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The Boys Are Back In Town

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 23, 2012 – 6:28 am

This is a big week for the crop of prospects hoping to be selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, with the 1st-round set to begin on Thursday evening and the draft scheduled to conclude by Saturday afternoon. But it’s also a big week for many current NFL players, including members of the Vikings.

The Vikings 9-week voluntary offseason program begins today and runs through the third week of June, which essentially means many Vikings players will be in and around Winter Park for the next 2 months preparing and training for training camp and ultimately the 2012 season.

Under provisions and rules set forth by the brand-new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Vikings offseason program will consist of three phases, with each phase governed by a different set of rules that will regulate the players’ interaction with coaches, contact during workouts and drills, and more. Click here to read more about the Vikings offseason program.

To mark the beginning of the offseason program, we’ve also identified and introduced you to new faces on the Vikings roster as well as highlighted several players who could be poised for breakout seasons.

As if the NFL draft wasn’t enough this week, the abyss of the NFL offseason is pushed even further into the rear view mirror thanks to the launch of the offseason program. Let the fun begin!


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119 Responses to “The Boys Are Back In Town”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    First !!!… ; )

  2. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    3 days !!…

    Will the Vikings trade down.. or not ???…

  3. By Carl K on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Breakout player for 2012- my money is on Kyle Rudolph! Great hands… fearless working the middle of the field.

    Rudolph and Percy will help turn Ponder into a franchise QB… Now, if we can only find a way to protect Ponder and give him time to find these guys.

    Oh, here is an idea… Matt Kalil.

  4. By 408 VIKE!!!! on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Pick “BLACKMON” or “RICHARDSON” we would sell alot of jerseys who would buy a KALIL jersey? no one we have a chance to choose blackmon or richardsond it’s in are hands please choose one of em i would be very happy thursday and i will be watching the draft i can’t w8 go vikes!!

  5. By Megakrab on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m going to be happy Thursday, no matter what happens. At least we will have NFL related T.V. to watch again!!

  6. By Mark B on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    I can still see the Vikes taking Claiborne with the 3rd overall pick. In my opinion, the one wildcard in this is DeMarcus Love. We didn’t see him at all after the preseason last year, so no one knows (outside of Winter Park) where he is at in his development. I could see the team going into this year with a starting OL that looks something like this: Love, Johnson, Sullivan, Berger/Schwarz, Loadholdt. Did the OL give up sacks last year, sure – but keep in mind, it was the first year in a new system with a new position coach. Give them a full off season program and I believe this group will be much improved from last year – they have the talent (unlike our secondary). Use the draft to shore up the secondary, add a threat or two in the passing game, and add some front 7 defensive depth and this Vikings fan would be a happy camper!

    SKOL!

  7. By markies on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    hey my name markies and i live in baltimore MD and i was thinking that we can get matt khail with 1round and trade 2 round and 4 round to bucs for there 5 pick in the draft and get morris clayborn with 5 pick and the the 3 round get nick toon wr wiscons and 5th and 6th to eagles for sammels

  8. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings’ win over Redskins will be felt in draft
    Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune Updated: April 22, 2012 – 10:13 PM
    That rare victory last season cost the Vikings the sought-after No. 2 pick. Now their options are limited.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148464895.html

  9. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hartman: Zellers says there’s still hope for stadium

    Posted by: Sid Hartman under Vikings Updated: April 21, 2012 – 6:05 PM

    ……Asked if the Vikings might move if a stadium bill is not voted Goodell said that: “Well we don’t like to talk about that. We like to talk about solutions. We’ve been successful in getting stadiums built and we hope to be successful here. This is where the Vikings belong.

    “It’s important but also they’re important to the NFL — the tradition, the history, the fan-base, the Vikings are important to us and we want to see them continue to be successful. But I do believe there’s a core recognition that a stadium needs to get built here.” Goodell said the NFL is working on getting a franchise to Los Angeles but didn’t connect the Vikings with that city. “We’re still working at that but there’s a lot of interest in building a stadium,” he said. “We have two alternatives that we’re focused on and they’re determined to get back into the NFL and we’d like to be back there. “I do think [Los Angeles is] going to be successful. Again we would like to do it the right way. We don’t want to go back and fail, so a stadium is important out there.”

