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Vikings Utilize Draft, Free Agency To Upgrade WR Position

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 30, 2012 – 6:27 am

The Vikings entered the offseason with several items on their to-do list, and one of those items was “upgrade the WR position.” Over the past week or so, the Vikings have done a nice job of utilizing the draft and free agency to do just that.

A week ago, the Vikings returning receivers with significant playing time under their belt from the 2011 season were limited to: Devin Aromashodu, Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins. Several young players, including Manny Arceneaux and Stephen Burton, were also in the fold, but none of them contributed significantly a season ago.

Fast-forward to now, though, and you see improvement. No one will characterize the Vikings WR position as an embarrassment of riches at this point, but there is plenty of reason for optimism about what the Vikings have added.

It started prior to the draft, when the Vikings reached agreement on a free agent contract with veteran Jerome Simpson. A 2nd-round pick of the Bengals in 2008, Simpson had his best season a year ago when he hauled in 50 receptions for 725 yards and 4 TDs. He brings good size and elite athleticism to the Vikings WR corps, and will provide the Vikings offense with the outside, field-stretching presence it needs.

Then during the draft, the Vikings used two 4th-round selections to add even more talent to the group. Jarius Wright, an explosive and ultra-productive slot receiver for Arkansas, was added first. Just minutes later, the Vikings also added Greg Childs, a childhood friend and college teammate of Wright’s. Childs is the prototypical outside WR because of his great size (6-3, 219 pounds) and speed (4.54 in 40-yard dash) combination along with his ability to make acrobatic catches and win versus coverage down the field.

Again, let’s not put the cart before the horse and declare mission accomplished when it comes to improving the passing game. But there’s no question the Vikings added 3 talented players to their WR corps over the last week, and that’s an exciting development for Vikings fans and surely for Vikings QB Christian Ponder.


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133 Responses to “Vikings Utilize Draft, Free Agency To Upgrade WR Position”

  1. By Jeffbleedspurple on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    last! ???

  2. By Jeffbleedspurple on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    So what have the Vikings done since the end of the draft?

  3. By DRS on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium caught in Capitol stare down Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune Updated: April 29, 2012 – 9:33 PM

    A chief author of the Minnesota Vikings stadium plan said Sunday it was “very questionable” that the project would win approval unless Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders first reach agreement on other issues.

    “Without a global agreement, without an agreement on a bonding bill and a tax bill,” said Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, “it’s very questionable whether there will be a vote on the stadium.”

    Lanning’s comments were the surest sign that Republicans were digging in their heels on broader differences with the DFL governor as the Legislature headed into what may be its final few days.

    Lanning seemed to dangle the promise of the stadium passing the Republican-controlled House — he said there were enough votes — but said it all depended on Dayton’s willingness to agree to business tax relief and a smaller state bond package.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/149445975.html

  4. By DRS on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like the next move is to LA.

  5. By DRS on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium waits on tax bill
    Updated: April 30, 2012 – 6:40 AM
    Senate Majority Leader David Senjem says that the tax bill will need to be taken care of before there is a vote on the Vikings stadium bill.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/149402135.html

  6. By DRS on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    To day is D-Day vor the Vikings.

  7. By DRS on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone today is D-Day for the Vikings, call, e-mail, and show up if you can and voice your opinion.

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

    I saw the poll on the main page. Come on guys an A? Are you all basing this grade on the fact that Spielman was able to garner 13 picks. I am thinking a B minus is as high as I would go. I think the Vikings left some better rated players for players that Spielman and Co had familiarization with. So they lose on grade for not going after best players in those rounds.

    On Spielman’s interview I question the disinformation. Shank is still an unsigned UFA so if Rick wants him he can give him an offer. He is not “lost” as was stated in the video cast.

  9. By DRS on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Stadium Update: Legislators Still Stalemated

    by Travis Miller

    The Minnesota Vikings are running out of time to get their new stadium approved by the Minnesota legislature. A special weekend session was called on Saturday to discuss several issues facing the legislature, but according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the bill that would approve the new stadium had very little movement:

    The nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium plan barely survived its last committee stop Friday night, and Senate Majority Leader David Senjem said he would not bring it to a floor vote without a global agreement on the other issues, potentially dooming the stadium this year.

    “We want to get that tax package nailed down before we go ahead with that,” the Rochester Republican said. “We’ve gotten further apart as we’ve gone through the week. We thought we were close to something, but as we kept talking, they unfolded a bit.”

    The lack of movement continues to grow the possibility that 2012 may be the final season for the Vikings in Minnesota. Already a 10,000 page Environmental Impact Report has been given to the Los Angeles City Hall that is one of the final steps towards a downtown Los Angeles football stadium being built. The Vikings would be a prime target if L.A. settles its stadium issues.

