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Blackmon’s Big Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 9, 2012 – 7:39 am

Pro days are not the be-all, end-all of draft evaluation events, but they are important enough that NFL GMs, scouts and even head coaches travel across the country for more than a month to see as many of them as possible. Adding even more importance to the pro days is the fact that many players decline to participate in certain drills at the Combine so that they can instead execute those physical activities in a more comfortable, familiar and favorable environment.

By all accounts, LT Matt Kalil was a star at USC’s pro day earlier this week. From his career at USC, to the Combine in Indianapolis a few weeks ago, to his pro day this week, Kalil has looked like a solid choice for teams picking near the top of the 1st-round (cough, Vikings, cough).

Another individual hoping to realize a similar fate is WR Justin Blackmon, and he can take a big step toward that goal today because he’ll be working out in front of NFL coaches and scouts at Oklahoma State’s pro day in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Particularly important today in Stillwater will be Blackmon’s performance in the 40-yard dash.

Blackmon is the consensus top WR in this year’s draft, but there’s still some question as to how high he’ll be chosen in the 1st round. It appears that production, route running and character aren’t concerns with Blackmon. The big question with the 6-1, 215-pound receiver is his speed. He appears fast when you watch him on TV or on tape, but today’s gauge will be the stopwatch.

If Blackmon registeres an impressive time in the 40-yard dash – say somewhere in the 4.0 to 4.4 range – he could be projected to go somewhere between #3 and #5 overall, with the Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the mix. Maybe even the St. Louis Rams at #2 overall would fall in love with the ultra-productive receiver. If he runs slower than anticipated, though, it’s fair to wonder if Blackmon will fall down some draft boards and become available to teams ranging from the Jacksonville Jaguars at #7 to even further down the board.

NOTE: ESPN’S Josina Anderson reports Blackmon was timed in the 4.45-4.50 range on his first run and in the 4.41-4.46 range on his second.

The Oklahoma State pro day will be interesting to watch, not only because it’s a big day for Blackmon but also because QB Brandon Weeden will be working out as well. Weeden was also a productive player for the Cowboys and he figures to be a 2nd-day prospect. For QB-needy teams who miss out on Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and some of the more intriguing free-agent options, Weeden represents a great potential consolation prize. He has the size and physical ability to be a 1st-round prospect, but his stock may ultimately take a bit of a hit because he’s already 28 years old.

So for those of you counting down the hours until Friday is over and you can head out for the weekend, maybe keeping an eye on the internet for results from Oklahoma State’s pro day will be a good way to pass some time. Other programs conducting their pro days today are: Florida International, Furman, Mississippi, Montana, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Presbyterian, Purdue, TCU, Troy, Washington State.


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82 Responses to “Blackmon’s Big Day”

  1. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    This is from,

    http://min.scout.com/2/1165933.html

    FRIDAY NOTES

    The Chris Cook domestic violence trial continued Thursday with a paramedic, a police officer and an emergency-room doctor all testifying that Cook’s girlfriend Chantel Baker claimed that Cook choked her during a fight at his home. Each testified that visible marks on Baker’s neck were attributed to being choked by Cook. But Baker has become a key defense witness, taking the blame for escalating the fight. Jurors also saw photographs of Cook, who had swelling behind his left ear for what attorneys said was the result of being hit by Baker with a wedge shoe. It was also stated that Baker pulled out two or three of Cook’s dreadlocks. To find Cook guilty on the domestic assault by strangulation charge, the jurors must not only believe that Cook choked Baker, but that the two were in a relationship that would qualify for the domestic abuse angle of the charges.

    The Vikings stadium proposal is crawling its way through the State Legislature and is creating a scenario in which the timeline for getting a bill voted up or down will be tight – perhaps tight enough for stadium opponents to drag their feet long enough to make condition critical. Fortunately, the gridlock among the political parties in Minnesota is such that a “special session” is anything but special, which could buy more time for a compromise deal to get struck.

    Twelve teams reportedly have expressed an interest in Peyton Manning. Whether those numbers are being inflated by Manning’s ecstatic agents or not is unclear, but things could get interesting now that it sounds like Reggie Wayne may piggy-back along with Manning wherever he goes as a security blanket receiver.

