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A Closer Look: Notre Dame S Harrison Smith

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 12, 2012 – 6:47 am

We are two weeks away from the start of the 2012 NFL Draft, with the 1st round scheduled to begin on the evening of Thursday, April 26. Over the past few days, though, my inbox has been filled with questions about a player who likely won’t be selected until the 2nd round, which will occur on the evening of Friday, April 27.

That player is Notre Dame S Harrison Smith. Obviously the secondary is an area of need for the Vikings, so the fan base’s interest in Smith is not surprising. But the buzz has been building around Smith, and from all the information I’ve gathered it’s clear that he’s a player rising up draft boards as we get closer and closer to showtime.

For those of you not familiar with Smith, he’s a 6-2, 214-pound safety who also played some linebacker at Notre Dame. He was a 5th-year senior and team captain in 2011 and he’s also the only player in Irish football history to register more than 200 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 15 pass breakups in a career.

During this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, we had Vikings preseason TV analyst and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on the Wobcast. Smith came up in our discussion with Mayock, and Mayock has an interesting perspective on Smith because he’s been the TV analyst for Notre Dame on NBC the past two seasons. On top of that, Mayock played safety in the NFL, so you know he has a discerning eye for the position.

Here’s what Mayock had to say about how Smith projects to the NFL…

“Harrison Smith from Notre Dame is a better safety than people think,” Mayock said. “What Harrison Smith does, is he’s a better athlete than people think, he’s a 215-pound safety, he can play strong and free, he’s more athletic than people give him credit for, he will line everybody up because he’s one of the smarter kids out there, and he’s an excellent tackler. I think he’s going in the second round. So if you’re talking about a second-round safety, there’s a big drop off at the safety position after Harrison Smith.”

It’s a great evaluation of Smith, and it makes you wonder if Smith wouldn’t be a great option for the Vikings in the 2nd round with the 35th overall selection. From the sounds of it, Smith would be an impact player for the Vikings immediately because he’d probably have one of the starting safety spots and I’m also told he’d be a standout player on special teams because of his instincts and outstanding tackling ability.

What do you think, fans? Would you be happy with Smith as the Vikings choice in the 2nd round to fill a team need in the secondary? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below this entry.


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  1. By Anton on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think if the Vikes take Kalil at #3 and then Smith at 35 I would be very happy. It would fill two needs and we would have two good players one on D and one on th O line. We will see.

  2. By reeves on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    In my opinion Smith is a must have he is an obvious choice because we have needed a safety since sharper was let go and if we get a impact safety that will help our corners out a ton because last year they were always left out on a island by themselves which is why they always looked soo bad. So we need him as much as we need Kalil easy choice if he is there

  3. By Richard1A on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We need coachs who can install discipline, coachs who are proven, experienced.

  4. By Richard on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Please do not I repeat do not , waste a third overall pick on a lineman , over the years we have groomed some good lineman into stars , I would wait honestly . On the other hand trading the first round pick and solidifying our other needs wouldn’t be a bad idea …. Like seriously USC hasn’t been much or produced much since Pete Carroll left … Just a thought… I like smith and him playing linebacker at one point might bring some grittiness to the position we haven’t had since Darren Sharper … Imma try vikes fan …. So do me and all the other loyal fans a justice and don’t waste that pick … PLEASE!!!!

  5. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yes on Smith. He’s an obvious choice if he’s there in the 2nd. Grab a speedy WR in the third, and then start building depth and future talent from there on out.

  6. By iluvbears on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I love the idea of drafting a potential difference maker at safety. It has been too long watching the ineffectiveness of players at that position.

  7. By mgr4fun on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Mike you know i am smilin about this topic, we hav been talkin together back and forth about SS Harrison Smith in the 2nd rnd at pick #35 for a while now. Kalil in the 1st rnd #3 will be the next “Ron Yary / Gary Zimmerman” for the next decade plus. And Smith will be the qb of the d-backs for the next 10 to 15 years, the best safety since “Joey Browner” and will maybe chase down “Paul Krause’s” nfl record for interceptions in a career. Smith has a nose for the ball and is a tackling machine, an immediate impact player … gee do we need one of those kinda guys … hmmmm … if i was i charge the first two cards for the draft would already be written out!!! As always Mike gr8 job.

  8. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder why this wasn’t in the news last summer:

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/04/12/nfl-star-bryant-mckinnie-lockout-loan-lawsuit/

    Apparantly McKinnie couldn’t wait for his paycheck, so he took out a $4 Million dollar loan during the lockout. And then he went into default on the loan payments when he got cut. Whoops!

    What I’d like to know is, what insanely expensive thing could have possibly been so important to make him need that kind of loan that he just couldn’t wait for?

  9. By govikesgo28 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    yes!!!! thats exactly what we need!! two solid picks for us would be huge and could help us out a lot. #3 Kalil and #35 Smith for sure! There’s nothing else we should be doing than that!

  10. By Carl K on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil in round 1
    and Harrison Smith in round 2 would be a solid start to a great 2012 draft.
    A good safety can help a corner look much better.

    We will get a solid player with pick #35.

  11. By kevinwi on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I watched tape on Smith vs Stanford. He is average at best in a very mediocre safety class. Takes poor angles, is very stiff, doesn’t have good hands (yes, aren’t you tired of our safeties dropping sure INT’s?) and is slower on film in coverage and doesn’t adjust well. Yes, when he hits, he hit’s hard. i’ll give him that.

    He is NOT 2nd round talent. He is in the mix with almost all of the other S in this weak class down at 3rd or 4th round grade. Barron is about the only S worthy of a high grade. Antonio Allen out of S. Carolina would be an excellent 4th round draft selection if Smith is gone by then. Vikings should stick to ranking of needs and WR is the first real need and CB is the second real need (after drafting Kalil that is) so those two positions should be drafted in 2 and 3 before we select a S, MLB or DT. JMO

  12. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2012/04/12/cosell-talks-whats-at-a-premium/

  13. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    trying SS talk, can’t even post a comment

  14. By kevin on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    i been saying this from the start… kalil #3 and smith #35 and third round draft the best WR

  15. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

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

  16. By doug brown on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I agree 100 percent. We need to beef up the secondary he would be a great choice. Vike fans are waiting for improvment. We need a team to cheer for other then the only winning team (links)…

  17. By doug brown on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Lynx :)

  18. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would take Mark Barron over Harrison Smith, if he’s there at the 35th pick!!WR Brian Quick in the 3rd round!! I’m starting to get concerned with our 1st pick!! We are not use to having such a high pick in the draft, I’m worried we’ll trade the pick, and lose out on Matt Kalil!! This has to be our pick, don’t get greedy GM Spielman!! This guy is in the same class as some of the greatset LT’s in football!! We haven’t seen the likes of him here since Gary Zimmerman!! It will solidify that position for 10+ years!!

  19. By doug brown on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If rick spielman trades are 1 draft pick ill turn in my season tickets. Rick Spielman=scrub GM get rid of him and maybe we will win more then 2 games.

  20. By Carl K on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @kevinwi- I was pretty high an Antonio Allen a couple months ago… but that was until I found out Frazier thinks he is just a hybrid safety.

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/03/28/vikings-interest-in-hybrid-safety-antonio-allen-could-hint-at-defensive-tweaks/

    Some people think Antonio Allen doesn’t have starter-caliber smarts and instincts.

    I would have to agree with Mayock that the safety class drops off after Harrison Smith.

    Kevinwi – you might be right that the Vikings will draft Antonio Allen later… but there are reasons why Allen doesn’t have a higher grade. Allen is ranked 140 over all by nfldraftscout.com

  21. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Smith is ranked a late second round pick…The value picks at the top of the second round are the WR’s and DT’s…

    I would get a solid WR with pick #35…I think there isn’t much drop off in talent if the Vikings took CB/S Trumaine Johnson in the third round…
    Or even S Brandon Taylor in the third round…

    Vikings need to make a trade and get a second pick in the second round…Just don’t mess with the first round pick….Vikings need Kalil…

  22. By Jerry Carrier on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I love Smith as the Vikes #2. I want them to take him or CB Alfonzo Denard.

  23. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    “A quarterback depends on his teammates to be successful. A lot of people try to equate his role with that of a baseball pitcher in baseball, but they’re vastly different. A good pitcher can completely dominate a game. A good quarterback still has to depend on the line in front of him, his backs, and the men he throws to.”

    *Chuck Noll, winning coach of four super bowls in five years for the Pittsburgh Steelers

  24. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Barron definitely won’t be there. He only continues to climb draft boards. Last I saw, the Cowboys were projected to take him with the 14th pick, but that he could also be grabbed in the top-10.

  25. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Smith ranked out #38-#45 range. My gut tells Me we need two Safties in later rounds………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  26. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Todd McShay on Mike&Mike this morning had this to say about Matt Kalil…

    “I see Matt Kalil as being like a Joe Thomas…But with a more nasty attitude”

    Tell me the Vikings do not need a player like that on their team at LT ??…

  27. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K, 61Vikings, govikingsgo28, mgr4fun, reeves, Anton, and Jones…

    There are some SMART Vikings fans out there. And so far ony one vote against picking Kalil in the first round at #3.

    Rick Spielman :)
    Rick Spielman :)
    Rick Spielman do not fool around with our #3 pick. NOBODY knows for sure what other teams will do. Who is to say that the Browns won’t pick Kalil for themselves. Then they would have two GREAT OTs for the next ten years. I’d do that in a heart beat!!!

  28. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – The Vikings do not need a player like that on their team at LT.

    .

    .

    .

    Wow…that was easier than I thought!

  29. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil,

    I heard that on Mike & Mike in the Morning as well. I like Mike Golic, he isn’t scripted like many of the other broadcasters.

    Did you happen to catch Mike Mayock’s Offensive Line positions? I think the top 5 Guards are all from the Big Ten. What does this guy do, flip thru magazines and pick the ones who are written up as being the best?

    I do not regard him as an expert.

  30. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody

    What are you trying to do?

  31. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    NO NEW NEWS HERE… WE’RE AT LEAST 2-3 YEARS AWAY… SO HERE COMES THE CURVE BALL….

    VIKINGS TRADE – – OH, GOD, AM I REALLY POSTING THIS – – ADRIAN PETERSON (TO THE CLEVELAND BROWNS?) FOR MULTIPLE HIGH PICKS WHILE ADRIAN STILL HAS SOME YEARS LEFT. AT LEAST SHOP HIM AROUND.

  32. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we take a WR in the second, then we should go after a safety in the third. I haven’t heard much good talk about him, but on paper it looks like Iloka can do a lot. He’s tall, strong and can jump. Game skills can be taught. I think he may be what we need if we can’t get Smith.

  33. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred

    .

    _

    I’m just pushing people’s buttons.

    =

    +

    ?

    He told us to tell him that, so I did!

  34. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    GET MAT KALIL AND USE THE OTHER ACQUIRED PICKS TO ADD SOME VERY NEEDED QUALITY TO MORE POSITIONS — MAYBE EVEN A YOUNG RICHARDSON AT RB.

    THIS WILL ACCELERATE OUR PROGRAM BY AT LEAST 1 FULL SEASON.

  35. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We know Fusco has an attitude…Spielman is pushing for Fusco to play LG…Put Kalil and Fusco together on Ponders left…Loadholt is getting there…He has a nasty edge of his own…One of the reasons I was happy the Vikings drafted D Love…Is because he also has a nasty edge to him also…Put Sully in the middle…This line could be VERY special this season…

    Just why there has been no word on Love at all though…He is a good player…He had a few small injuries to take care of…But the young man is a beast…Vikes still would have Berger,Degeare,Valdez,Shwartz, and C Johnson for the O-line also…

    It all works GREAT…If…The Vikings take M Kalil with their first pick…

  36. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil 2012 NFL Draft Profile

  37. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Richard and others We absolutely need to Draft Kalil with our #3 pick. He is the most NFL ready player in the Draft. He would be the number 1 pick of the draft, but there is a serious need for QBs.

  38. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think we need to come out as an organization and say Matt Kalil will be our 1st pick, don’t even bother with any trade, because he’s our guy, period!! If we are foolish enough to trade it, to say, the Dolphins at the 8th pick, I would rather take WR Michael Floyd at that pick than another LT like Riley Reiff!! If your not going to take the best LT in the draft in Matt Kalil, then pick one up in the 2nd or 3rd round!!

  39. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We can look at best availible player after this pick is done. Possibly a WR with the second pick as this draft is deep with WR and CBs.

  40. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Op-ed: We lose big if stadium deal doesn’t get done soon

    UPDATED April 11, 2012, 11:04am

    By Sam Grabarski

    http://www.downtownjournal.com/index.php?&story=18304&page=65&category=143

  41. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Kalil,

    As I have stated 150, 000, 000 times, we do not know what to expect from Schwartz. Why did they give him up for so little?

    The other guys will need to pull a “Herschel Walker” or “Dan Gable” during the short off-season time that they have left to be a factor in the NFL.

    Way too risky. Draft Kalil and another OL within the first four rounds.

    Sullivan gets knocked on his rear too much. We need a center.

  42. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    O-LINE + D-LINE EMPHASIS __ THEN CB.

    THE DEFENSIVE RUSH FROM THE FRONT 4 WILL IMPROVE ALL OUR DB’s PLAY.

  43. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @61Vikings I agree with you. We must take Matt Kalil with that first pick. Trading Down means that Speilman has decided to go for Floyd. This is a mistake.

  44. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    61Vikings,

    You had that great post about the old Vikings dominating with offensive and defensive linemen in the late 60’s and 70s.

    If we are stupid enough to trade the #3 pick, then pick the next best tackle.
    WE MUST IMPROVE OUR BUST!!!

  45. By thenaj17 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Like most others have said, Kalil is a surefire bet to be a stud LT and i agree totally with that pick. However, i would be disappointed with H Smith. I just don’t think safety is that good value for a top 2nd round pick. A CB opposite Cook would be nice with Winfield in the slot or a good wideout to help stretch the field. If there is a run stuffing DT that cannot be missed in round 2, i would also accept that knowing that this is a 2 year rebuilding project

  46. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    MUST TRADE ADRIAN WHILE WE STILL CAN.

    GET MULTIPLE HIGH PICKS & ACCELERATE OUR PROGRAM.

    BY THE TIME WE BUILD OUR TEAM, ADRIAN WILL BE A SHADOW OF HIS FORMER GLORY.

  47. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings’ Toby Gerhart expects knee to be ready for OTAs
    By Jeremy Fowler
    Posted: 04/12/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 12, 2012 5:12 AM GMTUpdated: 04/12/2012 12:12:42 AM CDT

    Vikings running back Toby Gerhart is in the final stages of rehab from a torn left medial collateral ligament and plans to fully participate in the team’s organized team activities.

    Vikings players will hit the field with coaches May 29.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20372953/vikings-toby-gerhart-expects-knee-be-ready-otas?source=rss

  48. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    61 another issue is depth at left tackle.Well runs dry quick with ponder’s fla state teammates in rd2 and the possibilty of having to draft two LT’s

  49. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    It’s now 9-1 for Kalil with the votes of Mike B., and Paul M.

    RICK SPIELMAN

    TURN OFF THE TV

    AND PAY ATTENTION!!!

  50. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would be ok with taking a safety at #35, but I think that the team should see what WRs are availible then. If we can get Brian Quick at round three, that would just as good.

  51. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    10-1 FOR kalil by the addition of thenja17

  52. By Jeffbleedspurple on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would be happy if we can get Smith, lord knows we need a SS, that sure would improve our secondary, sure hope it goes down that way.

