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No Compensatory Selections For Vikings; Total Picks Stand At 11

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 19, 2013 – 6:29 am

The NFL awarded 32 compensatory picks to 16 teams on Monday, but the Vikings were not among the teams who received the additional draft stock. As such, the Vikings total draft selections for the 2013 NFL Draft remains at 11.

Here’s a breakdown of the Vikings 11 picks:
– 1st round – #23 (#23 overall)
– 1st round – #25 (#25 overall)
– 2nd round – #22 (#52 overall)
– 3rd round – #21 (#83 overall)
– 4th round – #5 (#102 overall)
– 4th round - #23 (#120 overall)
– 5th round – #22 (#155 overall)
– 6th round – #21 (#189 overall)
– 7th round – #7 (#213 overall)
– 7th round – #8 (#214 overall)
– 7th round – #23 (#229 overall)

How do compensatory selections work?
The number of compensatory picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced on Monday will supplement the 222 choices in the 7rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft (April 25-27). This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the 3rd through 7th rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a team is covered by this formula

For the fourth consecutive year, the NFL will hold its annual draft in prime time. The 1st round will be held Thursday, April 25 and begin at 7 p.m. CT. The 2nd and 3rd rounds are set for Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. CT, followed by Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. CT.

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292 Responses to “No Compensatory Selections For Vikings; Total Picks Stand At 11”

  1. By Danish Viking on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    – 1st round – #23 (#23 overall)
    – 1st round – #25 (#25 overall)
    – 2nd round – #22 (#52 overall)
    – 3rd round – #21 (#83 overall)
    – 4th round – #5 (#102 overall)
    – 4th round – #23 (#120 overall)

    WR, MLB, CB, DT, SS, OG – and trade up or trade the rest for next year. Bright future ahead!

  2. By vikingbob136 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Looking forward to the draft next month.We have a lot of picks and i hope we can pick up a diamond in the rough.

  3. By secgenfan on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Not bad Danish viking but I would go Cb mlb wr dt wr og. Ss can be addressed after that or go with what we have.

  4. By Mike B. on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Coach Fraizer has said it Ponder is the starting QB for the Minneasota Vikings. Time for you Ponder haters to get your heads wrapped around it. This makes Webb the #3 or #4 QB in the depth roster. They may keep him, but chances are you wil not see Joe Webb on the field unless it’s for some kind of wildcat play.

  5. By rocksalt on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    CB, LB, WR, perhaps in that order

  6. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Just saw Hopkins on NFL network…

    We have got to draft this guy !!!…

    #23 D Hopkins…This young man has zero bust potential…

  7. By myric on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    DT, CB, WR, DT, OG, MLB,DE, This is a great year to bolster that D-line. I think they will go in that direction….

    Does anyone know status of CHILDS?

  8. By TC612 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Mike B,

    Why are you still bringing up how Ponder is the starter whether we like it or not?
    You’ve been doing it for like two years…I GET IT MAN! You’re blindly sticking by Ponder though thick and thin. Good for you.

  9. By Smith22DMVP on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    from what ive heard, childs is improving though it is highly unlikely he will be able to play this year. He might be able to get back on the practice squad at some point but doubtful for NFL game time. who knows though, that may be old info, his rehab may get pick up the pace, with injuries like that it is very hard to say. I personally doubt he sees the field this year, if ever. Though I really hope he recovers and gets a shot, seems like a good kid.

  10. By Champ Henson on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Mike B – well said…..Rose colored glassed eyed Ponder lovers should give it up also if they expect Ponder non-believers to give it up.

  11. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Childs:

    I don’t expect the Vikings organization to report anything with any substance on the rehab of Childs…
    Until after the draft process…

    Spielman will not intentionally leak any information on the health of a player…
    Who might be looked ay as filling a draft position of need for the Vikings…

    Fans will just have to wait and be patient until after the draft…Then I think a more complete update on Childs rehab will be coming out…

    Other teams planning strategy drafting…Also would like to know the health of Childs right now… :-)

  12. By Champ Henson on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    trade the three 7th round picks for one fourth round pick.

  13. By BlueBird7 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Mike B

    Where did you get the information that Joe Webb is going to be the number 3 or 4 QB?
    You and Titus, Hop, and a few other Webb haters, keep kissing Ponders’ Ass.

  14. By Danish Viking on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    http://thevikingage.com/2013/03/13/vikings-fumbled-antoine-winfield-release-look-like-classless-stooges/

    Ouch, I hope not. Come back, Winfield! We need you at CB

  15. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I would assume coach Frazier saying was brought in to be a “quality” back up…

    Meant Frazier felt he didn’t have a quality back up in place- before the acquisition of Cassel…

    Soooo- I guess that means if Webb will have “any” position at QB with the Vikings…
    It will be 3rd string or possibly worse…

    ___________________________________________

    Coach Leslie Frazier reiterated that “Christian Ponder is our starting quarterback.”

    The Vikings have made it crystal clear that Matt Cassel was brought in to be a strict backup. “Matt knows that, he knew it when we went through the acquisition,” Frazier said. “He knows that he’s coming in to provide insurance for us. If something were to happen to Christian injury-wise, we have a quality backup that can step in and do a great job for us.” Related: Matt Cassel
    Source: Associated Press Mar 19 – 8:36 A

  16. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    *saying Cassel

  17. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    so are you trying to tell use cassel isn’t the starting qb.captain always goes down with the ship.

  18. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    us not use typo

  19. By sandiamond on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    We only get 1 WR early in the draft. who would you pick from this top10?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1571707-minnesota-vikings-nfl-draft-wide-receiver-big-board

  20. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    didn’t spielman say Winfield wouldn’t take A PAY CUT.now we find out he never was offer a pay cut.

  21. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    in spielman I don’t trust.always spinning the truth

  22. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    That is why you don’t listen to rumors !!…

    Contract talks are between Spielman and Winfields agent…

    Don’t believe anything you read…And half of what you see…

  23. By norsejeremyw on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @Robert~ Good info on your post, man~

  24. By Alex on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I’m clearly out of the loop here can someone tell me whats happening with Winfield? I was under the impression he was in contact with Frazier and the door was open but that they weren’t going to pay him the 7.5 million a year and he could test the market or come back at a reduced salary.

  25. By sandiamond on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Tavon Austin is only 5’8. Watching tape I don’t see him as a fit. Lot of all-purpose yds came from the RB slot and kick returns. Now in the nfl he will be too small for a third-down back

  26. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    all the years spielman has advise on drafts with det chic mia not once has he been involved in any qbs that were pro bowl caliber.what do you see in ponder that makes you feel like he is the right qb for the Vikings?do you feel confident he could lead the vikes down by two touchdowns starting the fourth quarter and win the game? do you think he will ever post 250 yds passing week in and week out?i didn’t see it at fla st. and I sure don’t see it now.

  27. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins not rumors this was reported from this site.

  28. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @sandiamond …

    I like Austin a lot…

    There are 2 reasons I believe the Vikings do not take Austin though…

    Austin is a slot receiver type…

    Wright will be a slot receiver for us already…

    And even Jennings likes to find mismatches on offense…
    Sliding into the slot receiver position at times…

  29. By Alex on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    If you don’t see the talent in Ponder thats probably why you aren’t making decisions in the nfl kid is going to do great this year if we draft a good Wr(maybe two but I think we have other needs but I trust Spielman). The San Francisco game alone should be enough to make you shut up about it not to mention he is young. IS he the best qb in the league? NO NO NO and I have no idea why you expect him to be right now. You want the kid to play lights out at this level at this point in his development with a weak Wr class? He will continue to improve and should explode this year depending on who we draft.