    Rest assured Los Angeles is going to have a football team in my opinion and it won’t be an expansion team. Some current NFL team is going to move and my belief is the Vikings are a candidate if they don’t get a stadium.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148398905.html

  10. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    HomeSportsVikings/NFL

    Draft at a glance

    Updated: April 22, 2012 – 10:16 PM

    First round: 7 p.m. Thursday (10 minutes per selection)

    Rounds 2-3: 6 p.m. Friday (seven minutes per selection)

    Rounds 4-7: 11 a.m. Saturday (five minutes per selection)

    Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York

    TV: ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network

    Projected time: Last year, the first round lasted 3 hours, 30 minutes. The second and third rounds took 4 hours, 15 minutes. Saturday’s rounds took 7 hours, 23 minutes.

    Vikings selections (10): First round, third overall; second round (35th); third round (66th); fourth round (98th, 128th, 134th); fifth round (138th); sixth round (175th); seventh round (210th, 223rd).

    First-round order

    1. Indianapolis

    2. Washington (from Rams)

    3. Vikings

    4. Cleveland

    5. Tampa Bay

    6. St. Louis (from Redskins)

    7. Jacksonville

    8. Miami

    9. Carolina

    10. Buffalo

    11. Kansas City

    12. Seattle

    13. Arizona

    14. Dallas

    15. Philadelphia

    16. N.Y. Jets

    17. Cincinnati

    18. San Diego

    19. Chicago

    20. Tennessee

    21. Cincinnati

    22. Cleveland (from Falcons)

    23. Detroit

    24. Pittsburgh

    25. Denver

    26. Houston

    27. New England (from Saints)

    28. Green Bay

    29. Baltimore

    30. San Francisco

    31. New England

    32. N.Y. Giants

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148462175.html

  11. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    The latest on Jerome Simpson and the Vikings

    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings Updated: April 23, 2012 – 8:04 AM

    Make no mistake, Jerome Simpson’s weekend visit with the Vikings in the Twin Cities went incredibly well. The talented wide receiver liked what he heard about his chances to flourish in a significant role here. The Vikings, meanwhile, felt more and more comfortable as they got to know Simpson better.

    So now what’s next for the free agent receiver and the rebuilding team in need of more playmakers for the passing game? A thing or two may develop Monday with Simpson and the Vikings both trying to determine if they can have a productive future together.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/148500835.html

  12. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go for now, God blessyou all.

  13. By Mike B. on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Getting excited about Draft day and see who is new to the Vikigns. I am still pulling for Matt Kalil. I am still suprised by all of the people out there who want to trade off our Vets. We are going to have a lot of young players on this team and we need Vets like Peterson, Jerad Allen, and Harvin to balance this team. I think this is the biggest reason they gave Sage his contract to balance the youth on offense.

  14. By Mike B. on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby was spot on about Sameul in the Monday morning mailbag. He is way over priced to pick up.

  15. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings will take Matt Kalil with the #3 overall pick … PERIOD!

  16. By hognuts on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Draft means absolutely nothing without a new stadium at this point.

  17. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mel Kiper Jr.‏@

    Expect to see a high # of WR’s come off the board on rd 2. Randle, Jeffery, Jenkins, Quick, Sanu, & possibly Kendall Wright (borderline 1st)

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

    Get all your draft and stadium information right here from the DRS!

    Seriously, I will copy the one about draft times because I live in a small city, w/o much of a newspaper.

    Thank you!

  19. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mel Kiper Jr.‏@

    Worst positions in the draft. TE, OT, S – Deepest positions – WR, OG, DT, OLB, CB

  20. By hognuts on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully we can knock out OT and S in the first and second round.

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

    S P I E L M A N…

    …and at safety M. Raymond, J. Sanford, and E. Frampton

    …and at CB A. Winfield, C. Cook, A. Allen, Z. Bowman, M. Sherels

    YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!

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

    Out of those 8 guys, Marcus Sherels is the best of the lot, and Frazier won’t give him a shot!!

    The Vikings HAD BETTER draft 2 defensive backs in the first four rounds, and
    of course 2 offensive linemen in the first four rounds.

    WE HAVE TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME, AND MONEY!!!

  23. By chrisbreezy on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    dolphins are going to release phillip merling DT. i want him. vikings get him. he solves your need for DT. he needs to be discipline though. 6’4 or 6’5 and 295lbs.