  53. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Just look what J Allen did for the whole defensive line when he first came to the Vikings…

    He solidified the DE position…Now the Vikings even have some of their best depth at the DE position on the team…Before Allen…There was no pressure from the DE position at all…

    Kalil would have the same effect to the Vikings O-line…He will just make everyone around him better…

  54. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Paul M.,

    But what would we get for Adrian Peterson? That is difficult to see.
    Spielman may already be overloaded with the draft.

  55. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fourth round: Will Vikings continue building D-line here?
    Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, Lions, NFL draft, Brett Favre, Brian Robison, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Ray Edwards, Sage Rosenfels, Tyrell Johnson Updated: April 12, 2012 – 8:17 AM

    At this point, everyone from the expert draftnik to the most casual Vikings fan has discussed the Vikings’ No. 3 overall pick ad nauseam. But what about the team’s nine other picks? What might a team with numerous holes to fill do on Days 2-3 of this month’s NFL draft? On Monday, Access Vikings began a round-by-round look at the team’s history in Rounds 2-7 since Rick Spielman began overseeing the team’s draft preparation as director of player personnel in 2007. We’ll also take a look at players Spielman, now the team’s general manager, might select later this month

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/147081275.html

  56. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Paul M.
    Honestly, I could see that happening!! We would have to get both of their 1st round picks (4th & 21st) in this years draft and a 1st and 2nd next year!! He’s the best RB in football, period!! I would demand that much for him!!

  57. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK,

    We could have a great DL this year. Why not move one of the DEs inside!
    Plus, we seem to have depth and youth there. That is why I don’t promote drafting a DT, even though we do need somebody to step into Pat Williams’ old role and stuff the run.

    Having a good defensive backfield would make running the ball more difficult because teams would have less chances.

    Some comment about Sharper. Sharper was good for one thing…Interceptions.
    Joey Browner was far better.

  58. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ RICK SPIELMAN

    THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A CAT. YOU DON’T NEED TO TRADE DOWN…

    YOU NEED TO TRADE……….. ADRIAN!

    GET KALIL + RICHARDSON? / DECASTRO? / CLAIBORN?

    WOULD THE BROWNS GIVE YOU THERE #4 (+MORE)?

    SHOP AROUND! BE A VISIONARY!!

  59. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Paul M No one is going to trade a bunch of picks for a RB that is on the mend from ACL surgery. Peterson/Allen are the face of the Vikings after the retirement of Kliensasser. It would effect the morale of the team to trade AP now.

  60. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @61Vikings,

    You know darn well that we would never get that much for ANY player.

  61. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ MIKE B.

    I RESPECT YOUR OPINION.

    ADRIAN’S VALUE IS STILL VERY HIGH. JUST LOOK AT A QB NAMED MANNING WHO ALMOST HAD HIS NECK BROKEN — WAS HE STILL VALUABLE TO OTHER TEAMS?

  62. By JACOB KURSCHNER on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    The vikings should either get jenkins the cb from Florida in the second round or Alshon Jeffery.

  63. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    His value on the team is way more than the team could get for draft picks. No one and I mean no one is going to make a Herchel Walker type mistake again. Manning was cut so basically he was a cheap (pick wise) guy to get.

  64. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @the DRS,

    Yes, I forgot C. Ballard.

    There is no reason the Vikings shouldn’t have a very decent DL this year!!!

  65. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    IF ADRIAN COMES BACK AND RUNS LIKE ADRIAN CAN, SPIELMAN SHOULD IMMEDIATELY PUT THE WORD OUT TO OTHER TEAMS.

  66. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we are going to stand pat with our OL then they have to BEGIN working out!!!

  67. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    SPIELMAN HAS NOTHING TO LOSE__ ADRIAN UNDERSTANDS IT’S PART OF THE BUSINESS OF BEING A PRO.

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

    @ Frederick Jones

    Vikings round 1 pick 3: Matt Kalil OT from USC

  69. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Another thing to consider AP would require a significant cap hit on a team wanting to trade. I think this is a total pipe dream.

  70. By Julian S on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    So lets say we trade our third pick to Miami for their 2nd and 3rd round selections. If we take Jonathan Martin or Riley Reiff at number eight, trade up our first 2nd round pick to take Janoris Jenkins, and then take Harrison Smith with our 8th pick in the 2nd. I believe that would be able to fill many holes and get 3 immediate starters on our roster.

  71. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Poll

    Looking over the state of the roster after almost of a month of free agency, and only a few weeks before the draft, which position is now the single biggest need?

    20% Safety 114 votes.

    61% Left Tackle 350 votes.

    10% Wide Receiver 60 votes.

    5% Cornerback 34 votes.

    0% Defensive Tackle 3 votes.

    0% Linebacker 3 votes.

    0% Tight End1 votes.

    0% Running Back3 votes.

    568 votes

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/

  72. By Mike B. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Julian S we trade down to #8 we are going to pick Michael Floyd that’s why Spielman is toying with the idea.

  73. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred
    No doubt!! Our #1 focus has to be our OL!! Matt Kalil has to be our 1st pick, that’s my point, don’t even bother with a trade, just come out and say it as an organization and tell everyone else, don’t bother to call, we have our man in Matt Kalil!!!

  74. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @MIKE B.

    GOOD POINT __ MANNING WAS A SIGNIFICANT CAP HIT ALSO__ BUT PLAYERS LIKE THESE CAN MAKE A HUGE IMPACT ON TICKET & MERCHANDISE SALES FOR THE RIGHT TEAM.

  75. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred…

    I think there was some rumors getting started about having Griffen play LB..

    Our back up DE’s are to small to play DT…And are fast and do their jobs to well at their positions to add weight to them and slow them down to play them at DT…

    Vikings need a good S…I would have no problem with the H Smith pick…Just think high in the second round is to early…Vikings could drop 10 slots and still get Smith…And pick up at least another 3rd round pick in the process…

  76. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred
    That’s basically my way of saying, I would never trade him, the asking price would be to high!!

  77. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Featured Poll

    Poll

    We took Matt Kalil with the 3rd overall pick. With the 35th pick in the 2012 SB Nation Mock Draft, what should the virtual Minnesota Vikings do?

    47%Take the best wide receiver available

    651 votes.46%Take the best defensive back available

    628 votes.4%Take another offensive lineman

    61 votes.1%Take a player at another position (specify in the comments, please)

    19 votes.1359 votes | Poll has closed

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/

  78. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    ALL I’M SAYING IS, IF YOU DON’T ASK, YOU NEVER FIND OUT…

    IT’S LIKE THOSE AUCTION APPRAISAL SHOWS __ YOU JUST CAN’T KNOW HOW VALUABLE A COMMODITY IS TO SOMEONE ELSE.

    IT ONLY TAKES ONE HUNGRY & MOTIVATED BUYER!

    ALSO, I BELIEVE ADRIAN WOULD HAVE A MUCH GREATER IMPACT THAN HERSCHEL WALKER EVER DID.

  79. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK,

    Good point about the DL. Yet, according to the article the DRS posted, C. Ballard could play DT.

  80. By doug brown on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I like this option. Would be hard to see ap go but always need to keep an open mind don’t know how he will play when he returns.

  81. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Julian S.,

    That’s way to complicated for my brain. Besides that it’s risky. We do not know what teams will do. I’d be for moving UP, maybe, because then we would have more control.

  82. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    DEF BPA second pick Barron,Hightower,Still,Worthy, J. Jenkins, Reyes. sorry Smith doesn’t fall in the ranks

  83. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @the DRS,

    Those polls are interesting because they show what we are up against.

    But Rick Spielman will do what he wants regardless. HE PROVED THAT LAST YEAR!!!

  84. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    In most mock drafts, 3 names that keep showing up as our 2nd round pick are SS Harrison Smith, CB Alphonso Denard and WR Rueben Randle!! Anyone of those 3 would be fine with me!!

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

    I think there is a hype with taking H. Smith if there in the second round. I’m not sold due to the weak safety class. I think a couple this year could be little gems found in later rounds…But who I wanted to come out this year but stayed at Notre Dame was MLB Manti Te’o. He looks and plays the part!!!

  86. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Daily Norseman -“A Viking Fan’s Drug Of Choice” – Brian Lambert, MinnPost.com

    Trade from the Eagles?

    Okay so I like to do mock drafts and I don’t like to always do the same ho hum type drafts so here is the scenario. We find out that Jason Peters will never fully recover and is hinting towards retirement after his achilles tear. Matt Kalil is the consensus top LT in this years draft and we decide that we want him. What would that trade need to look like? My proposal is your 1st round pick, 3 for our 1st round pick, 15-2nd round pick, 46- 3rd round pick, 88- and Asante Samuel. Would this be satisfactory?

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/4/3/2924374/trade-from-the-eagles

  87. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    It would be a good idea to get a S or CB in the second round. I do not see why people think that we don’t need a CB. No one has proved themselves in the DBackfield or OLine!!!

    We need some great young players there. Obviously our % of getting that type of player goes down with each round!!!

    Some people cannot see that.

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

    Te’o was maybe some of the reason for H. Smith’s stats.

  89. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    :) :) :) :) :)

    “A quarterback depends on his teammates to be successful. A lot of people try to equate his role with that of a baseball pitcher in baseball, but they’re vastly different. A good pitcher can completely dominate a game. A good quarterback still has to depend on the line in front of him, his backs, and the men he throws to.”

    *Chuck Noll, winning coach of four super bowls in five years for the Pittsburgh Steelers

  90. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    BESIDES O-LINE, WE MUST FOCUS ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE.

    IF WE DON’T, PONDER WILL NEVER TOUCH THE BALL…. WE’LL JUST DIE THE “DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS” WITH RB’s SLASHING US FOR 4 YARDS AT A TIME.

  91. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    61Vikings those 3 are more middle round names in the second. We need a big, big dog from the 1st round spilled over just 3 slots @ 35

  92. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    BALLARD IS UNDER-SIZED ACCORDING TO TODAY’S DAILY NORSEMAN ARTICLE.

  93. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    White Earth’s plan makes too much ‘cents’

    You snooze, you lose. That’s the adage that should be told to the various Minnesota Indian tribes, which are looking to throw up some big obstacles to the passage of the White Earth Nation’s new $400 million “sweetener” proposal to help pay for the new Vikings stadium.
    By: Brian Wierima, DL-Online

    You snooze, you lose.

    That’s the adage that should be told to the various Minnesota Indian tribes, which are looking to throw up some big obstacles to the passage of the White Earth Nation’s new $400 million “sweetener” proposal to help pay for the new Vikings stadium.

    For well over a decade, this stadium issue has loomed over Minnesota politics — and during all that time gaming issues have peeked inside the debate on how to fund the costs of the project.

    There haven’t been any strong overtures from the other tribes of Minnesota such as the bold move White Earth Nation chairwoman Erma Vizenor is proposing — to pay for the entire state’s share, plus a whole lot more, for the right to open a casino in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

    http://www.dl-online.com/event/article/id/66986/

  94. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ 5 months removed from a torn left ACL, #Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles(4th rounder) ran 40 times of 4.57, 4.5 at his Pro Day

  95. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Charge each viewing household
    Pioneer Press
    twincities.com
    Posted: 04/11/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 12, 2012 12:9 AM GMTUpdated: 04/11/2012 07:07:47 PM CDT

    In response to “A free-market zone” (April 9), I offer my own stadium financing solution:

    The NFL can totally fund the newly proposed Vikings football stadium (regardless of its final location in Minnesota) without public financing. The Vikings’ TV market includes areas outside of Minnesota and its taxing jurisdiction. These include the eastern Dakotas, northern Iowa, western Wisconsin and southern Canada between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. If each Vikings game-viewing household is charged a set amount each week (say $2) to watch the game on a dedicated cable/satellite TV channel, then a stadium could be funded in 12 years max.

    http://www.twincities.com/opinion/ci_20375481/charge-each-viewing-household

  96. By PAUL M. on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    IT’S A LUXURY TO HAVE ALL THE SKILL POSITIONS, BUT IT’S A NECESSITY TO HAVE BOTH LINES.

    NICE TO HAVE A DIAMOND TIPPED SPEAR WITH AN EXQUISITELY BALANCED SWORD__BUT WITH NO SHIELD TO STOP YOUR OPPONENTS WEAPONS, YOU’RE BACK AT SQUARE ONE!

    THE O-LINE & D-LINE ARE THE SHIELDS FOR THE REST OF THE WEAPONS IN THEIR UNITS.

  97. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Teams showing most interest in Boise State safety George Iloka: #Packers, #Panthers, #Texans, #Vikings, #Jets.

  98. By Meekay on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Put my vote in for Kalil, unless miami wants to give up picks 1, 2 and 3 in this and next years draft. Doubt that would happen.

  99. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have things to do, have fun, Go Vikings!!!!

  100. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Put my vote in for Kalil as well.

  101. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Is it more important to have a great offensive guard than it is to have a great running back?

    Is it more important to have a great center that it is to have a great wide receiver?

    Is it more important to have a great tackle than it is to have a great tight end?

    These are questions RICK SPIELMAN, RICK SPIELMAN, RICK SPIELMAN should think about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  102. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred The vikes might draft Blackmon, DB in the second and just a prospect LT in the middle rounds to compete with charlie johnson. Is that what they are ThinKing?

  103. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred…Not one player has proved themselves in the O-line position…Because players at O-line positions need time to be groomed into those positions…These rookies are young pups coming in…Not men…

    Loadholt is in his 4th season…Fusco and Love were rookies last season…Strength and conditioning takes time…3 yrs usually for a O-lineman to fully mature into the position…

    Kalil will be one of the RARE exceptions to that rule…He will be good enough to start day one at LT…That is why teams do not pass on players of his elite caliber when they get a chance to draft them…

    Vikings have good players that can along the O-line…Young, strong and talented…Can Frazier and the other coaches to bring that talent level out of those players ??…

  104. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Paul M,

    I have great simpathy for your remarks about the DL. Currrently though the DL is wAAAAy ahead of the OL. There is talent to make something of that DL.

    And you still must have defensive backs. Currently we have no proof that any of the Dbacks or OLs can play at the NFL level. Robison, and Allen are proven Defensive Linemen. Guion could be next.

    “But,but, but we need LBs, WRs, etc. TRUE. NO argument.

  105. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    *that can play along

  106. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    Yeah, I could see Spielman doing something like that. He has repeated the old Billy Belichick line, “well you can draft an OL late, and develop him because they don’t have that much to learn…etc.”

    What did Billy do last season? He drafted Solder in the first round and they went to the SB.

    There is a lot of bolony being tossed around in the NFL, especially thru the media.

  107. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK,

    It is human nature to do as little as possible. Loadholt is probably thinking, “I may have lost my starting spot, but I bet I make the roster and all my money!”

    He is not threatened, and will go thru the motions working out. That is probably true of all our returning linemen.

    SPIELMAN does not pay attention. He is too busy talking to Ponder and Harvin to notice!!!

  108. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    As for Spielman, he must realize that he can no longer try to feed off the Belichicks, Paytons, Coughins, etc.

    He has to be better. He has to come up with his own smarts.

    Perhaps Ponder was a great choice. Time will tell. But the QB cannot
    do it by himself.

    61Vikings is right in that we will eventually need a defense to stop the other team, if a championship is our goal.

  109. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We are about 15-1 on Kalil.

    Spielman will get the picture, if he hasn’t already.