  30. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    alex there are a lot of gm s that come and go in the nfl kid and they were qualified.they were a lot of them that were fired.i am just trying to understand why he was the 12 pick of the draft when he was projected to go in the fourth by qualified experts.other teams will fixture out put pressure on ponder he has bad games.sf didn’t get that memo although sf did drop a pick six in that game.

  31. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    off to work 72 degrees going to be a nice day.skol vikes

  32. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder is going to totally rock this year !!…

    If Jenning,Wright,Hopkins,Allen, and Simpson are his WR core…Childs ???…
    Rudolf and Carlson at TE…
    AP at RB…

    We need the extra WR in case someone gets injured…

    Last season the only decent receiver we had got injured…
    And Ponder and AP- STILL won 5 out of the next 7 games…
    Out of a brutal second half schedule !!!…

    And you don’t think Jenning,Wright,Hopkins,(WR????) and a healthy Sinpson…
    Will help Ponder more ???…

    Than Jenkins,Aroma,Burton, and Simpson with back problems !!!

    C’mon man !!!

  33. By sandiamond on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    WRHopkins, yea small slot reciever should be off the board plus you can’t spend a 1st rounder on a kick returner

    Ace Sanders 5’8 WR from south carolina is a dynamite return man. Poor man’s Austin found in rd 6-7

  34. By Alex on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Why was Blaine Gabbert projected by experts to be better than Ponder? Would you rather have him as our qb(he went before Ponder)?
    Why was Eli Manning drafted first overall but had similar numbers to Ponder in his first two years? (worse Quarterback rating)
    Why don’t you seem to understand how football works and that players do actually take time to develop?

  35. By iaVIKE on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    That’s why Spielman is building around Ponder this offseason, giving him the tools to succeed. If he doesn’t build off of the late season success of last year then we’ll draft his replacement. I do believe he’ll do well this year, but if he doesn’t then it’s time to move on. And yes, i do believe that with improved receivers he can lead us from behind by two touchdowns.

  36. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    By sandiamond on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    WRHopkins, yea small slot reciever should be off the board plus you can’t spend a 1st rounder on a kick returner

    Ace Sanders 5’8 WR from south carolina is a dynamite return man. Poor man’s Austin found in rd 6-7

    _______________________

    Want to see more tape on Ace ???…

    We have to stay away from speedy Goodwin…
    That guy has hands made out of cement…Bad hands…And can not track a football in the air…at all…

  37. By iaVIKE on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    One of the best posts EVER…

    By Dr. Remulak on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I’m gonna give you a reality check in case some of you Fair Weather So Called Minnesota Vikings Fans are unaware of what your position in the pecking order is.

    Rick Spielman is a guy who worked his way up in the NFL to become the GM of a Franchise – and although you may not acknowledge that, it is a HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He is in charge you, you are not.

    You are just some Douchebag Bloggers who couldn’t buy their way into a job at Winter Park scrubbing toilets.

    You are not qualified (and never will be) to evaluate the talent of NFL players.

    You are not qualified to evaluate Christian Ponder (and never will be).

    P.S. You were obviously coddled as children and were told you were special way too much by your parents.

    P.P.S. You’re not special and your parents don’t love you as much as you think they do.

    P.P.PS. Now STFU and go Fck yourselves.

    Thank you and good night.

  38. By VF209 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I wont begin to predict how Ponder will do….I saw him start good last year an then taper off bad midseason and then play good at the end on a four game winning streak against some playoff caliber teams. I was ready to throw him over board in the 1st GB game and crown him for his clutch play in the 2 minute drill playing from behind faced with a 3rd and 16…..and some how he found jenkins to keep that drive alive and ultimately we won the game and without Ponder we don’t win in that situation. So my thoughts are this, Ponder is far from a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning type QB but I think he has done enough to get some pieces put in place to atleast see if he is the guy. Prolly wont ever make the HOF but I think he can help lead this team in 2013

  39. By sandiamond on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Tom Pelissero : And yes, there is open dialogue on Antoine Winfield. Don’t know how it’ll play out, but Vikings certainly remain interested.

  40. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Bluebird– when did I ever say I hate Webb? No, not true. Just don’t want him playing QB.

  41. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I am going to be watching the Dolphins closely this season…

    Because personally…

    With all the HUGE money they are spending on “free agents” ???
    I think they have gone totally bonkers !!!…

    This new “dream team” has got a lot of high profile divas at many positions on that team now…

    Lets see if they can be coached into a- team ???…

    This team just seems to me now ???…

    “To have to many cheifs on the team…
    And not enough indians”…

    I will be interested to see how this new “dream team” does this season ???…

  42. By drew on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Four QBs? Trade Webbs to the Browns for a 2014 number one pick, we got too many picks this year.

  43. By peever on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    WR MLB RB CB DL…….THEN GET RID OF GERHART

  44. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I think Joe Webb is a wonderful person…Always have…
    Just a terrible QB…

  45. By Troutdaddy on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I am never going to call myself as qualified to evaluate a football player or QB for that matter, but I still have an opinion on Ponders abilities. My opinion is that he deserves time to grow and develop. He IS the starting QB right now and despite what ANYONE says about his abilities, the fact remains is that he got us to the playoffs last year despite the lack of receiving and ran the plays as he was ASKED to do by the OC.

    It is going to be a completely different year and with the draft ahead of us, we have the potential to make it very nice for Ponder to set him up for success. Cassel will work just fine for us as a backup as well. Whether or not Webb is in the mix remains to be seen. I am just going to be happy we have lots to look forwrd to…

  46. By iaVIKE on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Drew, we would be lucky to get a 6th or 7th for Webb at this point… I say get him involved in ANY way. Red zone/jump ball receiver, decoy, KR….just get him involved.

  47. By sandiamond on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Tom Pelissero:
    I don’t see Tavon Austin ending up in Minnesota. They need an outside receiver, not a slot guy. I do think receiver remains an option in Round 1, along with MLB, DT, CB.

  48. By sportzguy721 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    NT: Jonathan Hankins!!

  49. By Jdude on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I think Webb could be a good starter in the NFL (better then T. Jack atleast) if you gave him some playing time. The reason he did not play well in the playoffs is because he had not played the whole season. And did anyone notice at the end of the game he had been playing his best football. That’s because he had gotten himself into a groove for what time there was left in the game. If he got a chance to play were he actually got some game rep’s him could be just like Colin Kaepernick. If you look he has the same skill set as Colin does. So come on. Give him another chance. He did well in 2011, and against the eagles in 2010. If gets to play again you will see what i’m talking about.

  50. By Kyle on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    jdude just stop talking webb is terrible and everyone here knows it.

  51. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    They need to come up with packages for Webb now, and not packages where he comes in at QB in the “Blazer” package.

    Packages where he comes out and lines up in the backfield with/without AD, splits out wide etc. Can run a reverse, a regular run for him, a bubble screen, a reverse where he ends up throwing the ball etc.

