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Decompressing After Information Overload On Friday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 25, 2012 – 9:13 am

Today the OL and special teams players will have their on-field workouts, QBs, WRs and RBs will go through more administrative duties and the DL and LBs will arrive. But before we worry about today, let’s go over a few important developments from Friday.

– I once again joined radio voice of the Vikings Paul Allen for his 3-hour morning show on KFAN and we had a rock-star list of guests all day. Dallas Morning News columnist Rick “Goose” Gosselin joined us right out of the gate and was excellent. If you’re not familar with him, Gosselin is known as a heavy hitter in the draft analyst world, specifically as it relates to researching players, speaking with NFL teams and then compiling highly accurate mock drafts. Last year, Gosselin had Tennessee taking Jake Locker and he even had the Redskins taking Christian Ponder at #10. Anyway, we had an NFL-wide type of conversation with Gosselin, but he did say he is optimistic on Ponder for the Vikings and he also thinks this year’s draft features great depth at CB, which is good news for a Vikings team that will need to add CBs in the middle rounds of the draft.

– Leslie Frazier joined us midway through the show and we touched on a variety of topics with him. I’ll refer you to KFAN’s on-demand page so you can listen to the whole interview, but Frazier was great with us and it was fun to catch up with him. One of the most interesting points came right at the end when PA brought up the Chris Cook situation. It’s a sticky issue to speak on, even for me, so I won’t get into it much here. But Frazier said the team basically has to plan as if he won’t be on the team because of the uncertainty that surrounds his off-field issues. That’s not to say Frazier is predicting Cook won’t be with the team, but it is to say that in some cases you have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

– One more interesting takeaway from the Frazier conversation is that he indicated the Vikings may be looking to play some more man coverage in the future, rather than relying on almost exclusively zone coverage. That part of the conversation began when I asked him about the physical characteristics he looks for in a CB. The stigma with Frazier and his defense is that he wants big, physical CBs who jam receivers at the line and then drop back into zone coverage. Frazier responded with his comment about playing more man coverage and about looking for CBs who are just good football players, regardless of size and build.

– NFL Network and CBS analyst Charley Casserly joined us just after Frazier and he provided some great insight as well. On Ponder, Casserly said: “I think he’s going to be fine. I think they reached on him when they drafted him, but most quarterbacks are reached on.” That’s a great point by Casserly, a guy who was a GM in the NFL for 20+ years and who wisely chose DE Mario Williams over RB Reggie Bush – despite consensus that Bush should’ve been the top pick – when he was GM of the Houston Texans.

– We also had other guests on the show, including NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, Rich Gannon, former Vikings S Jack Brewer, MN native and sports agent Blake Baratz. To check all of it out in on-demand format, head to the KFAN audio section of vikings.com by clicking here or you can also go to this page on KFAN.com.


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27 Responses to “Decompressing After Information Overload On Friday”

  1. By Derrick.G on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    More man coverage. I like. Haha

  2. By Northern Norseman on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Is anyone here going to the NFL Draft at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC??

  3. By Derrick.G on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nope. Not me, too far to travel just for the draft. But ill be watching on tv for sure.

  4. By Spencer *9 Days* on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    I was thinking about going, I live about 5hrs from Radio City Music Hall.

  5. By Northern Norseman on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Good deal Derrick….. make sure to listen for the Viking Horn!! Wow your close Spencer. I certainly wont make it an annual trip but its something Ive always wanted to do and am probably going this year.

  6. By Troy on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    I was just wondering what our new DC would be playing. I hate the zone coverage, it’s like waiting for the Qb to make a mistake. But now with the game changing and being more pass happy the QBs are getting better and Man Coverage is NEEDED. We should be drafting OT first because the draft is deeper at WR and CB.

    1) Kalil
    or if we trade back Reiff or Martin

    2) Chase Minnifield orrr..
    2) I like Reuben Randle WR LSU
    comes from a school that didn’t have a great pass attack so his ability was kind of hidden from what it looks like he can do.

    3) WR
    4) DL
    5) LB

  7. By Mike B. on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    Are the Vikings have a Draft Party at Winter Park this year?

  8. By sandiamond on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    INDIANAPOLIS — Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk is not retiring, according to his agent, Joe Linta. Birk wants to return to the Ravens, and Linta began contract talks with the team Saturday.

    Birk, who will be 36 when the season begins, has been with the Ravens for the past three years. He’s been to the Pro Bowl seven times, all with the Minnesota Vikings, who picked him in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

    Birk has started 16 games per season since 2000, with the exception of the 2004 campaign, when he started 11 of his 12 games played.

    The news about Birk came a day after Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said safety Ed Reed would be back for his 11th season, according to the team’s official website.