  110. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    SPIELMAN does not pay attention. He is too busy talking to Ponder and Harvin to notice!!!

    Fred,

    Where is your evidence of those claims? You keep on making arguments without any facts to support them.

    We need to improve the oline, yes! But what proof do you have that Kalil will not be enough of an improvement? What proof do you have that Schwartz is not going to help them out?: What proof do you have that Charlie Johnson wouldn’t make an upgrade to his own playing style by moving in to guard? What proof do you have that Sullivan is not a good Center (he was not given that big extension for nothing)? What proof do you have that DeGeare, Love, Fusco and Berger are incapable of being improvements, or at least quality starters on our line?

  111. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred…

    Loadholt is in his contract year…I expect a very good season out of Loadholt…

    One thing about Loadholt…Frazier told both McKinney and Loadholt after the 2009 season to come into last years training camp in a lot better shape…

    Loadholt showed up in the best shape he had ever been in at the start of training camp last season…

    And we all remember how McKinney (the blimp) showed up and how well he listened to Frazier…

  112. By michael on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    i think matt kalil 1st round good player his dad played in the nfl and his brother is a pro bowl center matt kalil would protect ponders blind side give him more time to throw 2nd round i say NO to harrison smith because we still have antoine winfield and chris cook but cook had legal troubles and hes back now and winfield had injurys but both will be back in 2012 and we picked up 2 cbs in free agency we got chris carr from the ravens and zack bowman from the bears so i say 2 round we get either stephen hill or alshon jeffery cause percy cant do it all

  113. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    In short, Fred,

    Where’s the Beef?

  114. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    …because most of what you’re trying to sell us smells like balogna.

  115. By hognuts on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Get Kalil. Please! Stop beating around the bush Spielman, just say we’re going to get him already. No trades unless we get something close to what the Rams got.

  116. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    full breakdown on the alshon jeffery draft status:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82841183/article/scout-warns-of-wr-jeffreys-weight-problems?module=HP11_content_stream

  117. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Case well stated Parody. With the addition of that 1 key piece in Kalil our Oline could very well be set. We have too many needs to have tunnel vision.

  118. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

  119. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    *2010

  120. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    “A quarterback depends on his teammates to be successful. A lot of people try to equate his role with that of a baseball pitcher in baseball, but they’re vastly different. A good pitcher can completely dominate a game. A good quarterback still has to depend on the line in front of him, his backs, and the men he throws to.”

    *Chuck Noll, winning coach of four super bowls in five years for the Pittsburgh Steelers

    :)

  121. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Re-stating your arguments at naseum does not make them more valid!

  122. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody your my hero !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  123. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Serously though Fred, no offense, but it reminds me of a child who keeps on whining “please please please please please please please please please” until he gets his way.

  124. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    Okay, OK. But you should have stopped after Schwartz. You are correct, I have no information that these big fellas will falter. But there is no information that they will excell either.

    Actually you do have more info. that they will fail. Just rewind the tapes of the 2011 season.

    “I ask for a lot, I don’t get it, but I get something.”
    Joe Newton, 22 state titles in Illinois

  125. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Awww, thanks Charlie. I always wanted a fan.

    Autograph signings will be held after the show behind the stage.

  126. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We need Kalil … PERIOD! Smith is OK in at #35. If he’s not there, we need Randle.

    Jeffrey is a B U S T !

  127. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK,

    Loadholt was a below average NFL Lineman last year, based on the play of his quarterbacks who had to run for their freaking lives!!!

  128. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    2011? Forget that. Let’s go back and watch the tapes their parents made of them when they first started trying to walk.

    Ha! Look at that, they keep on falling down. How pathetic! There’s no way any of them are going to ever amount to anything. Forget about the Pros, they should have never made their junior high football teams after that poor performance.

  129. By vik on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If you take matt with the first pick then take harrison smith in the second round with the35 overall¡! we need to balance the others positions not only d-line S HARRISON SMITH is our best option in the 2nd round whit the 35 overall

  130. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Hognuts,

    We should all use hognuts blog name to write Spielman after he drafts 2 WRs in the first four rounds.

    Just say “Hognuts!”

  131. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    charliewest…

    Right on…Kalil is the key…Kalil is the key that locks in the O-line for this season and beyond…

    He is the one person that will give that over the top nasty edge to all the players along the O-line…They will feed off of each other…And grow together…

    Kalil is the key..

    With the first pick Vikings…Its time to “lock and load” that offensive line…

  132. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    1. Kalil
    2. Harrison Smith
    3. Quick
    4. LB Spence/Franklin
    4. CB Hosley/Norman/Minnifield
    4. DT Forston/Wolfe
    5. OT Nate Potter/Datco/Compton
    6. LB Travis Lewis
    7. FS Brandon Hardin
    7. WR Lance Lewis or Kicker

  133. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    That should be the theme song for Skip Bayless and Stephen A.

    Those dudes are 99% bologna!!!

    lol

  134. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Serously though Fred, no offense, but it reminds me of a child who keeps on whining “please please please please please please please please please” until he gets his way.

    And a WHINNING we will go!!!

  135. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    All those who campaign against the 15-1 Kalil Football Club, are doing so for personal gain.

    They want the splashy wide receiver, running back, or etc.

    I believe that you KNOW what I am trying to accomplish. Boredom on your part has nothing to do with it.

  136. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred..

    Loadholt was ranked 15th…I believe last season…Middle of the road at RT..

    Loadholt had a few penalty flags thrown his way…But it was becuase he was one of the few O-lineman that held a few players to keep the DE’s from killing Ponder last season…

    There really isn’t such a thing as a “good holding call”…But many of the plays that Loadholt got called on kept his QB from taking another sack..

    Loadholt made many of those holds while looking at Ponder…And seeing he was still holding onto the football…Grabbed a few players to save the young QB from taking more hits late in the season…

  137. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    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”

    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???

  138. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    How quickly we forget.

    In 2010 many, many, many people made the comment that deee OLine would be better once their injuries healed up.

    Yeah, that happened.

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

    Score: Chiefs 23 Vikings 7

    THOSE WHO FORGET THE PAST ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT.

  139. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    Loved the song…but SPIELMAN MUST DRAFT 2 OLs AND 2 DBs in the first
    Four rounds of the draft. (It does not matter if you are scared of my blogging for this, it has to be done, and should have been done THREE YEARS AGO!!!)

    “A quarterback depends on his teammates to be successful. A lot of people try to equate his role with that of a baseball pitcher in baseball, but they’re vastly different. A good pitcher can completely dominate a game. A good quarterback still has to depend on the line in front of him, his backs, and the men he throws to.”

    *Chuck Noll, winning coach of four super bowls in five years for the Pittsburgh Steelers

  140. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK…I think your right about needing another pick in the 2nd round. We could trade down from #35 and trade up from #66 to come up with players like SS Smith and WR Quick. Mid to late 2nd round is the projections for both these players. Smith might be the only Safety in this class that can play both strong AND free safety.

  141. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    and Chuck Noll wasn’t bologna!

  142. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I agree adding Kalil could be enough this year.

    1st String …Kalil ………..DeGeare….Sullivan…Schwartz….Loadholt
    2nd String ..CJohnson…Berger…….Berger….Fusco………Love
    3rdString….Love………..CJohnson…Fusco…..Berger…CJohnson

    Kalil …. All signs point to no questions

    DeGeare …. Did a good job replacing Hutch 2 seasons ago. Then during the lockout its reported that he hit the weights too hard and lost some flexibility. Now with a full offseason with the trainers he should be good to go … If he fails to start all the “professionals” say CJohnson can start. So we have a plan A and a plan B… thats pretty good in the NFL … O Yea, Joe Berger did a decent job so thats plan C

    Sullivan … No matter what you think or say Fred he is starting at C. There has been some positive buzz on Sullivan from the media. Joe Berger is a good back up and the one game he started at center last season AP had 170 yards

    Schwartz … Hes a beast and untill his injury was a starter. If he cant go … Berger (again) or Fusco

    Loadholt … Contract year. No point complaining he is the starter. He is young and he is a good run blocker.

  143. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    “Kalil …. All signs point to no questions” very smart words shawn!

  144. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    like that idea charlie! ur else sit back and wait for belly bean jeffery in the 3rd… yuck

  145. By Derrick.G on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I dont know why everyone wanted Sharper back with us….he was not productive the last few seasons. Even Abdullah was able to pull off 3 ints. http://www.nfl.com/player/darrensharper/2502908/profile

  146. By Derrick.G on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Last few season with us i should say.

  147. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If Loadholt fails this year than drafting OL high next year will be the talk but the starting OL I projected

    LT- Kalil ………… will be 22 in 2012
    LG-DeGeare ….. will be 25 in 2012
    OC-Sullivan …… will be 27 in 2012
    RG-Schwartz … will be 26 in 2012
    RT-Loadholt …… will be 26 in 2012

    Could be a good OL for the next 5-7 years

  148. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we select Matt Kalil in the 1st round, then I would only draft 1 more O-lineman in this draft, maybe a guard!! We’ve got to have a greater emphasis on our defense!! With the 10 picks we have I would like to see it broken down like this: OL(2),DT(1),CB(1),S(1),LB(1),WR(2),RB(1)K(1)

  149. By hognuts on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the possibility of signing O.J. Atogwe or Tanard Jackson? Slim to none?

  150. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Charlie West,

    Our tunnel vision has been for QBs, WRs, TEs, LBs, and RBs on this blog.

    I am about the only one preaching for some balance.

    Remember that our greatest needs are DBs and OLs.

    I’m not going to let ANYONE forget that, no matter how much, or how I’m attacked.
    I backed off in 2010. Not this time!!!

  151. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Why do fans not like Loadholt ??…

    Loadholt comes in his first season as a rookie and starts at RT…He struggles some…But should be expected from a rookie…

    Second year…Still learning and gets a little better growing into the position…But improving…

    Loadholt in his 3rd year improves a little more…But really beginning to show the potential that the Vikings were hoping for after drafting him…But needs to clean up his game a little yet…

    If you were to go back through the last 3 seasons…I would be willing to bet that Loadholt has gone up in the rankings as RT in those last 3 seasons…

    O-lineman have their best seasons after maturing in years 4 through 8…

    So if we have Loadholt getting better each season…And he is already ranked 15th in the league…And also an O-lineman just entering his prime years…

    Why are fans wanting to get rid of him ???

  152. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Dont mess with our #3 pick and take Kalil!! AP Toby Ponder will thank Mr Speilman after they heal up!
    2nd H.Smith
    3rd B Quick
    Those three will tip the scales of having a winning season

  153. By harvin fan on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think it is a good choice to go out and get Smith in the second with our secondary being 26th. It would help our corners out a lot. We could get a Brian Quick or Marvin McNutt type of guy in the third and maybe Chase Minnifield in the fourth.

  154. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    That could happen. Remember though that we must have TALENTED, SMART, OFFENSIVE LINEMEN.

    Just because a guy is 6-5 and 300 doesn’t mean he can play in the NFL.
    ENCOURAGE SPIELMAN TO DRAFT OLs with the first few picks in the draft!!!

  155. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK … I was on the Loadholt bandwagon but I really havent seen improvement. He’s a good run blocker but will give up the drive killing sack or penalty far too often.

    I hope Loadholt gets better … if for no other reason you cant have a better name on the OL.

  156. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1142492-4-free-agency-moves-the-vikings-didnt-make-that-will-haunt-them

  157. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred- Drafting all lineman is not balanced!

  158. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred … I agree Kalil in round 1 but dont agree we need another OLmen before the 5th round if at all. This team has too many holes to not put some hope in the potential of a few young guys we already have.

    If we draft Kalil … then 3 of the 5 OL positions are filled and its not debatable. So that leaves 6 guys fighting for 2 positions. I feel confident the OL will be much better just by adding Kalil.

  159. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Charlie West,

    I like your mock draft. If RICK SPIELMAN went that route, he would definitely be popular in Minnesota again.

    I think he might take Blackmon in the first round, which would be stupid.

  160. By iaVIKE on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    hognuts – Apparently we offered Atogwe a deal, I dunno if he’s looking elsewhere or just plain isn’t interested, but he’s just leaving us hanging as of now. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we do another 1 year deal for Jackson either. Brings in that competition, and if it doesn’t work out they’re gone at the end of the year or earlier

  161. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    I can’t argue with that logic. I do not know Spielman personally like a lot of Vikings.com bloggers obviously do. But I think someone must push for the Offensive Linemen and D Backs, because those are the positions most ignored.

    Things will definitely even themselves out with everybody else crying for Blackmon or Floyd!

  162. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Hognuts,

    Actually I have nothing to say other than “Hognuts.”

  163. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    People … dont forget free agency comes in 2 stages.

    Stage 1 … pre draft is big contract for potential.

    Stage 2 … is post draft veteran short term deals. Antogwe or Abdullah may fit this stage better. Depending on team needs after the draft.

  164. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred … I agree Blackmon and Floyd would be the dumbest choices in the history of the Vikings. Thats saying a lot for a team that drafted Troy Williamson and traded for Herschel Walker.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO BLACKMON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO FLOYD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  165. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @vikes12,

    Wouldn’t it be cool to field a team of 53 / 300 pounders!

    But FRED, they’d pass on you. But the tackles would break their bones.
    But fred, they’d run around you all day! That is true, but they couldn’t tackle us!
    But FREEEDD, who would play QB? We’d have a shuttle system and just run the ball 90% of the time.
    But FRED…

  166. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If for some weird reason Spielman did drop down to the 8th spot in the draft trading with Miami…

    I wouldn’t take a OT or WR…Dropping that low Claiborne is gone…Lots of good WR’s in the draft…Only O-line worth taking in the top 10 is Kalil…

    I would take OLB Melvin Ingram with the 8th pick in the draft…

  167. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK … I was thinking if we drop back the guy to look at would be MLB Luke Kuechly.

    I would be more than Happy with

    LT Kalil
    CB Claibourne
    MLB Kuechly

  168. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Kuechly at #8, BUT I SURE HOPE WE DON’T TRADE DOWN THAT LOW!!!

  169. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    HECK, I HOPE WE DON’T TRADE DOWN AT ALL!!!

    GET KALIL, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!

  170. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Here is more trade speculation…

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8283b0fb/article/irsay-qb-ryan-tannehill-the-drafts-quiet-secret

  171. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn..PurplHaze…

    Oh…I agree Kuechley is that sideline to sideline MLB we need…And a smart instinctive young man also…Very quick first step…

  172. By harvin fan on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Why won’t the Vikes get some needs in Free Angency so the draft will be easier we need to be more agressive.

  173. By harvin fan on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We could of been at least a little more agressive in the Pierre Garcon deal.

  174. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    harvinfan…Its like Shawn was saying…The best free agents are to come…AFTER the draft…Players on teams right now good enough to start…But being let go because of big contracts or being replaced by starting caliber rookies coming after the draft…

    There will be a second wave of talent in free agency…And the Vikings could make some moves on some of those players…After seeing what happens in the draft…

  175. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think Spielman only wants to reward big players with big contracts… Garcon was out of our price range, and I don’t think he had much interest either. No sense crying over spilled milk.

  176. By harvin fan on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    And we still have a chance with the Braylon Edwards or Plaxico Burress
    With that we could beef up our secondary or o-line with the 3rd round pick

  177. By Thevikes07 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Pierre Garcon was over priced by the redskin! we couldve got him on john carlson money..

  178. By sars on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    no need of cb anymore just signed bowman, and carr. we shall see how those guys measure up to winefield and cook.