    Too talented to rot on the bench.

  52. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Troutdaddy– well put and the right perspective.

  53. By Jdude on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    F### you Kyle. Hay wait I sounded like Cartman there for a second. Anyway if you need proof that Webb can be a good QB just look at the games I mentioned previously. Then you will see what i am talking about.

  54. By BlueBird7 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Kyle

    You are not quailified to clean the cleats on Webb’s shoes! Just another worthless Webb hater.

    Parkway.. I have suggested that same thing numerous times
    .
    Frazier has his head stuck up, and can not think of a simple plan like that.

  55. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Wow– what is up with everyone. No one hates Webb. Webb cannot play QB at this point– with the right coaching and playing time, could he be very good? I think it is possible. No one is anti-Webb–just pro Vikings.

  56. By iaVIKE on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Let Webb use his incredible athleticism, get him on the field. Just not at QB.

  57. By Jdude on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus. That is exactly what I was trying to say. With the playing time Webb could be a good starter. And if not a starter then maybe a good backup that is way better then T. Jack. Maybe several leagues difference between the two. But for now he is just a backup I guess.

  58. By iaVIKE on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    What CB could out-jump Webb? Rudy and Webb in the red zone would be unstoppable.

  59. By Nit Picking on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    By BlueBird7 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Musgrave has his head stuck up, and can not think of a simple plan like that.
    _________________________________________________________________

    There you go, I fixed that for you so it was more accurate. You’re welcome.

  60. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    GM Rick Spielman suggested he expects Jerome Simpson to be the Vikings’ starting split end.
    The Vikings are blaming back woes for Simpson’s humiliating 2012 campaign, essentially giving him a pass. “We’ve seen some of the things he did in Cincinnati,” Spielman said. “We thought he was one of those young receivers that was on the come.” This sounds like wishful thinking from a desperate general manager. Adding Greg Jennings certainly helps, but the Vikes should strongly consider adding competition for Simpson with one of their two first-round picks.
    Source: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities Mar 19 – 12:13 PM

  61. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Simpson reminds me a little of Berrian.

  62. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Here is an imformative interview…
    Some on Love,Childs, and Winfield….

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/QA_with_Rick_Spielman_Vikings_tried_to_be_fair_to_Antoine_Winfield031913

  63. By Jordan on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    can’t wait till football season starts so i’m stuck watching highlights on youtube

  64. By liito on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    If Lotulelei falls to Vikings because of health issues, grab him. He is a dominant force and we’ll rejuvenate the semblance of a purple people eaters defense. Wow! Then Tavor Austin at 25th. I don’t know if we’ll be able to get Justin Hunter, but another receiver would be nice.

  65. By BlueBird7 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    iaVIKE

    Now you are talking, Webb is capable of out jumping those guys.

    There are ways to use him, if only Frazier would wake up..zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Is he awake yet?

  66. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1573119-2013-nfl-mock-draft-predictions-after-the-first-week-of-free-agency#/articles/1573119-2013-nfl-mock-draft-predictions-after-the-first-week-of-free-agency/page/2

  67. By BlueBird7 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Nit Pick

    Frazier/Musgrave are like two peas in a pod. They both appear to move in the wrong direction at times

  68. By Champ Henson on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Practices during the week could be used to get creative with Webb. The vikings have almost as many coaches as they do players so there is no reason for not coming up with something where his athelic talents could be used.

  69. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Bluebird, smile. You might enjoy it.

  70. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @StribDW If math is correct, Vikings own picks 23, 25, 52, 83, 102, 120, 155, 189, 213, 229 and 231.
    18 hours ago

  71. By johnny on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I think we can get 5 solid starters from this draft

  72. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Watched WR DeAndre Hopkins on NFL network short time ago—
    This guy could really be something special–has a great personality, very well spoken and relatively humble…

    More importantly re; football skill set he has it all except 4.3 speed. Supposedly timed at 4.57 but I don’t care….LOOKED as if was running a 4.3, in other word’s has phenomenal football speed, i.e. Jerry Rice.

    He is EXCEPTIONALLY QUICK–his stop and go move was as good as I’ve EVER SEEN BY ANYONE, AT ANY LEVEL, AT ANY AGE….Reaches top speed in what look’s like first two steps…..

    Even better was in discussing his approach to the position and how basketball has helped him (one year at Clemson).
    He spoke of rebounding helped him the most in attacking the ball at it’s highest point, and how he was not going to let the DB get the ball…

    He also spoke of how he approaches practice as if it was a game, something I did as well and is CRUCIAL (IMO) but you just don’t ever hear anyone say that, let alone a JR in college….

    No matter how many WR we draft I truly hope he is one of them….

  73. By johnny on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    if Ponder improves on is deep ball accuracy and puts more zip on his intermediate throws, he can be decent. Also he needs to improve his pocket presence. I dont know if arm strength or pocket presence can be coached but he needs to improve in these areas drastically. Fingers crossed but i have absolutely no confidence in Ponder.

  74. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Watched WR DeAndre Hopkins on NFL network short time ago—
    This guy could really be something special–has a great personality, very well spoken and relatively humble…

    More importantly re; football skill set he has it all except 4.3 speed. Supposedly timed at 4.57 but I don’t care….LOOKED as if was running a 4.3, in other word’s has phenomenal football speed, i.e. Jerry Rice.

    He is EXCEPTIONALLY QUICK–his stop and go move was as good as I’ve EVER SEEN BY ANYONE, AT ANY LEVEL, AT ANY AGE….Reaches top speed in what look’s like first two steps…..

    Even better was in discussing his approach to the position and how basketball has helped him (one year at Clemson).
    He spoke of rebounding helped him the most in attacking the ball at it’s highest point, and how he was not going to let the DB get the ball…

    He also spoke of how he approaches practice as if it was a game, something I did as well and is CRUCIAL (IMO) but you just don’t ever hear anyone say that, let alone a JR in college….

    No matter how many WR we draft I truly hope he is one of them….

    __________________________________________

    @celtic…

    There has only been one player in past drafts- I have ever been this excited about hoping the Vikings would have chance to draft ???…

    His name was…Adrian Peterson…

  75. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I’m having a flash back to last year when the RAMS picked one ahead of us in each round and picked AT LEAST two, and I believe three players that I wanted for our team…
    One was CB Janoris Jenkins who went on to have a superb rookie season and stayed squeaky clean…..the others escape my feeble mind at the moment….
    However we are in the EXACT same position this year….we did last year, and do this year, have MANY of the same need’s…..WR being right at or near the top….watch, they will pick Tavon Austin at 16 to stop us from moving ahead of them at their 22nd pick….GUARANTEED !!!!!

  76. By Nit Picking on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Celtic- I know alot of fans on here were pretty high on Trumaine Johnson last year. And he’s one of the players that the Rams grabbed right before us.

  77. By iaVIKE on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, Trumaine and a lot of people liked Brian Quick who they grabbed also.

  78. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Wobcast– Wobbles, a good hosts listens– man, calm down. Put down the red bull.

  79. By BlueBird7 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Titus

    I’ll smile again, when I see Webb either throwing the ball, or running with it,

    And full speed for touchdowns…………….