  2. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium: North suburbs’ Chamber of Commerce calls process ‘unfair’

    By Frederick Melo

    fmelo@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com

    Posted: 03/08/2012 12:01:00 AM CST

    March 9, 2012 5:42 AM GMT Updated: 03/08/2012 11:42:27 PM CST

    For days, Ramsey County commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega have accused key state leaders of holding their proposal for a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills to a tougher standard than the plan for a site just east of the Metrodome, which has gained the governor’s blessing.

    On Thursday, they got some company. A letter to state leaders from the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce decries the supposedly “unorthodox, unfair and convoluted process” that currently favors Minneapolis over Arden Hills.

    The letter to Gov. Mark Dayton; Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester; and House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, is signed by attorney Bill Gschwind, who chairs the chamber’s Public Policy Committee.

    Under the Minneapolis proposal unveiled March 1, the city and state would put in $548 million and the Vikings would contribute $427 million to build a new fixed-roof stadium downtown. In all, Minneapolis would put $338 million toward the project – including construction and operating expenses – from existing lodging and sales taxes, a downtown restaurant tax and a downtown liquor tax, which will have to be extended for decades past their sunset date.

    Gschwind specifically questioned why Ramsey County has not been invited to rely on electronic pull-tab revenue or levy entertainment taxes, two large sources of funding in the Minneapolis proposal.

    “It appears to us that the latest plan that emerged from closed door negotiations has more significant

    problems than did the Ramsey proposal,” Gschwind wrote. “We suspect that had your negotiators spent as much time and effort addressing the Ramsey plan ‘shortcomings’ as was committed to the latest plan that solutions could have been found and the many remaining obstacles avoided.”
    He also asks why the Minneapolis plan has not been subjected to the same thorough review by the Metropolitan Council and state Department of Transportation that the $1.1 billion Arden Hills proposal was.

    In presenting the Minneapolis stadium package March 1, Dayton noted that the latest proposal does not rely on state general fund revenues. It also works within limits set by leading state lawmakers, who would likely require Ramsey County to host a public referendum on the proposed $350 million in county funding for the Arden Hills plan. And few political observers expect the proposed new taxes could survive a countywide vote.

    The Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce isn’t the only group weighing in. In a guest opinion piece in Thursday’s Pioneer Press, state Rep. Tim Mahoney, DFL-St. Paul, and state Sen. John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, called the Minneapolis proposal “a sweetheart deal for the Vikings,” and noted the state would contribute

    $98 million more under the Minneapolis proposal than the Arden Hills plan.
    Last year, Dayton repeatedly said the state’s $300 million offer was a “firm” limit.

    “It seems the rules were different, depending upon which side of the river the negotiations were happening on,” the legislators wrote.

    Under the Minneapolis deal, which is expected to go before the Legislature next week, the Vikings would play the next few seasons in the Metrodome, then transfer to TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota for a year before moving into their new home in 2016.

    A spokesman for Minneapolis could not be reached for comment.

  3. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46675241/ns/local_news-minneapolis_st_paul_mn/t/wilf-likely-make-money-new-vikings-stadium/

    The Vikings provide a close-to-home example of how a team’s value can grow without a new place to play. In 1998, San Antonio businessman Red McCombs paid $250 million when he bought the Vikings from a group of 10 Minnesota owners. McCombs, too, wanted a new stadium to replace the Metrodome, but state policymakers weren’t interested. He sold the team to a group led by Zygi Wilf in 2005, for a reported $600 million, which was more than double what he paid.

    The NFL’s most cautionary stadium tale dates to 2002, in Seattle. The Seahawks, after an intense political battle, built Qwest Field for about $430 million. As a result, that NFL franchise increased in value by about 38 percent. But their $170 million increase beat the average for teams without new stadiums by just $10 million over the same period. In percentage terms, the Seahawks’ average growth rate was indistinguishable from the rest of the league those years.

    But Forbes’ Badenhausen says there’s no doubt a new home will be a windfall for the Vikings.

    “A new stadium would be an absolute home run for the team,” he said, although it isn’t clear how big a home run it will be until a deal is inked.