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

    SPIELMAN,

    There are teams that will draft players at the same position, and do well with that strategy.

    We need QUICK, BIG, MEN TO PLAY THE OFFENSIVE LINE.

    We need someone in addition to Marcus Sherels who can cover one of my grandmothers in the DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD!!!

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

    The Jones plan for the Vikings return to power by 2015:

    DRAFT 2 OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (FOCUS ON THESE PICKS!!!)
    and
    DRAFT 2 DEFENSIVE BACKS (FOCUS ON THESE PICKS!!!)

    WITHIN THE FIRST FOUR ROUNDS….RICK!!!

  26. By Stoney on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Markies, bucs will not give up the #5 pick in the draft for our 2nd and 4th round picks, wish they would, but it will not happen.

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

    :)

    The Jones plan for the Vikings return to power by 2015:
    DRAFT 2 OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (FOCUS ON THESE PICKS!!!)
    and
    DRAFT 2 DEFENSIVE BACKS (FOCUS ON THESE PICKS!!!)
    WITHIN THE FIRST FOUR ROUNDS….RICK!!!

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

    for Peterson’s sake focus Rick, don’t buy in to the ESPN, and Fox Mock emphasis on WRs, QBs, RBs, LBs, and TEs.

    Rick…we need OLs and DBs.

    FOCUS ON THOSE POSITIONS!!!

  29. By SucksToSuck on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    KALIL. PERIOD.

  30. By Stoney on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred, I usually agree with your posts, but with the addition of Bowman and Carr, along with Winfield and Cook, the DB situation looks much better than last season. I would like to see another DB added in the draft, but safety is the main concern. If Simpson signs with the Vikes thats another need filled.

  31. By hognuts on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    New Stadium. Period.

  32. By vikesfan12 on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    1st Kalil
    2nd Smith
    3rd Quick
    After that BPA!!

  33. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    We definitely need a tough, hard hitting Safety for our secondary, and if Smith is available we should take him. If not, then maybe a multi-position guy like Trumaine Johnson fits the bill.

    2 DBs and 2 OL in the first four rounds (6 picks) seems like a bit excellive to me. Maybe one or the other, but both?

  34. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    *** excessive

  35. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    current top 5 cb’s boykin,claiborne,gilmore,jenkins,kirkpatrick
    brandon boykin’s wide versatility and the dennard arrest changed the depth

  36. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    #3 = LT
    #35 = SS or WR
    #67 = WR or SS

  37. By Lance on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil, Trumaine Johnson and Juron Criner first three picks! :)

  38. By Lance on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    With the broncos having Dawkins retiring today,,, who do they have to replace him at safety? they may pick up H smith as well ?

  39. By GM on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need to revisit an open air stadium, a stadium like Gillette.

    Robert Kraft paid for 100% of the construction costs.

    Gillette Stadium Construction cost $325 million
    ($420 million in 2012 dollars)

    The Vikings / private contributing will be $427 million for the current proposal.

    No legislative BS
    No voter referendum
    Arden Hills would be back in play

  40. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Has there been any movement on the stadium yet today, DRS? It’s been “quiet out there, TOO QUIET”.

  41. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    That’s a definite possibility, Lance!

  42. By Derrick.G on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Were not looking at Blackmon (i think) Spielman said that just so teams are more willing to jump up and trade.

  43. By vikings4life on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings will not take Kalil, when its all said and done and that is the best thing for any vikings fan. Drafting Kalil in our division would be a death sentence for Leslie cause the only way we can atleast go .500 is upgrading our 31st! rated pass defense. Let me let you stop to think about this, in the NFC north wilth Stafford, Cutler, Rodgers, Calvin, Greg Jennngs, and Brandon Marshall and we have the second worst pass defense in the NFL in the whole NFL! And people want a left tackle to protect a QB who we have no idea if he’ll be a serviceable NFL QB.

  44. By hognuts on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/148539105.html

  45. By hognuts on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    It would also be a death sentence for Ponder or Webb. I’ll take the firing of Frazier over Ponder or Webb getting hurt every game.

  46. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Powers: Reaching a Vikings stadium deal will get mucky
    Pioneer Press
    twincities.com
    Posted: 04/21/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 22, 2012 4:40 AM GMTUpdated: 04/21/2012 11:40:13 PM CDT

    It appears the NFL big shots have shamed Minnesota politicians into action. A new stadium still isn’t a sure thing, but at least everyone appears to be together on the road to somewhere. For the first time, it looks as if something could get done.