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/4/29/2987386/vikings-stadium-update-legislators-still-stalemated

  10. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    *** Draft Contest Final Leader Board****
    Shawn – 4
    KoN – 2
    Charliewest40 – 2
    Carl K – 2
    Mike R – 2
    Purplhaze – 2
    Parody – 2
    Lance – 2
    Cody C – 2
    Minne – 1
    OTKalil1202 – 1
    GrandDaddyPurp -1
    Milvikfan – 1
    Scott – 1
    BK- 1
    Sandiamond – 0
    Mike B – 0
    Cody – 0
    Tdurfeightyeight – 0

    Draft fun facts: The most popular player was Matt Kalil he was guessed 14 times. Harrison Smith was guessed 5 times.

    The biggest busts were: Vontaze Burfict who was guessed 6 times and Dale Moss was guessed 7 times… both went undrafted.

    Thanks!

  11. By DRS on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Pray for a SB this year it may be the only hope for MN to win one, Bye for now, have fun and live free.

  12. By Richard1A on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    We should be getting together care packages for the vikings opponents and family for after playing, it may make taking the annihilation a little easier.

  13. By Roninmn.. on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings stadium bill needs to go to the floor without any agenda that republicans or democrats could not work out previously. My advice to the politicians is get the staduim bill passed or do not plan on coming back. We will vote you out. Get the stadium deal done. Do it now!!!!!!

  14. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Greg Childs had 135 yards agianst Florida’s Janoris Jenkins.
    Childs did much better againts Jenkins than Julio Jones and AJ Green did.

    I have hope Greg Childs will be a gem!

    Harvin, Simpson, M Jenkins, J Wright, Greg Childs, Aromashodu, Manny Arsoeneaux and Stephen Burton.

    I think we have some weapons. I would love to see Harvin line up in the backfield more and get J Wright on the field in the slot.

    Trying to shut down Harvin, Wright, Simpson, and Rudolph could be a challenge.
    Go Vikes!

  15. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Arkansas receivers are excellent route runners as compared to other college receivers like a Stephon Hill or Alshon Jeffrey.

  16. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Are you kidding me? Guard James Brown out of Troy went undrafted?? and we didnt sign him? C’mon Man!

  17. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I still can’t believe we wasted a pick on a 60% accurate kicker. Longwell hit 78% last year.

    We could have taken another LB or WR, maybe find a hidden gem, but NO, we take a kicker who misses 4 out of 10 tries. Who cares if he kicks the ball 65 yards – a 65 yard miss scores just as much as a 45 yard miss.

    The only way this works out is if he is for kickoffs only, but then we have to pay ANOTHER kicker to kick FGs and PATs.

  18. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    everywhere I look the Vikings got a B range grade for the draft. Packers have a few A’s but we might have matched them in the nfc north for tops

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1166240-2012-nfl-draft-grades-for-every-nfc-north-team

  19. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Kiper Jr released best value per round. We got one:

    Best value picks 3rd rd. – OFF – Allen, Indy, Hilton, Indy, DEF – Johnson, St. L, Robinson, MN, Davis. Jets, Bentley, Det, Thompson, Cincy

  20. By Troutdaddy on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    The fact that we got Kalil, our 2 WR’s and some secondary help is going to be HUGE for us this year. I am actually looking forward to watching Ponder drop back for his first throw and having time to let the play develop so he can hit someone. This is a game-changer. Also- the fact that we got a speedy corner is going to boost our defenses percentages so we are not the laughing stock of the league. This team needs to gel now and hit the practice sessions HARD. Frazier needs to put on his game face and get into it this year. Being tentative and un-animated is not what the fans nor his players need. HE needs to get fired up and be a catalyst for his team- a spark for them to feed off of. Especially these draft-picks. They do not need a luke-warm welcome. Som light it up Frazier! The eyes of the world are ready for you to coach like you mean it. I am praying for a stadium decision in our favor. Don’t blow it again Minnesota politicians!

  21. By chrisbreezy on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    atowge, bob sander, phillip merling

  22. By Richard1A on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    They still have to play together like a team, they have to gell……I say they get together and have a giant game of Monopoly (he he) or a sleep over on the Dome field (he he)

  23. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Mel Kiper Jr.‏@

    Top undrafted FA WR’s – Edwards, Houst, Moss, SD St, Owusu, Stanf, Fuller, Tex A&M, Jones, NC, Robinson, Ariz St., Boykin, VT, Maze, Alabama

  24. By Titus on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Huh? This sentence makes no sense at all in the context of the article:

    Again, let’s not put the cart before the horse and declare mission accomplished when it comes to improving the passing game.

  25. By Allan on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Who cares bout the draft if the team moves. Our legislature needs to get it together or this draft doesnt matter. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. By rory from n.w.ark on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    i love the fact we got three pairs of players that were teamates,following the razorbacks all these years we couldnt have picked a better nfl ready pair of receivers ,,bobby did run a pro style offense at ark,great pickup those two will flat go get the ball,,looks like a really good draft all the way thru good job vikings

  27. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Robinson was a great value… I will agree.

    I think the Vikings are in good shape at guard with C Johnson, Schwartz, Fusco DeGeare, and Burger. A late round guard would have trouble even making this the 53 man roster… Just ask DeGeare and Jose Valdez how tought it will be to make this team as a guard. A guy like D Love that can play both tackles and guard spots has the upper hand over a late round rookie guard.