    Zimbalist, the Smith College sports economist, agrees. He says the raw numbers, like the cost of a new stadium and the value of a team, aren’t the most telling factors in how a stadium deal works out for an NFL franchise. The difference between business in their old home — another fact the Vikings don’t disclose — and the business in their new home is the real value.

    “Some deals are 100 percent publicly funded. Some deals, like what the Giants and Jets did in the Meadowlands in New Jersey are 100 percent privately funded,” Zimbalist said. “Some deals have substantial lease rental payments. Some deals don’t have that. Because of these different characteristics, you’re going to see some teams have enormous jumps in their franchise value, over $100 million, and other teams are going to have very modest increases. I don’t think any of that speaks to what would happen for Zygi Wilf under certain conditions if he got a new stadium in the Twin Cities.”

    Taxpayers can take some consolation: the tentative Vikings stadium deal announced last month has a “clawback” provision. The public stadium authority gets up to 18 percent of the capital gain if the team is sold within 15 years of the signing of a stadium bill, although that percentage drops by 1.2 percent annually.

    By Tim Nelson, MPR News

    MPR News can be heard on 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities or online at MPRnews.org

  4. By Adam on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DRS

    If I wanted to know about that stuff I would go to other sites. The next major event that has to do with the team is free agency and the draft…so I agree with the articles that are being posted on here.

  5. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings, NFL want ‘off site’ home games as part of new stadium
    Posted by: Mike Kaszuba under Funding, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, State budgets Updated: March 8, 2012 – 2:14 PM

    Buried in the state’s preliminary agreement to use public subsidies to build the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium is this:

    Once the team gets a new stadium, the Vikings want permission to play at least one home game a year “off site.”

    Over a 10-year period, the team wants the ability to play up to four regular season home games and two exhibition home games off site.

    National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the language is all about the league’s ongoing attempt to expand the NFL to Europe and other countries. McCarthy said the provision is meant to boost the league’s “international series”, which in recent years has been scheduling one game annually in London.

    The language, said McCarthy, is necessary “in the event the team plays in a game as part of our International Series.” The Vikings, he said, last played in an international game in 1994.

    The actual language states: “The Team shall have the ability to play a limited number of League mandated home games off-site or specialty games off-site, but not more than one (1) game per year or more than four (4) regular season games and two (2) preseason games over any ten (10) year period.”

    Ted Mondale, Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief stadium negotiator, downplayed how often the Vikings would play home games away from the team’s new stadium, whose funding package is expected to be considered by the Legislature in the coming weeks. He said “it could, but [would] not likely” involve a regular season home game.

    “It’s language to allow them to play in Europe or China or somewhere for exhibition purposes,” Mondale said. The preliminary stadium agreement calls for the Vikings to sign a 30-year lease at a new facility that would be built at the site of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis..

    In 2011, the Chicago Bears played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a regular season game in London.

    The last NFL pre-season game played overseas, said McCarthy, was in Tokyo in 2005.

  6. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    (By Adam on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DRS

    If I wanted to know about that stuff I would go to other sites. The next major event that has to do with the team is free agency and the draft…so I agree with the articles that are being posted on here.)

    Really, Free agency and the draft means nothing if the stadium issue is not handled correctly, without the stadium issue concluded, knowing what players we may or may not have means nothing, if there is no new stadium there will be no Vikings in Minnesota after 2013 season and that will be a fact if there is no new stadium this year.

  7. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Besides Adam don’t read the articles if you do not care about them, just skip down to the postings you want to read.

  8. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20131017/minnesota-viking-chris-cook-assault-trial-girlfriend-told
    To find Cook guilty of domestic assault by strangulation, jurors must find that he assaulted her, causing bodily harm, and that the assault was in the form of strangulation. They also must find the two were in a relationship.

    For a conviction on the third-degree assault count, prosecutors must prove Cook assaulted Baker and caused “substantial bodily harm.”

    Why do they not consider the instigation to these acts? The woman was throwing lamps, stricking him with blunt objects leaving bruises, and pulling out his hair! How much of this should he have to put up with until it is okay for him to retaliate in defense? It seems as if Cook could have had a knife in his back and he’d still be the one on trial, with the crazy bîtch who put the knife there the “innocent victim”.

