alabama_wide_receiver_marquis.html

  220. By Vikings1 on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    I really agree with everyone that we should pick Kalil as our 1st pick because OT is our most urgent need.

  221. By Vikings1 on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ Viking draft guru
    You must be on drugs to suggest a draft order like that!

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