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Vikings DT Christian Ballard To Join Harlem Globetrotters On Friday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 5, 2012 – 5:18 am

Vikings DT Christian Ballard will join the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in a comical football routine at the Target Center during the third quarter of the game on Friday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m CT.

In celebration of Ballard’s guest appearance, the Globetrotters are collaborating with the Vikings to donate tickets for Friday’s game to youth from The Zanewood Recreation Center of Brooklyn Park.

Ballard will join a long list of NFL stars to participate in “Globetrotter Football” including, Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Rice, Brandon Jacobs, Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs, and many others.  The Globetrotters cater their famous football skit to the skills of the NFL player.

The Globetrotters bring two games to the Target Center on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com and the Target Center Box Office.

The Globetrotters will play over 270 games on the North American portion of the 2012 World Tour, bringing the Globetrotter magic to over 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces.  

 Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.


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141 Responses to “Vikings DT Christian Ballard To Join Harlem Globetrotters On Friday”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings are bringing in Basketball point guards and turning them into CB’s…Now they are turning DT’s into basketball players…

    Frazier….What is going on ???….. : )

    Always have enjoyed watching the globetrotters…Have fun C Ballard…

  2. By Rocksalt on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    As the Vikings prepare to immerse themselves in the final stages of draft planning, they still managed to add another piece to their puzzle via free agency Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran cornerback Chris Carr.

    Carr, who will turn 29 this month, has played seven NFL season and was released by Baltimore last month after a three-year stay there. He also had stops with the Raiders (2005-07) and Titans (2008).

    Carr will now come to the Twin Cities to compete for a job and could provide at least a small boost to a secondary in need of major reinforcement.

    Last season, during a 3-13 disaster, the Vikings were atrocious defending the pas s. Opposing quarterbacks posted a rating of 107.9, completing 68.2 percent of their pas ses for 4,019 yards with 34 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.

    But the Vikings believe they can correct their secondary flaws quickly. Cornerback Chris Cook, who missed the final 10 games of 2011 after being charged with felony domestic as sault, has been cleared to return to action after his acquittal last month. Antoine Winfield, who was sidelined for 11 games last season, first because of a shoulder injury and then a broken collarbone, should also be back at full strength by the start of organized team activities next month.

    Plus, last week the Vikings signed former Bears cornerback Zack Bowman to a one-year deal. Carr, who is 5-10 and 182 pounds, will figure into the cornerback competition when training camp opens this summer.

  3. By Rocksalt on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    the above is an excerpt of article by Dan Wiederer, MPLS STAR TRIBUNE

  4. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like the Vikings are getting ready to draft Kalil. They have made some small upgrades to the Def Secondary and can now push that down in their draft needs. I am hoping for a Kalil and best availible WR at the second pick. We still have the ability to trade down one if the Browns want to guarantee to get Tannehill. I am sure their offer will be much less than Miami or Seattle if they are truly interested in Tannehill. If I was Miami, I would wait another year. They have a mess going on right now there and adding Tannehill is not going to help their situation. They are a good 2 or 3 years from being competitive.

  5. By DRS on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Coming early Thursday: More Vikings stadium drama

    Posted by: Mike Kaszuba under Funding, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, Republicans, State budgets Updated: April 4, 2012 – 5:50 PM

    The plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium will have another opportunity Thursday to inch forward – or not.

    The House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee on Thursday will consider whether to give a procedural exemption at the state Capitol to the $975 million stadium plan. It will also consider an exemption for an accompanying proposal to allow electronic bingo and pull tabs and sports-themed tip boards in Minnesota.

    Because the Legislature is in its final weeks before adjournment, both plans need an exemption in order to remain alive.

    House Republicans have proposed allowing electronic bingo and pull tabs and sports-themed tip boards as part of a public subsidy package for the Vikings stadium. The revenue from the new games would be used for the state’s $398 million contribution to the stadium.

    So far, the stadium project has been approved by just one House panel — and none in the Senate. A Senate committee heard testimony on the new stadium last month, but did not vote

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/146187755.html

  6. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Seattle got Flynn and although they may want Tannehill I don’t think with the addition of Flynn they are going to want to jump way ahead and cost themselves a bunch of draft picks for the chance to get him. This leaves the Browns. I still think if they want to move up we could negotiate their second round pick or maybe their second pick in the first round. That is as much as I can see us getting from the Browns.