  28. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20510255/man-was-near-death-assault-by-vikings-player?source=rss I guess it’s a good thing that he didn’t say King looked like Pee-Wee Herman.

  29. By hognuts on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    stadium, stadium, stadium….

  30. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Touch-backs…That is the reason behind getting a new kicker…Having teams starting out at the 20 yd line…Instead of the 35-40 yd range…

    Can Longwell boot a 55 yd field goal with 3 seconds left on the clock in the end of a game ??…No…

    Longwell has a high percentage field goal average…But the Vikings limit most of his attempts to inside the 45 yd range…

    They may well keep Longwell around…But keep the new kicker for long field goal attempts and kick offs…Other teams do with accurate field goal kickers with weak legs…

  31. By Titus on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Nova. I doubt we will see a Cook-like ending.

  32. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I feel it is the coaches job to prepare his players the best he can to limit as many mistakes as possible and put them in the best position to succeed. Its not his job to fire them up. This isn’t high school or College this is the NFL. It is the leader’s job to fire up the players. we did NOT have that last year. Hopefully Ponder will embrace that role, he just has to stay on the field to do so, and hopefully someone on defense will step up a be a leader(Harrison Smith?).

    When i see Belichick he is calm and in control of his emotion, just as Fraizer. Tom Brady is the one who fires up his guys not Belichick. Thats what we lacked. A leader not a coach.

    To quote Tom Brady, “In order to criticize someone for their mistakes you can NOT make any yourself.” Spoken like a true leader.

  33. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    rory- Agree 100%. You cant be an Arkansas receiver if you are not a great route runner.

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

    The Vikings probably took care of any D-Back and WR worries with this draft.

  35. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Can Walsh boot a 55 yd FG with 3 seconds left to win? Yeah, 6 out of 10 tries.

    I know we need an upgrade at that position, since we seem to be one of the worst teams at covering a kickoff, but there are FA kickers out there that could do both jobs that would be willing to play a couple years for cheap.

    Hopefully he will continue to work on his accuracy and it will work out for us in the long run. I can’t remember the names anymore, but I remember that MN used 2 kickers before – or it might have been the punter kicking off….IDK.

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

    We are beginning to see a pattern in Rick Spielman’s drafting. It was fantastic to get the 13 picks (which reverted back to 10), and I think we did well with them.

    But…But…But…we seem to be AFRAID to scare our current players by drafting new players who would replace them.

    You might guess that I am talking about the OFFENSIVE LINE, and you are right. As I see it I am firmly entrenched in that role. NO ONE else cares enough to fight for what is right!!!

    We will be 8-8 this year, mainly because of the schedule.

    Maybe Schwartz or some other current Viking will emerge. If not we are in deep, doggy, doo for 2013!!

  37. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Fred- we did go from 13 to 10, but we have 9 picks in next year’s draft.

  38. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I think Longwell will be traded!!??
    If you draft a kicker in the 6th round, you better be in love with the kid. Yes, Walsh can boot it long… be he is very accurate inside of 40…so, no reason to keep 2 kickers.

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

    I HAVE TO repeat myself because no one cares about the offensive line.

    The game is still mostly about blocking and tackling.

    We cannot block yet.

    (My apologies to Woodboat, but I have never seen any posts referring to the offensive line which instruct like mine do.)

    When they make a rule that the QB can stand 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage with the ball ALREADY IN HIS HANDS, then blocking won’t be important!!!

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

    And they might do just that by 2020.

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

    GDP,

    That sounds good…perhaps we can get after fixing the OL next year!

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

    @Carl K,

    I think Walsh will get a serious tryout.

    Again the Vikings are trying to protect the ego of one of their players.

  43. By VikeNasty on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I like the way the draft and free agency went. I think they added a number of players to their key weaknesses (DB, WR, and OL) and i’m very confident in the offenses potential to compete against the more stout defenses of the league. It looks like it will be up to how improved Ponder is from last year. Next year they should have fewer wholes to fill (mainly LB and DL but also some more DB’s) and can be solid in 2 years. Oh and no more talk about Harvin taking handoffs please. It is a waste of talent to have him running into D lines and not returning kicks.

  44. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    better be more than a tryout. The sixth round was extra loaded with talent slipping this year

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

    I seriously hope that the Vikings do not get any more HIGH Profile free agents.

    That can ruin a franchise.

    I know this leaves weaknesses at OL, and DT in particular, but we need to keep the money fluid!

  46. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick! Please! D Love, Fusco, Degeare are young talented players that can play different positions along the Oline. These guys as talented as they are will have trouble winning playing time agianst C Johnson and Schwartz.

    The Vikings had too many holes to fill to draft 2 OL in the first 4 rounds. A late round guard this year wouldn’t even make this team.!!!!!!!

