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Vikings Sign LB Marvin Mitchell

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 10, 2012 – 1:23 pm

The Vikings added depth to their linebacker corps and talent to their special teams group on Tuesday by signing free agent LB Marvin Mitchell. Selected in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Mitchell has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins during his 5-year career.

With the Vikings, Mitchell will likely provide depth at multiple LB spots and he will certainly be in the mix as a core special teams contributor. According to his NFL.com profile, Mitchell has 119 career tackles and 2.0 sacks in 5 seasons, with 71 games played and 2 starts.

Mitchell began his career on the Saints practice squad and was promoted to the active roster in October of his rookie season. The Saints did not bring him back after the 2010 season following their Super Bowl victory, and Mitchell signed on with the Dolphins in August of 2011. With the Dolphins last season, Mitchell recorded 30 tackles, 1.o sack, 1 INT and 1 forced fumble while also leading the club in special teams tackles with 12.

The Norfolk, Virginia native is 27 years old and measure in at 6-3, 249 pounds.


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427 Responses to “Vikings Sign LB Marvin Mitchell”

  1. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like a very solid signing. I guess he will be fighting with Jasper Brinkley for the starting MLB job.

    Well done Spielmen.

  2. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    1.o sack…
    The Norfolk, Virginia native…measure in at 6-3…

    SPELL CHECK!

    I’m not excited about signing a player from the team that cheated to beat us to the Super Bowl, even if he wasn’t a big contributor to the team’s “success”.

  3. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Parody, I hate the fact that we signed a former Saints b-tch a$$. But hes on our team now, so im going to think positive. He seems to be a fine addition for the Vikes.

  4. By pistahchioking9 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    we turn saints into Viking GODS!!! ;P

  5. By chrisbreezy on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    i am really confused on this 27yrs old, unknown,OLB, but has a good size.resigning nate triplett would have made more sense or ernie sims,geno hayes.raymond still being inexperienced, FS signing can spark competition at that position like atowge for example or that 3rd down RB.

  6. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Look at this. Everytime I come on the blogs he starts a new one.

  7. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Rd1- LT Kalil
    Rd2- OG Kevin Zielter
    Rd3- CB/S Trumaine Johnson
    Rd4- LB Sean Spence
    Rd4c- DT Kheeston Randal
    Rd4c- WR Brian Quick
    Rd5- BPA
    Rd6- BPA
    Rd7- BPA
    Rd7c- BPA

  8. By aaron rodgers on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Why do the vikings suck so much at life?

  9. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    It’s a need, and he’s got LB size, so why not? At the least, maybe he can help out as a special teams player. I think it makes some sense…

  10. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hi I’m Aaron Rodgers. I’m just mad because my backup was better than me.

  11. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, GDP … But I’m sure I won’t be the only one thinking there’s no way we pick an OG in the second round.

  12. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    LOLOLOLOL@GDP

  13. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron … Go eat some cheese and hang out with your Green-n-Yellow Pansy Pals! Peace!

  14. By charliewest40 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry GDP I like your Devin Still idea better

  15. By T.HARRIS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    It sounds pretty good.I like his size.I need to see him.

  16. By Frederick Jones on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully we are saving our money for picking 2 OLs and 2 DBs in the first four rounds of the draft!!!

  17. By Frederick Jones on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Apparently you can’t write the name M i t c h e l l

    on this blog!!!

  18. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Surprise, surprise. We signed him to a 1yr deal.

  19. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I don’t think that’s gonna happen. We have other positions of need, and I’m sure we want to fill them earlier than the 5th round.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    “They are running around like it’s a Chinese fire drill out there!”
    Hank Stram, KC Chiefs Head Coach of Super Bowl VI

    Chiefs 23 Vikings 7

    WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!!!

    MEN…stay focused!!!

  21. By Derek on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron Rodgers wow what kind of a F-A-G uses someones own name for a profile name. Oh hey ask your mom why she sucks at life. I know it’s her job but man can she blow. LOL HAHAHAHAHAH Q-U-E-E-R

  22. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    NOT COOL!!!

  23. By Frederick Jones on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    IS IT BETTER TO POST A COMMENT THAN NOT TO POST ANYTHING?

    That is the question you have to ask yourself when you want to make the statement that
    “You are boring”

    What gives you the right to be so stupid? Isn’t your comment about a blogger being boring…even more boring?

    Don’t you have better things to do with your post than to say they are boring? Why don’t you in all your glory make an intelligent, witty, and interesting comment???

  24. By DRS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

  25. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    PurpleHaze- For some reason…I actually like that.

  26. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    LOL@Spencer … That’s a cheap shot, clearly after the whistle. Not sure what’s to like.

  27. By DRS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

  28. By DRS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    NFL when are you going to take a look at your Officiating cheats?

  29. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    You just HAD to reopen those old wounds, didn’t you DRS?

    I said it then, and I’ll say it now … I wouldn’t be surprised that, on top of the “bounty”, the Saints lined the officials pockets as well. Just my own opinion, granted…

  30. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Is it possible to make so many bad calls in one game without intention???

  31. By DRS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Bad calls not only on the field, in the booth as well, I feel the fix was in.

  32. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I am still as mad watching those officials now…As I was watching them back then !!!

    Dirty rotten cheating officials !!!…nuff said…

  33. By DRS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    That SB should have been ours, without all the cheating by the NFL we would have had our first SB.

  34. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    DRS … I couldn’t agree more!

  35. By DRS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    What can one do? I would like to take them out back and make them pay, but what the hay, they are the officials and we must submit, what can we do?

  36. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Of course the fix was in. That game was complete BULLSH-T! F-ck Brees, F-ck Greg Williams, F-ck Garet Hartley, F-ck Johnathon Vilma, and finally F-ck that B-tch A$$ scrub,Tracey Porter!

    Sorry for my language, but I felt the need to vent. Im still very passionate about that 2009 NFC Championship game.

  37. By DRS on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have to go so have fun and keep the faith.

  38. By iaVIKE on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Finally someone is starting to blame the officials too. everyone keeps talkin about the bounty scandal and the players involved, rightfully so, but what about the officials that just somehow didn’t see what was going on? Bullsh!t man

  39. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Remember men….The Saints thought they could play as dirty as they wanted also…Look what happened to them…

    The dirty refs in this league and teams paying them off…There time is coming…Wait and see…

    You can bet dirty refs think…Oh..The league would never say anything even if they did find out about the cheating..It would give the league a black eye if brought open to the public…

    Well refs…That’s what the Saints thought also… : )

  40. By PURPLEBLOOD on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    HEY, moron rodgers go jump in pig schiht, if the vike suck at life then they have something in common with your sister?

  41. By KoN on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I feel your pain GDP, I posted my mock on the last blog as well only to realize that there was a new one.

    I would be really happy if the draft ended up like this:
    Rd 1: Kalil OT
    Rd 2: Jeffery WR/Smith S
    Rd 3: Martin S/ Best WR available (it’s hard to tell who that’ll be at this point)
    Rd 4: Minnifield CB
    Rd 4 comp: Best DT available
    Rd 4 comp: Best LB available
    Rd 5: BPA
    Rd 6: BPA
    Rd 7: Best Kicker available
    Rd 7: BPA

  42. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Our first two picks should be OLineman. I dont know why anyone would think differently when our 2 starting guards from last year are gone.

  43. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Id be more angry if we didnt turn the ball over 5(?) times … between turnovers and the officials and the cheaters … I agree F’ the refs – F’ the Saints

  44. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    In a west coast offense. You really dont need WRs who are vertical threats especially with a QB who doesnt even have the strongest arm on the team. We need a receiver who has sure hands. Gives the QB confidence to throw his way again.

  45. By aaron rodgers on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    You viking fans are such uncouth pigs – and why do you all suck so much at life?

  46. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ive moved on from that 09 season. Vikings lost the game themselves. Its not this bountygate’s fault AD fumbled what 4 times and percy and berrian each fumbled once. You all have to get over it. I did.

  47. By iaVIKE on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey discount double d!ck, take your dumb@ss back to a cheese d!ck blog and stay outta this one. And try not to forget the words to your teams fight song…….i know it’s hard for you packer fans.

  48. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Look Aaron, I’m doing the Discount Double check!

  49. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    iaVIKE- you beat me to it

  50. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Madieu Williams joins Cedric Griffin in Washington …

  51. By Clay Matthews on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Aaron, you think its time I got off the juice?

  52. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- Do you want Ced back?

  53. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Nah Im fine with him in Washington and wish him the best of luck …

  54. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn-

    Bryant Mckinne and Matt Birk are Ravens.

    Tavaris Jackson, Sidney Rice, Heath Farwell, and our former O Coordinator are Seahawks

    And now Cedric Griffen and Madieu Williams are Redskins.

  55. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    For some reason I think hes gonna shine in DC.

  56. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    GDP… Ben Leber is still a Ram … I think.

    Hutch is a Titan.

  57. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Rueben Randle…Yes !!!…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1176009.html

  58. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Moss is a 49er …

  59. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ray Edwards cashed in Atlanta …. LOL

  60. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Edwards has a nipple ring. Thats very….suspect..

  61. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Round 1…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1175992.html

  62. By secgenfan on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    First off Aaron Rodgers if we sick so much at life why are you on OUR site??? Second I agree we need another wide reciever with great hands like a Chris Carter type! When we had him we didn’t need the deep threat becouse we also had a great running back in Robert Smith. We have our great running back in ap we need our sure handed keep the chains moving wide reciever!!!

  63. By secgenfan on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    ***suck

  64. By KoN on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    GDP, we have too many young guards on the team that need to be given a chance to afford drafting another one high, especially if we draft Kalil and move johnson to guard. I could see us maybe picking one up in rd 5, but no earlier than that.

  65. By PURPLEBLOOD on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey vike nation , I LIKE WHAT THE VIKE ARE DOING ,signing for depth and competition some possible starters , don’t get me wrong i would have liked a little more splash in F/A but the facts are that we don’t have a stadium and possible relocation I PRAY NOT, it’s just not that attractive to elite F/A ! I really like that we’re going to build this purple DYNASTY through the draft cause you can’t buy it ! hey i live in Wash. DC and seen for the last 12 years what the Redskins are doing and still doing IT! IT JUST DOSE ‘NT WORK! so let’s hope we strike gold with our draft! SO LET’S GOOOOOOOO HOW BOUT THEM VIKINGS !

  66. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    KoN…I agree…so much so..I think Charlie Johnson will be traded…To give the young guys a shot…Fusco I believe is starting if healthy…Berger is good enough to start…DeGeare has experience starting…And Love might be ready to play also..Not to mention G Shwartz in that mix…

    If Kalil is drafted…

    Trade C Johnson for whatever Spielman can get for him in a draft pick…Might not be much…But Johnson isn’t worth much either..