  7. By DRS on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium: Lots of activity. Little progress.

    By Doug Belden

    Posted: 04/04/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT

    April 5, 2012 4:28 AM GMTUpdated: 04/04/2012 11:28:51 PM CDT

    There was a flurry of Vikings stadium-related activity at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 4, the day before the Legislature’s scheduled adjournment for the Passover/Easter holiday.

    But the fundamentals remained the same: The bill is making progress in the House, has not been scheduled for a second hearing in the Senate and faces long odds of passing this session.

    http://www.twincities.com/legislature/ci_20325800/vikings-stadium-could-get-second-house-committee-hearing?source=rss

  8. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    The party politics is as bad in MN as it is in Washington. Republicans don’t want let the Democratic Governor to get any credit. They just may kill the Stadium to keep Dayton from getting any credit. That’s just sad. I have been a Republican since I was 18 and then it didn’t stand for obstruction politics. This is a sad time.

  9. By DRS on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Do not worry Vikings fans, the way the legislature is moving, 2012 will be the last year there will be a Minnesota Vikings team, I hope I am wrong about this, though I think the writing is on the bathroom walls.

  10. By DRS on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B. 100% with you on that.

  11. By DRS on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    It is starting to look like I will have to become an AZ Cardinals fan if the Vikings are force to move to LA by the NFL and this legislature.

  12. By DRS on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Have a great day everyone, here is to hope for the Vikings and their drive for a new home in Minnesota.

  13. By Parody on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the info on that today Mike Wobschall. I’ll be taking my family to check out the fun!

  14. By Carl K on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand is why the Vikings seem to have little confidence in Brandon Burton or Brandon Fusco?

    I realize that Schwartz, Bowman and Carr have more starting experience… but do they have more long term upside than the players we have?

    Doe anyone know if Bowman or Carr can play safety?

  15. By Parody on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Schwartz, Bowman and Carr were all given one-year deals. That tells me that they were brought in to raise the competition level as much as anything. Competition is always valued on NFL teams. It encourages players to push harder and become better. In comparison, if we brought in Carl Nicks, what reason do guys like Love and Fusco have to try? They know that the team isn’t going to sign a pro-bowler to puit him on the bench.

    It’s a part of the rebuilding process. None of the free agents we signed are guaranteed starters, but they’re all good enough to require the younger guys on the roster to really step up their game in order to earn a spot on the starting rotation.

  16. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Now there is Audio proof of the Bounty gate scandal. The coaches of the Saints lied about what was happening and didn’t stop it when it came out. I can’t imagine that there would have slap on the wrist, if they came out and admitted it happened. It’s the lie that gets you. Peyton is now trying to appeal, which makes him look like an idiot. The LA legislature passing a non binding bill to reduce the sanctions against the Saints. I don’t think it went far enough. It’s obvious to me that Peyton didn’t learn his lesson. Williams should get a life time ban from the NFL. Peyton should get another year for attempting to appeal, when he knows he was wrong. Time to take your knocks and fess up your mistakes. I mean come on man.

  17. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody I agree these FA signings and the resigning of some of the UFAs we have is a put up or your out of here deal. These guys all have potential, but are not performing to expectations. Even the guys we are bringing in have something to prove. The competition to make the team this year will be tough. Everyone even vested vets are going to have to put on their A Game.

  18. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    This audio also makes the LA legislature look like a bunch of idiots. Will be worse if criminal charges are considered and law suits that will come from this. Time to put the paper bags back on Saints fans.

  19. By iaVIKE on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – Agreed. throw on at least another year for Payton, and kick Williams out of the league for good, i mean how long did he do this? And this really makes me think differently about Brees, how he came out and said this is not right what is happening to “his coach” BS. Have fun playin bongos with Jimmy Buffet Payton, The Beach Boys might be in need of a roadie if youre looking for work this year…..

  20. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone in this country learn the lessons of Watergate?

  21. By Carl K on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Great answer Parody. Thanks.
    Open competition is what I hope to see in preseason.

  22. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Williams has been doing the bounty thing for a long time. The bounties were wrong, but the fact they tried to cover up and lie is worse. This is not the NFL of the 60s and 70s or even the 80s. The league is not going to stand for illegal hits or excessive hits on players to get them forced out of the game. If you don’t understand that then you need to quit watching football. Yes there is violent hits and will be violent hits. But the league wants to end the kind of hits that are intentional and driven to put players out of the game or end careers.