  80. By BlueBird7 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Look!!!! You can now say “ball”!.

  81. By iaVIKE on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Celtic – I think you’re right, i could see that happening too. Good thing is, they NEED that slot receiver like Austin after the departure of Amendola, and they have that big body in Brian Quick. We have Wright and now Jennings, so we’re set in the slot, which would make Hopkins a much better fit for us.

  82. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @ WRHopkins
    I agree with you but would add some guy named Randy Moss….there have been a couple more…..

    To the football gods…..please STOP the calls I’ve seen for us to get Bears MLB Brian Urlacher…..his experience will NOT make up for his EXTREME loss of speed, which is what we need from our MLB, along with a run stopper of course.
    In addition I think the guy is just without a personality…..he may be still a good team mate for the Bears, BUT NOT THE VIKINGS…..I do NOT believe he has the passion OR THE YOUTH for the VIKES….and is just looking for a few extra million before he “cashes out”.

  83. By Mike B. on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I am just saying you don’t bring in a Vet specifically to back up Ponder, which has been confirmed by Fraizer and say that there is confidence for Joe Webb. There has to be a reason for 1. Drafting Ponder as the future of the Vikings and 2 Hiring a free agen as the #2 QB. that means the Webb may not be the guy at QB for the Vikings. I am hoping the Ponder is the future of the Vikings, but he has a ways to go to prove that. I think the writing is on the wall that Joe Webb isn’t. I think for the sake of MBT and cap space, it is time to part ways with Joe Webb. IMO

  84. By Troutdaddy on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Personally, if they decide touse Webb is some aspect, I would love to see them use him a little like Rudolph. In the middle with room to rumble. He could be another rumble like Kleinsasser was in his early years. But I really believe that Webb will be headed somewhere else. Especially when the draft is concluded…

    So, riddle me this batman- does anyone else feel that Jefferson was a total waste last year? I hope we find another person in the draft that is better than him. I went back and watched his highlights and he gave up so many catches and 3rd and longs…. Thoughts?

  85. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @ NIT Picking—and laVike

    THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH…. you both nailed the other two players I was trying to remember….it was driving me crazy…..Thanks again….

    laVike….is your “name” for “Los Angeles” Vike by any chance?…. just curious as I’m in Burbank….

  86. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    This should be our QBs– Ponder, Cassel, and MBT.

  87. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @ Troutdaddy

    You sir are 100% correct, in fact I addressed that exact same thing a few days ago. I’ve NEVER seen ANY DB make LESS OF AN EFFORT to break up a pass in my life.It was an embarresment (?)
    Here’s hoping he is only back for a camp body.

  88. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    2010…Ponders rookie season…
    Spielman wanted Ponder and Webb at QB…
    Frazier got cold feet with the rookie…
    Wanted McNabb,Ponder, and Webb…McNabb crashed and burned…
    Spielman gets Sage for a veteran back up during the season..

    2011…Ponder is starter…
    Spielman wanted Ponder,Sage, and MBT…
    Frazier wanted Webb over the talented MBT…
    Spielman gives in “again” to Frazier…Keeps Webb…
    Releases his man Sage…

    Webb is one of a several reasons- Frazier did not get a contract extension this off season…After what happened in the playoff game…

    Do you really believe either Frazier or Spielman is going to let that happen again ???…

    Webb is done…At QB/S/CB/TE/RB/WR…Whatever ???…
    Time to move on…

  89. By Smith22DMVP on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    What “idea” do you guys like better – Take kennan Allen or Hopkins with one first rounder and the BPA avail between DT or ILB – or cb/saftie/og if they fall far. and use our second rounder on bpa between those remaining positions… or Go Back to back BPA avail between DT ILB or the cb/safety/og if they fall, then grab a WR in round two like maybe a Justin hunter (trading up with our surplus of picks in the second if needed)

  90. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    *2011-2012

  91. By dryes on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I’m starting to wonder about some of you!! CB is never more important that MIddle LB. Middle LB is the QB of the defense. never draft a cb before middle linebacker when you have no starting middle lb. we have at least one, maybe two starting cbs right now. ANYONE WHO KNOWS ANYTHING KNOWS THIS.

  92. By Alex on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think we should take a corner in the first two rounds unless a steal is there an example Rhodes available at our first pick which likely won’t happen. We have Cook and Robinson we just need depth at the position which Jefferson won’t cut it.

  93. By Smith22DMVP on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Passing on top talent that falls into your lap to grab needs is a dangerous game. If we stuck to that plan, we would not have AP. If you are referring to my post above (not sure if you were) I did say if the fall far meaning they are a top end talent at their position slipping for what ever reason. You cant pass on top talent to take needs, (insert your last sentence here)

  94. By Smith22DMVP on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I fully agree with you on that Alex

  95. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @ laVIKE

    You also are 100% correct re: the Rams needing a slot rec.to replace Amendola…..and we are not in the exact same position…
    However just a thought along those lines….while both Jennings and Wright can, and will play some slot for us, they both can also play outside as Wright was able to prove LATE last season…..
    My thought re: Austin though is this, not only can the kid play slot, he could also punt return (no K.O.,he’d get KO’D) thus allowing us to dump Scherels, don’t get me wrong, I like Scherels as a punt returner, but NOT as a corner.

    Austin is a faster quicker mini Harvin, the guy is “rocked up” (built like Harvin), but unlike Harvin, he has not only NEVER missed a game in 4 years at WVU, he also has NEVER MISSED a practice or meeting….not only in college, but high school as well….just a thought….

    p.s. I STILL WOULD LIKE TO GET THE CHANCE TO SEE WHAT 6′-5″ WR CHRIS SUMMER CAN DO…

  96. By CaribooBill on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I would like to see the D strengthened using the 2 first round picks. Then use the 2nd rounder on a WR, maybe the 3rd rounder as well. I think, however, that Spielman will go BPA on every pick and I’m ok with that.

  97. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    How’s that soapbox OTK

  98. By Smith22DMVP on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I am hoping our Draft Board has scores assigned to each player, then give slight bonus points to players at positions of need, then draft off BPA on our board. This way we have (in theory) a hybrid of BPA and Needs thus having the best chance to both increase team talent now and stabilize the team for the future.

  99. By Kevin on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Trade Webb! Our first string offense is a run heavy, pocket passing offense. Web has shown many times that he cannot do this! Yes, he is mobile, yes he is an athletic individual but he is not a pocket passing QB. If Ponder or whom ever goes down Webb comes in and we have to change the entire game plan to suit Webb! Sorry Webb Lovers, that is not how it works. IMO I am sick of hearing this discussion and with Cassel on board hopefully it will be the last time :)

  100. By dryes on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    i was referring to posts calling for cb, wr, dt, then lb and the likes. they were previous posts way up top. I agree, we can’t stick to mlb first if there’s no one left, and if there is a cb that is way better, but we need a great mlb that can cover. also, i’m not sold on robinson and obviously not jefferson. the thing is, our weak coverage skills at middle lb made our cbs look bad last year. cbs cannot cover the whole field, thats why we need a good mlb that can cover the middle and our cbs will look 30% better. remember how many times we got gashed across the middle by wrs and tight ends last year? it was like every other play, if the opposing team was smart. we had no answer. mlb is our #1 priority, in my opinion, wr a close second. cb we can draft in the 2nd or 3rd, depending on the talent at dt compared to cb left on the board. and yes, bpa will affect my wishes, hopefully to our advantage, though.