  67. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    The only reason I think C Johnson is still on the team right now…Is so Spielman doesn’t look so obvious at tipping his hand on who the Vikings will be taking in the first round of the draft…By letting go of their starting LT last year…

    Might give teams a pretty good hint of the the Vikings wanting Kalil in the first round if they did that…

  68. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I’d have to wait until the draft before I agree with that OTK. If we take two offensive linemen (obviously Kalil in the first), then I’d agree that Charlie is the first one to go. Otherwise, I think he stays on the team for at least one more year, providing depth and competition at guard and pushing the young guys to improve.

  69. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I’d be surprised though if any team even offers a 7th round pick for him in a trade. We cut offensive linemen who were worthy of valuable trades (McKinnie & Hutch), so I doubt our front office will be savvy enough to get a stale doughnut in exchange for the worst LT of 2011.

  70. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    @ Kon,
    That mock looks really good to me too, I would be ecstatic if that became a reality on the 26th. The only thing I would change is to flip flop the DT/LB picks, I really think LB is more of a need then DT at this point.

  71. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    @ Spencer,
    I don’t get how you can be angry at the Saints offense when the offense had nothing to do with bounties… It’s not like Brees went out there and took out Favres knees. The defense is where the cheaters and the blame should be, especially with the D-Coord, but the offense had nothing to do with it.

  72. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    OT!!! I wanna have a bromance with Tim Yotter … whoever the H E L L he is! =)))))

  73. By jman on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Gents, First we are going to get Kalil, whether it be in the third pick or trading down for an additional 2nd rounder…we won’t trade to a position that would not let us take Kalil. Then we will address our DB–Harrison Smith at SS.
    1. Kalil
    2. Smith
    3. Hill
    4. Burfict
    5. OL
    6. DT
    7. sleepers from here on in.

  74. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen hill is not lasting until the 3rd round and we are not going to draft burfict. The first 2 picks are fine with me, but Hill will be gone in the 1st round. In the 3rd round we are looking at a wr like brian quick.

  75. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    1. LT Khalil
    2. WR Alshon
    3. SS Martin or Taylor or even Antonio Allen
    4. LB Sean Spence (hopefully), Keenan Robinson, Nigel Bradham, Demario Davis
    4. DT Kheeston Randall, Marcus Forston
    4. CB Chase minnifield, Josh Norman, Dequan Menzie
    5+ Depth players with a new kicker in the 7th

  76. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d82821dd1/article/hot-100-plenty-of-draftstock-movement-as-pro-days-wrap-up

  77. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill is a fraud.

  78. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hill should not be drafted any higher than the 3rd round

  79. By hognuts on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    FS Tanard Jackson recently released by the Bucs. Should the Vikes take a chance on him. Coming off of a shoulder injury and has been suspended for violating the substance abuse policy. Thoughts?

  80. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    John Carlson and Geoff Schwartz missed all last season

  81. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    No Thanks to Jackson!

  82. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Tanard Jackson would be an upgrade. Heck anyone would be an upgrade. I say sign him. Why not?

  83. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    hognuts … he was a good safety 3 years ago … only played 12 games in the last 2 years and is 26. He might fit Spielmans 1 year contract plans. I dont like the idea of bringing in bad attitudes in the secondary. Cook needs to be surrounded by positive influences and Jackson might not be a good influence

    But he was a good safety 3 years ago and only 26 … so it might be worth a shot

  84. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    The only question I have is at what price?

  85. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

  86. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Gahh Dam…..Clark got lit up.

  87. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    that was Tanard Jackson that hit him

  88. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    That would be a penalty in todays game though….he launched himself into the player.

  89. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    What drugs did he get suspended for PEDs ? or pot ? If it was PEDs that might explain why he hasnt been as good the last 2 seasons …. ???

  90. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Any hit that looks like a hard hit will be a penalty.

  91. By hognuts on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn

    I think it was pot.

  92. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    OK Wikipedia just explained Tanards missed games … all of his missed games were for substance abuse … not injury

    2009 suspended 4 games for violation of substance abuse

    2010 suspended after 2 games for a second violation

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

  93. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Thats an interesting prospect … 26yo Safety from the “Tampa 2″ … Im starting to like the idea

  94. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Who cares if he smoked weed?

  95. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    nfl dot com player profile on Tanard Jackson

    http://www.nfl.com/player/tanardjackson/2495643/profile

  96. By hognuts on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Another thing to consider is, he is coming off shoulder surgery. He was actually released because he failed his physical. However, if he gets healthy, he would be an upgrade.

  97. By hognuts on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Another 1-year contract? Why not?

  98. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Any safety would be an upgrade

  99. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Tanard Jackson pick 7 vs Erin Rodgers

  100. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Just curious, has there been any further indication of Winfield switching to safety? I think it makes perfect sense for him to switch, he loves contact, is an excellent tackler, not a great man coverage guy due to his age which makes sense switching to safety. Anyone hear anything about this?

  101. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    What an idiot, why didnt he take a knee as soon as he caught he pick?

  102. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Bobby Petrino fired…

    That guy is weird…

  103. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    TV84 … listen to Wobcast with Winfield as Wobbs guest. He doesnt understand where you people come up with those ideas and says hes a CB.

    IMO hes too small for safety 5’8×180 ….

  104. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    @TheValentine84- Winfield has simply refused to play safety. He said that he has no desire to play SS, and wants to finish his career in the Nickle.

  105. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – That’s odd, because I recall reading a year or two ago that Winfield preferred the safety position (he played it in high school and/or college) but the coaches wouldn’t allow him to switch. So now I’m confused as to what he truly wants.

  106. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    A couple of months ago he said he wants to finish his career as a Nickle Corner. I just cant find the link right now..

  107. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    LISTEN TO THE WOBCAST WITH ANTOINE WINFIELD

  108. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ahh….here it is…

    “Safety is not my position,” Winfield said. “I like to be in the action, so I will be a corner.”

  109. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/gm_winfield_agree_nickel_could_be_his_key/10082968

  110. By Conjon on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    This is it the MOCK of where super bowls are born ;) just remember its fun to dream. Cue Boondocks end theme

    Rd1- LT Kalil
    Rd2- SS Harrison Smith
    Rd3- CB/S Trumaine Johnson
    Rd4- LB Sean Spence
    Rd4c- DT Kheeston Randal
    Rd4c- WR Brian Quick
    Rd5- LB Vontaze Burfict
    Rd6- WR Dale Moss
    Rd7- OT Andrew Datko
    Rd7c- K

  111. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

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  112. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Leave the TRASH in the bin where it belongs! We don’t need an injury-prone toker at SS!

  113. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    5 picks before we draft a WR? Um, no.

  114. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Conjon- I like it

  115. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    #35 = Rueben Randle

  116. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    If #35 was Alshon, that mock would make some sense

  117. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Compare their highlights. Randle fits our needs BETTER than Jeffery.

  118. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    So here’s my latest mock:

    1) OT Kalil (is there really any other choice?)
    2) SS Smith (Great value in position of need)
    3) WR Criner/Jenkins/Sanu
    4a)DT Randall/Chapman
    4b)OLB Wilber/Massaguoi/Acho
    4c)CB Norman/Menzie
    5) OL Kelemete/Bergstrom/McCants/Blake
    6) LB Cole/Hoffman-Ellis/Burfict/Lewis
    7a)K Walsh/Wiggs/Welch/Bulloch
    7b)WR Coale/Moss/Owusu/Posey

  119. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think Smith is off the board by #35

  120. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Jeffery was clocked at 4.38 40 at his pro day, has a huge frame, big hands, and a jump ball specialist. I think that fits our needs to the T

  121. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Randle has the same stats, and is WAY more physical

  122. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    PurlHaze – Most mocks I’ve looked at have him still available at the end of the first round, but if he is gone by the time we pick then I would flip my 2nd & 3rd round choices to take the best WR available in the 2nd and grab a safety in the 3rd round.

  123. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, Parody. Alternate guy would be Taylor, who is still pretty good.

  124. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    This guy is the next Calvin Johnson, DO NOT pass on this guy

  125. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Dont get me wrong though. If Smith is still on the board, we should probably take him. WR pool is way deeper, IMO.

  126. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Safeties I’d consider in the third round would be Iloka, Taylor and Martin.

    Maybe Robinson, but I have him as still plenty available by the time the 4th round rolls around.

  127. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    My resources say Harrison Smith is the 46th best player in this year’s draft, but for the Vikings’ needs, I have him ranked at 34th, so I’m pretty confident that he’ll be available when our time in the 2nd round begins.

  128. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    3rd round is too high for Iloka

  129. By Conjon on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    GDP thanks man the way I look at it is next year we take a WR or a CB with the first round pick. Lets let our guards battle it out this year and if its not working out the 2 round pick should be a guard. Its as easy as that lol That is my final mock till daft day LETS GO VIKES

  130. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    No doubt AJ is talented, but he brings with him a load of baggage. NO PLAYER is above the game. For me, AJ spells trouble. Maybe some other team can keep him in check.

  131. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Of course, I’ve moved some guys way down the board. Tannehill, for instance, is listed as the 8th best player, but I wouldn’t have the Vikings even give him a second look until the 3rd round rolls around, and then only because of the BPA strategy.

  132. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I like the

    Burfict – Moss – Kicker to end the draft idea

    I also like Kalil – HSmith

    but the 4 picks between those … IDK about. Cant disagree because i just dont know enough

    names Id like to see in those 4 spots …

    Sean Spence (lets face it he has an opinion on Chris Cook vs Ced Griffin)
    Brian Quick
    Minniefield
    TY Hilton ( has a KR TD – PR TD – Rushing TD – Rec TD – Passing TD )

  133. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – Iloka is the best FS on the board. He’s also the tallest among FSs that should be drafted. I’d be surprised if he lasts past the third round.

  134. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    1- LT Matt Kalil
    2- S Harrison Smith
    3- WR Brian Quick
    4- CB Minniefield
    4b- LB Sean Spence
    4c- WR TY Hilton
    5- CB/S Antonio Allen
    6- LB Burfict
    7a – WR Dale Moss
    7b – K

  135. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Shawn – I figured as much. Just knowing that a CB with both of your names (phoenetically anyways) is a potential draftee for the Vikings has made me wonder if you two are the same person on more than one occasion.

  136. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I would rather take Trumaine Johnson in the 3rd

  137. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, is Spence a LB? I guess I just focused too much on his name…

  138. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- do you still think Locker cant throw?

  139. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Sean Spence ILB out of Miami

  140. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    :)

  141. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I have Sean Spence listed as an early-mid 3rd rounder, so if he’s still available at the end of the 4th he’d be a steal.

  142. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer … Yes I still dont think Locker will be good … he will throw better than Tebow but Im pretty sure most people could

  143. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    This time last year, some of you guys were more high on Gabbert than Locker lol.

    http://blog.vikings.com/2011/03/10/let-the-mock-draft-madness-begin/

  144. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I didnt like any QB from last year’s class

  145. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Waiting for Ponder to prove me wrong

  146. By Derrick.G on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Why dont you go join the “real” Aaron Rodgers and do your Discount Double CHOKE. Be a man and quit hiding behind someone elses name p u s s y.