  23. By ozzinator on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rocky, no one reads the Red Star anymore…………..

  24. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    While it is a chilling speech, its also commonplace among DC’s

  25. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    But in regards to Brandon Burton, Carl. I feel as though by week 5 he will be starting at CB. Hes Brent Grimes 2.0

  26. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Sign this kid.

  27. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I like the path Spielman is taking and will hold any further judgement of his performance till after the draft …

    With the 2 CB additions and likely 1-2 more in the draft , competition will be high. Most of these guys have a one year deal so cutting them wouldnt hurt the cap at all.

    Asher Allen has 1 year left on his contract but with the 2 guys we just added he may not make it out of training camp …

    Sherels may end up getting cut and Burton might end up on the practice squad.

    1- Chris Cook
    2- will be major competition … I’ll say Zack Bowman for now
    3- NB Antoine Winfield
    4- Draft pick
    5- Asher Allen … I think he beats out Carr

    6- Burton
    7- Draft pick

    8- Sherels … practice squad
    9- Nick Taylor … cut
    10- Chris Carr … cut

  28. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    NFL.com ranked the starting Quarterbacks from 1-32. I think Ponder is placed in the right spot.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8281b796/article/quarterback-rankings-eli-manning-tops-list-heading-into-2012?module=HP11_content_stream

  29. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    FROM TWITTER 0The #Vikings had at least a few WRs visiting over the last 24 hours–Stephen Hill and Alshon Jeffery, according to a source.

  30. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm I suppose that’s about where he fits from last years performance.

  31. By DeerTracks on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Start Joe Webb.

  32. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will surprise the league this season..If Spielman takes Kalil in the first round…And thew Vikings choose either S Hill or R Randle in the second round…The Vikings offense is going to be good..I expect the O-line to be MUCH better this season…Pass blocking and the running game should be there this coming fall…

  33. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    If Brandon Burton could just gets a little bit stronger, I have no doubt that he will eventually be in the starting lineup behind Cook. Im rooting for this kid.

  34. By vikesfan12 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hill or Jeffery? Who would be a better fit for the vikes?

  35. By KoN on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, you think Carr will get cut? I actually believe the team will favor him to start at the #2 CB. There’s no arguing that, at this point, Bowman appears to have more potential, but Carr is more proven at the position. Bowman has had one really good year, but nothing else. Carr has had multiple okay years, one pretty good year, and one good year.

  36. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Lol keep trying Deertracks

  37. By Gary on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes need to focus on height and speed when drafting DB,SS,FS. Those are two things that can’t be coached. There are plenty of 5 foot 10 inch players for the secondary and too many 6 foot 2 inch receivers with 35+ inch verticals

  38. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    vikesfan12- Jeffery. Hill is vastly overrated.

  39. By Countdown to Draft on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    21 DAYS

  40. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    (Goodell)…..Well, thank you for presenting your appeal, and after giving it due consideration, I have decided to slightly alter the suspension…..You and Greg Williams will spend that year staked, through your palms, over a pit of fire ants.while I pour honey over you”.

  41. By Mike B. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    lol Nova

  42. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    vikesfan12…Alshon might be okay…It is just something about him I get a negative vibe about Jeffery…

    Now Hill is just the oppisite…I think the sky is the limit for Hill with his talent level…I think Hill is going to be a very special WR…

  43. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    (Goodell)……Would you like to appeal that one Sean? I hear that you have children” !!!

  44. By iaVIKE on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – Why so keen on Brandon Burton? Im not doubting him, im just curious. Havn’t seen enough of him

  45. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Sean Payton makes my skin crawl every time I see a picture of him…

    Payton is one sick puppy !!!

  46. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Most Saints fans dont think its big deal at all.

    http://saintsreport.com/forums/f2/gregg-williams-damaging-audio-speech-night-before-san-francisco-game-espn-mega-merge-227759/

  47. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well iaVIKE, its because I see something in Burton. I dont know what it is, but I just have this gut feeling that hes going to be something special.

  48. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Most Saint’s fans don’t think.