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20451983/tom-powers-reaching-vikings-stadium-deal-will-get?source=rss

  47. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Jahri Evans, Jared Allen, Brandon Marshall all were fourth-rounders
    Posted by: Mark Craig under The draft, Vikings, Bears, NFL draft, Packers, Super Bowl, Brian Robison, Jared Allen Updated: April 19, 2012 – 10:59 AM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/148108115.html

  48. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson could be worth the risk…if Vikings follow free agency formula
    20 April, 2012 // Vikings //

    Posted By Jeremy Fowler

    The other day I wrote about the Vikings’ free agency trend of signing low-cost, low-risk free agents to one-year deals (well, they are low-risk signings because they are low-cost, even though injury-riddled players such as Geoff Schwartz and Chris Carr could enter camp with at least some risk attached).

    This formula could apply to Jerome Simpson, who is visiting the Vikings on Saturday. Thinking about signing a player with 50 catches and 725 last season but the baggage of a felony drug charge and a 15-day jail sentence? Sign him to a one-year deal at a reasonable clip. It’s hard to gauge Simpson’s worth right now because he’s got lots of talent/upside, but if it only were that simple.

    Simpson is fast (reported 4.4 speed) and showcased big-play ability in Cincinnati. Turns out, the Vikings need speed and big-play ability. But his receiver play isn’t exactly a finished product. Joe Reedy, Bengals beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, had an interesting breakdown of Simpson’s game awhile back. Highlights erratic production, despite career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns (four).

    Despite the legal issues, Simpson could be worth a flier…at the right price.

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/04/20/simpson-could-be-worth-the-risk-if-vikings-follow-free-agency-formula/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+twincities%2FNWau+%28Vikings+Now%29

  49. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Cosell’s Mock Draft Has Matt Kalil Falling Out Of The Top 10Apr 22nd, 2012 at 8:38 am by danzinskiVikingsHome » Vikings » Greg Cosell’s Mock Draft

    Greg Cosell dropped this intriguing tease while tweeting about the mock draft he will release on Monday. “Asked about Kalil. Here’s 1 more tease. Was not in my top 10 picks. Remember, read my explanations/analysis on Monday. More important.”

    So now we all have to wait till Monday to see Cosell’s explanation for why he doesn’t think Matt Kalil will be taken in the top 10. A whole blog post about a tease for a mock draft? This could be a new low.

    It is intriguing though. Because it’s Greg Cosell and he watches a lot of tape and knows a lot about football. We can only wonder – until Monday when the mock draft comes out – who Cosell has the Vikings taking instead of Kalil. It’s most likely Justin Blackmon or Morris Claiborne. Everyone knows those are the two guys the Vikings are looking at besides Kalil, so picking them to take anyone else at 3 would just be stupid. And we know Greg Cosell isn’t stupid. Cause he watches tape.

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    Tags: justin blackmon, matt kalil, minnesota vikings, morris claiborne

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/04/22/greg-cosells-mock-draft-has-matt-kalil-falling-out-of-the-top-10/

  50. By GM on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings need to revisit an open air stadium, a stadium like Gillette.

    Robert Kraft paid for 100% of the construction costs.

    Gillette Stadium Construction cost $325 million
    ($420 million in 2012 dollars)

    The Vikings / private contributing will be $427 million for the current proposal.

    No legislative BS
    No voter referendum
    Arden Hills would be back in play

  51. By xvike on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    I feel the vikings are shying away from kalil. And i understand why they are. Yes he is a very good tackle but they dont want to settle for an olineman with that high of a pick. Unless they are absolutely sure that claiborne will be the next revis/bailey/woodson or a top CB in the NFL, then they better draft kalil. At this point, i only see the vikings taking either kalil or claiborne. They shouldn’t even consider blackmon because one, i’m not really sold on him and i dont think the vikings are either, and two, this draft is filled with talented WR’s that have good size,speed and hands. As long as the vikings select claiborne or kalil, i’m happy. But when was the last time the vikings had a very good CB? Nothing but mediocrity from that position for years….