    1st kalil
    2nd smith
    3rd wr

  179. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred
    I think if you had it your way, you would draft (5) O-Lineman and (5) DB’s!! That’s not balance!! I agree with you and have stated that the OL and the DL are the foundation of any team!! However, they don’t score touchdowns, playmakers do, so we need at least (2) WR’s and a RB out of this draft!! I say RB because we need another Chester Taylor type RB on 3rd down conversions!! James out of Oregon or Rainey out of Florida would be a good fit!!

  180. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Braylon Edwards drops more p a s s e s than he catches…And trouble always seems to find Plaxico wherever he goes…Burress is only an average red zone threat at best anyway…Vikings need a young every down type receiver…To stretch the field…

  181. By harvin fan on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @61Vikings I think our depth in Runningback id solid i dont understand the need for another one

  182. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I wanna light up a big cigar and get on with this draft already !!!!!!

  183. By iaVIKE on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier did say that we’re gunna be picking up a running back at some point in the draft….hopefully not til one of the comp picks

  184. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We need a field-stretching center!

  185. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    and a “splashy” guard!

  186. By harvin fan on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I still believe that Lorenzo Booker has potential.

  187. By TheValentine84 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    1. LT Kalil
    2. SS Smith (Or WR Alshon if Smith is gone)
    3. WR Quick/Jenkins or SS Taylor/Allen
    4. LB Bradham, Robinson, Davis, Spence
    4. CB
    4. DT
    5+ Depth players and a new kicker

    I’d be stoked if this was even close

  188. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Booker can get knocked over in a strong wind…

    Let alone have a defensive player just touch the little guy…

  189. By SackMaster on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    But he can hold it together until Gerhart or Peterson gets back

  190. By omarr B on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    100 hes an excellent run stopper jus what we need..MAKE MATT 1st PICK

  191. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Is Fusco a better center than Sully?

  192. By jj on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone is carrying on about darrin sharper here , I would prefer a saftey that played like joey browner !

  193. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    1 KALIL!
    2 SS
    3 WR
    4 LB
    5 replacement for Big Pat Wiiliams
    6 CB
    7 K
    Our biggest needs in order

  194. 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
    -Devin Aromoshadu
    -Greg Camrillo
    -Percy Harvin

    I think theyre all properly ranked, but it also shows you why we desperately need a #1 WR..

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1133013-br-nfl-1000-top-150-wide-receivers/page/2

  195. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- Gotta have faith our coaches know what their doing. No is just my opinion though.

  196. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- I agree! Do you think B Quick would fill that roll?

  197. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Nice looking prospect on the Oline. Fred’s efforts finally starting to show up!

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/04/12/vikings-draft-targets-2012-guard-senio-kelemete/

  198. By SackMaster on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think Brian Quick could work opposite of Percy and make each other and Ponder better.

  199. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Holy $$$$ !!! Brian Quick can jump out of the gym. This guy is a beast

  200. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

  201. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s another monkey wrench for ya…

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82842044/article/draft-guru-browns-targeting-qb-weeden?module=HP11_headline_stack

  202. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sully has more football knowledge than Fusco right now…Sully is smart…And finally pysically mature also…Sully can get it done…Its the guard positions that need to get stronger…And think Fusco and Shwartz may win out in those positions on the O-line…But only time will tell…

  203. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    “I believe that you KNOW what I am trying to accomplish. Boredom on your part has nothing to do with it.”

    It has nothing to do with boredom. You’re just being annoying, like that child in the supermarket that the parent refuses to discipline. It makes me want the team not to even draft Kalil, just to teach you that annoying everyone is not the way to get what you want.

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

    I’m not saying you’re boring, I’m saying you’re annoying. I miss the days when it was acceptable for parents to spank their children in the middle of public.

    “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???”

    The same can be asked of you about how you love to repeat yourself. At least I have been making intelligent, witty and interesting coments, including some of my pokes at you’re annoying ones. Why don’t you try to be intelligent and witty more often if it’s that important to you?

    “but SPIELMAN MUST DRAFT 2 OLs AND 2 DBs in the first
    Four rounds of the draft. (It does not matter if you are scared of my blogging for this…”

    Scared of your blogging:? Not in the least, just annoyed by it. It is not nearly as effective as you appear to believe it is. 2 linemen in the first four rounds is not a recipe for success. Look at the Pro-Bowl rosters. There are linemen from all across the draft there, including undrafted free agents. Give some of the young guys time to mature before you look for something better. If you keep on replacing players the second that you see a sign of weakness, they’ll never be able to overcome their weaknesses – EVERYBODY HAS THEM!

    “I’m not going to let ANYONE forget that, no matter how much, or how I’m attacked.
    I backed off in 2010. Not this time!!!”

    If you really think that is going to make a difference in how the team makes their draft decisions, you need to start looking into elderly care facilities. It’s a strong sign of dementia, similar to saying that a thunderstorm started because you flushed your toilet more than once.

  204. By Kyler on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil…easy choice…I really like harrison smith there. If not him, BPA im fine with.

  205. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would rather have Quick than Hill or Jeffery. Just hope he doesnt keep climbing draft boards!!

  206. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    1st rd.-LT Matt Kalil
    2nd rd.-S Harrison Smith
    3rd rd.-WR Brian Quick
    4th rd.-CB Minniefield or Norman
    4th rd.-LB Sean Spence
    4th rd.-RB Chris Rainey
    5th rd.-WR Tommy Streeter
    6th rd.-DT Forston
    7th rd.-best guard left
    7th rd.-best kicker or best CB left

    I liked everyones mock so I had to do my own!!

  207. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Weeden is who I would take if I was the Browns…The only knock on the guy is his age…28 yrs old…Big deal…

    Its not like Weeden has been on the football field all those years taking hits…

  208. By Kyler on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think tommy streeter is worth a draft pick ….He seems very skittish…relies only on athletic ability . Doesn’t seem like an NFL WR to me.

  209. By Lance on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think we can either go Harrison Smith at 35 or if New England takes him in 1st then we must decide on Johnson who should be a SS anyways. The other safeties we can look at drafting will not be starters and we dont having any starting safeties. So it has to be addressed at our 2nd pick somehow. Or sign Atogwe and pick a safety in later rounds.

    For everyone wanting a valued WR look at Juron Criner. He is tall and fast enough and very athletic. He will be a good 3rd round pick for us. He is projected to be a sidney rice WR. Look him up ! With our wr’s we have plus manny in the practice squad. and 2 very good TE;s and 2 good Backs. we dont need any over rated wr’s.

  210. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    on another video the announcer says Quick is 6’5

  211. By VikeFan on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hi all,
    Someone has really got to explain to me these statements of trading Adrian? I mean that really sounds like the education level of Minnesota has fallen drastically. The objective is to fill positions on the team with the best talent. We HAVE filled the RB position. Why would we trade the only position of value on the team for 1,2,3 man!! just give ya 10 picks for Adrian. NOW prove to me that you will replace his value.. In my opinion, the trading of Adrian Peterson is like Splitting face cards in blackjack. You are choosing to wreck a winning hand. Is the hand complete? no. but dont wreck what you got!! LOL

  212. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Prediction…

    WR Stephen Hill will be “rookie of the year” this season…

    Hill has all the makings of the next R Moss…And without the bad attitude…

  213. By iaVIKE on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – Do you like him better than Quick?

  214. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    tallest , quickest and most athletic wr’s this year… must have one drafted!

    Hill 1st choice
    Quick 2nd choice
    Criner 3rd choice
    Fuller 4th choice

  215. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil2012- Stephen Hill has the makings of the next Randy Moss????

  216. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I like Randle better than Hill OR Quick.

    There, I said it!

  217. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Round … Pick

    1 – LT Matt Kalil
    2- S Harrison Smith
    3- WR Brian Quick
    4- best CB … hopefully Minniefield / Boykin / Norman
    4- WR TY Hilton
    4- ILB Audie Cole
    5- G Senio Kelemete
    6- DT DaJohn Harris
    7- WR Dale Moss
    7- K Blair Walsh

  218. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @HarvinFan
    We need another back like we had in Chester Taylor in ’09, third down back who can run or catch out of the backfield!! We have 2 great backs, after that the rest are scrubs, even Lorenzo Booker, who by the way is a free agent and will be gone!! Lamichael James or Chris Rainey would be a good fit!! WE NEED PLAYMAKERS!!

  219. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    no offence to jeffery and randle…. just The Tallest bunch

  220. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If AP is a “Violent Runner”, then Randle is a “Violent Receiver”. He’s all about the YAC!

  221. By pistachioking9 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @school, on vikings.com, yea im pretty B@D-A$$ ;)

  222. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Randle is 6’3″ … Same height as Criner

  223. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Randle is a scrub. He cant catch with his hands…and hes a wr? RED FLAG

  224. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll have some of what Spencer is s m o k i n ‘ !!!

  225. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    You want some of this?

    (̅_̅_̅_̅(̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅_̅̅_̅()ڪے

  226. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    But in all seriousness Randle will never be that good of a WR. Hes nothing special..

  227. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think he will, Spence … He hauled in 53 catches last year, for a non-arial offense in LSU. At his pro day, he ran a 4.42 40. And I like the way he tells DBs to pound sand when they try to tackle him. I love an offensive player with attitude on the field!

  228. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    It looks like theres alot of agreement with Harrison Smith @ 35 or to trade down and get him later in the 2nd round. (where he may be valued accurately)

    I am wondering what you guys think about best player available strategy vs. filling a glaring need strategy with our 2nd round pick ?

  229. By iaVIKE on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Oh jeeze charlie, let’s not start this holy war again…

  230. By 61Vikings on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Vikefan
    If you didn’t notice but AP had a major injury last year and the life expectancy of a RB in the NFL is not long!! If you could get a 1st and 2nd rounder for him, you would have to think long and hard about that!! However, I personally wouldn’t trade him, because like most Vike fans, we love AP!!

  231. By smurfballz on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    1. Kalil
    2. Smith
    3. McNutt

  232. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    good luck here of cb jenkins cb boykin wr criner wr fuller

  233. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    *look

  234. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm…all this time has passed and no response from Fred. He must be trying to start a thunderstorm…

  235. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think we should get Smith instead of Alshon Jeffrey or Ruben Randle because if we get a wide receiver in the 2nd round we aren’t getting a Brian Quick or Marvin McNutt in the 3rd. In my opinion Brian Quick has better potential than Ruben Randle.

  236. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    F- Frequently
    R- Re-posts
    E- Emphasis on
    D- Defensive backs and offensive linemen

  237. By hognuts on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1142995-nfl-draft-2012-adam-schefter-guarantees-the-vikings-will-not-select-matt-kalil

  238. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I just hope if Smith is there for us in the second round we take him before we take a receiver.

  239. By smurfballz on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    When is McNutt predicted to go?

  240. By hognuts on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    What is wrong with Spielman?

  241. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    G- Greatness is
    D- Devin Sitll
    P- People

  242. By charliewest40 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody…didn’t Fred tell you…he had a mtg with Mr. Spielman today.

  243. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ive also said this before. If we draft two WRs in the earlier rounds (which I dont really want us to) we can use Persy Harvin more as a 3rd down RB, I think he would be better than Chester Taylor was.

  244. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    Did you read Adam Scheffter’s prediction that the Vikings would pass on Kalil?

    There are some great OL prospects that will go in the first 3 rounds. Perhaps Spielman thinks it would be better to go that route instead of getting Kalil.

    For sure, he will tick off some Viking fans.

    @Spencer,

    Clever graphic…I may need to use it some time! lol

  245. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @GrandDaddyPurp I agree we need to take advantage of Percy’s versatility the more we use him the better he gets but if we do take 2 WRs would they be in the 2nd and 3rd (Alshon Jeffery/Ruben Randle and Brian Quick/Marvin McNutt)?

  246. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @CharlieWest,

    How did you find that out?

  247. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    It’s still sunny out Fred – Did your toilet get stopped up?

  248. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer, Thank you :) :) :) :) :)

    F- Frequently
    R- Re-posts
    E- Emphasis on
    D- Defensive backs and offensive linemen

  249. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    lol Parody…I’m going to have to speak to Rick S. about that!

  250. By paul on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Two positions of great need filled in the first 2 picks, I copuldn’t complain about that, especially considering the drop off in talent after those 2 players are gone at their position. We need WR’s too but its a much deeper draft for those.

  251. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred , yes the pressure is on no doubt

    Spielman could face Repercussions from the fan base for years by not selecting Matt Kalil left tackle

  252. By Carl K on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I would not be shocked if the Vikings drafted a RB as high as the 3rd round.
    Isaiah Pead has 3,288 career rushing yards on 545 carries (6.03 yards per carry) and 27 rushing TDs. Pead also had 87 catches for 706 yards and 6 receiving TDs. His senior year he averaged over 12.5 yards per punt return. Pead was the MVP of the Senior Bowl and he had a punt return of 60 yards and another of 38 yards. Peads can run a 4.47 forty and is ok in p a s s blocking… he is projected to stay on the field on 3rd downs in the NFL.

    I think the Vikings want to find a return guy… and a 3rd down back. Isaiah Pead might be the answer.

    The 3rd round might be alittle high for a RB… but Pead might have flashed enough at the Senior Bowl to win Frazier’s heart.

  253. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Is there ANY possibility of going Janoris Jenkins or Jerel Worthy?

  254. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    P- Professional
    A- Attitude
    R- Regarding
    O- Offensive and
    D- Defensive players
    Y- Yearly

  255. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K – They may be looking for a return guy, but I doubt they’re much in the market for any form of RB. Currently, we have Caleb King, Jordan Todman and Lex Hilliard on the roster behind AP and Gerhart. My bet is that one of them will be enough to fill in the need.

    Return players, if that’s their greatest skill are generally found in the late rounds, or UDFA. With all our needs, it would be very unwise to look for such a player in the early rounds.

  256. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    G- Give me
    D- Defensive
    P- Players please

  257. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    D Fence!

  258. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    devastating article out on nfl .com about J. Jenkins. GM’s shying away… out of the 1st round

  259. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Take Jenkins. Then take Trumaine Johnson. Secondary is no longer a problem

  260. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    S- Spilmen
    P- Please
    E- Extract
    N- Northern Alabama
    C- Cornerback
    E- Entering
    R- Round 2

    Janoris Jenkins!

  261. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins didn’t clean up at North Alabama:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82843871/article/janoris-jenkins-continued-problems-could-be-issue-on-draft-day?module=HP11_hot_topics

  262. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I dont think Fraizer is the right coach to get this kid’s head right though.

  263. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings will need to trade down,and aquire an additional second round pick so they can package the two second rounders and move in to the back end of the first to able to select a player like Harrison Smith.He will not last past the first round. They should trade down regardless because the six teams picking after them wouldn’t take Kalil… because there G.M.’s have their eyes on other players.

  264. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I put WR TY Hilton in my mock draft because he is a jack of all trades similar to Harvin and can return punts and kicks

  265. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Percy Harvin was no saint either at Florida, im surprised they didnt kick him out too.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20357723/vikings-percy-harvin-reportedly-had-drug-discipline-issues

  266. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I dont see him getting past the Patriots. Belichick will coach him up.

  267. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    tdurf – No way 6 teams pass on Kalil. He’s got way too much value for that.

  268. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Carl Eller had drug issues as well…and Brett Favre with the pills…and they were pretty good.

  269. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah way…look at their web sites Parody

  270. By Carl K on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody- If the Vikings were sold on Caleb King, I don’t think they would have signed Todman late in the year.