  147. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Parody Im pretty sure my middle mock is off …. I just wanted to get those names in but Im sure a couple will be gone b4 then

    However I am confident in the 70% positive range Harrison Smith will be available at 35 ….

  148. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – Most people were more high on Gabbert than Locker. He was being advertised as the next closest thing to a franchise QB from the draft.

    It just goes to show how easy it is for the media to fool us all.

  149. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    GDP- You think Ponders a fraud?

  150. By Derrick.G on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I have to give Gabbert the nod….cmon guys, hes playing for cra.psonville…

  151. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn,
    Antonio Allen will not be available in the 5th round, he is the 4th best safety. Probably gone in the 3rd or 4th

  152. By KoN on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    The problem with getting Smith is that he is unquestionably the second best safety in the draft. With Barron almost a lock to go in the middle of the 1st round, we’d have to hope that no other team feels that safety is their weakest point. If he’s there, that’s great, but I’m beginning to doubt that he will be.

  153. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Parody- I never believed the hype. I always had a feeling that Blaine Gabbert, AKA, Plain Garbage was never going to amount to anything in his NFL career.

  154. By Derrick.G on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    MJD is all the Jags have…..I feel sorry for him.

  155. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    As it lies right now, I would prefer that we had waited and grabbed Dalton in the 2nd round and used the first for OT, DT, or CB. But Ponder will have every opportunity to prove that he was the better choice over waiting for Dalton.

  156. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I wish we would have drafted Ryan Mallett. He has all the tools.

  157. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Miami has a pretty good track record of MLBs …

    Ray Lewis
    Jonathan Vilma
    Dan Conner
    John Beason
    DJ Williams

    All first round picks

  158. By Derrick.G on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think Ponder will be better than Dalton, Ponder had Harvin to throw to….While Dalton had Simpson and AJ Green.

  159. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    We all know why CP got picked last year. Les F was high on him after the Seniorbowl.

  160. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – Then your ability to tell the future is much better than mine. I thought that Gabbert would prove to be the best QB of last year’s class, and that Newton would be a flop. He started with a losing record, so it’s still completely possible, but the fact that he was the rookie of the year tells me that it is very unlikely.

  161. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- Fraud? Thats a little harsh. I’m not completely sold on him YET.

  162. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ray Lewis was drafted by Miami? I thought he spent his entire career in Baltimore. I guess that shows that Miami’s track record to keep their good talent is rather poor.

  163. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hurricanes. The U

  164. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I do think Ponder showed flashes last season, even though he didn’t have many guys to lean on.

  165. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder definately showed some flashes. I’m still not 100% sold

  166. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze- My bad I read it wrong I thought you said he didnt.

  167. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    True there PurplHaze. More often than not, he had defenders leaning on him.

  168. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Let me just say that, during the draft I was like, “WTF? Who Is This Guy?” Then, during those flashes I thought maybe Frasier saw something we didn’t. A full season should tell us more about CP.

  169. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Its all about THE |_|

  170. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope we get Sean Spence

  171. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … University of Miami produced those LBs

    Not the Dolphins

  172. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    LMAO@Not the Dolphins

  173. By KoN on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t forget that Dalton also had time to throw the ball.

  174. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    You guys realize we need a good Mike LB, right? Spence lined up at OLB.

  175. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    bah … i thought he was a MLB. So take him off my draft board

  176. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think im better suited at the corner position.

  177. By KoN on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Obviously not every play was this bad, but still, Ponder got the snap at 0:05 and was sacked at 0:07. If there were no blockers on this play at all, it porbably would have taken Matthews nearly the same amount of time to get to Ponder.

  178. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    ” Spence could even fit in as a strong safety in some NFL schemes”

    We need versatile players on defense like Spence and Trumaine Johnson

  179. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    KoN … are you trying to say a “deep threat wr” wouldnt have helped Ponder ? :)

  180. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    No Shawn, thats what I’m saying

  181. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    OK, the obvious is the FB missed his block.

    The not so obvious … C Johnson stayed on his guy!!!

  182. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I keep thinking you guys are talking about me haha.

  183. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Imagine Sean Spence playing Safety for us……

  184. By KoN on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not so sure, PurplHaze, had Matthews taken an extra second, I think Johnson’s guy would’ve sacked to Ponder.

  185. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think this draft fits our needs perfectly and cant wait for it to start already

  186. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Me either, Spence! =)

  187. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I mean SHAWN!

    Sorry! :-s

  188. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I cant wait till the pre-season…our hero returns to battle.

  189. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Our Hero?

  190. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Cook lol

  191. By Countdown to Draft on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    15 DAYS

  192. By PurplHaze on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Capt’n Cook … LOL

  193. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    C- Caring
    H- Honorable
    R- Respectful
    I- Inteligent
    S- Supreme athlete

    C- Cover skills
    O- Owns Wrs
    O- On the field 24/7
    K- Kind

  194. By PAUL M. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I LIKE YOUR THINKING ON THE ABOVE MOCK DRAFTS.

    OK, SPIELMAN & CO. ARE OBVIOUSLY WORKING ON SOMETHING LIKE A 5 -YEAR PLAN.

    WE’VE BEEN SHOUTING OUT FOR CB’s SINCE LAST SEASON’s DRAFT, & REALLY, WE ONLY HAVE 1 QUALITY CB AT THIS TIME — COOK. EVERYONE ELSE WILL NOT KEEP UP WITH TODAY’S HUGE WR’s WITH WORLD CLASS SPEED.

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT — JUST LIKE WR’s — YOU NEED AT LEAST 3 VERY GOOD CB’s IN TODAY’S NFL.

    SO I’LL CUT TO THE CHASE — THE SHORTEST DISTANCE TO WHERE WE WANT TO GET TO IS FIRST BUILDING UP A POWERFUL OFFENSIVE & DEFENSIVE LINE.

    SURE, IF WE GET A CHANCE AT A GREAT CB, WE SHOULD SIGN OR DRAFT HIM. BUT IF THE BEST PLAYER ON THE BOARD IS A DT OR A GUARD — GRAB HIM!

    THE ONE THING BESIDES A GREAT QB THAT REALLY FIRES MY ENGINES IS WATCHING A GREAT DEFENSIVE LINE ATTACK, INTIMIDATE & HAVE AN ENTIRE STADIUM FOCUSED ON SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION BY A DOMINANT FRONT 4.

  195. By Countdown to Draft on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    PAUL M- Yes! OLine AND DLine!

  196. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    My patience is wearing thin with ‘Sadam’ Husain Abdullah. Is he gonna sign with us or not?

  197. By KoN on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hey look Spence, I can do that too

    T-talented
    E-energetic
    D-delightful

    B-bashful
    U-understanding
    N-nice
    D-benevolent
    Y-youthful

  198. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    S- Selfish
    H- Hostile
    A- Arrogant
    N- Nasty

  199. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Wow…for forgot the ‘W’ in Shawn.

  200. By VegasVike on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Personally I think the Aints should be forced to relinquish their Lombardi. I mean really, who in their right mind could be proud to hold that tainted trophy? Maybe Sean P who feels he has the right to still be a coach…

  201. By PAUL M. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    @ VEGASVIKE

    DEFINITELY FEELING YOUR POST.

    THE LEAST THAT GOUDELL SHOULD HAVE DONE WAS GIVE THE VIKINGS AT LEAST ONE 1st ROUND DRAFT PICK FROM THE AINTS.

    THEY PULLED A TANYA HARDING BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID OF LOSING TO US STRAIGHT UP.

  202. By VegasVike on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Furthermore Brett should have his attorney contact the NFL, shake it up!!

  203. By Shawn on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    LOL … I am not nasty

  204. By PAUL M. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    FOR THOSE TOO YOUNG, IN THE 1994 U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP, TONYA HARDING’S HUSBAND HIRED A STOOGE TO BREAK HER STRONGEST COMPETITOR’S LEG, SO THAT SHE COULD GO ON TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP & SURE SPOT IN THE OLYMPICS.

    WELL THE AINTS PRACTICALLY BROKE BRET’S LEG…. I HOPE THEIR ORGANIZATION CHOKES ON THEIR TAINTED LOMBARDI!

  205. By hognuts on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I’m gonna throw this out there. Spielman obviously likes his 1-year contracts. What do you guys think about Braylon Edwards? Bring him in for a year, if he busts then he’s gone. Who knows, maybe he could turn it around? Thoughts?

  206. By Spencer on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Braylon Edwards is a fraud…drops too many b a l l s.

  207. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    No to Braylon. Maybe to Plaxico

  208. By TheValentine84 on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    #Alshon2012

  209. By hognuts on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah, I forgot Plax is still out there too.
    I like Alshon Jeffery.

  210. By jman on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of people on this blog forget that Asher had an ok season. The problem that he had was he pathetic play of the safeties. When all the CB were down it was allen that was given the #1 and in each game it wasn’t the #1 that killed us, it was the TE and the slot receiver. So, don’t discount Asher just yet, this was only his second season and he has a lot of great tools. All the CB that were Pro Bowl FA were 3rd and 4th year guys, even Revis is did get notoriety until his 4 year.

  211. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings are gearing up to trade with the Dolphins!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1140147-2012-nfl-draft-trading-with-the-dolphins-seems-more-likely-for-vikings

  212. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    jman – Asher just finished his 3rd year. He was drafted in the 3rd round of 2009, after Harvin and Loadholt. Meanwhile CB Ladarius Webb, who is one of the Ravens’ best DBs was drafted two picks later.

    Allen may do something right every now and then, but gets beat far too often. We need to find someone better.

  213. By hognuts on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    The only way we trade with the Dolphins, is if we get something around like what the Rams got from the Redskins. Obviously it won’t be as much, but maybe something around their 1st and 2nd rounders this year and their 1st rounder next year. At least another 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick, or no go I really like Kalil.

  214. By Mike B. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sharper says no penalties against players. Horsepucky there should be at least a 4 game suspension on any player found to take part in the bounty program. More for those that were very active.

  215. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin’s postponing his surgery due to a family emergency:

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Percy_Harvins_surgery_postponed_becaues_of_family_emergency041012

    Hopefully the emergency isn’t very big and Harvin is able to get his surgery rescheduled soon enough to still participate in OTAs.

  216. By Mike B. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t like the trade, but if the fish sell the farm for #3 pick . I think that the Vikings will pick WR Floyd.

  217. By Parody on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    hognuts – I agree. I voted on the poll within the link that I posted that the Vikings should only take this trade if they rip-off the Dolphins!

  218. By Mike B. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    This deal should include the Dolphins first rounder next year as they will probably be the place the colts are now after picking Tannehill

  219. By Mike B. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t see why the Dolphins are all excited about getting Tannehill they are no where ready to bring in their QB of the future. The team has real morale issues. with it’s owner.

  220. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Didnt I say we will trade back with Miami?

  221. By Mike B. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    It is still a dumb move.

  222. By Mike B. on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Unless they are giving in that this season we are only going to be just a bit better than last year.