  52. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings could shake up the draftMinnesota might pass on Kalil at No. 3 ; Rams need to find help for BradfordOriginally Published: April 23, 2012By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

    Mike and Mike in the Morning

    ESPN NFL draft Insider Todd McShay talks about whether he expects the Vikings to take Matt Kalil with the No. 3 pick, the possibility of Michael Floyd being drafted before Justin Blackmon, how likely it is that four QBs could be selected in the first round and more.

    More Podcasts »

    The Vikings have big needs on the offensive line, in the secondary and at receiver. The working theory for weeks has been that they would take Kalil, but if they pass, he could fall to Tampa Bay at No. 5.

    We will know soon. In the meantime …

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7845024/the-minnesota-vikings-shake-nfl-draft-no-3

  53. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings fans rally at State Capitol

    Posted by: Mike Kaszuba under Funding, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, State budgets
    Updated: April 23, 2012 – 11:58 AM

    More than 50 Minnesota Vikings fans, some holding infants in team jerseys, rallied on the state Capitol steps Monday for a new Vikings stadium.

    The group loudy cheered Lester Bagley, the Vikings vice president for stadium development and public affairs, who spoke to the crowd in the bright sunlight. “We’re in decent shape,” Bagley, wearing a dark suit, told the crowd. “We got some momentum. Still, the odds are long. We can’t slow down.”

    Some fans held signs that read “Keep It Going Dayton”, a reference to Gov. Mark Dayton’s push for a public subsidy package for the nearly $1 billion stadium. Another fan held a sign that said simply: “Packers Suck.”

    Scott Asplund of Maple Grove wore Vikings horns, and carried a sword and shield. “I’ve had a [ongoing] dialogue with Kurt,” he said, referring to House Speaker Kurt Zellers, who is also from Maple Grove. “Oh, yeah, he’s been very challenged by me.”

    Zellers is the leading Republican in the House, but has been vague on how much influence he will exert to pass the stadium legislation before the Legislature adjourns.

    “If we don’t get the Vikings kept, we will all remember in November,” said Asplund, nodding to the upcoming state elections.

    Sarah Walsh of Lonsdale came with Collin, her nine-year-old son who stood alongside in his own Vikings jersey. “Most people really do support it,” she said of the stadium.

    Elizabeth Stebbins of Coon Rapids held her 11-month-old son, Mason. Both wore purple jerseys with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s name on the back. “I’ve got tons of them,” she said of her Vikings jersey selection.

    Does she go to many games? “Oh, yeah,” she said. “And training camp.”

    As the group headed to lobby legislators in their offices, Asplund told them what they needed to keep in mind. “This is a no brainer” to vote for the stadium, he said. And if legislators “show they have no brains”, remind them they are up for re-election in November.

    “We’re the Purple Party,” he said.

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/148539105.html

  54. By Thevikes07 on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    We dont need kalil! we need impact players or game changers! i agree on frazier! our division is full of talent now Vikes will pick 3rd overall for KALIL to improve pass rusher? no way, i rather take clairborne instead!

  55. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

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  56. By Shawn on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS … that pioneer press article is more biased than FOX not really news. Ive never read such hate for the NFL as is written in that article. That “jounalist” should be fired or receive a good lesson from Parody. Parody is good at debating extremist …

  57. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium still alive in the Senate; crucial week begins
    8:32 AM, Apr 23, 2012

    http://www.kare11.com/news/article/974062/391/Vikings-stadium-still-alive-in-the-Senate-crucial-week-begins

  58. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, I agree with you, thought people should see what the other side thinks.

  59. By Troutdaddy on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Now that draft week is here, I am so excited to see all of the banter wind down to nothingness!!! I will be sipping a Dr. Pepper, watching the draft and wearing my purple! When everything is said and done, I will be in a better place than I have been the last few months (I Hope!) and can relax just a little until the stadium thing is a done deal too. Stadium is going to happen. I can feel it- just like the purple blood coursing through my veins!!!

  60. By Shawn on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS … I think the other side has a point but its not a completely thought out point. The Vikings contribute a lot of the “tax dollars” they rant about. Take away the Vikings and where does the 50million per year revenue come from??

    NOT TO MENTION THE VIKINGS ARE MORE THAN JUST A BUSINESS IN MINNESOTA.

    Without the Vikings many people would only know MN for 2 things … if that. Twins and MoA. I honestly dont know what the NBA team is … I know it used to be the Timberwolves.