  9. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    LT Kalil is proving that he should be the pick at no. 3. If Ponder ever had more then a second he can make plays. Draft 2 corners Stephon Gilmore R2 and Josh Norman R3. Wr Stephen Hill or Brian Quick R4. R5 OT Andrew Datko can switch to LG. R6 LB R7 DT. Depending on which round the compensatory picks are then the DT could be taken earlier.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    The bloggers I appreciate the most are:

    Titus…a steady blogger for years, always has your back, and seems to get along with everyone. I appreciate your knowledge of the game, and people.

    NovaScotiaVike…known as much for his dog, Nova also packs a punch with his dry humor. He also is supportive, and we have never had a battle.

    DRS…The stadium guy. The DRS does not always agree with me, but allows me to have my freedom of speech.

    Shawn…we had a legendary battle once, but now find we seem to have many areas in which we agree.

    Carl K., ….not a frequent blogger any more, but man this dude made sense.

    Viking61: I just love the fact that this guy enjoyed the days of Eller, Page, Marshall, and Larsen. He knows what it takes to win football games when it comes to the draft, free agency, and trades.

    I have enjoyed many other people on this site, of course. But my memory is fleeting!!!

  11. By dryes on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    I am THRILLED to hear about the shift to more man coverage! Great move MR Frazier!

  12. By sandiamond on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    guy just ran a 4.30. 6’5… next calvin johnson?

  13. By sandiamond on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R… Coale WR VT looking good! special teams added bonus with him

  14. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    WR Stephen Hill is lighting it up at the combine..4.3 speed and catching everything thrown his way…This guy is going to sky rocket up the draft boards…

  15. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wr Streeter is a late 3rd early 4th round pick. With how he is preforming he could move up to late 2nd early 3rd.

  16. By Carl K on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Frederick!
    Matt Kalil will really help our Oline.
    That should be our top priority!
    I hope to see a lot of smiley faces from you if and when the Vikes select Kalil with the #3 pick in April.

  17. By Carl K on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil
    Stephen Hill
    Trumaine Johnson
    Audie Cole

    Our first 4 picks are starting fall into place. We need to sign a blue chip corner and if Chris Cook comes back Trumaine can move to safety

  18. By Bigfan1 on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    I read an eye opening article in the Star Tribune about the draft ranking of left tackles for the 12 teams that made the postseason in 2011, only Brian McKinnie was taken in the top ten by the Vikings at that and look what happened to him, didn’t do much. I don’t think they should waste the pick on a tackle, there are a lot of pro-bowl potential LTs in the later ranks, if RG3 is available we better grab him, beyond Ponder and Webb, we have no one really. Secondly, I’d take Claiborne if RG3 is taken, if Claiborne gone take Blackmon.

  19. By Bigfan1 on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Also, the teams with LTs from later ranks have elite QBs, so that says they don’t really need a top five LT to win the Super Bowl, but they do need an elite QB and talented receivers.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K.

    I promise to leave a smiley face if the Vikings get Kalil!!!

  21. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now if we can just convince Spielman!!!

  22. By Gary on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K – What about Trumaine Johnson’s off-field baggage? Perhaps we want to rethink that and either change to someone else or perhaps go CB, WR in the 2nd & 3rd rounds.

  23. By sandiamond on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Trumaine Johnson : Water boy, safety, whatever

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/140510873.html

  24. By Troy on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Janoris Jenkins I think brought to light he has 4 kids also?

    Any chance this guy drops to the second round?

  25. By Carl K on Feb 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Gary -
    Jared Allen had off field baggage.
    Percy Harvin had off field bagage.
    Chris Cook had off field baggage.
    Randy Moss had off field bagage.
    McKinney had off field bagage.

    If the off field baggage is a problem with Trumaine how about drafting Ryan Steed or Brandon Boykin in the 3rd round.

    I really think the Vikings should sign a blue chip free agent cornerback like Brandon Carr, Brent Grimes or Tracy Porter and draft a corner in rounds 3-6.
    You can’t have too many corners!

  26. By Gary on Feb 27, 2012 | Reply

    My feeling is you go secondary in round 2 and best WR available in 3, UNLESS somebody else at another position is there that is too good to pass up. 10 Picks:
    OL =1
    WR=1
    RB= 1
    CB= 2
    DL= 1
    LB = 2
    S = 2

  27. By haedter on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Was just watching Claiborne go thorugh position drill. After seeing him, im agreeing with Bigfan1. Get Claiborne #3. Sign a reciver, and db. Get ol,dl,lb rounds two and three,wr and db in later rounds. If Cook comes back, our d-backfield is set for the next 5years. I understand left tackle is important. AP was on pace for 1400 yards, and qb’s get sacked,it happens. A top flight cb would make more of an impact for this team that a LT. We can fina a LT in the second round and he will be much better than what we had this year.

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