  223. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Complete Rebuild Mode

  224. By Andrew on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    please get this PoS off our team, ty.

  225. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 10, 2012 | Reply

    Look at it this way. If we do trade back with the dolphins we will still be in the top 10. It could be worse. I think we would still have a shot at Morris Claiborne(you never know who could fall). If not there are still 2 very good LTs left and they might not be in the same league as Kalil but we will make up for it with all the other picks we end up getting. I say if not next years first round pick from them, then this years 2nd AND 3rd and some other future picks.

  226. By Gary on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    If the specific players they have their eyes on in round 2 are not there OR if the brain trust feels that SOMEONE will be available later in round 2, a trade down in round 2 would yield an extra round 4 pick. Primary targets would be the teams with 2 picks in round 4 because even after dealing one, they still have one (Buffalo, for example). Even though a particular player the Vikes had their eyes on is gone, it can mean that a player coveted by another team would cause that team to want to move up. Adding picks in the 4th round is critical because of the dilution effect of all the compensatory picks that kick in at the end of round 4. Getting in before those Comps means that you have a bigger talent pool to draw upon.

  227. By Matthias on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    We seem to draft not that bad like some people may think:

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/4/10/2939619/the-minnesota-vikings-are-tops-in-the-league-at-something

  228. By Matthias on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully Kalil can teach Loadholt how to block better (passprotection). He is a sound technican with great character.

  229. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT GOOD IS FLOYD IF PONDER DOESN’T HAVE TIME TO THROW HIM THE BALL! PICK KALIL AT #3!!!

  230. By Matthias on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/4/10/2939919/current-state-of-the-roster

  231. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    we already have basically 4 picks in the 4th round. 5th round pick bunched in with the comp picks. kEEp 2nd round ( future blue-chip probowler )

  232. By MSEAL on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Sign Marcus Mcneill of the chargers, he’s a 6 year starting LT (2 time pro bowler), then we can take blackmon or floyd at pick 3 and take a S or CB at pick 35, drastic improvements for next year

  233. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/4/11/2940669/2012-nfl-draft-matt-kalil-vikings-visit

  234. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Steve “the rock” Smith wr signed a three year ext(33yrs old) hmmmmmmm is the new Viking age policy too young?

  235. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I think it is a mistake for Spielman to trade down and lose the opportunity to get Matt Kalil. He’s going to be a top LT in this league for many years. I have a feeling that Miami is not willing to sell the farm to move up considering the situation the team is in currently. Why trade off a bunch of draft picks if you are no where ready to make a playoff run. The Vikings on the other hand will need a huge compensation (draft picks) to move to 8 so that Miami would get a crack at Tannehill. Most still point out that Tannehill is way below Luck and RG3 in ability. I think it is too much risk to gain for Miami. Vikings will draft #3 and pick Kalil.

  236. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Miami will wait to see what the Browns do at #4 and most likely Tannehill falls to them anyway.

  237. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    The Browns are in control of this trade down situation if they desire Tannehill anyway. The Browns have a second first round pick to lure Spielman in a trade and the Vikings still get Kalil. This will make a Miami deal not so attractive.

  238. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    If the Browns are not interested in Tannehill. He will most likely fall to 8 anyway. Less incentive for a Miami trade.

  239. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    good point Mike B. there is no indication that the vikes would pursue another left tackle like Jon Martin or Cordy Glenn. If they want to trade down for another stockpile pick then fine but ONLy if the LT is addressed 1st!

  240. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @sandiamond I am thinking if they trade to Miami I feel Spielman will take Michael Floyd or if Blackmon is stil pick him. Like Fred said the fans need to make sure that we are watching what’s going on and that LT is the position of most need.

  241. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    pick #66 WR option 5’11+ acc’s fastest receiver Chris Givens

  242. By hognuts on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I feel bad for Frazier, if we don’t improve, he’s canned. I think if we go 6-10 he will be safe, but I don’t know if we will win that many.

  243. By troy t on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    defense wins games. do whatever they

  244. By hognuts on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I really wish he would’ve landed Pierre Garcon. He would’ve fit in perfectly. Oh well…

  245. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @troy t I think that with the FAs they signed some of the issues on defense have been addressed. I think this lessens the need to draft high for defensive players. I have doubts on the quality of the players selected in FA, but we will wait and see.

  246. By chrisbreezy on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    sign tanard jackson,oshiomogho atogwe to a 1-yr deal.also sign andre hardy to deal.spielman wants competition.these three signings will spark competition in other need areas in hope of finding a diamond in the rough.

  247. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    If Spielman trades the 3rd pick and doesn’t take Kalil…He is a fool…

    If the Vikings have a chance to get the best LT in the league…And that rookie would replace the worst LT in all of the NFL last season…

    If you pass an that kind of opportunity…That would just plain be stupid…

    The Vikings will not be in the top ten of the draft next season…The weak schedule they have coming will help with that…No off season last spring…New coaching staff…Foolish mistakes from a new head coach..Bringing in McNabb…Keeping Berrian…Injury to key players…This is not that terrible of a team…Vikings will go around 8-8 next season…

    The point being…The Vikings only get one shot IN A BLUE MOON to be in position high enough in any draft to get a LT with the caliber that Kalil has…To be a future pro bowler for years to come !!!

    The stars are FINALLY aligned correctly for the Vikings to make a perfect selection in the first round of this years draft…

    Take OT Matt Kalil….Protect Ponder…And open holes for AP….

  248. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – I think it lessons the need for a CB, but our defense still needs to find a safety, and the future players at DT, LB, and CB. All the defensive free agents we signed got 1-year deals, so we need something in place to start replacing them.

  249. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – AP Doesn’t know how to run through holes though. He’s too accustomed to getting his yardage pinball style – bouncing off defenders towards the endzone.

  250. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.chrissteuber.com/steubermockdraft.html

    three round comic draft! awesome

  251. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I just got myself thinking, this would be an awesome song to go with an AP highlight reel:

  252. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    WR Toon same size as Jeffery. another #1 jersey

  253. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Of course some words might need to be changed…turn it into the Football Wizard.

    I’m kind of busy today, but I think I’ll make an effort later this week to present those changes…stay tuned!

  254. By DRS on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Rybak faces testy crowd at a forum on Vikings stadium
    Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
    Updated: April 11, 2012 – 5:22 AM

    The 100 people sharing their views about the mayor’s funding plan appeared to be split evenly.

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak brought his controversial plan to fund a Minnesota Vikings stadium to the voters on Tuesday night at a testy but civil public forum near Lake Nokomis.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/146924365.html

  255. By chrisbreezy on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    miles burris, brian quick, vontaze burfict, josh norman, dale moss, hebron fangupo, kelcie mccray, janzon jackson, sean spence, josh chapman, tom compton, chase minnifield, travis benjamin, jeff fuller, markelle martin, trumaine johnson, antonio allen, chris rainey, stephfon green, tommy streeter

  256. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    just think if we picked up somebody like Toon or Quick that was 90% of Jeffery. We would gain an extra pick in the second( OL/DB ) for potentially making a mistake with Alshon in the second

  257. By chrisbreezy on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    my question is where does the saints picks go to?

  258. By DRS on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Perspective on what the Saints lose without a second-round pick

    Posted by: Mark Craig under NFCUpdated: April 10, 2012 – 4:30 PM

    Before @StribDW (BTW, Darrell Waltrip will always be the first DW I think of) and I turn the page to Round 3 in our preview/review of Rounds 2-7, I thought I’d toss out some perspective on what the Saints are losing out on by having their second-round picks this year (59th overall) and next year taken from them as part of their punishment in the bounty scandal (perhaps you’ve heard about that a few million times).

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/146891575.html

  259. By felanwolf on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    If the only need we had was LT then it would be dumb to trade out of the third spot, but it very clear that LT is not the only hole in the Vikings. If a decent trade comes along that nets us more picks then that is more holes to filled. Plugging one hole great is worse than plugging as many holes just good. If you get a first round pick next year such that you have 2 first round picks that greatly increases what you can bargin with. And I think that flexibility in bargining is worth carrying from year to year if you can. With the price of rookies much more affordable, the draft is more important then ever and anything you can do to increase your options there is going to help the team in a sustainable long term way.

  260. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Breezy – They don’t go to anyone. Their picks just get removed from the list and every pick behind them gets bümped up one spot. Essentially, all it does is allow for one extra compensatory pick at the end of the 7th-round.

  261. By DRS on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Rybak faces testy crowd at stadium forum
    Video by: David Brewster
    Updated: April 11, 2012 – 7:06 AM

    Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak spoke to the crowd gathered at the Lake Nokomis Community Center about the Viking stadium proposal.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/146941275.html

  262. By DeerTracks on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Bounty-Gate…This, like the attack on Pearl Harbour on Dec 7 1941, will live forever in the minds of the Minnesota Viking Fans.

    I have noticed that even today, the Saints Fans, still think, (By their comments) that they seen nothing wrong with deliberately trying to injure our players in that infamous 2009 Champianship Game…

    I say to you and the world, let us have our own Bounty on the Rabid,Demented, Garbage Can Saints “Fans” as Follows…….

    Check each Louisiana License Plate that has the guts to cross over the Minnesota Border, and reek Havoc on those Dirtbags, by what ever course of action you deem necessary and appropriate! Revenge is the goal here, Not lay down like a beaten dog with it’s tail between it’s legs!!

    This wiil be just another version of a “Katrina” Northern Style!

  263. By DRS on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings stadium forums begin in Minneapolis
    By Doug Belden
    Posted: 04/10/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 11, 2012 1:14 PM GMTUpdated: 04/11/2012 08:14:42 AM CDT

    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is hosting two public forums on his plan to help fund a new Vikings stadium.

    The first was Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway.

    The second is Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. at Logan Recreation Center, 690 13th Ave. NE.

    The City Council will also meet April 24 and take public testimony on the stadium plan. The meeting is 4-6:30 p.m. at 317 City Hall. A vote is expected on whether to add support for the stadium to the city’s legislative agenda

    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20364133/minneapolis-forums-vikings-stadium-begin-tonight?source=rss

  264. By DRS on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    later

  265. By Beeverchoan on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Whatastupidsite!boring

  266. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    1st Kalil
    2nd H Smith
    3rd Quick
    This would address our biggest needs. Then the rest of the draft we can focus on best deffensive player available.
    I still think we should trade Webb for a 2nd round pick and/or trade with Browns for there 2nd or 3rd round pick. Dont forget a new kicker to.

  267. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    1st Kalil
    2nd H Smith
    3rd Quick
    This would address our biggest needs. Then the rest of the draft we can focus on best deffensive player available.
    I still think we should trade Webb for a 2nd round pick and/or trade with Browns for there 2nd or 3rd round pick. Dont forget a new kicker too.

  268. By Derrick.G on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    DW: “Boggity Boogity Boogity! Lets go racin boys!”