  47. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hats off to Gov Dayton !!…That guy is winning votes for his democratic party by the day…

    It is so obvious the republicans do not really even care at this point about the Vikings stadium bill…They are just using the stadium bill to strong arm other political agenda through this session…

    Republicans right now are committing political suicide for votes this coming fall…Not sure if you know this Mr Zellers and company…Voters are watching very carefully everything that is going on with the stadium bill…

    Republicans will blame the stadium bill as a down fall after this coming election…Because they will be losing seats this coming fall…

    But it won’t be because of voting yes to the stadium bill…

    It will be because terrible way the republican party handled the VERY public operations of the stadium bill…The republican party is not looking out for whats in the best interests for Mn…The Vikings…Or tax payers right now…

    No other republican bills should be riding on the back of the stadium bill…

    Pass this bill…Its the right thing to do !!!…Voters are watching !!!!…

  48. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    We could have drafted Morris Claiborne Fred

  49. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Top UFA PK -Welch, Wisc,Dimke, Illinois, Wiggs, Purdue,Teggart, CT, Perez, SD St., Tavecchio, Cal, Ressel, MO, Greenway, Cornell, Tucker, TX

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

    @VikeNasty,

    We will have to agree to disagree. I’m seeing improvements in the OL, but we are still trying to throw green wood on a new fire!

    We are beginning to see a pattern in Rick Spielman’s drafting. It was fantastic to get the 13 picks (which reverted back to 10), and I think we did well with them.

    But…But…But…we seem to be AFRAID to scare our current players by drafting new players who would replace them.

    You might guess that I am talking about the OFFENSIVE LINE, and you are right. As I see it I am firmly entrenched in that role. NO ONE else cares enough to fight for what is right!!!

    We will be 8-8 this year, mainly because of the schedule.

    Maybe Schwartz or some other current Viking will emerge. If not we are in deep, doggy, doo for 2013!!

    This post will have to be repeated until someone “GETS IT.”

  51. By Viking-ology on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Great draft-but I fear it is all for naught if the team moves to LA. I find it very disheartning that it comes down to the final day to get it done. Typical politicians, only caring about their personal agendas.
    They MUST do whatever is necessary to get the stadium approved, C’mon Dayton make your final push.The Viking’s belong in Minnesota.

  52. By hognuts on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Uh oh! Freddy Jones is starting to post the same thing over and over. Time to leave!

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

    @GDP,

    I strongly disagree on Claiborne, obviously.

    We have so many DBs and WRs running around it’s like a Chinese Fire Drill!!!

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

    Hognuts,

    That was your first entry of the day???

  55. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Our oline has been upgraded big time with Matt Kalil… Frederick, it is very clear you will never be happy or excited about anything this team does. You have completely ignored the lineman that the Vikings have drafted and signed over the last 2 years.

    Tell me what you don’t like about the young talent we have on the Oline? Have you even watched them play?

  56. By hognuts on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Nope, I had one post about half hour ago. I’ve been laying low today.

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

    @Viking ology,

    Yes, I agree with you. “When all is said and done, more is said than done!”

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

    @Carl K.,

    Until this year we had not drafted an OL in the first round since 2002. Only three other IDIOTIC teams did that in the NFL.

    It is not a recipe for winning but I see that you, and 99% of the other bloggers are all for it!!!

  59. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    We blame the OLine, but here is a question to consider; Did the blocking from our tight ends or backs help at all? I see Brady or Manning audible or kill the play to a run when they see a blitz coming. Was it all our OLine? Just something to consider. I’m not trying to excuse the OLine just making everyone accountable.

  60. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Carl you are assuming Kalil will fix the entire Oline. First, he has to earn the starting job then we can see if 1 man fixes all. Fred has a good point, Ol was not addressed very much

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

    @Carl K,

    Frederick! Please! D Love, Fusco, Degeare are young talented players that can play different positions along the Oline. These guys as talented as they are will have trouble winning playing time agianst C Johnson and Schwartz.

    The Vikings had too many holes to fill to draft 2 OL in the first 4 rounds. A late round guard this year wouldn’t even make this team.!!!!!!!

    By the way, the way you address this shows me how bad my point of view is needed on Vikings.com blog. 99% of bloggers don’t want to talk about the OL.

    It’s everybody’s 3-13.

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

    @Sandiamond,

    Once again you can see both sides! Thank you.

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

    I would think that one of those WRs or DBs could have been an OL.

    But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    John Belushi, SNL

  64. By Shawn on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Fred …

    Heres how I look at it and maybe you should as well. We cut 2 OLmen, both aging vets who couldnt make it through 16games.

    I have to as’sume the coaching staff knows more about whose doing a good job and whos not.

    Now with 5 OL positions …

    1- Sullivan is getting good press around the league. So he is starting.

    so now we are down to 4

    2- Loadholt … good run blocker / poor pa’ss blocker … last year of his contract. He was our RT in 2009 when we had a great offense. So he is starting.

    so now we are at 3

    3- Kalil … top LT in the draft. So he is starting.

    so now we are at 2

    4- Charlie Johnson … started many games for the Colts when the Colts had one of the greatest offenses ever. Now if he cant do it Chris DeGeare is in his 3rd year and performed well as a rookie subbing for Hutch. So with one of these guys it will be at minimum = to last year

    so now we are at 1

    5- Schwartz (FA) … Fusco ( who you were in love with after last years draft ), Berger who played very well at 3 different positions last season , and maybe DeGeare …. sounds like its been upgraded

    Im very excited about the new OL and cant wait to see who wins the LG and RG battles.