  101. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

  102. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    The day is coming, will you protect we the people? Like the citizens above.

  103. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live that Aaron Rodgers’ impending extension with the Packers is expected to be worth over $100 million across four years.

    “This is a very simple deal to do for Aaron Rodgers,” said Schefter. “There are many people around the league who are expecting a four-year, $25-plus million extension a year. … That’s how that deal is going to come down when it comes down.” Schefter confirmed the Packers have been preparing to complete the new deal this offseason, sitting on their salary cap space to lock up Rodgers through age 35. Rodgers is 29 years old. His current deal has two years left.

  104. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings signed OG Seth Olsen, formerly of the Colts.

    A restricted free agent, Olsen wasn’t tendered by Indy. He’s returning to team he briefly spent time with in 2010-11. Pressed into four starts last season, Olsen wasn’t better than replacement level. He’ll be a reserve in Minnesota.

  105. By PTviking on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @Shawn.
    Lol. That’s my Soccer club! Sport Lisboa e Benfica!!

  106. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn how many new guns have you bought since sandy hook?

  107. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I plead the 5th.

  108. By Champ Henson on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    vikings sign Seth Olsen, OG.

  109. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

  110. By Stew on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Are we sharing our new stadium with that baseball team? I hope not! If so, they need to put up some of the money also!

  111. By johnny on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I agree celticvikinng, Austin IMO is the most dynamic player in this draft. I would not mind moving ahead of st Louis to grab him.

  112. By liito on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I gave this comment above, “If Lotulelei falls to Vikings because of health issues, grab him. He is a dominant force and we’ll rejuvenate the semblance of a purple people eaters defense. Wow! Then Tavor Austin at 25th. I don’t know if we’ll be able to get Justin Hunter, but another receiver would be nice.”

    As a health provider, I should recommend that he should get a thorough professional medical clearance. A heart condition should not be taken lightly. I do want him for the Vikes because of the potential of what he can bring to the defense, but his health is priority number 1. I wish him the best.

  113. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    About time

  114. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on NFL 32 that Utah DT Star Lotulelei has been medically cleared following his heart scare at February’s Scouting Combine.
    Lotulelei will participate fully in Utah’s Wednesday Pro Day. “He’s clear now,” reported Mortensen. “At the Combine they flagged him for having a heart that wasn’t pumping enough blood. It wasn’t pumping properly. … But he proceeded to go ahead and train. He’s gone through extensive medical testing.” Per Mort, Lotulelei’s agent is sending his healthy medical reports to all 32 clubs, and “a lot of teams” will be in Salt Lake for his Wednesday workout. Mar 19 – 6:04 PM

  115. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Appearing on NFL Live Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter expressed confidence that West Virginia QB Geno Smith will be a top-ten selection in April’s draft.
    “It looks more and more like he’s going to go in the top 10,” Schefter said. “… It’s difficult to say (exactly where he’ll go), but it’s not difficult to discern that Geno Smith is looking more and more like a top-ten pick.” Schefter mentioned all of the quarterback-needy teams drafting in the top ten: the Raiders (No. 3), Browns (6), Cardinals (7), and Bills (8). Even the Eagles at No. 4 have shown some pre-draft interest in Smith. Mar 19 – 4:32 P

  116. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    B-U-S-T

  117. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/videos/restructure_for_jared_allen_may_not_come_anytime_soon

  118. By Danish Viking on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Just realized DeAndre Hopkins is only 20 years old. Wow! Turns 21 this summer, but he’s still over a year younger than Austin, Patterson, Hunter… Keenan Allen is only 20 as well, also turning 21 later this year. I know, I know – 1 year take or give, it isn’t THAT much. But 20 years old, 21 when the season starts. That’s a bright future right there

  119. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I think we should get both Hopkins and Allen in the first round…

    Those guys are animals !!!…
    We could nickname them…

    Thing 1 & Thing 2
    :-)

  120. By john61 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    yea and when they both become great,we will trade them or not have ths $$$$ to sign them

  121. By Richard1A on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Jennings will probably be ten times better once he gets out of those green bay packer uniforms! yeah, and he won’t have to eat cheese and drink beer at every meal!!

  122. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins and Mellette for our 2 WR this draft.

  123. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    By john61 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    yea and when they both become great,we will trade them or not have ths $$$$ to sign them

    _____________________

    Gosh john61…

    Your a genius…Maybe without even knowing it ???…

    It would be hard to draft 2 WR’s in the first round…If we intend to extend them both down the line…
    First round picks can only be signed to 4 year contracts…
    Second round picks…A 5th year can be added…

    So it would be much easier to stagger extensions 2 WR’s- if the second receiver was taken at least in the second round or beyond…

  124. By Alex on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins and bpa/mlb/dt in the first hunter/dt/mlb in the second

  125. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I think Spielman trades down with the #25 pick ???…

    Gut feeling there…

  126. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    He’ll trade one of them, especially if one/most of the players they especially wanted are off the board already.

  127. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkings I have that feeling as well I think he can move back 5-8 picks and add a 4th and still get the guy he wants … similar to the Chris Cook year

  128. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    If he’s really working he could drop back add a later pick and get a 3rd.

  129. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    *** DONT BELIEVE MEDIA WAR PROPAGANDA *** SYRIA WAS PREPLANNED ***

  130. By Nicholas on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I like what WalterFootBall has us taking in its mock draft currently.

    R1 23 Keenan Allen
    R1 25 Sylvester Williams
    R2 Manti Teo
    R3 Phillip Thomas (slam dunk!)

  131. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry about the War posts but the message needs to be spread fast before our media sells us another lie and sends soldiers to die.

  132. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Nicholas that would be the greatest draft i could imagine

  133. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    And Shawn, just tell me this (no disrespect): how are youtube postings on vikings.com going to affect the pentagon’s policy choices?

  134. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Replace Allen with Hopkins and remove his 4th round RB selection

  135. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Titus the point is to get the message out. Do you remember the media informing anyone of General Wesley Clarkes warning? I know I dont. The idea is for those that want the truth and for those to care to take the knowledge and spread it. Change starts with each of us individually. I have to decided to spread the truth to anyone willing to listen because whatever MSM says is BS

    The media gets their info from politicians that get info from CIA that doesnt give info.

    I want a better world not a fascist NWO …

  136. By Nicholas on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t get the 4th round RB either. Throw an OG in there : )

  137. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Viva la revolution! (Beware when you think you have won, that is when it gets worse.)

  138. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    anyone notice how the media reports what happens but never seems to follow through anymore?

  139. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Yes

  140. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    NFL, like the gladiator games, is meant to pacify.

  141. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    distract us with gun control, award shows, kardashian cleeeevage ,

    Anderson Cooper had to tell me something about Kim Kardashian tonight … sigh

  142. By Nicholas on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    The NFL is my fav. form of mind control…I eat it right up.

  143. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    me 2

  144. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Oh, do tell– what happened to Kim?? Please tell me!

  145. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Have to say, they do get you one way or another– dancing with the stars won’y work on us, but a game with AP crushing the packers does.

  146. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    When Columbus landed on the shores of the Bahamas in 1492, it is estimated some 100 million people lived in the Americas.