  269. By TBurbs on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Alright if the Browns wan Tannehill lets not be greedy!!! Swap picks 3 and 4 and they give us their second round pick….Done deal we still get Kalil and two back to back picks in the beginning of the 2nd round to grap a DB and WR that will make. This is the only trade that makes sense. You dont trade if you might miss out on Kalil!!!

  270. By Wayneviking2002 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    When is the league going to be investigated for fixing that game and many others. There is no way that the New Orleans Saints fixed that game, THE NFL DID!!!! All the talk about bounties takes away the fact that the officials (on field and in the booth)blew call after call ON PURPOSE. Closed their eyes to late and dirty hits. Gave first downs that were not made. Call pass interference that did not happen. Call pass completion when it obviously wasn’t made. This all occurred on instant replay. The tape proves it. The officials can make wrong calls over and over and nothing happens because the games are FIXED!!!! This is the only conclusion a sane person can make.

  271. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Lions pick at #23 sharply in the market for CB’s Kirkpatrick or Gilmore. Land that #22 from the Browns and we can punch out DET… nfl north trade shakeup

  272. By stew the sailor on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    My mock

    1. kalil, LT
    2. harrison smith, ss
    3. brian quick, wr or BPA
    4. markelle martin, s
    4. audie cole, LB from N.C state or Mike Martin, DT
    4. Derek Wolfe, DT or audie cole, LB from N.C state

  273. By iaVIKE on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Really don’t like the idea of dropping to #8, If we do it would have to be for a LOAD of high picks in this years and next years draft. Otherwise focus on a Cleveland trade where we can still get Kalil and possibly Cleveland’s second first rounder or at the very least their second rounder. Hard to say if Cleveland wants Tannehill that bad though, sounds like they might just sit back and see what happens and be happy with either him or Richardson

  274. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings believe in Talent over Character

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20357723/viki%20ngs-percy-harvin-reportedly-had-drug-discipline-is%20sues?source=most_viewed

  275. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    We lose nothing if we trade back with Cleveland, so I think that demanding a 2nd rounder is even too high. Their 3rd or 4th should still be enough, because we are still grabbing Kalil and adding a valuable player to our draft board. But if we can get a second rounder, great. It all depends on how much interest Miami shows in the trade.

  276. By bozz on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Personally, I think dropping down to the #8 spot is too far. While more picks would be great, looking for trade options where Kalil would still be available would be the best route to go. Right?

  277. By DeerTracks on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Wayneviking2002—I noted the same thing, along with countless others!

    The fact that the blind, stupid, Game “Officials” were incompent, and one-sided in their calls, proves it!

    However, these facts on the Worthless Game Jokers, does not change the fact of the “Bounty-Gate” charges, of Saints Havoc against the Vikings, and other Teams in the Play-offs…

    I still stand on my call for Revenge on Louisiana Saints Fans and the players when and if they cross the Border into Minnesota!

  278. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    We need to trade Webb for a 2nd round pick. It would be the best thing for him and the vikes. Then make a deal with the Browns. Can you imagine 2-2nd round picks 2-3rd round picks 3-4th round picks! That would be a dam good start to rebuilding!

  279. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need Kalil over anybody else in the first round, and that’s FINAL! =)

    Spencer? What gives with all the mudd slinging at Harvin as of late? Why’s everybody hating on Percy? Are they afraid our wooden boat is about to rise again? =)))))))

  280. By bozz on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @vikesfan12,

    Webb, the second-string-QB/WR who can’t even start or barely find playing time for a 2nd round pick? Who on earth would give up a 2nd for him?

  281. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Deer Tracks- I actually went down there to help clean up after Katrina!! Now i hang my head in shame!!!

  282. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Vikesfan just likes to dream a little … =))

    OK … Maybe a LOT!

  283. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    That’s how they thanked you … huh, Vikesfan?

  284. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Take a look at Miami’s QBs. Webb is better than both of them.

  285. By bozz on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @vikesfan12,

    Debatable that he’s better than Matt Moore as a pure QB. Either way, in no universe is Webb worth a 2nd round pick, not even remotely close to that, and I’m a fan of his.

  286. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Filthy cajuns!!

  287. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    bozz- throw in a 6th rnd pick to sweeten the deal then. Work out a deal

  288. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Saints Coaches, Players, and Fans are lower than whale waste!

  289. By hognuts on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Percy hasn’t caused any problems here with us. I’m not worried about stupid stuff that happened 5 years ago in college. Why is this coming out now? Urban Meyer has moved on from Florida and so has Percy.

  290. By bozz on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @vikesfan12,

    Dude, it doesn’t matter if the Vikes throw in a 6th, Webb IS NOT worth a 2nd. He’s not a player of 2nd round value or talent, the only way the Dolphins give the Vikes a 2nd for Webb is if the Vikes throw in their 2nd in the deal and that would be a HORRIBLE deal.

    Not happening.

  291. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze- BP took care of them for me!!

  292. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    bozz- So your sayn Webb has no worth to QB needy teams? How about a straight up trade for a player that would fill one our many holes?

  293. By bozz on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @vikesfan12,

    Yeah, I’m sure he has some worth but as a QB? Probably not a lot since he’s actually a better fit as a WR than a QB. He’s raw, needs a lot of work and seems to be another in a line of super athletic dudes who played QB prior to the NFL but don’t really seem to be destined to be a quality QB starter.

    I wouldn’t trade him because I think he could be utilized on this team. If he were traded for a pick, I think he’d be worth a 6th, maybe a 5th if lucky. Otherwise, he could maybe net a nickle back CB or a back-up of some sort in another position.

  294. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    4th round option WR/PR/KR Graham

  295. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe your right. He’s to much of a play maker to sit on the bench though.

  296. By iaVIKE on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    bozz- A couple of weeks ago Frazier said that they will not be playing Webb at WR anymore. I thought it was the best position to get him on the field also, but they must have seen something that they didn’t like with him at WR. So that put the kibosh to that

  297. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    4th round CB/KR Judie another playmaker!

  298. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Cleveland will NEVER trade up 1 spot. Mike Holmgren is not dumb

  299. By hognuts on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Then we’re getting Kalil. Unless the Dolphins give us a lot.

  300. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    What do you guys think of brian quick? In the 3rd round

  301. By hognuts on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    He’s pretty quick.

  302. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    If the Dolphins are stupid enough to trade Brandon Marshall for what a 3rd round pick? I think they would be willing to give alot for Tannehill. Especiallly since they gambled and lost when they tried to acquire Peyton Manning, and then Matt Flynn. They are desperate.

  303. By KoN on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Actually I think a deal with the Browns is very possible. It all depends upon how much they value Tannehill, but we could approach them and essentially say “hey, we really don’t want to leave the top 5, but Miami is desperate and they’re going to be willing to give up a lot for Tannehill. So if you want to guarantee that you’ll get him, we’ll give you our 1st and 5th round picks for your 1st and 2nd.”

  304. By iaVIKE on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    KoN – Interesting

  305. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    yes I read that too Fraizer stated that Joe Webb will be moving to a more traditional #2 QB role this coming season. That puts being a WR to rest. I don’t see Miami selling the farm for Tannehill and that’s the only way the Vikings would go to #8. As I stated above the Browns control this situation. If they covet Tannehill they will get him. Otherwise he will fall to Miami anyway. @GDP I am really doubting that a Miami trade happens. It matters more on what the Browns want to do.

  306. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @PurpleHaze,

    THE VIKINGS Should draft 2 DBs and 2 OLs within the first four rounds.

    You can say it won’t happen, but if it doesn’t your good buddy Spielman is GONE!!!

  307. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    “I’ve been playing this game for 18 years, and I haven’t yet figured a way to get into
    the end zone when you are on your rear end.”
    Francis Asbury Tarkenton

  308. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    Why do the Browns control the situation? The Vikings have the higher first round pick?

  309. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    :( :( :( :( :(
    “I’ve been playing this game for 18 years, and I haven’t yet figured a way to get into
    the end zone when you are on your rear end.”
    Francis Asbury Tarkenton

  310. By northlander on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    They should draft some hotter cheerleaders!!!

  311. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    According to Joe Montana, there has never been an SB team without a GREAT OFFENSIVE LINE!!!

  312. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    You guys may think that I am boring, but you had better WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE because Spielman intends to draft only one OL in the first 4 round.

    That means disaster for the 2012 season and maybe beyond!!!

  313. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    *****************************************************************************************
    “I’ve been playing this game for 18 years, and I haven’t yet figured a way to get into
    the end zone when you are on your rear end.”
    Francis Asbury Tarkenton
    ****************************************************************************************

  314. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    No crying purple tears when the Vikings finish 2-14 in 2012.

  315. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    We need a deep threat WR in round 2 or 3!

  316. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    VikesFan,

    Did you watch the games in 2011? WE neeeeed DBs and OLs!!!

  317. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Fred how about 2 ol by round 5? could be done!

  318. By charliewest40 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Thats reasonable sandiamond

  319. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    According to Joe Montana, there has never been an SB team without a GREAT OFFENSIVE LINE!!!

    Fred, I just had to go back to the most recent Super Bowl to prove that wrong. Just a few minutes ago, I read an article listing every team’s biggest headache moving into the 2012 season, and it listed the Giants’ entire offensive line as the winner of this category.

  320. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I agree but we also need a megatron like WR to stretch the field.

  321. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    wr ranking for the nfc north: vikes hurting… must have help to win some games next year

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1141804-ranking-the-nfc-north-wrs-pre-nfl-draft-edition

  322. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond- how did you come up with your name?

  323. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    My vote is for Brian Quick in the 3rd.

  324. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    FJ … Was it necessary to post the same thing 3 TIMES???

    Spielman (1) isn’t my buddy, and (2) won’t be fired after one season. Its more likely that Frazier is gone in 2013.

    Oh, and (3) if we get one DB and one DT in the first 4 rounds, that should be JUST as good as 2 DBs. It’s not ALL on the DBs that we gave up so many passing yards last season. Part of that was the substandard decision to let P. Williams go prior to having someone equally as good to take his place … FACT!

  325. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    We need another pick in the fourth or fifth round to get somewhere and fill in desperating needs. s c r ew the 6th, 7th

  326. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Vikesan … Smith in the 2nd, and Quick in the 3rd would be OK. If Smith is gone, then Randle in the 2nd and Taylor in the 3rd. =)

  327. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Lookin like 7th will net us a Kicker anyway, San. That and a BPA, which may very well be another WR.

  328. By hognuts on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    why do we need to draft a kicker, there’s plenty floating around in free agency. even though it may be in the 7th round, who know’s maybe we could find a diamond in the rough at a different position. what’s wrong with longwell anyways? age?

  329. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    ***Vikesfan

  330. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    PurpHaze, Sounds good to me!
    sandiamond, We do need a kicker

  331. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred I was refering to the Tanehill debate going on. The Browns are the only team in the way of Miami getting Tannehill. They are sitting higher and could easily out trade Miami.