  65. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    This bears repeating…..These Politicians should all have to walk through a rabid, bat-infested, radioactive sewer with open wounds caused by hepatitis-carrying Komodo Dragons. Those that survive are then fed to fire ants.

  66. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Loadholt: last year of contract could easily = RELEASED after 2012 season. No RT drafted for depth

  67. By Shawn on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Besides this looks like the last year I will ever watch the NFL – Im done when the Vikings move so Im goin to enjoy it . Fred stop being a negative nelly :)

  68. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Remember the “hidden message” in Alice Hausman’s name…….I am an Ace Lush.

  69. By Shawn on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    2013 season doesnt matter … the state of Minnesota doesnt want the Vikings

  70. By Shawn on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    If you want the Vikings better call your reps and stand firm dont let them BS you. Because they will try ….

  71. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    We could have stayed at #35 and drafted OG/OT Cordy Glenn and still got a decent safety in the mid rounds. I remember someone saying he would not be there in the 2nd round.

    James Brown out of Troy went undrafted, we failed to sign him.

    IN A CLASS SO WEAK AT SAFETY SMITH’s VALUE INCREASES.

  72. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Well, back to work. I hope I still have an NFL team when I get home.

  73. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    If Smith didnt play for ND Spielman wouldnt even have considered him.

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

    @Shawn

    “Now with 5 OL positions …

    1- Sullivan is getting good press around the league. So he is starting.

    so now we are down to 4

    2- Loadholt … good run blocker / poor pa’ss blocker … last year of his contract. He was our RT in 2009 when we had a great offense. So he is starting.

    so now we are at 3

    3- Kalil … top LT in the draft. So he is starting.

    so now we are at 2

    4- Charlie Johnson … started many games for the Colts when the Colts had one of the greatest offenses ever. Now if he cant do it Chris DeGeare is in his 3rd year and performed well as a rookie subbing for Hutch. So with one of these guys it will be at minimum = to last year

    so now we are at 1

    5- Schwartz (FA) … Fusco ( who you were in love with after last years draft ), Berger who played very well at 3 different positions last season , and maybe DeGeare …. sounds like its been upgraded

    Im very excited about the new OL and cant wait to see who wins the LG and RG battles.” GOOD COMMENTARY

    Frederick L. Jones’ view: I’m not going to comment on all 5 spots but certainly one could.

    Major points…Loadholt starting at RT..Ron Yary was an RT with a right-handed QB. The logic is not sold on Freddy-types yet. Loadholt cannot pass block??!?

    Johnson and Schwartz have played well in the past…that does not mean they will play well AFTER they have made the big money. The other guys are totally unproven and there is no way we can know! ~~~~~

    I hate doing this. The Vikings will finish 8-8 this year because of a weaker schedule than last season. Perhaps the count of monte fusco, and doctor love will be ready for 2013.

    But until then, we shot ourselves in the foot by not getting even one OL in the 4th round.

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

    @Shawn,

    No one else cares about the offensive line.

    But I do!!!

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

    @GDP,

    Smith was a good pick!

  77. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I never said he wasnt Fred

  78. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred…

    The Vikings DE’s were horrible before Spielman went out and got J Allen…Spielman kept adding talent around him until this present day…Now the DE position is one of the few Vikings strengths right now…

    Mostly because the D-line was Spielmans baby..Spielman worked the Allen deal…It was Spielman who worked the 4th round magic a few years back to get Robison…There are many feathers in Spielmans cap and why he is running the whole show now on final decisions the Vikings 53 man roster…

    Spielman found some good late round OL rookie talent last spring…And then gets the best LT in this springs draft…I know you think O-lineman are supposed to be pro bowl players in there first seasons…But that is not how it works…GRUNTS need to grow up…Put on weight..And go through strength and conditioning workouts…And learn an offensive playbook…That takes time…WR’s are supposed to hit there FULL potential when they are 3rd year players…O-lineman are around the same 3-4 year area of reaching their full potential…

    Rebuilding takes time…About the only positions you can expect to make a major impact day one starting as a rookie is a RB,LB or maybe in the secondary…With our secondary being so poor last season…Anything this year would be a positive…Other than that fans need to sit back and let the coaching staff do their jobs for a few years with young players…

  79. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Jonathan Martin, Cordy Glenn, Mike Adams, Peter Konz. All really good OLineman we could have drafted instead of Smith is all I’m saying.

    In such a weak safety class, Smith’s value increases. Not the best reason to draft someone.

  80. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    @ Fred…..I promise I’ll care more about the OL once the stadium bill p@sses.

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

    I’m not buying that it takes no talent to play offensive line in the NFL.

    These guys are smart, quick, and fast. They can play other sports, and extremely well. I know a guy who played in the NFL for 5 years a s an offensive lineman. He is one of the best all-around athletes I have ever known!!!

    I will not be nasty though, we are still teammates!