  147. By john61 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    KC will want to move up into the firs t ,like us last year ,and we get there 2nd, and 4th

  148. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    LOL Titus … I turned it. I havent been able to watch CNN much in the last month. I turn it on and within minutes Im annoyed with the TMZ / distraction topics. Did you know CNN does sports now?

  149. By VKS on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Was looking at this mock draft and I don’t understand why they keep trying to stick us with a defensive end in the first round… We need lb, cb and wr… Is there something going on that we don’t know? This isn’t the first mock draft I see like this…

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/mock-draft

  150. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    VKS … they must think Spielman might want a good young DE since all 3 of our DEs will be Free agents next season and thats expensive.

  151. By john61 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    17.5 mill could be the ?

  152. By Nicholas on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I really hope we retain Everson Griffen. He is our best DE IMO.

  153. By VKS on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    That’s a lot of cash… just seems that position could be addressed in the 3rd or 4th round… maybe even the following draft or free agency… hopefully they keep Everson for a couple more years..

  154. By john61 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    i think they will go DT,CB,WR,ILB,WR,DT,SS,PUNTER,CB,WR

  155. By Goldvike on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Go Smiling Joe Webb !!!!!

  156. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    By Jdude on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I think Webb could be a good starter in the NFL…. did anyone notice at the end of the game he had been playing his best football. That’s because he had gotten himself into a groove for what time there was left in the game.
    —————————————————————————————-

    You mean that time near the end of the game when the Packers were really far ahead of us and started playing soft and not really covering our receivers close anymore, and most of his yards came on one busted play?????

    Yeah. He really shined.

  157. By Nicholas on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    $$$Garbage Time$$$ Big Ballin’

  158. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    By Troutdaddy on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    So, riddle me this batman- does anyone else feel that Jefferson was a total waste last year? I hope we find another person in the draft that is better than him. I went back and watched his highlights and he gave up so many catches and 3rd and longs…. Thoughts?
    ===================================================

    Mixed feelings on Jefferson. Yeah, he got beat up……a LOT. No denying that. BUT, he was nearly a blanket on many plays. I can’t count how many times I yelled at the TV “You’re RIGHT THERE!!!!! SWAT THE BALL DOWN!!!”

    If an armchair QB like me saw that, hopefully the D coord saw it, and they are addressing the problem. The fact that they retained him perhaps means just that. I’d give him 4 games to demonstrate improved ball awareness and ability to wrap up. After that, if he’s still swiss cheese, cut him.

  159. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn, I thought CNN had sports for a long time. They cover politics.

  160. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Watching a DVD on Americas before Columbus while cycling — very interesting– in fact, what we complain about now was happening 500 years ago– the Europeans had overfished and deforested the European continent.

  161. By Champ Henson on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000152098/State-of-the-Franchise-Vikings

  162. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Did the filibustering work or can we expect drones to be monitoring our every move and/or killing US citizens?

  163. By Champ Henson on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    we have cell phones and computers already monitoring our every move.

  164. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway, they are watching you, that’s for sure.

  165. By Parkway on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/05/us-usa-drones-idUSBRE9140X120130205

  166. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    B U S T….

    NFL Films guru Greg Cosell believes Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson needs “a lot of refinement running routes.”
    “(He’s much) more explosive with ball in hands than as a route runner,” Cosell said. “Needs quality WRs coach.” Patterson’s game is raw all around, but his size/speed package is tops among all wideouts in this year’s draft class. Someone drafting in the first 20 picks will likely decide they’re the team that can refine his routes and polish his game.

  167. By Frederick Jones on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    All bloggers in general…

    If we aren’t going to do anything about the offensive line, then put the fastest, strongest, most durable guy back at QB…JOE WEBB!!!

    Now jones is making sense!

    C’mon man!!!!

  168. By Shawn on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    State of the Franchise: Minnesota Vikings

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000152098/State-of-the-Franchise-Vikings

  169. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn–nice piece– Cassel has been very impressive– I wonder…

  170. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Jones, every time you speak of Webb, you make no sense.

  171. By Richard1A on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Webb-he’s a diamond in the rough! We don’t know how he would do as a runningback or receiver. We know he can run and catch but the Vikes haven’t played him. Driving me crazy, here is a player with extreme athletic ability and he has no job on the team, what a waste. I would want off the team if I were Webb!!!

  172. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Greg_Jennings_precision_in_pattern_was_alluring_to_Vikings032013?t=2

  173. By matt on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    WR, WR, CB, DT, LB, DE

  174. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1571936-breaking-down-what-minnesotas-offseason-moves-mean-for-the-nfl-draft

  175. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    If a team can’t physically stop AP..
    Maybe we need to change the rules- to do it ???…

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/199076061.html?refer=y

  176. By Matthias on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Signed olsen

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000151949/article/seth-olsen-signs-contract-with-minnesota-vikings

  177. By vikingbob136 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Every time someone speaks of Webb they make no sense.
    That’s a waste of a roster spot.

  178. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Jones, your meds are wearing off….time for another dose. Stop the Webbsanity!!!

  179. By vikingbob136 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    1 Ponder
    2 Cassel
    3 MBT
    4 Webb-unemployed soon

  180. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Building a team around Webb’s underwhelming football skill set ???…

    Is like asking the whole team to do a centerfold photo shoot for a gay magizine…
    To be closer to Kluwe’s- superior and emotional mind set…

    Yeah- right…hahahaha…

    Wish list…Add a punter in the 7th round … :-)

  181. By vikingbob136 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Scathing comment WRHopkins, but i love it! Have a great day.

  182. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Vbob…Thanks!..

    Have a good one…

  183. By Troutdaddy on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Ok, last post for me on this thread…. The Vikes need to put Webb through the ringer this off-season and either cut him ir use him in a receiving role. My take is he gets cut/traded. In the draft, we should get a Tall, faat receiver. Plenty of options there. Not sure who I like best… We also need a replacement for Jefferson and we need some more pretiction for our QB and possibly another QB killer like Allen- someone who can get at the QB.

    If Spielman is going to do what I think heis, then we are going to be very happy with our draft. He has been great at making deals to find the gaps while on the clock. I fully expect him to amaze us again this year.

    Kluwe is not a bad player. He has been a valuable part of the team, but I will concur that he is a distraction for the team at times. I am all about being able to speak your opinions, BUT do it in a way that is respectful and in the right forum. Keep it off the field/locker room. if not, then he should be prepared to lose support from fans and possibly staff…

  184. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    The only things the vikings might have done (so far) to improve is sign Cassel and letting Jenkins and Brinkley go – Jennings has less overall talent than Harvin, Olsen is not as talented as Swartz, Winfield will be hard to replace. Plus, Spielman’s manners in handling Harvin and Winfield have many players po’d; and Frazier in not getting an extension likely has him upset…..not being negative, just stating facts.

  185. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins – I think we already signed another punter.

  186. By iaVIKE on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman approached Winfield about restructuring, he refused, talks never even got started. They cut him before free agency even started so that he could test the market…. For as much shady shlt that goes down in the NFL, that’s pretty respectable, considering that he’s a 35 year old part time CB that was due 7.25 mil…

  187. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    The only things the vikings might have done (so far) to improve is sign Cassel and letting Jenkins and Brinkley go – Jennings has less overall talent than Harvin,
    —————————————————————–

    You can’t take Harvin in to consideration, as he was no longer contributing to the team, and had no intention of contributing (holdout?). He was released because of his own actions.