    Now, with that said, I like Todman, and I think his shot to make this football team will be based on his ability as a kick returner and 3rd down back. Todman has a better skill set than C King as a special teams player and 3rd down back. Right now, I give the edge to Todman over C King to make this team

    Lex Hilliard has a totally different skill set. FB/blocker short yardage guy.

    You might be right that the Vikings may not draft a RB… but my point is, I would not be shocked if the Vikings targeted a return guy in the draft… so if that return guy we covet can also fill the roll of 3rd down back, WR or CB… it doesn’t really matter… we have plenty of holes to fill.

  271. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

  272. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody,… re your earlier post…. I wonder why this wasn’t in the news last summer:
    http://www.tmz.com/2012/04/12/nfl-star-bryant-mckinnie-lockout-loan-lawsuit/ About 15 years ago I was approached by several “entrepreneurs”,…. schemes ranging from opening up logging camps in the Amazon to produce Mahogany railroad ties, to harvesting Caribbean Lobster with a ” unique” baiting system…..My point being, once people know that you have money, they will stop at NOTHING to separate you from it. There is a great possibility that Mckinnie was sold on one of these, or similar, stories.

  273. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Cleveland wants Richardson ,but in secret they want Tannenhill,the Bucs want Richardson,The Rams are in love with Blackmon The Jags want Couples or Floyd. Dolphins have Jake Long and the Panthers will go D line.The Bills would be the team that would take him because there o line needs help. So where’s the arguement?

  274. By 218scottueb on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Tdurf, What you smokin?????

  275. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we get Smith and let him, Asher Allen, Brandon Burton, and Chris Cook develop in a couple of years we could have a pretty good secondary.I think Brandon Burton has AMAZING potential.

  276. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Nova – You have money? Did you know that you could double it in a few weeks if you invested in my new idea for a solar powered jacuzzi?

  277. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, I would, but you still haven’t ordered any #54 Dolberman jerseys.

  278. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    * With a ***bonus*** Ab-Master !!!!!!!!!

  279. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody….I have a few bucks, but I earned it honestly. Took me a while.

  280. By Carl K on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- I would agree… guys like Ty Hilton that can return punts and kickoffs are probably high on the Vikings radar. The Vikings are in a great position with 10 picks to target a dynamic returner. If they covet someone as a returner… I don’t think they will wait much past round 4 to draft them.

  281. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    tdurf – Argument is that the Rams would have seriously considered Kalil at pick #2, and still will. Dolphins would be though of as geniuses for drafting the two best OTs in the NFL. He would be a huge upgrade for Jacksonville over Whimper. Ditto for the Buccs over Trueblood. Tony Pashos is getting older and hasn’t started a full 16 games in years, so Kalil would be a big upgrade for the Browns too.

    Point is, Kalil is the best non-QB prospect in this year’s draft. There is ZERO chance that a player like that lasts past a top-6 selection.

  282. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Nova – Well if you honestly want to double it, just send it my way to support my research on a new fuel that mixes the grease off of teenagers faces with urine from 3 different kinds of cats.

    I’m close to a final formula…but I need to experiment a bit more…plus I need a bit to pay for a lawer…long story, but I don’t know how the neighbor’s kid was even able to find his way into my house, much less unlock the fridge where I store the beakers…

  283. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody….are these domestic cats, because I have an exclusive line on rare Tibet mountain cats, whose urine is supposed to be THE BEST !!!!!!!

  284. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Only $26,753.88. per 6 oz jar……..but it’s GUARANTEED !!!!

  285. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    ( Plus S+H ).

  286. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Really I have to blame it all on Hi-C for making kids think that any colorful liquid inside a small fun-shaped container is going to be sweet and delicious…

  287. By TheValentine84 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Where is this blog going?

  288. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm heres an interesting thought … if the Vikings trade down … how far will LT Matt Kalil fall ?????

    Teams and their LTs

    1- Colts … they are taking Luck so doesnt matter
    2- Skins … they are taking RG3 so doesnt matter
    3- Vikings … Charlie Johnson … WE ALL KNOW …ranked 32 of 32
    4- Browns … Joe Thomas … ProBowler … ranked 2 of 32 … NO WAY KALIL
    5- Buccs … Donald Penn … ProBowler … ranked 9 of 32 … NO WAY KALIL

    6- Rams … Roger Saffold … ranked 25 of 32 … ok would they take Kalil or Blackmon ???

    7-Jags … Eugene Monroe … ranked 5 of 32 … NO WAY THEY TAKE KALIL
    8- Dolphins … Jake Long … ranked 6 of 32 … NO WAY THEY TAKE KALIL
    9- Panthers … Jordan Gross … ranked 7 of 32 … NO WAY THEY TAKE KALIL

    10- Bills … Demetrius Bell … ranked 24 of 32 … They would take Kalil

    So the only 3 teams that would take Kalil top 10 … Vikings, Rams, Bills

    Vikings would have a shot at Kalil with the 8th pick …. It would depend on the Rams.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1061841-br-nfl-1000-top-32-left-tackles

  289. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I actually had a guy fly in from Toronto to see me to invest $400K in a mill to cut down Mahogany trees in the heart of the Amazon, float them downstream and mill them into railroad ties. ( the best railroad ties that can be produced …..yeah). He had never been south of Michigan, and didn’t know that I had spent time in Central and South America. What a d1ck !!!

  290. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    It’s actually my own breed of cats Nova. I tinkered a bit with their DNA to make sure they only produce the perfect kind of urine, and then I mix in anabolic steroids with their water to give give their excrement a little extra kick when it’s ignited. That just becomes a problem every now and then when they start rubbing up against your leg. Once in a while it creates a bit of static electricity and before you know it, I have to explain to the fire department once again how the cat exploded…

  291. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    “The Static Exploding Cats” would be a GREAT name for a rock band !!!!!!!!!!

  292. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn – FYI, Most teams have two starting offensive tackles. I didn’t think that McKinnie would land in Baltimore because they already had Mr. Blindside on the team, but they took him in and move Mr. Blindside over to the right. Having two of the best tackles in the NFL can really do a lot for you offense. A couple of those teams must understand that and be interested in seeing how much it would improve their production.

  293. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ TheVanentine84….Who the hel1 knows??

  294. By Countdown to Draft on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    14 DAYS

  295. By Ian Binger on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Good fit if he is available safety is a spot that many teams need some improvement in so he may be gone

  296. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Adam Sheftner said the Vikings would not be taking Kalil with the 3rd pick in the draft…He did not say that the pick would not be Kalil…Just that it would not be the Vikings taking Kalil…

    Like I always said…Only the Rams have the draft picks to go back up in the draft…

    Fisher said a week or so ago…He was looking for a trade partner to move back up in the draft…The only player he would be targeting with a move up must be Kalil…

  297. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone think we might sign London Fletcher to a 2 year deal?

  298. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK,

    Then that underscores the VALUE of Kalil!

    Quick somebody tell Rick Spielman!!!

  299. By MG on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I see 3 players worth our pick in the second round. In order, Stephen Hill, Janoris Jenkins, Harrison Smith.

  300. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone think Parody shouldn’t be altering cat’s DNA ??? Or is he a ” Mad Genius”????????????????????

  301. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    And, if he is, I’ll take him over Spielman.

  302. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Alter this team’s DNA.

  303. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Here kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty!!!!!

  304. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @scott…well i do live in Cali

  305. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil could also be taken by a team that want two long-range tackles. They could move one of them to the right side.

    I would love it, if the Vikings did that kind of thing. Then the draw play would work along with the outside running plays.

  306. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    vikesfan12 HAHHAHHAHA !!!

  307. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody,

    Please alter Sullivan’s DNA. Make him 6’4″ 285′ instead of 6’1″ 255′.

    (Stand next to him sometime!)

  308. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    The Rams want Blackmon…even though the existing left tackle isn’t as good as the ones shawn listed…the Rams selected left tackles in ’09 and ’10 and believe they will get the L.T. in the second round.Blackmon is to good to pass up on their draft board.

  309. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    While you’re at it, Parody, make my girlfriend Brooklyn Decker.

  310. By vikesfan12 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    WE NEED MATT KALIL!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

  311. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    You can leave out the “talk” gene.

  312. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ vikesfan12…you’re on your what???

  313. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred – I actually did stand next to (or close to) Sullivan once a couple years back. The year he took over for Birk, I learned about a charity event that a few Vikings players would be volunteering at, so I decided to go join them. I was assigned to the table that Sully was working at, and I was surprised how small he looked! I couldn’t believe he was an NFL center. He seemed to be only about an inch or two taller than me and I’m about average height.

  314. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I love Kalil…but not at 3…it doesn’t matter what i write…the vikes are trading down and it makes complete sense to do so.

  315. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Parody, Ok, but was he in HD?

  316. By chrisbreezy on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    28 years old, 6’7, 336lbs is marcus mcneil, a unrestricted free agent who needs to lose 20lbs.if vikings don’t want to kalil, mcneil can give you 3 years and draft a tackle next draft.if you get blackmon, you will get to stretch the field.if you want a bigger receiver, still can move back to get more draft picks and draft stephen hill or jeffery.any team in dyer need of the top receiver in the draft could offer their 2nd round pick.if draft claiborne, get a shut down corner with cook on the other side and the 2nd round draft pick of harrison smith in the secondary.bucs,rams,and any other team is in dyer need of the top CB who can offer their 2nd round pick.

  317. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Nova, I haven’t been able to upload her figure into my database yet. Brock Lesnar’s already there though, so I’ll just use him instead.

  318. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    They’re both famous blonds who like to show off their well sculpted bodies, and their names are kind of similar, so that’s close enough, right?

  319. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    We should go after Tim Hightower he is a young RB that can add depth to our roster and then we dont have to draft another RB in the draft.

  320. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Rams T Jason Smith drafted 2009…Has played in 29 games..started 26 of them…And has given up 55 sacks in that time..

    An average of 2 sacks a game…

    Saffold T drafted 2010…player in 25 games…started in all 25 games…Saffold also has given up 55 sacks in that time…

    An average again of over 2 sacks a game…

    Add the LT and RT stats…That comes up to 4 sacks a game allowed between them on average !!!…

    That might be a reason Fisher might want an elite blue chip player at LT like Kalil….

    There are plenty of good WR’s in this years draft…Only one elite LT…

  321. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    I remember you telling me that before about Sullivan. He needs to get bigger!

  322. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Parody, those long Minnesota winters must be getting to you.

  323. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK,

    You are thinking that I already said this, but I didn’t…

    We need a field-stretching Tackle!!!

  324. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Im confused, is Brandon Fusco a Center or a Guard?

  325. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not buying into the media’s frenzy about this being a good year for a certain position, or a bad year for another.

    This is America, land of over 300 million people. There has to be some good football players out there that aren’t “on the board.”

    But to pass up on Kalil, seems stupid!

  326. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yea Nova…especially this last winter. I almost had to shovel twice this year!

  327. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t be confused Spence…Fusco can play both…

  328. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer,

    Fusco was drafted as a Center. But I believe he has played Guard.

  329. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Dr. Love has played both guard and tackle.
    He was drafted higher than Fusco, but has had injuries.

  330. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Swimsuit & Semifinal Pageant…I must say, we have some beautiful cheerleaders…

    http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/MVC-Swimsuit–Semifinal-Pageant/5d1a8617-519e-4068-ad6e-30245f259c91

  331. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – Fusco is a backup, so he has to be able to play multiple positions. We drafted him as a center, but he’ll need to focus on being a guard if he wants a shot as a starter. Just like when we drafted Ryan Cook, he was a center but he eventually became a starter at RT, for a little while anyways.

  332. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Actually we need a field stretching offensive line.

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  333. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Birk biggest beast around on Oline like Carl Nicks. What the hel ll was chilly thinking?

  334. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Phew – I’m glad you added the cheerleader part in that Spencer. For a second, I thought you were advertising for the players’ swimsuit calendar.

  335. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hows been Demarcus Love? Will he ever make the starting team?

  336. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond – Chilly was thinking that he can’t control a smart guy like Birk, so he decided to move on to a center who doesn’t have a mind of his own.

  337. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly the reason the Rams will not take another tackle that high…burned once bad on me burned twice bad on me again…burned thrice g.m. fired

  338. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    parody i was not a happy camper when i saw this out- of- uniform mountain man for the first time….. last year accepting a nfl award on tv!

  339. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fisher didn’t pick Smith or Saffold ??…This is his first year as head coach…

  340. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    i said g.m.

  341. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    and Kalil is not elite…has problems with the inside bull rush

  342. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    “A quarterback depends on his teammates to be successful. A lot of people try to equate his role with that of a baseball pitcher in baseball, but they’re vastly different. A good pitcher can completely dominate a game. A good quarterback still has to depend on the line in front of him, his backs, and the men he throws to.”

    *Chuck Noll, winning coach of four super bowls in five years for the Pittsburgh Steelers

  343. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Les Snead was hired this last Febuary also…Fisher hand picked his staff…Even the GM..

  344. By ssd on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Fred- Why isnt the middle one smiling?
    :) :) :( :) :)

  345. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Fred Jones “A lot of people are idiots as well” comparing baseball to football is like comparing apples to bongs… all though you can smoke from both.

  346. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    don’t matter when… its repeatingthe past and expecting differant results with the same team

  347. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Rams will move up to take Blackmon not Kalil…but only time will tell ???

  348. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Oh my Lord, Jabar Gaffney ( Redskins WR) went on a Twitter Rant today! It was crazy. I wonder if he will be fined by the Commish?

    Start reading from the bottom.

    *There is profanity*

  349. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    #2 LT option Martin

  350. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yes he did (fischer) and what a great job hiring “acl” williams

  351. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    What I wonder is if that trade did happen…

    If I am the Vikings…I trade down again from 6…Maybe 3 more times…

    And the Vikings still picking once in the first round…And getting up to around five picks in the second round…

  352. By sandiamond on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    hill,hightower, and martin going to the vikings. stuff dreams are made of………

  353. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply
    and Kalil is not elite…has problems with the inside bull rush

    ______________________________________________________________

    How can you say that about a guy that didnt give up a sack in 4 years ???

  354. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    tdurfeightyeight … Im guessing your just making stuff up to make people think Blackmon would be a good pick ???

    NOOOOOOO BLACKMON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NOOOOOOO FLOYD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  355. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn – He went to Spain once for some bullrush event. Couldn’t stop one of them from passing him on the inside.

  356. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Id take Blackmon at 6+ but not before

    Id take Floyd at 12+ but not before.

    Floyd IMO will have some off the field issues once money enters his pocket.

    Blackmon is a good WR with a good head but he’s no Randy Moss … so top 5 is too high.

  357. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … thanx I dint know. Now Im concerned.