  82. By hognuts on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I agree 100% with Nova. Everything takes a back seat to the stadium issue right now.

  83. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick- If we would have drafted OL in the 4th or 7th round like you suggest… he would get cut!!!! NO WAY A LATE ROUND OL MAKES THIS TEAM.

    In the 2nd round I didn’t see oline talent that was a better value or fill a need more than Harrison Smith?? Don’t see it! Sorry.

    Josh Robinson was an outstanding value at pick 66. I can’t complain about that pick… we got a top 50 player and a DB with a big time upside.

    We got a first round lineman this year…. I was expecting smiley faces.. sorry.. I will keep my mouth shut.

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

    @Fred I agree with you Spielman and co could have gotten some pretty good assistance at Guard in the later rounds. I would also say that the team didn’t necessarily improve at WR. We did add some depth in special teams with a speedy WR, but as far as a blue chip WR to stretch the field is a work in progress. One of the guys is a Slot and the other is a possibility. But it is hardly a given that we have improved at WR. If we were to acquire Plaxico or Owens at a good price then we would have a much improved WR core.

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

    GENTLEMEN,

    I AM AS GUILTY AS ANYONE OF CALLING NAMES.

    BUT WE MAY HAVE A GOOD TEAM THIS YEAR (8-8 because of the new schedule),

    SO LET’S NOT USE THE S O P H O M O R I C IDEA OF CALLING VIKINGS PLAYERS, FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL, COACHES, OR FANS ANY NAMES.

    WE MUST TRULY BE A TEAM!!!

  86. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Smith better than Cordy Glenn? Better than Peter Konz? I’m the one whose sorry.

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

    @Carl K there were some top rated Guards still left in the 4th Round. They would have at least added depth in for the line, so Fred makes a valid point. We weren’t going to use the 2nd or 3rd pick on another OL.

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

    @GDP,

    You know, it’s true! But is Smith good enough to solve some of our problems back there?

  89. By PurplHaze on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    As good as the signings may look right now, it’s going to take a few games to see if any of these guys emerges as a favorite target for our QB.

    I’m really optimistic about Childs. Keep playing down his 40 time in the combine, Wobbs. At his pro day, he ran a 4:41!!! And he has a 41 inch vert! This kid has all the ingredients to be MORE EXCITING than Randy Moss! Can’t wait to see him in Purple n Gold!

    Oh, and by the way … WHO CARES about the “Devin (Hester) Package”? WE HAVE J-SMOOVE!!!

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

    @Mike B.,

    Thank you, I thought I was go to go nuts up until your post.

  91. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Classin case of drafting on Need instead of BPA. I HOPE I”M WRONG. everytime a team was on the clock the best player available was usually an OLineman.

    NO GDP GET THAT BPA TALK OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Fred- Ive made my point very clear about the OLine. But Spielman made his point pretty clear too, and that point is he wants to give OLineman already on the roster a chance to start and contribute. What more is there to say regarding the OLine?

  93. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B- i have to disagree. Arkansas receivers are just as polished in their route running as a Justin Blackmon or Micheal Floyd. If you run great routes you dont have to be tall or fast to get open.

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

    @Carl K,

    Do not say sorry to me. It’s not personal. I really smell that bad!

    It’s just too bad we didn’t get an OL in the first four rounds. I’m not for “picking the best player available.” Because if one truly did that you would have about 40 guys at 210 pounds, or less, out of 53 guys on your roster.

    This make zero sense to Frederick L. Jones.

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

    @GDP,

    I’ve already addressed Spielman’s point on the O Line.

    Remember, I shall call no names!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    @GDP,

    I care what you guys think because it matters to the Vikings!

  97. By PurplHaze on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Man … Why can’t I order a Kalil jersey???

    Wobbs … Do me a favor and tell NFL Shop dot com to fix their “stuff” so I can spend my money!!! :D

  98. By PurplHaze on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
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  99. By Frederick Jones on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    @PurpleHaze,

    Spielman is still pretty young yet. He is new school.

    He doesn’t GET IT, when it comes to line play. That should be obvious, even to Frederick L. Jones types!!!

    But the VOICE OF THE FAN will eventually teach him.

    Former players are part of the Voice of the Fan, and will eventually teach him about the nuances of line play. Blocking and tackling. It’s not all throw and catch.

    I am Frederick L. Jones

  100. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    So IF our OLine doesnt turn out to be like we hope we will draft OL next year. Its kind of hard to address every need in the draft. Sure you can address needs but there is know way of knowing the players will turn out to be good. If we take OLine this year and give up on the players we got last year, then thats just more picks wasted. Give them a chance. Besides if we are willing to give up on a 1 year player then whats to think the guys we get this year will end up being any different? They are doing the right thing by giving these players a chance to show what they can do.

  101. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Why are you guys not asking for the heads of Everson Griffen,D’Aundre Reed, and C Ballard ??…They are young D-line players…

    Its because you see what positive results came from having Robison sit a year behind Ray Edwards…Robison showed plenty of promise as a rookie in spot play behind Edwards…

    Fusco has done very well in spot play behind other O-lineman last season as a rookie while (developing) into a starter…Love wasn’t ready coming off minor injuries last season…

    Injury happen to often with young and underdeveloped players because of playing them to early…And can destroy young careers before they even begin…Vikings are just being smart handling there young talented players…Its not that the talent isn’t there right now….