  332. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    just a thought haze cus the draft is especially talented into the fifth round this year with 65 jr’s. those seventh rounders tend to stay on the practice squad for years and years

  333. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Who is the best kicker in the draft this year?

  334. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B,

    Thanks, I thought I was missing something.

  335. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    I didn’t follow that at all this year. So you are saying that the NY Giants were the first SB winner to not have a great OL? How did they get all those long completions, if that was the case?

    GB Packers had many injury problems with their OL in 2010, but obviously they had depth! In any case both GB and NYG had great teams at the SB, and their QBs ran around like they were posing for GQ magazine.

    What many of our fans missed this year is that we had two of the most mobile QBs in the league, and BOTH were running for their football lives when they had the opportunity to play. In addition two of the previous Vikings QBs McNabb and Favre were KNOWN for their mobility!

  336. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @Vike12,

    Yes, we must remember to obtain a kicker, just in case Longwell is partying too much!

  337. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Back in the 90s! Farve McNabb

  338. By josh k on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    1st LT Kalil (not my choice but were takin him)
    2nd CB (a great DB will fall to #35)
    3rd WR Mohamed Sanu( he is a beast, not fast but he will catch anything)
    4th LB/DT/S/OL (3 of these 4 should be selected BPA style)
    5th and beyond BPA with a K at some point

    15 days before our next chapter begins

  339. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    ****************************************************************************************
    “I’ve been playing this game for 18 years, and I haven’t yet figured a way to get into
    the end zone when you are on your rear end.”
    Francis Asbury Tarkenton
    ****************************************************************************************

    Friends, try to remember the quote above. Apply it to the running around Ponder did last season. Many said he looked like Tarkenton.

    My goshen…WE NEED FIVE GOOD BLOCKERS ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE!!!

  340. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    It’s as obvious as the nose on your face!

    It ain’t the WRs

    It ain’t the TEs

    It ain’t the RBs

    It surely isn’t the Coaching!!!

  341. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Vikesfan… Walsh from Georgia is ranked as the top Kicker

  342. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Well it could be the coaching if you count their participation in the last two idiotic drafts!

  343. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Best OT in the 2nd round! watch #79 Tackle Massie hold up against a raging Def in hightower,barron and co

  344. By iowa viking on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to see a trade with Dolphins, only if the vikes rips them off this year like taking their 1st, 2nd, and 4th and maybe another pick next year (1st or 2nd).

    Also other options i thought that we could do is trade someone like joe webb and/or Everson Griffen for a 2nd or 3rd this year!

    My 2012 Draft as we are at with our picks.

    1st round – 3rd overall – LT – Matt Kalil
    2nd round – 35th overall – WR – Stephen Hill or Rueben Randle (i like Hill better)
    3rd round – 66th overall – WR – Brian Quick
    4th round – 98th overall – CB – Chase Minnifield
    4th round – 128th overall – OT/G – Zebrie Sanders
    4th round – 134th overall – DT – Derek Wolfe or DT Kheeston Randall
    5th round – 138th overall – SS – Antonio Allen
    6th round – 175th overall – OLB – Terrell Manning or WR Marvin McNutt
    7th round – 210th overall – ILB – Jerry Franklin
    7th round – 223rd overall – FS – Tavon Wilson or OG – Ryan Miller

    I would like the vikes get 2 or 3 WRs in this draft because the vikes WR suck besides percy harvin and who can make an impact THIS year. We need some new young blood to give Ponder more targets.

    I do understand the defence is important as we sucked it up last year but with the signings (CB – carr & Bowman) and players off injuries and out of trouble (chris cook) the defence is already much better! Also picking up Chase Minnifield in the 4th round this year will give the CB position much needed competition.

    As pointed out to vikings fans, this will be a 2 year building process and other good teams such as NE that had bad defences still made the playoffs. So I believe that this year is the year to get Ponder some weapons to develop with and go defence next year, early in the draft.

    What do you think?

  345. By PurplHaze on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I think Sanu is a likely bust … My Opinion…

  346. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze,

    If Walsh is that good, keep advertising him. Wow, you have to have a good kicker in the NFL!

  347. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of people think that you can just try out FA kickers, and pick the best one.
    I doubt it works that way!

  348. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Here is how I see the Vikings first round draft scenarios possibly happening…

    1…Vikings pick Kalil with the number 3 pick…

    2…Rams trade the 6th pick…Their #33 and #39 picks the second round…
    And the Rams 4th round pick…To the Vikings…

    The Vikings trade the 3rd pick in the first round…Their 3rd round pick…And
    their 5th round pick…To the Rams…

    This trade only happens if the Rams take Kalil with the 3rd pick in the draft…If Fisher can’t live without Kalil…He might make this trade…And this is the only trade I can see that Spielman would have a hard time turning down…If Spielman could have 3 picks in the top of the second round…He might have to give Kalil to the Rams…And grab either Blackmon or Claiborne at 6…I just can’t see value trading with any team except the Rams…

    Spielman would need most of Miami’s draft to drop to the 8th spot in the draft…And the Browns know that…The Browns are not going to deal any picks to move up because of that…

  349. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil Smith Quick All three will fit the bill perfectly!!!

  350. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    News out on Brian Quick

  351. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    ESPN’s Mel Kiper has actually moved Appalachian State WR Brian Quick up to #4 on list of wide receiver prospects.

    This is interesting because he has him ahead of Stephen Hill and Rueben Randle, both of whom have been listed as first-round talents in recent weeks. Quick does have great game tape but he put together a poor performance at this year’s Senior Bowl which affected his stock a bit.

  352. By vikesfan12 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Thats just because Mayok said Quick was a sleeper!!!!LOL

  353. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill isnt a first-round player. Hes Demaryius Thomas 2.0, and thats not a compliment..

  354. By TheValentine84 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @ Iowa,
    SS Allen won’t last until the 5th round… If anything we need to pick him up in the 3rd or 4th, our safeties suck. If Hill is there in round 2 I would like that pick, otherwise I like Alshon at that spot. The rest seem ok

  355. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond – What made them move Quick back up to the top?

  356. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Miami would have to trade us their first, second and both third rounders for a trade just to equal the worth of our pick in the first round. I think because we’d be giving up on the possibility to draft Kalil, they’ll need to add in next year’s first round pick to make the deal worth it.

    Only make the deal if it rips off the Dolphins! Anything less than what I suggested isn’t enough of a ripoff to make it worth it!

  357. By DeerTracks on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Bozz—I just watched the Redskins–Vikings game again. Did you watch that game? This was the game that Ponder started, but got dinged up pretty bad, and Joe Webb came in and run for one TD and threw for another! He was great in that game, and very good in other games, when he was given a chance to play! He was also used for couple of plays as a WR and RB…Vikes won that one!

    The day those idiots in the front office trade him away is the day I start cheering the team that gets Webb!..

    And every time he plays the Vikings, I will be standing up cheering him on!! Webb is and will be a starting QB for whomever gets him! Too bad the Viking Idiots don’t understand this..Joe Webb IS a better QB then Ponder!! Wake Up!!!!!

  358. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Parody it must the 2011 production and game tape for quick. randle and hill stats on the low side last year. Looking more and more like the kid is ready to go the NFL

  359. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Im disgusted by the fact that the Vikings organization WANTS Ponder to succeed, and Webb to fail. Sure Webbs not the best quarterback in the world, but he has something that I love…a clutch gene. But so far in Ponders brief career, he has shown little to zero clutchness.

    Against the Packers with a chance to make the game winning drive, we were forced to punt.

    Against the Broncos with a chance to make the game winning drive, he throws an int on the first snap.

  360. By KoN on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb is NOT a better QB than Ponder. I am a Joe Webb fan and would really love to see this team utilize his unique skill set more often, but Ponder is hands down the better player at the QB position. The reason Webb seemed to succeed when Ponder could not was due to the fact that teams did not gameplan for Webb and he came in after halftime so it was hard for them to make adjusments. Again this is not meant to be a slam of Webb, he is definetely the better athlete, but not the better QB.

    Fun Fact: Ponder had almost a full yard more per rushing attempt than Webb did (7.8 to 7.0).

  361. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Lol. I cant stop laughing!

  362. By vikings4life on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is a question mark and if the jury is still out on sanchez who i agree is not a elite QB if the Jets would have taken Josh Freeman they would of won a SB one of those two years. But Back to Ponder he is not proven a thing, went 1-8 as a starter that is awful. IF matt ryan and Sanchez are getting critized for not being a franchise qb its impossible to even say if he is good or bad same with Joe webb. Here is a fact that everyone forgets to leave out. JOE WEBB has never had a full season at one position. How can so many people overlook that. If he had had all last year getting QB reps week in and week out only worrying about that. Getting First team reps, there is no telling where Joe would be. Last year no doubt Webb gave our team the best chance to win week in and week out.

  363. By Odin on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Doesnt sound like much to me…just another band-aid. I am not impressed with player draft selection and for sure player development. Maybe things will change with some of the coaching changes but all in all this has to be a huge draft for this crew. Get’r’done boys

  364. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Healing is much more successful if you apply a bandage rather than trusting it to heal completely on its own. Trust me, I speak from experience. I have many scars that never received bandages, and other wounds that were treated properly and are now impossible to find.

  365. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer! I hope that’s not your attitude towards people.

  366. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @Vikings4Life,

    I agree with your as*ses*sment of Webb. However, we cannot judge Ponder by his “1-8″ record. Playing QB is not the same as pitching in baseball. You need other people. In baseball, it’s possible to win the game almost w/o anyone else’s help!

    I will be using a Chuck Noll quote at the beginning of the next blog which emphasizes this difference.

    Like you I am hopefull that Webb will be the main Vikings QB in the near future!

  367. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hey…Spencer,

    We agree on the Webb-Ponder QB controversy. Webb could very well be the better QB. Time will tell.

  368. By Lance on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I also believe webb is a better QB then ponder. No offence but when they ranked the leagues starting QB’s Ponder was ranked 27th ! thats not fanchise kind of ranking here lol when analysts everywhere thought he would be average qb at best. The only people who think ponder is franchise is the vikings staff and the fans that believe them.

    I have no doubts he is a starter in this league. But we gave a lot away picking him at 12. Webb is just as good mobiliy as ponder. He also has a better arm. Aim and timing comes together with reps during practice and games. He isnt getting much of either. What did ponder seriously do to impress anyone?

    We will look back oneday and wish we waited for dalton or mallet.

  369. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks, Spencer, Vikings4Life,

    Where have you guys been? I can’t believe the Vikings would be stupid enough to trade Webb. But then what happened with the drafts of 2009 and 2010?

    Make NO MISTAKE, I’m for WEBB-PONDER at Quarterback for the MN Vikings in 2012!

  370. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Lance, DeerTracks, Spencer, Vikings4Life, Frederick Jones:

    Is this the short-list for a Webb-Ponder QB outlook for the Vikings?

  371. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    iowaVike,

    You put a lot of work into your Mock Draft.