    So, you have to judge Jennings’ worth by the state of the team when he was signed. In that respect, we got a LOT better by signing him.

  188. By iaVIKE on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Greg_Jennings_precision_in_pattern_was_alluring_to_Vikings032013?t=2

  189. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I with you- Tom…

    Coach Leslie Frazier said he doesn’t intend to change QB Joe Webb’s position.

    Frazier claims he intends to take four quarterbacks to training camp. However, Webb does not appear to be a fit — even as the No. 3 behind Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. Webb proved to be incapable of running a standard offense when forced into action during January’s Wild Card playoff loss to the Packers.

    Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Mar 20 – 11:04 AM

  190. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    @Champ…

    Did they “sign” a punter ???…

    I thought a punter was just brought some time back in for a workout…

  191. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    What really bugs me…
    With Frazier clinging on to Joe Webb now…

    Is Joe will almost surely get released later- after the draft- or during training camp…

    With being released that late in the off season…
    Where will Joe find a team that needs a backup QB ???…

    Joe isn’t a fit for our offense…
    But could be for someone else…

    If there hasn’t been a draft pick offered by a team for Joe by now…
    Its not going to happen…

    Let him go…So his agent can find him some work…imo…

  192. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I really can’t understand….

    Since Cassel has been signed as the Vikings number 2 QB…

    Why ???…Joe Webb or his agent- has not asked “publicly” to be released or traded ???…

    Joe could make the league minimum salary anywhere ???…
    And might even get an opportunity to advance his career some place else….

  193. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins – T.J. Conley is listed on the active roster so I’m assuming he is signed, nothing else to go by as far as I know.

  194. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    northwoodsv2 – “can’t take Harvin into consideration”? It makes no sense not to in any improvement analysis…..come on man at least be logical and not twist things around.

  195. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    iavike – how do you know so many details about how Windfield’s release was handled?

  196. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    So we are only penalizing “good RB’s”…Running backs that are so good…
    They can break tackles and get into the open field…
    RB’s that are known for straight line speed at full accelleration…
    Now have to slow down to change their angle for oncoming defenders to hit them ???…
    Making them more vunerable to injury ???…Than just lowering their head and shoulders powering their heads straight forward ???…

    So what they are saying here Mr Goodell ???…

    Its okay for the backs that only get less than 5 yards a carry to use there heads as weapons…
    But not the great backs like AP who can bust big runs down the field ???

    How often are RBs running open 10=+ yards downfield ???…
    Unless you are the quality RB like AP is ???…

    ____________________________________

    Roger Goodell – C – Free Agent The NFL has passed a rule that makes it a penalty for ball carriers to strike defenders with the crown of their helmet in the open field.

    It’s another rule change made in the interest of player safety, and it’s sure to stir controversy despite passing 31-1. The best running backs often operate on instinct instead of thinking about how to get around or through a defender. Now, if they lower their head, it’s a 15-yard penalty. The rule does not apply to short-yardage or goal-line situations. “We’re bringing the shoulder back to the game,” said Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a member of the competition committee. “The helmet is a protective device, but it’s not being used as that as of late.” Officials will also have a hard time policing this as most tackles are bang-bang plays. In other rules news, the “Tuck Rule” has been eliminated. Unfortunately for the Raiders, it is not retroactive.
    Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 20 – 12:41 PM

  197. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins – I agree with your Webb analysis. Some things Frazier does seems odd at times. The Wilf’s might be noticing that also, and that may be the reason why his contract wasn’t extended.

  198. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    That vote was 31-1….

    Anyone want to venture a guess- who most likely voted “no” to that rule change ???….

  199. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    There will likely be more fumbles this year if running backs can’t lower their head. Many times when they do that they are bending over trying to protect the ball from being stripped..

  200. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    So what is next Goodell ???…

    Receivers trying to catch a pass more than 35 yards downfield- can only use one hand to catch the pass !!!…

    Just to make things more even for the teams who don’t have a good passing game ???…

    WHAT A JOKE !!!!…

    Teams fear our beast !!!…

    Lets change the rules !!!…
    So we might have a “chance” to tackle him !!!…hahahahahahaha

  201. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder if the new rule will apply for players returning fumbles or interceptions, kick returners, or for wr’s running after a catch.

  202. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    RB’s are straight line runners…

    They do not have the fancy feet of a WR in the open field…

    They take contact straight ahead…Making them change body position to lead with their shoulder on impacts…Stops their momentum to go through a player to gain more yardage…It stops the play…More or less…

    This is a dumb rule !!!…Very dumb !!!…

  203. By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings actually voted for the rule

  204. By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

  205. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Zygi…

    What ???…

    You are taking protection away from a RB like AP going down the field…
    Now CB’s won’t fear your beast as much…
    Knowing AP can’t put a lick on them !!!…

    Just saying…

  206. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    If the RB changes “direction” while running down field to apply a helmet hit…

    That might make some sense ???…

    Oh well…
    Just have to wait and see how the referees help the Packers out more with this rule change ???…

  207. By Richard1A on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Webb talk makes no sense?
    He was voted the best athlete on the team! he can catch, run with the ball. Do the Vikes use him? no! why not-either utilize his talent or off the team! that is what I ment to say! I agree this is getting redundant! it may very well be a waste of a roster spot!!!

  208. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I am all for rules that stop players from delivering hit with “intent to injure” another player…
    Being a rule put in place- for a referee to make a judgement call…
    Concerning player safety…

    If that is why this rule has been put in place…
    I am all for it…

    But will hold judgement until the first time I see it misused…
    And you can be sure it will be a situation that will favor of the Packers some how ???…
    Just wait and see…

  209. By iaVIKE on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply
    Just have to wait and see how the referees help the Packers out more with this rule change ???…
    ———————————————————————-
    haha how true, how true…

  210. By DRS. on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    MSFA and Vikings Agree on Multi-Use Field Configuration for New Minneapolis Stadium

    Posted Feb 22, 2013 Mike Wobschall vikings.com

    Email Follow Blog

    Read Discuss Comments: .The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings have agreed on a multi-use field configuration for the new Minneapolis stadium set to open in 2016.

    After multiple discussions surrounding the importance of providing a first-class NFL game day experience and accommodating other events throughout the year, the MSFA and the Vikings have agreed on a field configuration that will accomplish the Vikings needs and ensure an outstanding indoor venue for various uses throughout the year, including collegiate, high school and amateur baseball.

    “We are happy to announce that the Vikings and the Stadium Authority have agreed on a stadium solution that accommodates baseball without compromising the game-day experience for Vikings fans,” said Lester Bagley, the Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development. “We all had to compromise, but this agreement will work for Vikings fans, the baseball community and other users of the facility.”

    Bagley also noted that the agreement will yield a field configuration that is among the most intimate in the NFL.

    “With this resolution, we’ll have sidelines that are just forty-four feet from our closest fans, which is among the most intimate configurations in the League,” Bagley said. “This agreement ensures a game-day experience that will include a great home-field advantage and a level of intimacy in the stadium that our fans deserve.”