  49. By xvike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I agree that WR stephen hill is overrated. If not for his 40 yd dash at the combine, no one would be talking about him. Depends who you want for a wr though. Do you want a speedster kind of like M wallace for the steelers who does nothing but run go routes and deep post routes? That’s the kind of receiver hill could become if he pans out. Or do you want a play making WR who goes and gets the ball when you throw it to him? There’s a reason why Jeffery was rated as the top WR in the nation during some points in his career. EIther he was the top or he was second to Blackmon. I would take jefferey. And from what i’ve seen, Hill likes to catch the ball using his body more often than using his hands…

  50. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    KoN … yea I think 1 of these 3 gets cut. Asher Allen, Zack Bowman, or Chris Carr. So I choose Carr because of age he will have to be a lot better than one of the others and I dont think he will be. Just my random thought.

    Itmight be Asher that gets cut though … IDK. I like the Bowman addition. He had 6 INTs one season. Did we have 6 INTs as a team?

  51. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    cbs sports…

    Overall Player rankings 2012 draft…

    #28…Rueben Randle

    #31…Stephen Hill

    #51…Alshon Jeffery

  52. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Watch this Alshon clip … He reminds me of TO …. anyone else ?

  53. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Alshon Jeffery went from being compared to Calvin Johnson at the beginning of the season, to being ranked 20 spots below Stephen Hill by the end of the year. Wow.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/830813-the-tale-of-the-tape-alshon-jeffery-vs-calvin-johnson

  54. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil and Jeffery 2012

  55. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Devon Still

  56. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    ^ Shutup lol.

  57. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldnt mind drafting Jeffery though

  58. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I wish we could land Kalil, Jeffery, and Harrison Smith … sadly only so many picks.

    Maybe we could trade 3 picks to move from early 3 to early 2 and get all three of those guys … How sweet would that be ?

  59. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    It doesnt matter if hes overweight. The guy catches everything, even in traffic. We need that on this team

  60. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Can somebody tell me what the he|| Husain Abdullah is doing? Hes needs to stop toying with us and just sign the contract we offered him. Nobody wants him but us.

  61. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP … I was thinking he catches like Carter

  62. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Or trade players whose talent we will be wasting by having them on the bench? Joe Webb, Everson Griffin? Call me crazy but the picks we can get for these guys we can use on someone who will actually see some playing time.

  63. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Jeffery gets no separation…And that is at the college level…Pro CB’s will eat Alshon alive !!…

  64. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    …………………………………………………..Peterson
    ……………Harvin……………………………..Ponder………………………..Rudolph
    Jenkins…………..Loadholt…Schwarz…Sullivan…DeGeare…Kalil……………Jeffery

  65. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Micheal Jenkins gets no separation, And he still has the occasional drop. Alshon will be fine with the hands he has

  66. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    grr howd that come out wrong ?

  67. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    ……………………………………………..Peterson…………………………………….
    …………..Harvin………………………..…..Ponder……………..…..Rudolph
    Jenkins…………..Loadholt…Schwarz…Sullivan…DeGeare…Kalil…………Jeffery

  68. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only one who thinks Percy Harvin would be the ultimate 3rd down back? I couldn’t think of anyone better to run a screen to.

  69. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    A WR doesn’t have to catch the ball with one hand…If he isn’t using the other hand fighting off a defender…

  70. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP … Like a Darren Sproles ??? Yea I can see that.

  71. By vikesfan12 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    With Kalil and Jeffrey our O could be very explosive!

  72. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    If we are getting the trimmed down Jeffery not the 250 pound Jeffery would you be ok with it?

  73. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Jeffery gets no separation…And that is at the college level…Pro CB’s will eat Alshon alive !!…
    ——————————————————————————————–

    Larry Fitzgerald’s 2004 Draft Analysis.

    “Does not get deep separation or a receiver that wins out in foot races. Lacks the quick explosive route running skills.”

  74. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    When you are running play-action with a guy like AD and Toby your receivers are going to get separation. Its going to happen

  75. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well if we get Kalil and Jeffery our Offense would be set. But the Defense will have holes for another year. Safety … LB … CB …

  76. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    “It doesnt matter if hes overweight” lol let’s hope We aren’t the Team / to find out later if that is true…

    george stewart may be the key to successs in finally devolping that ######1 WR

  77. By iaVIKE on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – It’d be tough to let Webb go, but youre right, it’s a waste of talent…..get another draft pick for him and pick up someone we can use. Sage is a pretty solid backup…

  78. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ive said it before we picked the pefect year to have the 3rd overall pick. We are going to get at the least 3 future All-Pro players out of this draft. AT THE LEAST

  79. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    perfect*

  80. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    3 future All-Pro players out of this draft? Lol.