    Look what is happening all over in the NBA right now…Those guys are falling left and right to injury…Lack of conditioning being the major blame for what is happening there…

  102. By GrandDaddyPurp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    wow i said know instead of no. I’m getting too frustrated with this I cant even spell correctly. Thats my cue. I’m out of here for now

  103. By hognuts on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    @ PurplHaze,

    I am really optimistic about Childs as well, but to say he has a chance to be more exciting than Randy Moss!?!? You are crazy. I guess only time will tell though….or Week 3 against San Fran in the dome! Excited to see Moss again!!

  104. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Injury *happens

  105. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Fred = Moriarty…When it comes to the Vikings O-line… ; )

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

    lol Negative Waves. Fred has the right to make his opinion on the OLine known. Arguements about selecting a guard in the 4th round were valid. I didn’t see the need for another TE/FB on the team, but it is what we got. I don’t think we got the best WR availible in the 4th round either. You can add me to the negative waves too. I also see a possible 8-8 outcome this year but maybe 5-11 is realistic.

  107. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I guess a fan always feels the team needs something to get better…I agree with Fred the O-line needed a LT…But more than happy when our GM grabbed the best O-lineman in the draft…I’m not greedy..

    I have been asking for a first round LT for the last 5 yrs…I never liked McKinney since Culpepper left…

    I was also disgusted with our secondary…But again..Not greedy here…Spielman did a lot to address that area also…

    Only area that still worries me is the WR position ??… But willing to see what we have in those players also…There very well could be a solid player there also…

    I like the Vikings chances of competing inside the division this year…Better than most might think…

    Vikings will be better this season..

    And not just because of a soft schedule…

  108. By Shawn on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    2013 season doesnt matter … the state of Minnesota doesnt want the Vikings

  109. By OTKalil2012 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B…

    I hope Fred stays angry until he sees the O-line improve !!…

    I have been with him the last 5 yrs…

    Just hoping the guys we have now and with drafting Kalil will finally have the Vikings turning the corner into a positive along the O-line…

    Fingers crossed here…

  110. By hognuts on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    New blog!

  111. By Carl K on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    Do not say sorry to me. It’s not personal. I really smell that bad!

    It’s just too bad we didn’t get an OL in the first four rounds. I’m not for “picking the best player available.” Because if one truly did that you would have about 40 guys at 210 pounds, or less, out of 53 guys on your roster.

    This make zero sense to Frederick L. Jones.

    ________________________________________________

    Frederick – We did get an OL in the first 4 rounds… His name is Matt Kalil… he is the best OT in the draft. That is a major upgrade.

    I said I am sorry cause I like you and I hate to disagree with you.

    Snagging the very best OLineman in the draft is something to celebrate!!! That is just my opinion.

  112. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – I think our cadre of WRs will have an awesome year. Our rag-tag crew didn’t do horrible last year, just think what can be accomplished now that Ponder will have a couple seconds to scan, they will have a couple more seconds to run a complete route…..POINTS!!!!!!

  113. By Kyler on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    To use Percy Harvin in the backfield all the time would be stupid. He is a wide receiver and needs to play that position if we keep using him at running back to pick up Toby Gerharts slack he will keep getting hurt. We use him at running back and pound him then we throw him the ball and make him return kicks. He is a very strong guy but he is not that big so he gets serious wear on his body. If the vikings need to get a scat back to complement AP better then they need to go get someone with speed and great hands. They could use this new guy from Arkansas and his speed on returns which will let Harvin do more for our offense and keep him healthier.

  114. By iluvbears on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby,

    What about Bryan Walters? Didn’t we sign him as a free agent from the Chargers about a month ago? Add him to your list of WR on the roster. By my count, we have nine receivers, not counting any non-drafted free agents, which means at least three and maybe four of them will be cut or put on the practice squad.

  115. By chon69 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Is Mike Wobschall trying to say that Percy Harvin didn’t contribute significantly last season? If he is, that just isn’t true. He was one of our very few bright spots on offense.

  116. By Luis on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    i think adding T.O after a season without playing can help the Vikes out, if they add him before training camp of course.

  117. By peever on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    another embarrassing draft for the vikings…….claiborne and blackmon sitting right there……even tan-e-hill is projected to be better than ponder…..what do the vikings do? take the big fat 12 samwich eatin fatty fat lineman who can stand at the line for 4 seconds and be fat while ponder throws to…….harvin for 2 yards…..wow……..what a joke.

  118. By Woodboat on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Peever…you are an idiot.

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

    @Carl K,

    It’s okay to disagree. What fun would it be if we always agreed with each other?

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

    @Mike B.,

    I do appreciate your support, and I’m just venting. I was extremely excited when we got Kalil believe me!!!

    I just though one more OL was reasonable.

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

    @Kalil,

    I enjoyed the Video. Which movie was that from?