    But I don’t think either of those WRs will even start for the Vikings. We cannot
    a s s u m e that Schwartz is any good. Therefore only Kalil is any good at all.
    AND WE DO NOT KNOW that Spielman will draft Kalil.

    That’s why I’m pushing for 2 OLs and 2 DBs in the first four rounds. There is no reason the Vikings could not do it.

  372. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    “They are running around like it’s a Chinese fire drill out there!”
    Hank Stram, KC Chiefs Head Coach of Super Bowl VI

    WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!!!

    Too much emphasis about other positions such as QB, WR, LB, etc.

    HAVE WE FORGOTTEN ALREADY!!!

    WE MUST HAVE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS

    Do not lead RICK SPIELMAN Astray. He needs encouragement to pick the
    unglamorous pick. D. back O line

    MEN…stay focused!!!

  373. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    This may be the most excited I have ever been looking foward to pre-season football.

    - How will Matt Kalil and the new o-line play?
    - Will Toby emerge as a quality backup?
    - Carlson and Rudolph….how will they be worked into the offense?
    - Has Ponder progressed into a suitable starter?
    - Manny Arceneaux, the 6’2 WR we got from the CFL last year, how will he fair?
    - Will this be the year Everson Griffin breaks out…forcing us to trade JA?
    - How will Chris Carr, Bowman, and Burton play in coverage?
    - Finally, The Great One returns to battle, will he continue to show promise and step into the Elite Cornerback Class?

    Dam…I cant wait for the pre-season!

  374. By Lance on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    My mock. But now I will be changing my 3rd because we signed carr

    1st Rd – Matt Kalil LT/USC
    Height/weight 6-7/306 Might be the best LT available in he draft in years.
    Will be a pro bowl player at his position for years. Will be a key role in
    the Vikings offense given he stays healthy for 10+ Years. Vikings largest
    need is at LT. No brainer Matt Kalil will be a Viking at the 3rd overall
    pick in the 1st rd.

    2nd Rd – Trumaine Johnson CB/Montana
    Height/weight 6-2/204 Ranked 11 overall In CB’s, However he has played all
    kinds of positions. Johnson even played QB in highschool and passed for
    1800 yards 500 rush yards and 22 TD’s in one year. He also played WR.
    He was WR switched to CB in college having a very good career. He will fall
    a bit and was ranked 11 because of Height and weight. His skills at pass
    defence and run defence has made him perfect fit at SS. The switch will be
    easy. Vikings have a meeting to meet with him as well. Vikings will trade
    down to about the 20th pick in 2nd rd. Switching 2nd’s and picking up an
    extra 3rd rd pick.

    3rd Rd – Chase Minnifield CB
    Height/weight 5-10/183 Possesses all the skills at CB and fits our system.
    Will give bowman a challenge to compete for a role this year. Vikings will
    choose this young talent at 3rd overall selection in the 3rd.

    3rd Rd – Juron Criner WR/Arizona
    Height/weight 6-4/215 Criner played well as a frshman, even starting three
    games, but really put his name on the program in the next season turning in
    nine of his 45 catches for 582 yards into scores. As impressive as that
    total was, Criner picked up his play in 2011, enjoying one of the best
    seasons ever by a Wildcat receiver. Criner earned First Team All P@c-10
    with 82 catches for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns. We need a tall
    fast reciever. At the mid of 3rd round he is a steal. He will be able to
    compete for a starting role on our horrible WR core and be an impact player
    we are lookng for in the 3rd round.

    4th Rd – Brandon Brooks/Miami(OH)
    Height/weight 6-5/353 The vikings will look to add competition for our OL.
    He could be a starter this year. He will provide depth and positioned to go
    in the mid 3rd round. He may fall I feel due to a lot of talent and lack of
    need of OG. He will be a 4th rd pick at a 3rd grade. Maybe now we can let go
    of Charlie Johnson. Maybe trade Charlie to philly.
    He missed most of the first half of the 2010 season as a junior, but started
    at both left tackle and left guard down the stretch, earning Second Team All
    MAC honors. Brooks started every game in 2011 as a senior (12 starts)
    earning Second Team All-MAC honors for the third consecutive season.

    4th Rd – Dajohn Harris DT/Southern Cal.
    Height/weight 6-3/306 He earned a starting role in 2010 as a junior and
    statistically had his best season, recording 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss,
    3.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one interception. Harris
    was part of a heavy line rotation in 2011 as a senior, but still started 10
    games at defensive tackle, finishing with 22 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss,
    1.5 sacks, and six pass breakups. For a big man he has a quick bust and tons
    of strength making him in a few year my new Pat Williams.

    4th Rd – Jerry Franklin ILB/Arkansas
    Height/Weight Has a wide trunk and thickly-built frame with good enough length
    (33 1/4-inch arms). Strong and stout against the run, filling lanes with power
    and an attacking mentality. Big, aggressive hitter who can lay the wood.
    Has good awareness to quickly locate the ball, keeping his eyes up and on point.
    Has good balance and short-area burst to stay on his feet through contact. An
    opportunistic defender, tallying five interceptions and four fumble recoveries
    with two defensive TDs. Started 50 games the past four seasons with 376 career
    tackles. Rated higher then burfict but may slip past 4 and into 5th because of
    talent at LB in FA still available. At the bottom of the 4th RD in our comp pic
    this guy maybe enough to start for us and fill our MLB position.

    5th Rd – DeAngelo Peterson TE/LSU
    Height/weight 6-3/243 Many will want to shot me for picking a TE here at 5.
    I feel he is a 3rd or 4th rd talent that falls. Makes him my BPA at this point.
    May add a little depth for our TE position now that we will be seeing more
    2 TE sets. He is more known for blocking and thats advantage over the ones we
    currently roster. Not a hole filler but he will be our BPA at 5th.

    6th Rd – Blair Walsh K/Georgia

    7th Rd – Tysyn Hartman FS/Kansas State
    7th Rd – Chris Owusu WR/Stanford

    Will add more info on the others this took a lot of time already lol

  375. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    “They are running around like it’s a Chinese fire drill out there!”
    Hank Stram, KC Chiefs Head Coach of Super Bowl VI

    Chiefs 23 Vikings 7

    WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!!!

    Too much emphasis about other positions such as QB, WR, LB, etc.

    HAVE WE FORGOTTEN ALREADY!!!

    WE MUST HAVE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS

    Do not lead RICK SPIELMAN Astray. He needs encouragement to pick the
    unglamorous pick. D. back O line

    MEN…stay focused!!!

  376. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @Lance,

    If we were able to get that mock draft, or even close we would be okay. Spielman is smart, he wouldn’t be GM if he wasn’t.

    But there are lots of kinds of intelligences. He doesn’t seem to have football sense. Perhaps he watches too much Stephen A., , or listens to Barrerio too much. I’m not sure.

    Last year was the most bizarre draft ever by the MN Vikings. Not many people agreed with the direction they went. They say it takes 3 years to judge a draft, but they didn’t pick the positions they needed!!!

  377. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    I share your excitement about Chris Cook. Hopefully Frazier does as well!

  378. By KoN on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly believe that Ponder has what it takes to become a top 10-12 QB at some point in his career. He’s a super quick learner ( I can’t remember who it was, but someone posted that the amount of plays musgrave could call actually increased when Ponder ( a rookie) took over from Mcnabb (a veteran)), he has the drive to improve his game, when he gets time to throw he is a very accurate passer, he has a much stronger arm than people believed he did coming out of college, and he is much more athletic than people give him credit for.

  379. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    nice lance you two ol in four rounds. Criner taller than some thought…

  380. By Lance on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    KoN I dont hate Ponder. I think he has a lot of good things for him. I just dont see a mass improvement from Webb to Ponder. Infact no is sure if he is any improvement at all compared to Webb. I think picking him at 12 was to high. I dont share the view of a top 12. I see more of a top 20 maybe.

  381. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @KoN,

    Remember that McNabb came from another type of offense. Ponder used a similar offense at Florida St. Univ.

  382. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    SPIELMAN:

    GOAL:

    2 OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND 2 DEFENSIVE BACKS CHOSEN IN THE FIRST FOUR ROUNDS OF THE DRAFT.

  383. By Lance on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Amen to that Fredrick !

    also for anyone interesting how they ranked the leagues starting qb’s

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8281b796/article/quarterback-rankings-eli-manning-tops-list-heading-into-2012?module=HP11_cp

    thats the link, tho i dont agree with eli at top but some of it makes sense. and when it comes down to it. Ponder really is so far ranked there until he can win games. Though i really hope he isnt right about what they say about him being a gabbert tho

  384. By sandiamond on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Owusu college concussion concern

  385. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    When you say defensive backs, you mean safeties right?

  386. By Mike B. on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    1 WR too

  387. By RichardA1 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    this guy already cooked before the nfl. three knockouts in a year

  388. By Spencer on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Gahh Dam…maybe Sanu should just retire.

  389. By VegasVike on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    If anyone watched the 2011 games with Ponder under center you saw a mobile QB that not only “rolled” out but HAD to roll BACK!! The guy had ZERO protection! I love Webb as much as everyone else but lets not roll the bus over Ponder yet. Remember Brad Johnson? Not the strongest arm but a ton of smarts, like Ponder. And, oh yeah, he has a ring.

  390. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Thats why the vikings should consider drafing Guards like Kevin Zeitler (Wisconsin), Amini Silatolu (Midwestern State), James Brown (Troy), Brandon Washington (Miami), Or the most interesting prospect in my mind, Kelechi Osemele (Iowa State) a guy who can play anywhere on the line but the Center position.

  391. By Woodboat on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    WOW!!!

    What with all these “special teams stars” we are signing, we ought to have the best kick coverage in the league!!! Take THAT, Packers!!!

  392. By Woodboat on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, no one can really give a final grade to Ponder. He didn’t have time enough in the backfield to show what he can do.

    When he was drafted, he was sold to us as a smart QB with an accurate arm, especially in the short game. Our O Line and our OC failed to set him up for success. HOPEFULLY our O Line improves and our OC uses what he has effectively. (Why did Rudolph see so little playing time?)

    Harvin, Rudolph, the kid from Seattle (already forgot his name… :p ), Jenkins (or high rd rookie draft pick)… if we have an O Line this year, maybe we’ll see what Ponder can do with the ball…

  393. By Woodboat on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    CARLSON… that’s the kids name…

  394. By VegasVike on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Im with ya WOODBOAT – nobody who knows NFL should judge Ponder yet. The boy can move! (we used to have a mobile QB like that… What was his name??? Fran who?)

  395. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    My latest mock after looking over the top performers in the combine and comparing them to their projected draft value:

    1) OT Matt Kalil
    4.99 40, 30 bench reps. This pick wouldn’t have changed even if he wasn’t among the top performers at his position.

    2) SS Harrison Smith
    4.57 40, 19 bench reps, 34″ vertical. Combine that with him being one of the two tallest safeties in this class and his value shines through. This guy will be winning jump-bálls in the endzone, keeping from being outrun on the deep routes, and hitting WRs hard making them regret trying to catch the ball. Some say he won’t fall to us, but he very well could, and if he does this decision should be in before the announcer finishes saying that the Vikings are on the clock.