  358. By Spencer on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Mock draft from January 19th…dam have things changed.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1029766-mel-kiper-2012-nfl-mock-draft-pick-by-pick-critique-and-analysis/page/2

  359. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Round one
    Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
    1 Minnesota Vikings NFL Ron Yary Offensive Tackle USC
    2 Cincinnati Bengals AFL Bob Johnson Center Tennessee
    3 Atlanta Falcons NFL Claude Humphrey Defensive End Tennessee State
    4 San Diego Chargers AFL Russ Washington Offensive Tackle Missouri
    5 Green Bay Packers NFL Fred Carr Linebacker UTEP
    6 Boston Patriots AFL Dennis Byrd Defensive Tackle North Carolina State
    7 New Orleans Saints NFL Kevin Hardy Defensive End Notre Dame
    8 Miami Dolphins AFL Larry Csonka Running Back Syracuse
    9 Buffalo Bills AFL Haven Mo$es Wide Receiver San Diego St.
    10 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Mike Taylor Offensive Tackle USC
    11 Detroit Lions NFL Greg Landry Quarterback UMass
    12 Washington Redskins NFL Jim Smith Defensive Back Oregon
    13 St. Louis Cardinals NFL MacArthur Lane Running Back Utah State
    14 Philadelphia Eagles NFL Tim Rossovich Defensive End USC
    15 San Francisco 49ers NFL Forrest Blue Center Auburn
    16 Chicago Bears NFL Mike Hull Running Back USC
    17 New York Jets AFL Lee White Running Back Weber State
    18 San Diego Chargers AFL Jim Hill Defensive Back Texas A&M Kingsville
    19 Kansas City Chiefs AFL Mo Moorman Offensive Guard Texas A&M
    20 Dallas Cowboys NFL Dennis Homan Wide Receiver Alabama
    21 Cleveland Browns NFL Marvin Upshaw Defensive End Trinity
    22 Kansas City Chiefs AFL George Daney Offensive Guard UTEP
    23 Baltimore Colts NFL John Williams Offensive Tackle Minnesota
    24 Detroit Lions NFL Earl McCullouch Wide Receiver USC
    25 Oakland Raiders AFL Eldridge D1ckey Quarterback Tennessee State
    26 Green Bay Packers NFL Bill Lueck Offensive Guard Arizona
    27 Miami Dolphins AFL Doug Crusan Offensive Tackle Indiana

  360. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the first NFL draft that I remember.

  361. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    God, that makes me feel old, but i’m still immature !!

  362. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Just to show how much the game has changed……2 DBs in the first round.

  363. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
    28 Cincinnati Bengals Bill Staley Defensive end Utah State
    29 Atlanta Falcons Carlton Dabney Defensive end Morgan State
    30 Los Angeles Rams Gary Beban [3] Quarterback UCLA
    31 Denver Broncos Curley Culp Defensive end Arizona State
    32 Boston Patriots Tom Funchess Tackle Jackson State
    33 Minnesota Vikings Charlie West Defensive back Texas-El Paso
    34 Buffalo Bills Bob Tatarek Defensive tackle Miami (FL)
    35 Miami Dolphins Jimmy Keyes Linebacker Mississippi
    36 Pittsburgh Steelers Ernie Ruple Tackle Arkansas
    37 Detroit Lions Jerry DePoyster Kicker Wyoming
    38 Washington Redskins Tom Roussel Linebacker Southern Mississippi
    39 Philadelphia Eagles Cyril Pinder Running back Illinois
    40 St. Louis Cardinals Fred Hyatt Wide receiver Auburn
    41 New York Giants Rich Buzin Tackle Penn State
    42 St. Louis Cardinals Bob Atkins Defensive back Grambling
    43 San Diego Chargers Bill Lenkaitis Center Penn State
    44 New York Jets Steve Thompson Defensive end Washington
    45 Dallas Cowboys Dave McDaniels Wide receiver Mississippi Valley State
    46 Chicago Bears Bob Wallace Wide receiver Texas-El Paso
    47 Cleveland Browns John Garlington Linebacker LSU
    48 Kansas City Chiefs Mike Livingston Quarterback Southern Methodist
    49 Houston Oilers Mac Haik Wide receiver Mississippi
    50 Baltimore Colts Bob Grant Linebacker Wake Forest
    51 Los Angeles Rams Mike LaHood Guard Wyoming
    52 Oakland Raiders Ken Stabler Quarterback Alabama
    53 Atlanta Falcons John Wright Wide receiver Illinois
    54 Miami Dolphins Jim Cox Wide receiver Miami (FL)
    55 Cincinnati Bengals Tom Smiley Running back Lamar

  364. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Saints name Joe Vitt interim coach – despite 6-game suspension
    Pioneer Press
    twincities.com
    Posted: 04/12/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 12, 2012 9:29 PM GMTUpdated: 04/12/2012 04:29:07 PM CDT

    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints have named Joe Vitt as interim coach, despite the top assistant’s six-game suspension for his role in the club’s bounty system.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20382869/saints-name-joe-vitt-interim-coach-despite-6?source=rss

  365. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    1 DB in the 2nd round.

  366. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, 2 ( one was the Vikes).

  367. By mike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I think Dre Kikpatrick (CB) will be the 2nd best safety in the draft. But he won’t be there in the second round. Harrison is not the most talented player on the board in the second round. We all know the saying draft based off talent not just the team’s need. Harrison is a reach at 35th pick, but I would love to see us draft OL, CB or LB here… after Kalil.

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

    i dont approve hes for guarding a TE we need ballhawks not LB’s in the secondary. lets go WR at #35 or CB if its unbelievable value. assuming kalil at #3

  369. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Mayor Rybak again defends Minneapolis stadium plan
    By Karen Boros | 04/11/12.

    There was something for everyone to like — or, of course, dislike — at the first Vikings stadium public hearing, sponsored by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

    http://www.minnpost.com/two-cities/2012/04/mayor-rybak-again-defends-minneapolis-stadium-plan

  370. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings want to rebuild through draft
    PUBLISHED Monday, Apr 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm EDT
    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have been making plenty of roster moves this offseason. They’re just not the kind of transactions that bring much attention.

    Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-04-02/vikings-want-to-build-through-draft#ixzz1rsWANmfM

  371. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman… Don’t “do” the dog!!!

    Take Kalil 3rd overall, or face public stoning!

  372. By DRS on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    According to RotoWorld.com, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said in a recent Q&A that the Minnesota Vikings will pass on Matt Kalil with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

    Schefter acknowledges that he’s in the “minority” in this belief, and the Vikings have not finalized their draft-day decision. Schefter has hinted repeatedly on SportsCenter and NFL Live recently that Kalil is far from a lock at No. 3, though, and he takes it a step further in this Q & A session with fans. It would throw quite a wrench into the mock drafts.

    According to the Viking Age, in the interview with ESPN Insider, Schefter said he would put his money on the table that the Vikings would pass up on Kalil.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1142995-nfl-draft-2012-adam-schefter-guarantees-the-vikings-will-not-select-matt-kalil

  373. By PurplHaze on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    That writeup makes me wanna visit Schefters house late at night and do mean things to him. :-|

    INFLAMATORY!!!

    I’m sure he wrote that for all the Vikings haters who don’t wanna see us get another blue chip player. To H E L L with them!

  374. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I want Kalil on our team…I have said that from the get go…but why not use the system to get what we need for a change…i have heard from a great source that miami will give up a king’s ransom for the 3rd pick…8th pick over all,their 2nd and next years 1st

  375. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ PurplHaze,……better yet, his daughter !!!

  376. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/147081275.html

  377. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/04/12/support-for-matt-kalil-to-vikings-overwhelming/

  378. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    tdurf – Tell Miami to throw both of their 3rd round picks into that ransom and I’d take it.

    Then we could package the third round picks with the second round picks and move back into the lower half of the first round a couple times. Grab a tackle, WR, and DB all in the first round. That should create a great start to the rebuilding process, then we still have 2 firsts in 2013 to start our domination of the playoffs.

  379. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Look how fat Jeffery looks in the second pic…oink..oink…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1141075-2012-nfl-draft-debunking-the-myth-of-character-concerns-and-alshon-jeffery

  380. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OLB Shea McClellin…Not a secret anymore…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1138820-2012-nfl-draft-predictions-predicting-the-best-rookies-outside-of-round-1#/articles/1138820-2012-nfl-draft-predictions-predicting-the-best-rookies-outside-of-round-1

  381. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Look who is number 7…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1136440-nfl-trade-speculation-greg-mcelroy-and-10-qbs-that-could-be-moved

  382. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Package picks 42 (Miami’s 2nd rounder) and 72 (Miami’s first 3rd rounder) for NE’s first 1st rounder (pick 27). Then package picks 35 (our 2nd rounder), 66 (our 3rd rounder) and 79 (the Third rounder that Miami got from Chicago) for Cincinatti’s first 1st rounder (pick 17).

    Their trade values are 705-680, and 990-950, so the team we’re trading with is getting a slight advantage in both trades, and they are both teams that have two first round picks, so are more likely willing to part with one of them.

    We’d lose out on Kalil, but would likely be able to add a lot more overall value to the team.

  383. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Just a guess OTK, but I’d say that it’s #7’s backup at spot number 7…

  384. By vman on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil 1st, period! The need is there and he will be there for 10years solid. Smith is gone for our 2nd, go WR!! After that go BAP. We have so many gaps to fill take the best available as u go through the earlier rounds. The Rams will take Kalil if we move down to 8th. It seems to easy to me, sooo that means the Vikes will probably blow it. DON’T PASS UP KALIL !! K.I.S.S………

  385. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody….Yep…Webb is one player that has some trade value on the team…

  386. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ding ding ding! #14 falls in at number 7. The question is, which teams would be most interested in him? The Eagles seem to really like running QBs, and he’d definitely be better at that than their current backup QB, who barely snuck under 5-seconds for the 40. Other than that, I can’t really think of a team that uses that style of QB, so it would have to be one of the teams who is having trouble naming their starter right now.

  387. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Id say trade Greenway … hes 29 and about the time this team is ready for a run he will be 32-33 … but right now he should carry decent value. Unlike Jared Allen … Greenway isnt great but solid and more easily replaceable. Trying to replace Jared Allen could take years.

    How many great DEs did we have between Doleman and Jared Allen? Exactly … took 10 years to replace Doleman … YOU DONT TRADE GREATNESS !!!!

    However Greenway might be the best community guy on the team …. so ?

  388. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    The article mentions Webb having a similar skill set like M Vick…

    Funny how the Eagles might be looking to spend a second round pick on a QB…And the Vikings happen to have a QB with similar talent to the system they are running with Vick….hmmm…

    And the Eagles happen to have 2 second round picks in this draft also…hmmm…again…

  389. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    The big difference between the skill set of Webb and Vick is the fact that Webb doesn’t kill innocent animals.

  390. By KoN on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, if we had those picks, I would honestly rather have 6 picks in the first 3 rounds than 3 in the just the first and none in the subsequent two. Maybe trade two of the thirds for a second but that’s it. However, I doubt any team would be crazy enough to give us this deal anyway.

  391. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRDG376ctHw…….These are a staple for Sonja.

  392. By Marc on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    wake up and get real dreamers

  393. By lilbigvike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly hope we get KALIL 3rd overall with the second round I honestly think we will end up trading it.

  394. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Ever since Andy Ried took over for the Eagles in 99, he’s been using rushing QBs. It started with McNabb, and when he started strapping on lead boots, Vick came to town, and they added another running QB as his backup last year. That says a lot for the trade potential of Webb to the Eagles. Vick will be 32 by the time the season starts, and has only played in 16 games one year in his entire career. His age tells me he’ll have more trouble taking advantage of running opportunities, and his durability says the Eagles would really benefit by having a QB who has been compared to Vick in skillset as his backup.

    Joe Webb anybody? The only question I have is, how much is Reid willing to give up for Vick 2.0?

    FYI – Vick 2.0 is much better. It’s faster, more reliable, and less likely to get in trouble for mass murder of family pets!

  395. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    KoN – You’re probably right. I just like to fantasize about the possibilities.

    I recently criticized a mock draft for predicting trades throughout because of how unlikely it is for the trades to come close to his predictions. So I shouldn’t be bringing myself down to his level.

  396. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    honest first date

  397. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Glad he’s not our GM……he gave up WAY too much.

  398. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    lol

  399. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone..Please hold on to your tickets…

    We may have a photo finish coming up !!!…

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/18495703/power-eye-rams-want-rb-richardson

  400. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    WOW – Sounds like a great deal for him, but very surprising that she’s open to that level of honesty…

    Nova – You say he gave up way too much, but with his downfalls, I’d say he got a great bargain. Like getting a Pro Bowl CB and a second round pick in exchange for Kevin Kolb…

  401. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kind of looks like Wobschall….

  402. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – That would be an interesting trade to consider. It puts two other teams between us and Kalil, with Claiborne, Blackmon and Tannehill as buffer players for them to consider instead of Kalil. It’s a risky move, but if the Rams put up a good offer, it’s worth considering.

  403. By Parody on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    lol Nova – I knew he looked familiar somehow!

  404. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Forget “blockbuster” trades … swap with the rams take one of their 2’s (34th)

    We would get Kalil and an extra #2 … #34 #35 …

    Here’s a possibility

    LT Matt Kalil
    S Harrison Smith
    and
    WR Stephen Hill or Alshon Jeffery

    Its a win win win

  405. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If we trade Webb away what happens if Ponder gets hurt. The McNabb Train didn’t help.

  406. By Northern Norseman on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Okay get ready to rip me BUT the Vikings if they cannot trade back should just draft Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech!

    6ft 4in – 4.3 speed – Has very good hands – Catches a very nice jump ball – Stretches the field vertically – Physically gifted – Good run blocker since he has many times to practice in his run first offense – Great attitude

    Seriously what is not to like about this guy?

    He really isn’t too far off from Calvin Johnson or Demaryius Thomas and those guys are studs. He isn’t exactly like them but one can make a good translation and see an opportunity of an amazing receiver.

    It would be a shocker if the Vikings took him at #3 but if he pans out to be a Randy Moss without an attitude….. then I say you have to go with Stephen Hill.

    Hate it at first but let it soak in for a while….. it actually make sense.

  407. By KoN on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill is already inflated way past his value. He should really be a mid-late second round pick at best. Also I’m still wary of him, remember the last time the Vikes picked up a WR with all of the physical tools only to realize that he can’t catch? Hill looks good now, but he’s too much of a risk to take in the first round, let alone the #3 pick. Do you honestly believe that Hill will be better at WR than Kalil will be at LT?

  408. By Sack Master on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Why would we rush it if we wait till the 2nd or 3rd we could get Rueben Randle, Alshon Jeffery, Marvin McNutt, or Brian Quick. These guys have plenty of potential.

  409. By Northern Norseman on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Stephen had some drops but I think it gets overblown at times. The guy barely got targeted so lets say he gets targeted 3 times during the game and he drops 1 then it looks bad. Say another receiver gets targeted 11 times and he drops 2 people will barely notice since he made 9 catches.

    Also add on that Stephen Hill had a 29 YPC…… dang! Vikings need a field stretcher then get him.

    Also to those that think Stephen Hill will get out of the 1st round obviously don’t have a clue what they are talking about. Just like when people here kept telling me M. Floyd would in no way be drafted in the 1st round. I said again and again there is a chance he could be drafted before Blackmon….. well look there are some scouts that have him rated higher then Blackmon.

    Would Stephen Hill be a stretch at #3….. you bet it is BUT that is according to this fake world of projections. Its amazing to back and look at re-drafts…. there are guys that went 3-4 round but in the re-draft they will go top 15.

    So if you think he is a star then go get him…. who cares if people say he was a reach…. they won’t if he pans out to be a star.

    Just stirring things up here to get a different idea flowing thats all. Enjoy

  410. By KoN on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    If Hill falls to us at #35 then we should at least consider him, but I think that if both he and Smith are there, then Smith should be our guy.

  411. By KoN on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    There’s too much risk involved to take him at #3. Sure there is the possibility that he could be a star, but it is more likely that he won’t be. he simply hasn’t porven that he is worth a first round draft pick.

