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Heading To The Senior Bowl

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 21, 2013 – 7:37 am

Much of the talk today in NFL circles will be about the Super Bowl. But my attention, and the attention of 30 of the 32 NFL teams, will be on another “bowl” game – the Senior Bowl.

NFL teams and some of the nation’s top senior football players have descended upon Mobile, Alabama for the 2013 Senior Bowl. The game itself is not until Saturday, but the practices leading up to the actual game is what interests NFL coaches and scouts, and it’s what interests us here at the Vikings Entertainment Network (VEN).

I have an afternoon flight, with a connection in Atlanta, and will be on the ground in Mobile, Alabama for the week-long festivities. While I’m there, I’ll bring you constant coverage and updates from the Senior Bowl practices.

Be sure to stay tuned to vikings.com and the vikings.com Blog for complete coverage of Senior Bowl week, including practice reports and press conferences. Players will be available to speak after practices, and both head coaches (Detroit’s Jim Schwartz of the North team and Oakland’s Dennis Allen of the South team) will also speak after practices as well as hold a press conference each afternoon.

You can also receive updates on Senior Bowl week by following me on Twitter (@wobby).


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33 Responses to “Heading To The Senior Bowl”

  1. By Hardware Hank on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Here we go with the know-every-thing. Solve all the problems guru’s.
    Can’t wait for the blah, blah, I know everything. you don’t jokers.

  2. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    PAY PERCY

  3. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    After watching the 4 QBs that played yesterday I’m just having a hard time trying to convince myself that Ponder will ever take us that far. Yes he is a better athlete than Flacco, Brady, and Ryan, but there are many throws those three can make that Ponder can not. Most important of those throws is the almost unstoppable back shoulder throw. Ponder when healthy has questionable, at best, throwing power and when he is a little hurt, can not be relied upon to even start. Says alot about our “franchise” quarterback.

    He is not the guy who will make players around him significantly better. He is someone who needs good to great players around him to make him look good. That scares me knowing we have to invest more money on offense, specifically the skill postion players than we would if we had a true franchise QB, instead of on the defensive side of the ball where championships are won.

    Its frustrating knowing that we passed on 2(3 if we would not have traded for Jared Allen we would had the chance to get Flacco) of the QBs that played yesterday yet we reached for a guy whose most notable game was the Senior Bowl?

  4. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Kap like the 3 other QBs I named above can also make alot more of the throws Ponder cant.

  5. By billbobagons1 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Mike for keeping us posted on whats going on with our favorite team. i know last year was very helpful in finding players when chouch Frazier and company were the choching staff. Not quit the on hands as last year but would guess still a up close look at some of the top players

  6. By DRS. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    My prediction is the Vikings will be 12-4 if they make the right moves in the off season. SKOL Vikings

  7. By DRS. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    #1 need WR
    #2 need, make Webb a RB, or WR
    #3 need QB to push Ponder
    #4 Need D-lineman

  8. By DRS. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    One more year to the end of the Dome and the start of outdoor football, (for a year or so), looking forward to that.

  9. By DRS. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Sylvester Williams of North Carolina would be a good pick.

  10. By DRS. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Terror from the North: Vikings

  11. By DRS. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Later. SKOL Vikings

  12. By Jeremy on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Guru Problem Solving Time……………………………………………………………….

  13. By DRS. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    BTW, PAY PERCY what? Later

  14. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/weiss-america-learns-te-crazy-liar-article-1.1243291

  15. By Mike B. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Darn swearing fliter

  16. By Mike B. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think we have seen enough of Ponder to evaluate his arm strength and the long p@ss isn’t really part of a Frazier’s type of offense. Short p@sses to add to the run offense (manager type) game control is Frazier’s game. Ponder fits well into that scheme.

  17. By Mike B. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I have one comment on the Teo incident. There are very calculating internet preditors out there. To get caught up in that situation is very embarrasing at the least. You don’t want others to know you have been duped, as you think others will think less of you. You lie to keep others from finding out you were duped. it’s better to just take the heat for being duped and learn from it than lie. It’s always the lie that gets you in the end.

  18. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Well said GDP, glad people are starting to notice that about Ponder

  19. By Carl K on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder needs a great 3rd down back that can pick up a blitz or that can catch in traffic and make something out of nothing on a short dump off. This back also needs to be able to motion wide and line up as a wideout.

    Gerhart is in the final year of his contract, and Percy could be traded this offseason… so I think the Vikings will be looking at backs with great hands, some wiggle and explosiveness that can also pass protect.

    Keep an eye on Andre Ellington for the South and Kenjon Barner for the North. However, I think the 2 backs that have the best hands and explosiveness that can also pass protect are Joseph Randle and Ray Graham.

    Joseph Randle is my 3rd round sleeper pick for the Vikings.
    WR Corderralle Patterson round 1 and RB Joseph Randle in round 3 will soften the edge of trying to replace Harvin.

  20. By Carl K on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder is a game manager. He is not a QB that can throw the ball all over the field.
    We need personnel to compliment his strengths.

    A big target like Patterson that has quickness and can make people miss on a quick slant or out would help Ponder for sure. A great 3rd down back that can protect Ponder and give him an explosive and sure handed dump off option is much needed.

    Find a way to give Ponder some weapons in the passing game!!! 2 out of the first 4 picks need to be players that can help Ponder in the passing game!!!!!

  21. By Parkway on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    It’s all about Lamark Brown

  22. By Mike B. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway you have to admit that Ponder fits into Fraziers type of “Vikings” football. No matter what you think of how we should be grooming the team.

  23. By Champ Henson on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    You guys should listen to Parkway when it comes to Ponder.

  24. By Champ Henson on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    As long as Ponder is the QB we will have boring football. Ponder is nothing more than an over paid Brooks Bollinger.

  25. By Hardware Hank on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    When you are right, your’e right, Champ..Ponder will take the Vikings right out the back door. But that is what Frazier wants.

  26. By Hardware Hank on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    The SF 49ers! Exciting and fun to watch! Vikings? Ho Hum. snore.zzzzzzz.

    Wake me up when they get a REAL coach!

  27. By Mike B. on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Well Frazier is the head coach so you have to live with what is at hand now don’t you. Ponder fits the coaches type of football.

  28. By sandiamond on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Senior Bowl North practice 3 CST NFL network WR’s T Williams, Q Patton and A Dodson C Hamilton

  29. By sandiamond on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    must be the South practice. Patton with early raves and Williams dull talk w/ guru’s so far

  30. By Carl K on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Big fan of Quinton Patton!

  31. By sandiamond on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    RB Andre Ellington
    OL Oday Abushi
    S Baccari Rambo
    RB Stephen Taylor
    Vike Scout observation list seen today

  32. By sandiamond on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    goodbye ” Honey Badger ”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/01/21/lousiana-state-lsu-tyrann-mathieu-senior-bowl-nfl/1852971/

  33. By sandiamond on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    CB M Trufant
    CB Wreh-Wilson
    LB Ty Powell

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