    Im from MN so I know more than I can claim ignorance to.

  61. By Titus on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS–Fifty people showed up at the capitol? Let’s see, out of 3.2 million, give or take, in the metro area, that does not look good.

  62. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Troutdaddy I pray that you a right about the stadium issue, I pray that we are not like the Minnesota North Stars fans who waited for the state to do something for their team just to see the state fail to act in time, seeing their Stars move. How our hart broken we all where, I do not know if I will ever think of Minnesota as a good state if they fail once more. We like you thought that the Minnesota North Stars would never move, but they did, and many of us have not watched a hockey game from that time on.

  63. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, 50 people, not looking good, though it is better than 0 people. LOL.

  64. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Had a friend from Minnesota come and visit us down here in New Mexico and he told me that at least 60 to 70% of the people he knows,( mostly DFL), do not want their money going to a Billionaire owner, along with Millionaire players when there is social issues that need to be addressed at this time, He says he is a communist, humanist, socialist who has joined the DFL to ram home the needs of the people over the rich capitalist dog such as the Vikings and their owners, I just shook my head, I thought as a veteran of this country we had defeated them, looks like I was wrong.

  65. By Titus on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS– I find the same attitude– much of Minnesota leans left (that is no surprise) and their ideology says a big NO to the stadium when there are important social justice needs requiring funding. I am sad to say, but the Vikings may be in LA after all.

    I am all for social justice and helping people– no one should be homeless or starving, but beyond the basics, people need purpose and dignity. Far better to create jobs and stimulate cash flow through the economy than keep people dependent on government programs.

  66. By Shawn on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    ok with the stadium debate raging on I need to repost old links so as i debate dumb A$$’s from other sites I can easily find my links

    Good Question: How Much Will Minn. Lose If Vikings Leave?

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/11/08/good-question-how-much-will-minn-lose-if-vikings-leave/

  67. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil/Claiborne. I would be happy with either one. I dont want us to draft Blackmon.

  68. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I as a conservative agree with you that no one should be homeless or starving, that people need purpose and dignity, I believe the best way to achieve is to put people back to work, and the best plan would be the white earth tribes offer to front for the stadium, which would put many Minnesotan’s back to work.

  69. By Shawn on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS and Titus .. seriously we are making it us vs them again?

    the NO voters were 5 DFL and 4 Republican …. on a Republican proposal. Clearly your attitudes reflect politics in America.

    The next vote was a DFL idea shot down by Republicans

    Then another vote happened and I havent figured those numbers out yet.

  70. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry if I miss spelled the tribes name or miss the tribes name all to gather.

  71. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    3. Minnesota: The Vikings play in the same division with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler. You cannot compete in the NFC North without quality corner play. For the Vikings in 2012, a corner is more important than a left tackle. Minnesota takes the best corner prospect in this draft: South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore has a chance to be a Charles Woodson type player down the road: athletic, physical and competitive, playing outside in the base defense and in the slot in the sub-packages.

    http://nflfilms.nfl.com/2012/04/23/cosell-talks-mock-draft/

  72. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Cosell got claiborne,gilmore,jenkins in the top 10. I’ve told ya before CB’s go hard&fast in the draft every year… never fails

  73. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, No I am just reporting what my friend from Minnesota told me, and that the fact that there is a lot of resistance from the citizens of Minnesota, (all parties includes), to the stadium issue. I was pointing out why the stadium issue is having a hard time in the legislature, only if the people would realize the importance of having the Vikings in Minnesota.

  74. By vikesfan12 on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota is one of the easiest places to get welfare had-outs,but we cant afford to build a new stadium for OUR Vikings!!!!! I personly like the White Earth deal in Arden Hills. The majority of Minnesotans want the Vikes to stay!!!

  75. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium bill clears hurdle

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47131894

  76. By Titus on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    No Shawn– I am not taking sides. If I were, these people I am telling you about would not be my friends. I get along with everyone and am for peace, not war.

  77. By Shawn on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS … Im in a debate with someone posting uncredible links (as far as I know) what has been the truth on naming rights for the stadium and do you have a link?

  78. By vikesfan12 on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Didnt they take a poll not long ago,and like 65% of Minnesotans wanted to keep the Vikes?