  412. By Northern Norseman on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    Im not saying that the Vikings must take Stephen Hill….. if thats what it sounded like then my bad.

    If I was asked right on the spot right now I’d go with OT Matt Kaliil but I am just saying that we need to break barriers a bit and think dramatically outside the box.

    Why not right?

    Otherwise its Kalil Kalil Kalil Kalil Kalil…. and so on.

    Taking Kalil is not the only way…. would he be a good selection at #3…… NO…. he’d be a GREAT pick at #3.

    All I am saying is that people get so gol darn caught up in “Where did this Hill guy come from?” “Oh wow he is athletic…. he might rise up draft boards.” Oh mock drafts have him going early 2nd or maybe late 1st round.” “#3 Stephen Hill…. are you kidding me….. some random mock draft site has him going #31 man!!”

    Get past all the “rankings” “phony fan mock drafts” or “what you have constantly perceived”………….. why not weigh all options with an open mind and explore the possibilities?

  413. By KoN on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    That’s fine, but the players are drafted based on rankings, not skill. It is true that every team tries to coordinate its rankings according to the skill of the players, but it doesn’t always work out that way. For example, fi everyone is saying that Bob Smith (made up player) the cornerback from Notre Dame is a 5th round prospect, but the Vikings realize that he actually has 1st round skill and potential, you can bet that they’ll try to draft him. That being said, they will still try to get him in the 5th round and no more than a round before.

  414. By David on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’d be happy with him as a 2nd round pick! He would INSTANTLY upgrade the secondary. Wide receiver can be fulfilled in the 3rd and 4th rounds. There is still a lot of talent at wide receiver, at least in the third round. Anybody past the third round, I believe will turn out to be projects, which, if tempered correctly would turn into a big threats.

    Who knows? We might even get another receiver that can play quarterback better than the starter!

  415. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    “A quarterback depends on his teammates to be successful. A lot of people try to equate his role with that of a baseball pitcher in baseball, but they’re vastly different. A good pitcher can completely dominate a game. A good quarterback still has to depend on the line in front of him, his backs, and the men he throws to.”

    *Chuck Noll, winning coach of four super bowls in five years for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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  416. By Northern Norseman on Apr 12, 2012 | Reply

    @KoN

    I completely agree with what you said.

    That is true that teams try to maximize value out of their draftees by trying not to reach on them even if they think the player is skilled enough to go that high.

    So connecting back to Hill….. He will get drafted much higher than people think. The Chiefs at #11 (I think) may even take him. Even Casserly of NFL Network has said that he could be drafted a lot closer to the #10th selection than some have previous thought.

    Casserly even said that he would not be a reach that high because of everything Hill can do and bring to a team.

    With more visits that Hill is doing the higher he will be on draft boards….. hence the higher he will get drafted.

    Ideally the Vikings would trade down and if he was looked at as that good then the Vikings could draft him.

    I do believe that #3 is too high for him but if he is starting get into the top 10……. is rated that high….. is a can’t miss….. and the Vikings cannot trade down…… then I wouldn’t have a problem with the Vikings taking him at #3. Would I be shocked…. yes but having Hill with Percy, AP, and upcoming Rudolph would make a dynamic explosive offense.

  417. By sunnyazvike on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Janoris Jenkins @35… randy moss had drug problems, jared allen had a drinking problem, percy harvin had drug problems, adrian peterson had injury problems. Its worked so far…

  418. By KR Percy Harvin WR on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    But overall Harrison Smith is a better prospect than Janoris Jenkins. Harrison Smith would be a better improvement.

  419. By C.Ponder on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    DO NOT PASS UP KALIL……….I NEED TIME IN POCKET

  420. By Rocksalt on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    agreed, C.Ponder

  421. By charliewest40 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Harrison Smith is a great pick @ 35….I should know, I played safety…for the Vikings.

  422. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    KALIL @ #3
    SMITH or RANDLE @ #35

    For the record, Randle has time under center! ;-)

  423. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil with our first pick…Randle or Hill with our second pick…

    If that happens…The Vikings offense will be solid enough to contend within our division…Ponder would have enought time to throw…And another huge weapon to throw too…Not to mention opening up the running game…

    Trumaine Johnson with the 3rd pick…He can play CB or S…But really would like to see him at S…His closing skills are awesome…

  424. By SAN JOSE VIKINGS! on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    My new say’n for the cheeseheads “NO! PACKRAT’S NO!”

  425. By SAN JOSE VIKINGS! on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder the Pus*y!!!!

  426. By Rick on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Honestly i don’t care what the vikings do as long as they don’t mess with their #3 pick. They have to take Kalil and solidify that O-line otherwise next years 1st round pick will be another QB cause both ponder and webb will be quads from the pounding they will take this year

  427. By Mike B. on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody I don’t think that the Eagles will give much higher than a second round pick for a #2 QB. Webb’s tape is out their so his strengths and weakness is well know. He has accuracy issues and is to quick to go to the option. He’s a great runner, but you need to be able to look down all you catchers before taking off. I will give him a possible round two trade value though. I don’t see the Vikings trading him though unless it is Webb’s request.

  428. By Mike B. on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Looking to trade Webb has merit, but I don’t see other teams throwing great picks to get him. We have Sage to fill in the #2 role if needed.

  429. By Mike B. on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    I am thinking all this trading back to Miami is hype to get Holmgren to offer up something good to assure they get Tannehill. There are a lot of question marks about Tannehill and I think he will be there for Miami to take at #8 anyway. That pretty much ends the trade back option unless the vikings don’t want Kalil. I think that the fans will boo Spielman from winter park if that’s the case. They might even come back with tar and feathers.

  430. By Richard1A on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Why do we have J Webb? he has played maybe 2 plays a game, I could go in there and sparkle for 2 plays. Point is we have no use for him, I know, he is suppose to be the best athlete on the team! he does not play, why do we have him? this is a waste of a roster spot, trade, cut, let him go. Just think about it, he has done nothing for the team since he’s been here, he just has’nt.

  431. By Mike B. on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    @Richard1A We need 3 QBs on the team. We would have to draft or find a QB if we trade Webb. It isn’t that we are wasting a rooster spot to keep him. The question is are we wasting his talent. This is very probable. Fraizer has stated he will remain the #2 QB behind Ponder. I think many believe 1 that he should be starting as QB or WR or 2 we are wasting his talent as a back up.

  432. By Mike B. on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    lol roster not rooster

  433. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, Richard. If he’s not going to earn his paycheck doing other things besides an occasional wildcat set, he’s taking up valuable space for a REAL contributor!

  434. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Right on, Rick! NO OTHER CHOICE for the Vikings #3 overall pick makes sense besides KALIL!!!

  435. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Webb has an important position on the team as the number 2 QB…If Webb is happy at that position on the team…Fine…

    But why is Sage the one signing a 2 year contract extension with the Vikings and not Webb ??…The 3rd QB is a needed position also on the team…But the 3rd QB on a team should be young and being Groomed as a starter in the league…And not a seasoned veteran…

    The only way I can see the Vikings keeping Webb around longer this coming season…Is to give him a contract extension now…Before he has another solid season…Going into his contract season in 2013…He will want more money for a contract…And could demand a trade to become a starter some place else…

    Webb has the most trade value sitting there for the Vikings right now…Spielman could cash in his 6th round investment right now…And I believe get a second round selection in return for Webb…The Vikings have a capable number 2 QB still under contract in Sage if he does…

    I just think the Vikings need to either extend Webb’s contract situation…Or trade him while his stock has value…

    Waiting only gets the Vikings a possible goose egg in value for Webb…Except just having one extra QB on the bench for Ponder for one more year…But you also are wasting one year to devolope a young QB…

  436. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Note to Rick Spielman…

    If you don’t take M Kalil with the first pick in the draft…You might need to draft another QB…

    So you have another fresh QB to put in…After defenses take out the other 3 from lack of protection !!!

  437. By hognuts on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil #3

  438. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    So, most agree the safest picks addressing WR 4-5 and (finished secondary in the 3rd) would be……………………

    1 Matt Kalil LT
    2 Harrison Smith FS
    3 Brandon Boykin CB/KR/PR

  439. By Richard1A on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Mike B. I mean he is wasted talent, he has the best athleticism of all the players on the team, that says something, why not use his talent somewhere, maybe defense backfield? I mean he has the ability that rarely never comes around! yet he is used a few plays a game if any. 3rd string qb? how often are they used, almost never as his playing very very little proves, any body who has played qb can do that much. He should play where he can help the team or trade for someone who can.

  440. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    On another note … Anybody heard when the league is gonna hand out player punishments for Bountygate? I thought it would happen this week, but I’ve heard NOTHING!

  441. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    San … I think most of the folks here agree our #1 field stretching red zone threat has to come to us before the end of the 3rd round. Only that way can we get an instant contributor.

    And above all else … KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!

  442. By Carl K on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    sandi- I don’t think Boykin is really all that much of an upgrade over the corners we have on our roster.

    Boykin is good returner yes,… but if you are looking for a returner… I think Isaiah Pead is a dynamic talent that is also ranked as the higher over all NFL prospect. he could also fill the voud of 3rd down back for the Vikings.

    Pead has not returned many punts and kickoff as a prep and college player, but when he has been called to do it he has been explosive and effective.

    In High School, Pead returned 2 kicks for TDs in just 6 attempts. His first punt return in college went for over 30 yards.

    WR Ty Hilton is also another more dynamic returner that can also line up at any of the WR positions and flat run by people. In the 4 to 6 round area Hilton would be a nice fit for the Vikings. Many people compare him to Deshawn Jackson.

  443. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Fans wanting the Vikings to trade the 3rd pick and move down in the draft…May very well get that wish…

    With every day it gets closer to draft day…I am seeing plenty of “smoke&mirror” effects coming from all the teams on who they say they are targeting in the first round of the draft…Especially near the top…

    But I am also seeing plenty of scenarios getting closer to the draft of teams willing to make another big trade offer to get into the number 3 slot in the draft…And teams with the draft pick ammunition to do just that…

    I have been hoping all this time that Kalil will be the pick for the Vikings in the 3 slot in the draft…But beginning to believe there is a very real chance now that some other team may offer a deal the Vikings can’t refuse get into the number 3 draft slot…

    Just going to have a 12 pack of barley pop sitting in the fridge ice cold…Because I am beginning to believe…This Vikings fan just might be in for a long night…

  444. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Haze, always a back-up plan due to the posibility of a receiver pick #35. Rd 3 building up!! I am like AJ Jenkins and Marvin Jones WR’s there

  445. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Gary Tinsley’s funeral to be held Saturday

    PUBLISHED Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:40 am EDT

    Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS — Dozens of current and former players, coaches and administrative staff from the Minnesota Gophers football team plan to attend a funeral service Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. for linebacker Gary Tinsley.

    The 22-year-old Tinsley was found unresponsive by his roommate at their campus apartment at the University of Minnesota last Friday. Medical personnel could not revive him. Tinsley was set to graduate in just a few weeks and had been one of the Gopher’s leading tacklers the last two seasons.

    WCCO-TV says Tinsley’s funeral is Saturday morning at Abyssinia Baptist Church in his hometown of Jacksonville. The cause of Tinsley’s death is still under investigation.

    Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2012-04-12/gary-tinsley-funeral-florida-minnesota-gophers-linebacker-jacksonville#ixzz1rwC4bcJs

  446. By KR Percy Harvin WR on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Does antbody see the draft playing out like this
    1st round-Matt Kalil
    2nd round-Harrison Smith
    3rd Round-Brian Quick
    4th Round-Chase Minnifield
    5th round-Audie Cole

  447. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Carl there are plenty of players that can contribute to kick return speed/exp wise. Why not take the best and have a solid CB instead of a 5’8 wr/rb??

  448. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    My condolences to Gary Tinsley’s family, he would have made a great addition to the Vikings family.

  449. By charliewest40 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond…I agree with purplhaze. We need to pick that best remaining talent at WR in 3rd round. I like Boykins alot but there will still be avail. in the 4th round; CB Jayron Hosley, Josh Norman, Chase Minnifield and Judie Coryell. The cornerback depth is deeper than the Big WR class still available in the 3rd round.

  450. By charliewest40 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Percy I love your mock but maybe take LB with the 4th pick. the cornerback depth is awesome !!!

  451. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    well charlie just have to let it go as Boykin is falling in the middle of the third round range on_ to another nfl team. Judie looks to be an explosive kick returner in regard to boykin / try to find that tape

  452. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings’ pick is key to drafting Ryan Tannehill, Colts’ Jim Irsay tweets
    Pioneer Press
    twincities.com
    Posted: 04/13/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 13, 2012 3:17 PM GMTUpdated: 04/13/2012 10:16:52 AM CDT

    Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman received a little help from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay – assuming Spielman is serious about wanting to trade the No. 3 overall draft pick.

    Irsay turned to Twitter this week to praise Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

    “Tannehill is a hidden gem in this draft,a quiet secret who was always sneaking up to #3..you want him,you better talk to Zigi The Biggie!” Irsay posted on @JimIrsay.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20389223/vikings-pick-is-key-drafting-ryan-tannehill-colts?source=rss

  453. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    WR Stephen Hill would be a candidate to return Kicks with his blazing speed if picked in the second round…Hill didn’t return kicks in college…But he did return kicks in high school…Totally different situation…But at least some experience…

  454. By Carl K on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Sandi- My point is at pick #65 Boykin will not be best player available.
    I think a good player will fall out of the second round.
    Josh Robinson
    Chris Givens
    Bobby Wagner
    Trumaine Johnson
    Alfonzo Dennard
    Kelechi Osemele
    Isaiah Pead
    Jamell Fleming
    Alshon Jeffery
    Brandon Thompson
    David Lavonte
    Mohamed Sanu

    One of these guys, just to name a few could… could be available at the top of round 3.

  455. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Fifth round: Vikings continue quest to find a diamond in the rough late
    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under The draft, Vikings, Leslie Frazier, Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Leslie Frazier Updated: April 13, 2012 – 8:12 AM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/147302295.html

  456. By KR Percy Harvin WR on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Carl- Why do you have Alshon Jeffery as a possibility of dropping to the start of the third

  457. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

  458. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    KR Percy teams aren’t going to mark a second round talent on a guy that dropped 25 pounds just for the combine. most WR’s that stay around 210 there whole life are in the nfl now

  459. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/04/11/what-is-the-plan-for-chris-cook/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+twincities%2FNWau+%28Vikings+Now%29

  460. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Plug Dolphins, Vikings into the NFL draft trade machine

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/04/10/plug-dolphins-vikings-into-the-nfl-draft-trade-machine/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+twincities%2FNWau+%28Vikings+Now%29

  461. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Carl nice stack of(LEFTOVER TALENT players possible to be available at #65

    picking a RB there would not be a good idea… fan base eruption

  462. By Jeff on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Trade down to 8 with the Dolphins, get additional 2nd and 3rd rd picks- Draft David DeCastro at 8. Trade the Dolphins 2nd and 3rd to get back into the late 1st Rd and select S Mark Barron from Alabama. With our 2nd pick select Draft best WR available.