  9. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Peyton Manning exits Indianapolis Colts, and bidding begins
    Associated Press
    Associated Press

    Posted: 03/08/2012 12:01:00 AM CST

    March 8, 2012 4:22 PM GMT Updated: 03/08/2012 10:22:10 AM CST

    INDIANAPOLIS – Sent packing by his only NFL team, one he transformed from afterthought to Super Bowl champion, Peyton Manning said goodbye to the Indianapolis Colts with a shaky voice and tear-filled eyes, then got ready to find a new place to play quarterback.

    At a podium alongside owner Jim Irsay, who cut the injured star Wednesday rather than pay a whopping $28 million bonus due this week, Manning was by turns wistful, nostalgic – he got choked up while praising the Colts’ equipment managers – and forward-looking.

    The only four-time Most Valuable Player in NFL history now figures to become as coveted a free agent as the league has ever seen, assuming he can assuage any lingering concerns about the series of neck operations that forced him to miss all of 2011. Arizona, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets all have been rumored as possible destinations.

  10. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, he could have just walked away and all would have been fine. It takes two to fight. Yes I have always wonder why the female is not held to the same level as the male when it comes too physical injury, both should be facing the same charges.

  11. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go, so everyone have a great day.

  12. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, why do you choose to believe all those allegations coming out of the mouth of an admitted liar? It’s just her word about all that. Ask the cops if she’s believable.

  13. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    She has told the jury that she is a liar. If they don’t believe another word out of her mouth, you can’t blame them.

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    If you met someone for the first time and they informed you that they were a proven liar, how much would you trust them from there on in??

  15. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, and Cook COULD have called the police and told them that he had been physically attacked by his woman. They’d show up and look at it, and then just laugh it off.

    Cook: “But officer, look at this enormous welt her shoe left on my head.”

    Cop: “Whatever, it will heal.”

    Cook: “But officer, look at this bare spot where my hair used to be!”

    Cop: “Whatever, it will grow back.”

    Baker: “Officer, his face broke my nail as I was punching it!”

    Cop: “Oh, well that changes everything. Come on Cook, you have some explaining to do.”

  16. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe she was lying when she told the cops she was lying.

  17. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    In a courtroom, credibility is everything. Hers was shot right from the get-go.

  18. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Nova – When did I ever make a claim that I believe what Baker is testifying? I can’t figure out her angle, so I don’t know which of her “truths” to believe. I’m simply complaining that the country has a double standard that allows women to get as physically violent as they wish without worrying about reciporcation, because the first hint of violence from the male side is immediately prosecuted.

  19. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, fatal attraction? sounds like Miss Baker is one tuff cookie! would not want to be in a fight with this gal

  20. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    It’s the same up here in Canada Parody, my point is that her story will confuse and, most likely, alienate the jury.

  21. By KoN on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, if Cook is guilty he deserves jail time, however you seem to be advocating that the court not trust the only two eyewitnesses present. I understand that it is very possible that she is lying to protect him, but you seem to be taking it as a fact the she is and that Cook is guilty beyond a doubt. I say we all just stop worrying about Cook until the case is over. Speculating about the result is pointless until all of the evidence and accounts have been presented.

  22. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Kon, I don’t know what’s going to happen, after watching O.J. walk nothing surprises me. I’m just saying, in my opinion, her sudden “change of heart” after the phone call is a little to much to swallow.

  23. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    *too

  24. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    It is extremely difficult to act rationally when someone else is inflicting physical pain to you. You may come back at that and say “but she is a woman, and so much smaller than him. He’s a professional football player, he should be able to handle her attacks without problem.” Well I say that you need to try having a chunk of your hair ripped out of your skull and see how easy it is for you to keep your cool.

    I think that the instigator of the violence needs to receive much more fault for the actions that follow. If you’re so bold as to strike someone who is that much bigger than you, you better be thinking of how it’s going to make him want to strike you back. You should know better than to start a fight that you can’t win.

  25. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, but did SHE instigate it?