  81. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    The only question I have is how is his blocking ability? Has anyone heard anything about his blocking? One thing I remember was Sidney Rice was an excellent blocker. Thats probably the main thing I miss about Sidney

  82. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    If Jeffery ends up being heavy … Im sure a smart OC could or would use him like Shannon Sharpe.

  83. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- AT THE LEAST. You heard it here first

  84. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    WR’s Blackmon, Floyd, Hill & maybe Wright/Jeffery…. if they are gone Off the Board @ 35… then Spielman will fold up the deck until the next day

  85. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    That just means Devon Still will be there for us at 35 :)

  86. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Sure will be fun in a few weeks when we make our choices the night before each round who will be the second pick for the Vikings…

    First pick will be hard not to take Kalil….But it will be fun to see who gets bragging rights on guessing the second and third picks ??…Things will really get tough rounds 4-7…

  87. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’m too pumped!

  88. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Its easy to say who you want it to be. Its hard to say who you think it will be.

  89. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I will be guessing who I think is best for the team…I don’t care what Spielman and Frazier are thinking…

  90. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    It’s almost like marriage. You want it to be a mute Penthouse model who’s father owns a liquor store.

  91. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    We are a WR, SS, and solid Quarterback play away from being a contending team.

  92. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sticking to BPA

  93. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    You forgot LB

  94. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    And LT

  95. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    We’re drafting Kalil, its a foregone conclusion.

  96. By Spencer on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I say we take a gamble on Vontaze Burfict. We dont need to control him, we need to unleash him.

  97. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    If Spielman takes Kalil without messing around trading picks…I will give him an “A” grade for the draft…

    I am not a secondary kind of guy…Find me a WR and 2 solid LB’s to go with Kalil…That would make the draft for this fan…Then best player available after that…

  98. By tom n j on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    sanu in the 3rd and a LB in the 35th pick

  99. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I am a defensive front 7 kind of guy…If the D-line and LB’s are getting pressure on the QB…The only thing the defensive secondary really has to do then is catch wounded ducks off tipped plays at the line of scrimmage…Secondary always looks good if the pressure is heavy from the front 7…

    If QB’s get enough time to throw the football…receivers get open…Even against good CB’s and safeties… Vikings need play makers at LB and even some DT help…We already have some game changers at the DE position…

  100. By KoN on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I feel like Jeffery is the perfect type of reciever for a young QB like Ponder. Young QBs, in general, don’t always put up the smartest or most accurate p a s s e s. Therefore, it would be great for Ponder to have a guy like Alshon who can consistently win the jump ball and make catches on p a s s e s that are a little off-target.

  101. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Devon Still lol

  102. By tom n j on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    we need LBs to help the secondary plenty of wrs in the draft

  103. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…I could VERY easily see the Vikings taking DT D Still in he is there in the second round…

  104. By hognuts on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil in the first please. The top WR on our board in the 2nd – Jeffery, Hill, or Wright. Honestly, I would be happy with one of those 3.

  105. By Shawn on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Tyrell Johnson is getting a fresh start in Miami …

  106. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    wonderful…

  107. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    D. Still better than J. Worthy?

  108. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    There is another reason I tend not to want Jeffery…

    Jeffery a few months ago was a top 15 talent on draft boards…He has kept falling ever since…Right now he is ranked #51 overall…So a later second round pick right now…

    He seems to keep dropping in the rankings each week…There has to be a reason ???…

    In years past…Many players have taken with similar free falls before being drafted…How many of those players have been successful in the NFL after falling in those rankings…And were still drafted by a team thinking they were getting a steal ??….That never turned out that way…

    Jeffery is falling like a rock for some reason…Should the Vikings find out why later…By drafting him thinking they are getting a steal ???…

  109. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond…I heard Worthy had a bad showing at the combine…

  110. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    KoN i agree Jeffery perfect for Ponder’s growing pains

  111. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    OTK yea noticed Worthy slipping a bit. just wonder if DT is part of the BPA program in Rd2

  112. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    have *been taken

  113. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond….But Worthy is just a JR though coming out…A lot more growing up to do yet…For a DT…

  114. By KoN on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think Jeffery’s drop is due to the weight issue, but he got himself motivated enough to drop it for the combine so I don’t se why the team couldn’t motivate him to keep it off. I think the other reason is that Jeffery opted out of the combine and performed like people expected him to (they expected him to perform like a first round reciever) at his pro day whereas a bunch of other guys (like Hill) performed beyond expectations causing their stock to rise higher than their actual value while Jeffery’s stayed still. Essentially, Alshon isn’t falling, he’s staying still. Unfortuantely for him, people have forgotten about him and are focusing their attention on guys who have been inflated past their value.