  463. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Alshon Jeffery…The young man knows he is looked at as a top draft going into the final season in college football…

    Why does he play that final season overweight ??…Is this a player with the desire needed in the weight room,etc…Or have motivation to excel in the NFL ??…

    The WR who had a shot to be the number one WR taken in this springs draft…Came into his final season in college looking like a big soft marshmallow..Instead of a number one WR prospect in the college ranks ready to rip it up in the NFL…

    What do players with that kind of work ethic do after signing million dollar contracts ??…

    They just get lazier…

    That is why I am with M Kiper and see Alshon falling into the 3rd round area…

  464. By Spencer on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Janoris Jenkins + Chris Cook? :) :) :) :) :)

  465. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    NFL to allow limited casino ads in programs, local broadcasts and stadiums in 2012 and 2013 Article by: Associated Press Updated: April 12, 2012 – 4:44 PM

    NEW YORK – The NFL will allow teams to accept advertisements for casinos and other state-licensed gambling-related establishments during the next two seasons.

    Those ads can appear only in game programs, on local radio broadcasts and in the upper bowl and inner concourses of stadiums.

    The league told the 32 clubs on Thursday that the change in policy will allow such advertising on a limited basis from casinos in their markets. After the subject was discussed at last month’s owners meetings, the league reviewed how other sports handle casino advertising, did fan research, analyzed likely impact of recent gambling-related legislative developments and surveyed all 32 franchises.

    “We remain steadfast in our opposition to the proliferation of gambling on NFL games,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “There is a distinction between accepting advertising in a limited fashion and gambling on the outcome of our games.”

    No employees of the NFL and its teams, including players and coaches, can endorse or appear in any advertisements for any form of gambling.

    Previously, teams have been permitted to accept advertising for horse and dog racing tracks, for municipal lotteries and off-track betting organizations, provided they offer no betting schemes based on actual sporting events; to enter into sponsorship agreements with municipal lotteries, provided the lottery offers no games based on actual sporting events; and to accept advertising for the city of Las Vegas, provided such advertisements contain no references to or depictions of gambling or casinos.

    Under Thursday’s change, any entity being advertised can’t have a sports book or accept or promote gambling of actual sporting events other than horse or dog racing. In the case of facilities with multiple locations, some of which include a sports book or otherwise accept or promote gambling on actual sporting events, the advertisements “must clearly and prominently advertise the locations that do not have a sports book and do not otherwise accept or promote gambling on actual sporting events. No reference to any of the locations that do have them is permitted.

    All advertisements must include a responsible gambling message. The advertisers must agree to contribute funds to the league’s gambling education and other related programs.

    No naming rights or programming sponsorships can be sold to casinos or gambling-related entities.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/nfl/147224585.html

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    Mike W. How will this affect the Vikings new stadium

  466. By Spencer on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    DRS- How are things going with the stadium issue?

  467. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    IF WE MISS MATT KALIL, WHICH WILL HAPPEN IF WE GO TO 8, THEN IN MY OPINION THE ENTIRE DRAFT IS A BUST!!!

  468. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Who cares what Pollian or Irsay think? I SURE DON’T!!!

    WORRY ABOUT LUCK AND QUIT SPREADING RUMORS!!!

  469. By PurplHaze on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    *** Polian

  470. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    lol, could be but spielman knows he will be under pressure 2-3( trades, shakeups) to make up for it

  471. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer I would say it is 50-50 if the stadium bill gets done this year and if the stadium bill does not get done this year there will be no MN Vikings in 2013, That is just my opinion.

  472. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    good blog this one has been, close to 500

  473. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    The gambling issue worries me, a lot of people are 100% against gambling, others are for no new taxes, while others do not like giving welfare to millionaires, I fear to many are against the stadium for the legislatures to pass the bill, but who knows.

  474. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Draft Targets 2012: Guard Senio KelemeteApr 12th, 2012 at 2:41 pm by danzinskiDraftHome » Vikings » Draft » Vikings Draft Targets 2012: Guard Senio Kelemete Nov 5, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (56) during the game against the Oregon Ducks at Husky Stadium. Oregon defeated Washington 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

    All the talk this offseason has been about the tackle position but the Vikings are also in the market for inside offensive line talent. One guard prospect currently getting attention from the Vikings is Senio Kelemete of Washington. Kelemete played both tackle and guard for the Huskies but his size and body type will limit him to playing inside in the NFL. Kelemete played at 285 his senior season but according to DraftInsider.net he’s bulked up to 305 thanks to a pre-draft weight training regimen.

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  475. By Troy on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Can we draft Nick Saban?

  476. By Richard1A on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Does anybody care where the money comes from to pay for the stadium? Why not gambling casinos, just because we build one does not mean anybody has to use it, but, there are people who like to gamble and will spend there money gambling. I do not see what is wrong with building a casino or is there some law that it has to be a Indian owned casino? anyway it Indian owned or not, why not use the money from a casino when the stadium is payed off the money goes to the state….they make millions.

  477. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have other things to do, have fun.

  478. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Richard1A did you not read my post? The NFL has a rule about gambling and casinos, it makes me wonder if the Vikings can get their financing in lieu of the NFL rules on gambling and casinos.

  479. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    I have a great fear that Minnesota will drop the ball and let the Vikings move to LA as they did with the Lakers. Minnesota is the king of states in trying to go cheep, and then they wonder why they are not considered one of the top tier states in sports.

  480. By DRS on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Oh well, I do have to be going for now, have fun everyone.

  481. By Richard1A on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    What about Janoris Jenkins, a corner back, he is a outstanding cornerback, it is exactly what the vikes need, draft him….the bad side, he has been arrested 3 times, but he has changed some. Vikes, draft him 2nd or 3rd round please.. I can’t stand to see another sh-tty vikings defensive backfield, bring back Paul Krause, I mean they take ex-basketball players why not someone with a little age and experience….he still holds the NFL record for interceptions…Go Big Purple “D”

  482. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone have their pick ready announce the blog for the first round on Wednesday the 25th ??…

  483. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Wobbs can play also..

    .And set a blog up just for the fans best guess round one ??

  484. By iaVIKE on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – I don’t think Ricky even has a clue yet ha. We can only hope for Kalil or a ridiculous amount of picks from someone else instead…..gunna be interesting to see what goes down

  485. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    hold tight otk. we can at least do it that way if wobs sets up blogs right for each day of the draft

  486. By Carl K on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Sandi- I don’t think Spielman or Frazier gives a rats hair about what the fans think! If Spielman and Frazier covet a RB, QB, or TE in this draft that can help improve this team… and they fall to the Vikings… well lets just say I think Spielman will not be predictable will all 10 picks. I think atleast 1 pick will shock some fans.

    @KR Percy Harvin- I have no clue where Alshon will be drafted. He could go as high as late round 1 or fall to the mid to late 2nd round. I am hopeful he will fall all the way to the Vikings at pick # 65. Even at 240 lbs, he is tough to shut down.

    Kalil
    Harrison Smith
    Alshon Jeffery

    That would be a sweet start to the draft.

  487. By TheValentine84 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    The more I think about trading the #3 pick the more I’m liking it. Sure, the drop off from kalil to reiff/martin is significant, but that’s not to say those guys CAN’T be an NFL starter either. If we could still find a starting LT in the first, and have 2 second round picks this year and 2 first round picks next year along with others, WHY NOT? We would still be able to solve our O-line problems while adding even more potential starters to our roster this year and next year. I say if Miami or st. louis wants to trade with us, DO IT

  488. By chon69 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    I would have to agree that if the Vikings get Kalil at #3 and Harrison Smith at #35 then I would be happy!

  489. By Mike B. on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Makes me laugh with these guy saying oh it’s ok to trade down to 8 or more. We can pick up reif or martin or some other LT. Guess what it is more likely the Vikings will pick a WR if we move down to those spots. That’s right a WR instead of a LT. We wouldn’t be looking at OL till round 2. We need to keep focused on the prize and that is Matt Kalil. Only trade to be considered is if the Browns want to move up one to take Tannehill. That’s it end of story. This draft will be a bust for us without Kalil signed a Viking.

  490. By Mike B. on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK how much draft pick value do you think Webb has? I think at the most a second rounder and that’s it.

  491. By Parody on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    A second rounder for Webb would be great, especially after seeing the Jets grab Tebow for a fourth rounder. Not that Tebow is better, but he has a lot more success in his short career than Webb does.

  492. By Richard1A on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Who in there right mind would give a 2nd round pick for Webb? he has played maybe a half a game total straight. He this is all talk, think about it, who could not pump them selfs up to play 2 straight plays and make themselves look good. He is all hype, he has not done didley, can you honestly say you have seem him game in game out play even average. I would hope for anything, dump him, we need players to play, not somebody everybody thinks is good and never plays.

  493. By Lance on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Ummm what games where you watching at the end of 2010 season? Webb started and won vs philly! the whole game and he has started and finished few others and did very good when favre was hurt. Infact did better then ponder did when mcnabb was done.

    So half a game? Also webb may not be worth a 2nd but id give him a 3rd rd grade tho. Maybe we should trade ponder? get value out of him before he flops

  494. By Richard1A on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    My point is they say he is the best athlete on the team, and they say he can play many different positions. Other than a few games where he did good he is’nt proven, anybody can do that. I have seem him play medicore. If he is so good why not play him? the team needs help? did he play or save us when we were 3-13, nope, basically a waste of a Vikings uniform! all talk and nothing in return, all “HYPE”

  495. By sandiamond on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Webb could demand a trade out of Minn like Stanton did for the Jets. Let’s be thankful Mr Joe is part of this team in whatever capacity and hope to see him on the field next year!

  496. By iaVIKE on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Richard – He is a freak athlete, and that’s what people are talking about how we have to get him more involved. There’s a video out there somewhere showing him jumping over like 8 tackling dumbies that were stacked up when he was a UAB. But you’re absolutely right, if we can’t find a way to get him involved other than standing on the sideline, we may as well get a draft pick for him. Frazier already put the kibosh to him playing WR for some reason. But he has shown some signs, don’t forget about the Detroit game this last year when he came in in the second half and led us back to the Detroit one yard line and a win before he got facemasked and it didn’t get called….just the way our season went last year.

  497. By TheValentine84 on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil
    Smith/Jeffery
    Quick/Jenkins/Martin/Allen/Iloka

  498. By VVIKING on Apr 13, 2012 | Reply

    #1 matt kalil in the first round

    #2 TAKE HARRISON SMITH WITH THE SECOND PICK 35 OVERALL
    BETTER SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
    I GUARANTEE THIS TWO PLAYERS WILL BE A FUTURE LEGENDS IN THE NFL AND WILL HAVE A GREAT SEASON AS A VIKINGS

  499. By Norse Nightmare #77 on Apr 14, 2012 | Reply

    I have been talking Harrison Smith for months! He is a sure tackler, a team captain and leader, a smart football mind who can command a defensive backfield, and got some very key interceptions his junior year. He has a lot more potential than he got credit for and people are now starting to wake up. He might not even be on the board at #35, but if he is we need to grab him.

  500. By RetiredK9 on Apr 15, 2012 | Reply

    Lots of love for Kalil out of USC, and I agree with most of it…just don’t tell me this guy should go #1 overall. And be careful, Vikings fans…you don’t want to end up with Stan Thomas.

  501. By RetiredK9 on Apr 15, 2012 | Reply

    Or Tony Mandarich.

  502. By jv3rnon on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    1st Kalil
    2ND H Smith
    3rd N Toon
    4TH Trumaine Johnson
    4THa MLB
    4THb DT
    5TH OG
    6TH OLB
    7TH OT
    7THa DE

  503. By tom ashley on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t forget the big WR in Alshon Jeffrey at the #35 pick…he’s a beast!

  504. By Brad Childress' Mustache on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s my draft day strategy: We want Kalil. If Cleveland calls because they covet a playerand are willing to swap picks, the Vikings negotiate with them for an extra pick(s) and an agreement that the Browns do not pick Kalil and will not trade their newly attained #3 pick. The Vikings then do the very same thing with Tampa Bay and so on. However, if the Browns don’t want to do it, then the Vikings stay where they are and pick Kalil. If the Browns agree, but then Tampa Bay doesn’t agree, the Vikings stay at 4 and pick Kalil. This is really the only strategy that will guarantee them Kalill while allowing them to have some ability to perhaps get more picks.

    Of course, since Brad Childress is now the OC for the Browns, as his beloved mustache, I feel a conflict of interest.

  505. By Brad Childress' Mustache on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    By the way, I could see the Viking trading out of their #35 pick and moving down a little in the second in order to get an extra third round pick.

    As Brad Childress Mustache’, I must make the following disclaimer: The opinions or views of Brad Childress’ Mustache, unless expressly stated otherwise, do not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by Brad Childress.

  506. By MR. FAVRE on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I SAY FORGET THE LINE GET TWO INCREDIBLE RUNNING BACKS AND RUN RUN RUN RICHARDSON AND PETERSON ALL DAY EVERY PLAY WITH BACKS LIKE THAT WHO NEEDS A LINE AND COME PICK ME UP WHEN THE SEASON STARTS

  507. By Joe on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Janoris Jenkins is a better pick and prospect then Harrison. Easily the second best corner in the draft for ability. He is a monster on one-on-ones. We can draft a safety in round 4, 5, or 6 even. The safety class is not strong this year and it has a big drop off from Barron to Smith. Smith is a big hitter, yes, but struggles with man coverage. He can help against Tight Ends a lot, but I feel covering down field wide receivers is a bigger concern. Got to replace Winfield very soon. Janoris would be at least a top 15 pick without his issues. He could be a steal for the Vikings. Look it Percy, he had problems and his draft stock fell. The resullt: getting a very good slot wide receiver. I mean many Vikings have had off field issues.( McKinnie, Moss, and everyone remembers the boat parties) Ideal First three rounds
    1st Kalil
    2nd Janoris Jenkins( alt. Stephen Hill or Alshon)
    3rd Brian Quick- Very raw, but has a lot of room for improvement. ( Alt. Chase Minnifield, Norman, or Criner) The 3rd round pick all depends on the 2nd round.

  508. By puckertrucker on Apr 22, 2012 | Reply

    To all the Fans and Voters in Minnesota: I have watched with great anticipation that there are Congressmen/women,and Senatorial persons that don’t want the Vikings to have a new stadium. WELL I AM HERE TO SAY EVERY ONE OF THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE POLITICIANS THAT DON’T WANT THE STADIUM REMIND THEM THAT THERE IS AN ELECTION COMING UP IN NOVEMBER AND THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THE STADIUM ISSUE FACE LOSING THEIR JOBS COME NOVEMBER. I MEAM AFTER ALL WHO WANTS A POLITICIAN THAT DOESN’T HAVE THE STATES BEST INTERESTS AT HEART NOR THE WORKERS OR CITIZENS NEEDS AT HEART. I SAY GET RID OF THEM VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS. GET RID OF THE DEAD WIEGHT POLITICIANS NOW. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

  509. By puckertrucker on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    To the Minnesota Vikings Fans and Voters of Minnesota: IT’S TIME TO REMIND THE POLITICIANS OF OUR FAIR STATE THAT ANY ONE OF THEM THAT THINKS THE VIKINGS ARE NOT IMPORTANT TO THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND IT’S ECCONOMY IS MISTAKEN THINK ABOUT THE JOBS YOU COULD LOSE. WELL PEOPLE JUST REMIND THEM NOVEMBER IS NOT FAR OFF, AND THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THE STADIUM BILL WILL LOSE THEIR JOB IN THE STATE POLITICAL ARENA. NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS ABOUT IT GET RID OF THE DEAD WIEGHT POLITICIANS THAT DON’T HAVE THE STATES WELFARE, OR THE CITIZENS WELFARE AT HEART. I FOR ONE DO NOT WANT TO LOSE SUCH A VALUEABLE COMODITY AS THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS TO LA OR ANY OTHER CITY IN THE COUNTY DO YOU. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

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