  26. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill fans good news, coach Frazier was at GT yesterday to watch the big reciever’s pro day. Just wished that Spielman and Frazier would have attended Alabama’s pro day wednesday but they have another one later in March

  27. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe SHE was acting in self-defense.

  28. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    After all, that was her first story.

  29. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Lock them both up.

  30. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    She threw a lamp in self defense? She hit him in the back of the head with a shoe in self defense? That’s hard to believe.

  31. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    If someone has their back to you, chances are you don’t need to defend yourself against them.

  32. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Who’s to say that a lamp was thrown? Her? An admitted liar ?

  33. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Was there substantial bodily harm?… and is there enough evidence that he strangled her with an intent to really harm her?

    Right now, the prosecution doesn’t have much of a case without Baker’s strangulation testomony – credible or not.

  34. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    A shoe to the head? Who came up with that…..Oh yeah, an admitted liar.

  35. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever happens, she better not spit on the sidewalk or jaywalk from here on in.

  36. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Nova – That was a part of the story that stayed the same with both parties. Your argument against her is very thin. Just because a person admits that they’ve lied is no reason to distrust everything they say from then on. The fact is that we ALL lie, whether we want to admit it or not. Some of us do a better job than others in avoiding it whenever possible, it still holds that nobody tells the truth all of the time.

  37. By Mike Wobschall on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s shift this discussion to the point of this particular blog entry. What do you guys think of Blackmon? If he runs a fast 40, do you want him instead of Kalil at #3?

  38. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    An admitted liar, therefor should be more trustworthy than a person who denies they’ve ever lied. The one who admits they have lied at least shows a potential to tell the truth.

  39. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    sandimond – not only that, but Hill’s workout was lead by Viking’s WR coach George Stewart.
    It could just be a smoke screen?

  40. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I understand where you’re coming from Parody. If it wasn’t for the phone call, I probably would buy it. Something transpired there. Too bad there wasn’t a recording.

  41. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby – We don’t need Blackmon. He could turn out to have a better pro day than Moss did and I’d still be against him. Not because of him, but because we have a much bigger need on this team to improve the offensive line.

  42. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    The only way I take Blackmon is if Kalil is gone.

  43. By Stoney on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Jeez, you guys beat a dead horse!

  44. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, I don’t know if you’ve ever been involved in a court case. Unlike the “real world”, admitting that you lied does NOT gain you favor.

  45. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    That would actually make for a pretty good debate topic:
    Two people come and make a statement to you. One says “I lie very frequently, if it suits my interests.” The other says “I have never lied once in my life.” Which of these two people is more trustworthy?

  46. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Nova – I’m not playing the reality angle. I know how devistating it is to change your story in court. I’m just trying to look at it from a moral, or dare I say philosophical angle.

  47. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    George Washington

  48. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wobby- you could have wrote about Stephen Hill’s proday… Why Blackmon over Hill?

  49. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    It really doesn’t matter if Blackmon runs a 3 sec. 40. Ponder will be on his back by then if the OL doesn’t improve significantly.

  50. By Parody on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – I think it’s because this team only cares about the players they are considering the first round.

  51. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    My bad Lester is on the 2012 alabama roster. Thought he had declared early for the draft but you guys spotted that he needs another year in college. Point being that the big 4, Hightower, Barron,Upshaw and Richardson are not slotted to be on the board when the vikings pick 2nd. Saban basically runs a pro-style team so we should look at the others, Menzie, Chapman, Smelly, Vlachos, etc

  52. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall …

    If and only if Kalil is gone should we consider 1st Claiborne and second Blackmon. Our 2 biggest weaknesses are OL and secondary. To improve we need to strengthen our weakness. If Claiborne looks as good at his position as Blackmon looks at his we take Claiborne. Our offense has good weapons that need an OL to give them time to make plays.

    Offensive weapons

    WR- Percy Harvin
    RB- Adrian Peterson
    TE- Kyle Rudolph
    RB- Toby Gerhart
    WR- Michael Jenkins

    that isnt the best in the league but it would be a lot better with an OL and a defense

    yes a WR would help but its not top 3 needs. OL / Safety / CB are the needs of this team followed by WR / DT / LB

  53. By KoN on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Carl, although I agree that it is more likely that the vikes will take Hill with their second pick than it is that they will take Blackmon with their first; it is undeniably true that Blackmon is the most highly regarded reciever in this draft. I’m sure Wobby will write about Claiborne at some point as well even though we probably won’t take him with our first pick either.