  79. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, some junk got in that posting.

  80. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    There are good CBs and multi-position Secondary players that will be available in the later rounds. We MUST get Matt Kalil with the #3 overall pick!

    Rick Spielman … Don’t mess this one up … DRAFT MATT KALIL @ #3 OVERALL!!!

  81. By Titus on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Do you mean the poll Wobs posted here? Sounds familiar. Thing is, many folks I am around are in academia– the Intelligentsia. They are against the stadium–

  82. By Shawn on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Titus my point is at this point the us vs them among us fans is fatal. The only energy heading to the legislators should be GET IT DONE. I know you know that we all affect each other on a daily basis (as human not bloggers although some of our ideas seep out) so if we have the us vs them vibe then the politicians will reflect what we put out.

    GET IT BUILT NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS

  83. By SEAL on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    PICK THESE PLAYERS FOR A 2012 PLAYOFF PUSH…
    . Round 1-WR Justin Blackmon
    . Round 2-S Harrison Smith/CB Stephon Gilmore/CB Janoris Jenkins
    . Round 3-S or CB (SS/CB Trumaine Johnson)

    Free Agency
    . OT Marcus McNeill (Instead Of Drafting Kalil)
    -If we spend a little money here we can draft play makers like Leslie said and push to make the playoffs next year, SKOL VIKINGS

  84. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, 100% with you, we need a u-knighted front at this time, Build it and he will come, go Vikings.

  85. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    DRS tossing out that “Field of Dreams” reference … Nice! :D

  86. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    “If you build it, they WILL come!”

    And the unemployed construction workers WILL have jobs! ~Thumbs Up~

  87. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    PurplHaze, I thought so and appropriate as well.

  88. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    hope that the Stadium issue will not become a mid nights summers dream lost to the sands of times past.

    Yes, I sense a lot of fear in you my son and fear leads to hate and hate leads to the dark side. I fear I am going down the path of the dark side as to the issue of the Vikings stadium.

  89. By Titus on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    The best part of that video Fred is when the mother asked the daughter if she wanted the Packers to win and she screamed, “NO.”

  90. By PurplHaze on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fred … The thing is…

    WE DO NEED ONE GOOD RECEIVER TO MAKE OPPOSING TEAMS RESPECT OUR PASSING ABILITY. IN TURN, THAT WILL OPEN UP THE RUN GAME.

    DRAFT ONE STARTING QUALITY WR WITH EITHER #35 OR #67 PICKS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT!

  91. By Titus on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    I hope we draft a stadium.

  92. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

  93. By Parody on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – I think the politicians are looking to land a serviceable stadium in free agency.

  94. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    I got it; the Viking can call the new stadium Odin’s hall.

  95. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

  96. By DRS on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Well I must go; Minnesota Vikings forever, Minnesota do not lose the dream.

  97. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fast WR’s with return skills include Mich St.’s Keshawn Martin,NC St.’s T.J. Graham,Fresno St.’s Devon Wylie,Miami (Fla) ‘s Travis Benjamin.

    Mel Kiper,Jr.@

  98. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    draft’s last pick can go from ‘zero to hero’

    The website for the event ,IrrelevantWeek.com, has a contest to guess this year’s final pick. Prize for getting the 253th pick: $253

  99. By Mark B on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Here is my wishlist for the Vikings draft, pending the Simpson contract talks:

    If they don’t sign Jerome Simpson:

    3. Morris Claibourne, CB – LSU
    29. Stephen Hill, WR – GaTech (traded 35 & 98)
    66. Trumaine Johnson, SS/CB – Montana
    128. Tom Compton, OT – South Dakota
    134. Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
    138. Vontaze Burfict, ILB – Arizona State
    175. Nate Potter, G/OT – Boise State
    210. Marcus Forston, DT – Miami
    223. Carson Wiggs, PK – Purdue

    If they do sign Simpson:

    3. Morris Claibourne, CB – LSU
    35. Alshon Jeffery, WR – South Carolina
    66. Trumaine Johnson, SS/CB – Montana
    98. Mike Martin, DT – Michigan
    128. Tom Compton, OT – South Dakota
    134. Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
    138. Vontaze Burfict, ILB – Arizona State
    175. Nate Potter, G/OT – Boise State
    210 Marcus Forston, DT – Miami
    223. Carson Wiggs, PK – Purdue

  100. By vikings4seven on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Justin blackmon or Claiborne is who we need to be going after. Kalil is great but not at #3 overall. We need point producers. Weapons that make other teams make adjustments to handle. Giving Ponder another 2 seconds to find our only real weapon Percy is not going to get us anywhere. You can really like Kalil but at the end of the day you got to love Claiborne handling WR’s and Blackmon As the next Megatron.