  115. By Parody on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – Everson Griffen falls into the list you just referenced. He was supposed to be a first rounder for his talent, but fell to us in the fourth. I think the biggest knock on him was that he takes plays off.

    He’s a DE that excels at the right sight of the line, so it’s understandable why he hasn’t gotten any starts yet. But he has posted some pretty good numbers for a backup to Jared Allen.

  116. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think Devon Still is the best DT in the draft. Other DTs like Dontari Poe just had a better combine than Still which is why his stock fell. Turn on the game film, this guy is a beast.

  117. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Devon Still was originally projected as a top 10 pick

  118. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Burfict #7 special teams BEAST~

  119. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Reyes is a solid DT….DT B Thompson was looking good to me at the combine…I like him late in the second round also…Just not at the top..

  120. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Parody…Griffen ended up being a good draft pick for the Vikings so far…

    But some teams may have found out some red flags about the guy the Vikings didn’t know anything about…Don’t forget this little fiasco…

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/31/everson-griffen-arrested-tasered/

  121. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    He can tell Cook what it feels like to be tasered.

  122. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    God knows if that will help.

  123. By iaVIKE on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Im surprised a taser even brought him down, dudes a monster. Doubt the cop ran him down either…

  124. By RichardA1 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    sign up that kick returner nice

  125. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I give Frazier a lot of credit on Griffen incident…That was one sit down talk he had with a player that truly helped that player out…

    I believe Griffen has grown up a lot since that happened…

  126. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    A taser didn’t bring down Carl Eller a few years back…It just got him mad !!…

    66 years old…They tased him 4 times !!!…

    http://packerrats.com/showthread.php?11450-Carl-Eller-shrugs-off-taser-4-times-in-arrest

  127. By iaVIKE on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ha Carl Eller would break Everson Griffen in half, drunk or not

  128. By PurplHaze on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    I still want Randle top of the 2nd. He looks like AP after the catch! >:)

    GET OUTTA MY WAY!

  129. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    And then feed him to Page and Marshall.

  130. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…I didn’t see your “ghost adventures” post right away last night..I was watching “ghost hunters international” on the syfy channel at the time… ; )

    I thought that was funny when I checked back on the blog and caught that video posted…That brick flying through the air was a trip…I saw that one before..

  131. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1134069-building-a-2012-nfl-draft-big-board-for-the-minnesota-vikings

  132. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yep…Viking fans might not have seen a super bowl won back in those days…But the years the “purple people eaters” wreaked havoc on opposing QB’s was a special time in Vikings history for sure !!!…

    I still remember a game when Allen Page had a ref call him for holding on back to back plays…Costing the Vikings 20 yds…Page was sooo MAD !!…He sacked the opposing QB three times straight…I think when 4th down came…It was 4th and 45 yds to go for a 1st down…. : )

    Those are some memories…

  133. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond….I guess the bleacher report has all of us fans wrong with the second pick for the most part in our draft picks…

    In their Vikings top 50…They don’t have Rueben Randle or Alshon Jeffery on that list ???….

  134. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    OTK yea looks too LB heavy so add add a few db’s, wr’s

  135. By sandiamond on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    With this week,s after action concerning wonderlic the decision should be Kalil or Trade Down

  136. By Parody on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    ^Or Trade down AND Kalil!

  137. By PurplHaze on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed, Parody! Either way, KALIL!!!

    Also, for a CB, dont put too much stock in Wonderlic.

  138. By Brad Childress' Mustache on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Jeez, I hope Ballard doesn’t smoke before he goes…he’s likely to freak out and get all paranoid when the Globetrotters splash him with a box of confetti.

  139. By Mike R. on Apr 5, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t worry Ballard will not be on the court with the Globetrotters. He was listed as inactive just like during the Vikings season. He was “a great value pick in draft”. What value as a run stopping stuffer? I was happy the Vikes picked him last year in draft but he was really a no show..,,

  140. By Rocksalt on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Brad Childress ‘ Mustache…..you get my vote for best blog name….

  141. By tom n j on Apr 7, 2012 | Reply

    we need lbs

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