  54. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … our jokestice system sucks. Ive been saying it for a long time. Its just another American corporation. It doesnt deal with reality and facts. It is about who can tell the best story. Cops need to arrest everyone for job security. DAs need to press charges on everyone for job security. Prosecutors need to prosecute everyone for job security. People mean nothing to the system.

    American Jokestice

  55. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    wobby find some of the other players the fan base is interested in. Coples DE and Perry DE didn’t spark much interest at all

  56. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    If Kalil is not there for us at #3 then Morris Claiborne should definately be the pick. Of course if Kalil is not there then either Luck or Griffen will still be on the board which would allow us to trade out of #3 to acquire more draft picks

  57. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Charles Manson is the ultimate example of the damage caused by the “system”. Manson was born and raised in the “system”.

    The real problem is 1/2 of America can watch channels with nothing but shows about the “system” which dont tell the real story. The shows they watch try and show cops, DAs, and prosecutors as human beings with integrity. Law and Order with all its spin offs ? BS BS BS

    Cops, DAs , and Prosecutors are pyschopaths ….

    Recently in Vegas a man suspected of DUI was pulled from his car and beaten. Kicked in the face. All on video. During the assault or in the “systems” eye during the due process they realized the guy was in a diabetic shock.

    Did anything happen to these cops? NOPE … the taxpayers ended up giving the victim a settlement

    American Jokestice

  58. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I just think that with the role the Vikings coaching’s staff played at Stephen Hill’s proday (yesterday), that that would be the bigger story line at this point.

    I am just asking why Mike Wobby is leaving Stephen Hill out?

  59. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Good question Carl K … Stephen Hill is a bigger story than Blackmon to me. If Kalil is available and Spielman doesnt pick him he should be fired b4 the draft ends.

  60. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Time to move on up the line on the draft board. The biggest controversial topic is pick # 35. I’ve seen LB, TE,OG,WR,DE,S,DT and RB all mentioned in the 2nd round

  61. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    After one cop kicks him in the face and after they figure out hes a diabetic they search his vehicle and start laughing and joking about the whole thing….

  62. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    BTW Hederson and Vegas are kind of like the twin cities …. they are basically connected

  63. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DRS this is good …

  64. By Mike Wobschall on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I haven’t left Hill out at all. He was a big topic during the Combine here on the blog and when I was on with PA. I believe Hill’s value has been inflated because of his pro day. To me, he’s a 3rd-round prospect. If he’s there in the 3rd, we could think about it. But not before that.

  65. By Meekay on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with the others here. WR is not a big need for us. Kalil should be the priority. If he’s gone, we should probably be trading back anyway. After O-Line, secondary is the priority. Also, there are plenty of good WRs in free agency we can get relatively cheap.

  66. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Oh my this report right after Mayock moved Charles ahead of Fleener TE’s

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d8277c358/article/uga-tight-end-charles-released-on-1750-bond-friday

  67. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    He might have just as well set fire to a huge stack of thousand-dollar bills.

  68. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    yep nova might cost him a round or two. doesn’t suprise me though -athens-uga is a party animal college

  69. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Best available free agents updated. Free Agency starts Tuesday after 4pm EST

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82776cb3/article/positionbyposition-look-at-nfls-top-free-agents-in-2012?module=HP11_content_stream

  70. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Mike!

  71. By Viking33 on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Take WR#1 and LT#2 or LT#1 and WR#2 – either way I am fine with it. If you draft all players I don’t know, I am fine with it, as long as they turn out to be good players. The most important thing is we draft some Good Football players – I don’t care in which order they come to us.