    What was your original blog name, and has it really been 5 years?

    Thank you.

  122. By thenaj17 on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Have you guys seen the post on NFL.com for next year’s number 1 pick??? The majority have gone for us picking 1st! Fcuk them! Let’s prove them wrong. SKOL Vikes!

  123. By thenaj17 on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    @ Fred, O-line is very important and i’m sure everyone on this site cares about it. BUT, i think Spielman has done a good job patching the team up including free agency. He got Schwartz in to compete for a guard spot, drafted the best LT for years to start and also moving C Johnson to guard, which is an improvement in 2 spots on the line. Love & Fusco are obviously raw but they now have a year of experience, full training camp so let’s stick together and hope they step it up.

  124. By Richard1A on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Time to take names, kick but, superbowl superbowl superbowl, Dedication inspiration determination were going to need every fan in MN to pull this off.

  125. By celticvikingwarrior on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Remember the season Sydney Rice had in 2010 with Farve at QB ? Greg Childs is BETTER…
    Will you folks PLEASE QUIT LABELING HIM AS A “RED-ZONE” RECEIVER, HE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT…and for the record it takes a year and a half to fully recover from a COMPLETELY TORN PATELLA TENDON, which is what he had !!! He should be given his “props” for attempting to play at all this past season…instead of whinning about his “unproductivity”, he tried to “tough it out ” for the team and just wasn’t healed yet !!!!
    While I’m at it NEITHER IS JULIUS WRIGHT JUST A “SLOT RECEIVER” HE IS ALSO AN EXCEPTIONAL “WIDE OUT”.
    These two will be FAN FAVORITES FOR YEARS TO COME….
    Jarius Wright 4 year avg. yards per rec. 17.5
    Greg Childs avg. (b4 inj.) 18.6 per rec. on 48 receptions as a sophmore…
    One last thing, these guy’s actually not only played at Arkansas AND hi-school together, but also as kids PRIOR TO HI-SCHOOL…talk about knowing each other’s tendencies and working well together…I CAN NOT WAIT TO WATCH THEM AND PERCY, AS WELL AS RUDOLPH AND CARLSON TOGETHER ON THE SAME FIELD TOGETHER, IN MINNESOTA !!!!!
    Now if only Ponder can get them the ball….NO EXCUSES !!!!!!!
    GOD I HATE POLITIANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  126. By puckertrucker on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    To all The Minnesota Vikings Fans and Voters of MN: ITS TIME TO REFRESH THE MEMORIES OF THE POLITICIANS OF MINNESOTA THAT ARE HEMMING AND HAWING ON THE STADIUM BILL, REMEMBER THAT NOVEMBER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND THAT THE POLITICIANS THAT WANT TO VOTE AGAINST THE STADIUM BILL, THEIR POLITICAL FUTURES COULD BE AT STAKE, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY DON’T HAVE THE STATES WELFARE, OR THE CITIZENS WELFARE AT HEART AND ALL THEY WANT IS WHAT THEY CAN STEAL FROM THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. JUST REMEMBER IT’S THE VIKINGS THAT ARE THE STRONG COMMODITY FOR THE STATE, AND THE NEW STADIUM COULD CREATE ALOT OF JOBS THAT WE SORELY NEED AND THE INCREASED TAX BASE THAT THE VIKINGS WILL PROVIDE IS WHAT WE NEED. SO JUST REMEMBER CITIZENS THERE WILL ALWAYS BE POLITICIANS LOOKING TO GET VOTED INTO OFFICE, BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE MINNESOTA VIKINGS TEAM AND WE DON’T WANT THEM TO LEAVE OR COULD THIS STATE AFFORD TO HAVE THEM LEAVE. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!!Skol fans

  127. By byron viking fan on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    i am sorry but i actually like the vikings this year. don’t get me wrong i am well aware they are not going to the superbowl, or even win the division. i do however think they will sneak up on a few teams and be in the hunt for a wildcard. the secondary is dramatically improved, the o-line as well, and if we can still land a free agent wr (maybe braylon edwards) i like our chances…just my opinion guys

  128. By Philip on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Just came on to say Vikings better get there Stadium ENOUGH SAID our senate or who ever it is needs to know we want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get it done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  129. By Richard1A on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think they will win the division, superbowl, they will suprise alot of people. The only thing I wonder about is the coaching, will they be able to coach the players?

  130. By Philip on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
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  131. By snookman on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    we need a stadium

  132. By SUPERVIKINGMAN on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Draft ended and only Viking in the news shouldn’t be a Viking. Dismiss him. U got a stadium deal on the line and national stories are about a Viking RB arrested? Do I need to place a wakeup call to the office? I’m glad everybody is blasting the draft picks and optimistic attitudes seem to abound, but I don’t see a strong move at wide receiver. That’s the only thing I am going to express disappointment about at this time. OK, and a kicker? Did any other team draft a kicker? Seriously… that was a true wasted pick.. There were other defensive backs on the board that could come in and compete for the job. A kicker…. really.

  133. By DeuceSavage on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    L A Vikings – imagine that!

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