    3) WR Jenkins
    4.39 40, 38.5″ vertical. He is exactly the type of guy we need for the outside speedster, who also has the height & jumping ability to reach over most DBs in the NFL.

    4a) OLB Bradham/Davis
    4.64/4.61 40, 24/32 bench reps, 37/38.5″ vertical. Both of these guys look to be solid players who can step in and replace Erin with ease in their 2nd year. They have the speed, height and jumping ability to challenge most receivers they’d match up against in the NFL, and the strength to step up against the run.

    4b) CB Judie/Sensabaugh
    4.48/4.42 40, 37/37″ Vertical. Either one of these guys would be a good value pick to add some competition to the CB group, and they both have plenty of potential to become the #2 CB by 2013, after the FAs we signed this year at the position start looking for new contracts.

    4c) LB Acho/Carder
    4.73/4.69 40, 24/na bench reps, 35.5/34.5″ Vertical. Either one of these players would be a good prospect to throw into competition with Brinkley for the MLB spot. Let the best player win, and push forward with him going into 2013.

    5) DT Wolfe/Roy
    33/32 bench reps. Neither one of these guys appears to be a stellar player, but either one could provide some extra competition at the position to help make sure our entire DLine is strong.

    6) OL Potter/Reynolds/Johnson/Miller
    No big standouts here from the combine, but all could provide solid depth at the line and start competing for a starting spot as early as 2013. Unlike some, I don’t think that we need to go crazy with the oline this year. So long as we’re making a solid effort to improve them, we can be patient and see if the youngsters are capable of stepping up. If not, there’s still future drafts to help them out.

    7a) WR Owusu/ SS Richardson/Mitchèll
    4.36/4.52/4.63 40, 19/22/19 bench reps, 40.5/38.5/37″ vertical. Any one of these three would provide solid depth simply from the fact that they’re all within the top 15 of their positions at each of the aforementioned combine skills. I’d prefer Owusu, but I can see him being selected much earlier, so Richardson or Mitchéll would be great consolation prizes.

    7b) Best kicker available.
    We all know it, Ryan Longwell needs to take the long out of his name. It just isn’t there anymore. The team has been flirting with finding a replacement for him over the past couple of years, and may end up going through with it this year.

  396. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I Think we should draft a Guard in the second round NOT a receiver.

  397. By VegasVike on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    STAMP THAT!! Parody! Nice homework !

  398. By KoN on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t need a guard in the second round, we need to give a chance to the guys that we already have. If none of them work out, we can draft a guard high next year, but to do so this year and potentially end up wasting a high round pick on a guy that might not play is dumb.

  399. By josh k on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    our two starting guards got cut and we most likely will draft an LT. what are we guna do about the guards? we had the worst line in the NFL and we cut 2 STARTERS. hutch was our best linemen.

    our DBs will improve most of the fans dont realize our DBs were all injured or in jail. they will improve even without drafting a CB but we do need at least 1 safety. Hubdullah is decent.

    top needs OL/WR then S

    can anyone name a playoff team that doesnt have elite receivers?

  400. By Nicholas on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I like Ponder, but I really hope that he is able to learn how to read defenses this offseason.

    I’ll be happy if we see even just a marked improvement this year. With an improved O-line, more weapons to throw to, and a full offseason…the sky is the limit.

    I really don’t want him to turn into the next T. Jackson.

  401. By KoN on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    I like your draft Parody, other than 4a. I would prefer to take Minnefield there and move all of the remaining picks up one (4b:ILB 4c:DT 5:OL 6:WR
    7a K and 7b anything). That being said, I’d still be pretty happy if it worked out the way you have it.

  402. By TheValentine84 on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Wow Parody, excellent mock. Only way I see us not taking a WR in the 2nd is if Smith is still on the board. About Jenkins though in the 3rd, why not Mr. Quick? 4 inches taller and stronger, may not be as fast but we have that in Percy. Either one would be a great addition to our decimated receiver corps.

  403. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    FYI – Drafting high offensive linemen is not a sure-fire strategy to getting a great line! This is especially true in the inside of the line. Guards are frequently selected in the late-first round through the second. However, this year’s pro-bowl squads consisted of only 2 guards drafted in the first two rounds, with two more drafted in rounds 4 and 5, and the other 2 being undrafted free agents!

    These guys are the best of the best, and they’re being found at every level. So it seems a fair conclusion that it’s not their ability coming out of college that determines their success, rather their personal drive to improve and the coaching/team around them that helps more than anything.

    We picked up 3 players with a lot of potential for the offensive line over the past two years. Let’s see if they have been able to build on that potential, while finding one more with potential in later rounds during this year’s draft. Kalil will make a big improvement for our line, so we just need to see if any of the guys we already have are improving themselves so that they can contribute to the group’s improvements in 2012.

  404. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    KoN – before my research, I would have been happy with Minnifield, but he didn’t break the top-15 in any of the three categories, and he measures in at a mere 5’10″. On paper, he looks pretty bad, but I haven’t seen him or just about any other college player in action, so his skills could outweigh all of that. However, I like the potential from Judie/Sensabaugh with a compensatory pick better, especially since we’ve added some CBs in free agency.

  405. By Parody on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Valentine – Same reason against quick that I had against Minnifield. His combine numbers just don’t support the pick. Jenkins’ better jumping ability looks to be enough to get him as high as Quick can get, and he’s one of the fastest guys out there.

    Percy’s speed is more for getting yards after the catch. I think Jenkins is more the type of guy who can stretch the field and bring a couple of DBs with him to take pressure off the running game. Something tells me that Quick wouldn’t be able to do that as effectively.

  406. By KoN on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    Fair enough Parody, I haven’t seen Minnefield in action either. The only reason that I liked him was because I heard from a couple of sources that he could be the best zone corner in the draft. Plus his dad was supposedly a really good corner in Clevland, although that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

  407. By Mike R. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Iowa viking

    I thought I was the only one who heard of or saw Tavon Wilson out of Illinois..Wow..you all are doing homework.

    Parody

    I like Bradham,Sensabaugh (thanks to sandiamond) and SS Richardson (I liked him during season and had good combine but ball skills can be improved cause he was mainly run stopping S.

  408. By Mike R. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    What I don’t get is some of the mocks have a DT (Randall,Wolf,Roy). I still like Jaye Howard from Florida as a late round sleeper. He doesn’t seem to be getting any love…..

  409. By dreskee on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    this message is for rick speilman please draft clayborne we need him we need a right tackle bad to we should have address that in free agency instead we sign a fb and a tight end give me a break the vinkings make me sick there a sad team rick speilman is a joke and why is asher allen jimmy klein abdula jamarcus sanford still on this roster leslie frazer needs to go to fire him u get ap hurt he should have not been playing its time for all u vikes fans to wake up we suck are owner a real estate guy come on where in for a 4 12 season

  410. By Mike R. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    As far as S position, DJ Campbell from Cal has scheduled private workouts with Vikings, Cowboys and Chargers.

  411. By TheValentine84 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Dreskee,
    Free agent tackles are few and far between, there are plenty more CB’s in free agency which is why we addressed that position of need with Bowman and Carr. And also, I’m pretty sure we got rid of jimmy. With a strong draft, we could be looking at .500 season, which I would be fine with for a rebuilding year.

  412. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    “I lift things up and put them down…”

  413. By Matthias on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Clairborne wouldn’t flourish like he could in the cover 2. So just draft Kalil.

  414. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I can see why fans are asking for CB and S help in this springs draft…But lets remember Winfield and Cook saw little playing time last season…Both should be ready to go this year…And the Vikings picked up a few free agents that might help out the secondary also…

    I think the DT and LB positions is the bigger need right now…There is no pressure coming from the middle of the Vikings defensive line…Our DE’s are doing just fine…Middle pressure is invisible…More pressure in the opposing QB’s face…Allows the secondary to make some big plays…

    I think Guion in his 3rd year will be okay with Williams this season…But a player is needed at DT to spell those 2 players and learn the ropes…

    LB is a must !!!…The Vikings need to find 2 play-makers at the LB position this spring…Brinkley is a run stuffer at MLB and a good second stringer….Vikings need a big motor ~ an every down sideline to sideline MLB…A player that can eventually call or change the plays at the line of scrimmage after seeing the offense line up…

    1. Kalil
    2. WR- LB
    3. LB- WR
    4. DT-S-CB-LB-WR
    5. CB-S-OL-LB
    6. WR-CB-OL
    7. best player available

  415. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    RBrooks…. LSU special teams gorilla/ ballhawk cb/ surefire tackler

  416. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Bleacherreport has ranked the top 150 WR’s from last season.
    Those included are:

    -Benard Berrian
    -Micahel Jenkins
    -Greg Camrillo
    -Percy Harvin

    I think theyre all properly ranked, but I am kind of surprsied that Devin Aromoshadu wasnt included.

  417. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1133013-br-nfl-1000-top-150-wide-receivers

  418. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    spencer we have to draft 2 Wide receivers in the draft. 0 attention in free agency, never replaced sidney rice and never replaced BB and never put Manny on the field! added two street guys named kris and kerry for pete’s sake

  419. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…Aromashodu was in the report. He ranked 116 ahead of Jenkins at 129. Considering this don’t you think we need to pick WR in 2nd or 3rd round ?

  420. By josh k on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    wide receiversssssssss

  421. By SackMaster on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    This is a way better deal than the Carlson one. We over payed an injury prone mediocre Tightend 25 mil .

  422. By paul on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I hate that we are getting a 2009 season Saints defensive player. In my opinion they should all be banned from the game.

  423. By Meekay on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Safety is still a bigger need than WR. That being said, I just don’t think the value will be there to get a Safety at pick 2. Most likely, a WR will be the BPA and I don’t have a problem with that.

  424. By justin on Apr 14, 2012 | Reply

    1st Round: OT Matt Kalil
    2nd Round: WR Alshon Jeffrey
    3rd Round: CB Trumaine Johnson
    4th Round: WR T.Y.Hilton
    4th Round: CB Chase Minnefield
    4th Round: OLB Sean Spence
    5th Round: DT Josh Chapman
    6th Round: HB Tauren Poole
    7th Round: OT Andrew Datko
    7th Round: K Carson Wiggs

  425. By Carl on Apr 15, 2012 | Reply

    Granddaddy purp,
    #3 Kalil OT Usc
    Trade our #35 pick to Philadelphia for there #46 & #51
    #46 Hosely CB
    #51 T. Johnson CB/S
    #66 Childs WR
    #98 Jones WR California
    #128 Cole ILB NC State

  426. By Petie97 on Apr 15, 2012 | Reply

    So there are some reports out there that say the Vikes might consider moving Winfield to Saftey. What do you guys think?

  427. By teddy1 on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    that’s great but i think that you need to update these things (free agent signings, draft picks) on the depth chart more often.

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