  72. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Nice breakdown of free agents the Vikings should look at …

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1097171-minnesota-vikings-ranking-free-agent-targets

  73. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting thoughts … on 2nd tier free agents. I wouldnt mind seeing the Vikings grabbing MLB Dan Connor, CB Eric Wright, and DB Richard Marshall. At least the 2 DBs would be 5 year starters and upgrades for the Viking roster

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/3/9/2857620/vikings-off-season-plan-v6-0-pre-free-agency-set-your-sights-lower#storyjump

  74. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I think CB Eric “Eazy-E” Wright would be a good addition to the Viking roster and he wouldnt break the bank. He’s not Elite but he has started all but 9 games in his 5 year career and hes only 26 so hes got another 5 years of solid football left

    http://www.nfl.com/player/ericwright/2507176/profile

  75. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm … Vikings 11 Million in cap space

    Free Agency

    OLB Erin Henderson … 3.5ish million = 7.5ish left
    CB Eric Wright …. 4 Million = 3.5ish left

    restructure Jared Allen and Hutch

    DB Richard Marshall 4 million

    Draft Kalil 1 and Hill 2

  76. By Shawn on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Vincent Jackson And Cortland Finnegan Headed To Tampa In Package Deal?

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/03/08/vincent-jackson-and-cortland-finnegan-headed-to-tampa-in-package-deal/

  77. By Rocksalt on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    More Vikings curse:
    2009 NFC championship game…..refs look away as illegal bounty system plays itself out in a hard-hitting competitve match. Star running back Adrian Peterson fumbles on the NO 5 yd line killing a potentially game winning TD.
    Highly touted CB Cedric Griffin blows both acls out in consecutive years reducing him to little more than a scarecrow in the defensive secondary.
    Higly talented and touted linebacker EJ Henmderson suffers from 2 major injuries, comes back, yet unable to right a sinking ship.
    Star rb Adrian Peterson blows up his acl.

  78. By Spencer *Day 5 Of Trial* on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Blackmon is nothing spectacular. Sure he ran a fast 40 time. However, on the tape it did not appear as though he has 4.34 speed. Also, hes not a deep threat receiver. Hes more of a possession receiver whose game imitates Hakeem Nicks, or Dez Bryant. If was more like Ftiz, Megatron, or AJ Green then he would deserve to go top 5. But since hes a possession WR, it would be dumb to draft him that high. He just doesnt have that high of a ceiling.

  79. By Jon on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Doens’t matter how fast he “looked” to you Spencer, numbers don’t lie. That’s fast. He’s a taller player with a long stride that confuses defenders (and yourself) when they are taking an angle at him, and then he’s past them. Robert Smith was notorious for this and it’s why he stilll has the highest per carry average of all time in the league.

    Because of this performance, the Rams may be afraid to trade out of spot 2 (and they should be), throwing off all of the mock drafts. What do the Vikings do if RG3 is on the board still? I would draft him and trade for an arsenal of youth, draft picks, defensive players, whatever I could get. You sure could get more from that than a Left Tackle.

    Oh great Ponder may not be taking as many blind side hits with Kalil, now if only we could block blitzes from every other gap there is a name for. Kalil won’t help win any games. Just about ANY other position could. I see the Vikes drafting RG3 or Blackmon.. whichever is available, and then doing some trade talk, or keeping Blackmon. Like they have no problems at Wide out right now? LOL. Gonna be interesting draft, Don’t see us taking Kalil after what unfolded. If we do take him, it would be IF he’s available at pick 7,8 or whatever we trade down to after RG3 is still on board (assuming Rams dont trade down).

  80. By Gary on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Under the Minneapolis proposal unveiled March 1:
    the city would put in $338 million = 34.67%
    the state would put in $210 million = 21.54%
    Vikings would contribute $427 million = 43.79%
    to build a new fixed-roof $975 million stadium in downtown IMinneapolis.
    I thought I remembered that the NFL is going to put up $250 million.
    Where is that included? If it’s in Ziggy’s $427, then HIS ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET IS $202 million = 20.71%
    Just what is being peddled by these “snake oil” salesmen??

  81. By likejoetbrowner on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    I know a guy who had his life threatened by Cook at gun point, and he didn’t have a high heal shoe…the guy (Cook) is not right in the head.don’t defend him if you don’t know him.

  82. By Stoney on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Jon, your a window licker, so your saying don’t take Kalil because the O-line sucks. Kalil will upgrade the O-line. LT is the most important spot on the field besides QB

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