  101. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    ILB Vontaze Burfict Vikes’ Fan Favorite up close and personal:

  102. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    ILB Audie Cole

    http://twitpic.com/9d4xuc

  103. By Carl K on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sandi, Mike B and anyone else up to the challenge.
    The Vikings have ten draft picks. The object of the game is to correctly guess who the Vikings will draft. You can only summit 10 names. The person to correctly guess the most players the Vikings draft, wins bragging rights for year.
    You do not need to guess the round correctly to get credit… However, in the event of a tie, guessing the most in the correct order will be the tie breaker.
    Here are my 10 picks in draft order.

    Matt Kalil OT
    Harrison Smith SS
    Jamell Fleming CB
    Marvin Jones WR
    James Micheal Johnson MLB
    Senio Kelemete OG
    Ty Hilton WR
    DeAngelo Tyson DT
    DJ Campbell FS
    Tyler Nielsen OLB

  104. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    That’s it Carl! 1 simple pre-draft contest

    #1 Micheal Floyd wr
    #2 Brandon Boykin CB/ KR/WR
    #3 Zebrie Sanders LT fla state
    #4A Marvin Jones WR
    #4B OG Senio Kelemete OG
    #4C Brandon Taylor S lsu!
    #5 ILB Vontaze Burfict
    #6 blank
    #7 dj campbell S cal
    #7 acho lb texas

    sign me up!

  105. By Mark B on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – Sign me up with:

    3. Morris Claibourne, CB – LSU
    35. Alshon Jeffery, WR – South Carolina
    66. Trumaine Johnson, SS/CB – Montana
    98. Mike Martin, DT – Michigan
    128. Tom Compton, OT – South Dakota
    134. Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
    138. Vontaze Burfict, ILB – Arizona State
    175. Nate Potter, G/OT – Boise State
    210 Marcus Forston, DT – Miami
    223. Carson Wiggs, PK – Purdue

  106. By Carl K on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    sandi- do you want to add a name in place of blank?

    Not bad guys!

  107. By Carl K on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    One rule for Frederick Jones – You must submit at least 2 names that are NOT OLineman.

  108. By sandiamond on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    6th round pick? add

    Cliff Harris Cb oregon

  109. By tom ashley on Apr 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil will be the Vikings third pick and the 35th pick will be the selection of Notre Dame’s Harrison Smith at safety!

  110. By Rocksalt on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, Shawn-
    JUST GET THIS DEAL DONE AND QUIT SNIPING AT POLITICAL IDEAOLOGIES………

  111. By Rocksalt on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    good point, Titus.only 50 supporters? If it were Philly or GB, there would be 50,000…….

  112. By ozzinator on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wow Rock. “Quit sniping at political ideaologies…”
    Ha ha, comoing from you, that’s a real classic!

  113. By ozzinator on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    coming…

  114. By Thevikes07 on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    SIGN ME IN!

    3rd Overall pick will be Michael FLOYD

  115. By sandiamond on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K, see you thursday. might want to forward the contest again. if wobs had a prize to give then some people would make up 10 names!

  116. By Carl K on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    sandi-
    Hopefully Mike Wobschall will have a draft related blog on Wednesday and I will post it early on it. Maybe I can talk Wobby into playing too.

    @Thevikes07- I will sign you up, but I need 9 more picks first. Nfldraftscout.com is a good resource for draft prospect rankings.
    #3
    #35
    #66
    #98
    #128
    #134
    #138
    #175
    #210
    #223

    STEP RIGHT UP AND GET YOUR PICKS IN. Eveyone can play! No purchase required.

  117. By hawaiivike on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Blackmon,Blackmon,Blackmon

  118. By Rocksalt on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    Ozz- I tire of your constant nipping at my heels like some d.a.m.n lapdog…

  119. By ozzinator on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    Awe, come on Rocky, Lapdog? Really? Just pointing out some inconsistancies.
    No biggy, right?

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