    The configuration includes the following elements:

    * Optimal NFL Sidelines
    * Outfield Baseball Dimensions with 26′ High Right Field Wall
    – Right Field Foul Line – 300′
    – Right Center Field – 341′
    – Center Field – 400′
    – Left Center Field – 365′
    – Left Field Foul Line – 326′
    * Retractable Seats on North Sideline
    * Removable Dugouts

    The full stadium design for various events will be unveiled with the 100% schematic design later this spring

  211. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    the rule sounds awful but so did the rule to take helmet hits from defense. but we still see big hits on defense so we will see how this effects the game.

    i think technique did change somewhere in time and players started using the helmet rather than the shoulder. Ray Lewis never had helmet penalties but made plenty of big hits.

    I dont recall HSmith having helmet penalties but I do recall plenty of big hits.

  212. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn…

    If I remember correctly ???…
    I think Smith did have a fine he had to pay for a hit (of some kind)…

  213. By vikings rule on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    nfl.com has the vikings at #14-which would not be a playoff team

  214. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Titus has the Vikings at number 4, which makes them a contender.

  215. By vikings rule on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Titus doesn’t get paid 500,000/year to make powerrankings

  216. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    WRH … ahh yes. Thanks for reminding me. Still overall the game is still physical.

    Trust me I hate the new rule but what can we do? Wait for the NFL to go bankrupt and the next XFL to pop up?

  217. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    #14 is excellent !!!…

    Last year I think they ranked us around #28-30 range this time of the year…

    So if all goes right according NFL.com ???…And how good they are at predictions…

    Vikings must have a legit shot at the Superbowl this season… :-)

  218. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Lets face it the real problem is former players suing the NFL. All of these rules are trying to prevent a bankrupt game.

  219. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    yes im aware the NFL is a long way from bankrupt but the lawsuits from former players keeps growing …

  220. By SoCalVike on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Rush Limbaugh was right when he said they are going to ruin the game with overkill rules,we have women trying out as kickers,backs that can’t lower there heads,kick offs from the 35 yrd line…the feminization of America has begun,remember Obama would not let his imaginary son play football,that’s because he’s a wimp…..drone Barry!

  221. By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Won’t let his imaginary son play football but has no problem killing kids with drones.

  222. By DRS. on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings Gain NFL Owners’ Approval for $200 Million Stadium Loan

    By Aaron Kuriloff – Mar 19, 2013 10:01 PM MT

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-20/vikings-gain-nfl-owners-approval-for-200-million-stadium-loan.html

  223. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Thumbs Up Parkway

  224. By DRS. on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings to play 2 cold seasons in outdoor stadium

    By PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press

    Feb 15, 4:33 pm EST

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-vikingsstadium

    Maybe getting players from teams who play out door is a good thing.

  225. By DRS. on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    SKOL Vikings, everyone have a great day.

  226. By DRS. on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    One more thing, this is the last year for the Vikings to get a SB in the Dome.

  227. By DRS. on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    That should have been a SB win. Later

  228. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    A lot of layers ???….oh boy !!!… ;-)

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Why_did_Vikings_trade_Percy_Harvin_Its_complicated_coach_says032013

  229. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/20/vikings-not-planning-to-try-joe-webb-at-another-position/

  230. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/199185221.html

  231. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    No intent ???…

    Spielman- you dog !!!…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1276357.html

  232. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins – the truth is out….
    Spielman appears to have lied with a straight face.
    Remember Rick – greedy people shouldn’t trust each other.

  233. By Champ Henson on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Frazier not planning on trying Webb at a different position?
    There’s that stubborness surfacing again Leslie.

  234. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

  235. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    @Champ…

    For Frazier to say he is planning on trying Webb at another position…
    Would mean Frazier feels Webb has little or no talent at the QB position…

    If Frazier were to openly say that he was going to try something like WR position for Webb ???…
    That might mean the Vikings are still committed to doing something with Webb long term in the future…I don’t see that happening…
    With Webb being here for 3 years already…

    Frazier saying he “sees Webb as a QB”…
    Means just that…

    But did Frazier say…He sees Webb as a QB (for the Vikings) ???…

    If Webb’s only future holds in Mn- is the position of 3rd string QB at best…
    Why wouldn’t Webb move on…Or ask for a trade ???…

  236. By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I heard the NBA is going to ban jumping to avoid ankle sprains and ACL injuries.

  237. By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t do this anymore

  238. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I heard next season the owner rules committee…

    Will be looking into using “flag football” rules for QB’s…

    That there will be no more tackling of the QB…
    And removing a flag from the QB’s belt…Will record a sack for the defense…
    And the play will be whistled dead…

  239. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I heard the year after will be to remove defensive players and just use 11 bags.

  240. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I was just kidding in my last blog…. ;-)

  241. By iaVIKE on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I heard the NBA is going to ban jumping to avoid ankle sprains and ACL injuries.
    ———————————————————————-
    haha

  242. By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    The NFL is currently looking into the safety implications of banning running. They feel that if players are only allowed to walk briskly, it would greatly improve player safety.

  243. By iaVIKE on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Touchdowns have been banned completely in hopes of avoiding any spikes that ricochet into a camera mans face.

  244. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway: hilarious.

  245. By pondersucks07 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    webb went 3-3 when leslie was interm coach.maybe he thinks he owes webb.

  246. By pondersucks07 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    its a new rule for helping greenbay to stop ad

  247. By Goldvike on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    So they did pass the rule a runner can’t lower his head?

  248. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Adrian Peterson – RB – Vikings Adrian Peterson is “not quite” all the way back to “full speed” running and cutting coming off his February sports-hernia operation.
    Peterson underwent the operation in the first week of February, and is expected to be 100 percent for Vikings OTAs. The situation should be a distant memory by training camp.
    Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Mar 20 – 4:43 PM

  249. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/199221921.html

  250. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Winfield ???…

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/199224031.html

  251. By Spencer on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t want Hopkins in the first round, he’s gonna be a solid player but I don’t see greatness coming from him. I think we should roll the dice on Justin Hunter, I absolutely love the guy. 6’4, 4.48/40, 39in vertical and put up production. He||s yes.

  252. By john61 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    like hunter needs a little work,but will become a great receiver

  253. By Tom L on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with so many on here with keeping Webb’s head in the game. Let him play WR, CB.
    Ponder is fine and was fine last year. Not great OL pass defense and having to run out to often (sometimes already missing his read) but he has another year under his belt. I would hope he and coaches are working on his read ability, why wouldn’t they be since he is married now. (LOL)
    Jennings is a great addition and he will help Simpson grow and keep him in the game.
    Did Allen have that Labrum thing fixed?
    A run capable WR and a lot of extra depth on defense in the draft and the Vikes have as good a shot as anyone. (except maybe the pack with no running back to get 50yd penalties)
    Most of Adrian’s runs don’t need the dropped head, he will be fine with is shoulder and his forearm. Go Adrian!!!!!!!

  254. By Tom L on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Missed a word, the WR we draft needs to capable of run BLOCKING.

  255. By john61 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    sign BRIAN U. FOR 1 YEAR hes better then what we have or in this years draft

  256. By Parkway on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I’d take Cole over Urlacher

  257. By Tom L on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    John 61, how did you do that. I was just thinking of posting this.

    Hey Urlacher, why not come to Minnesota and visit with Rose, she will get you some Pizza. Your hammy will be fine and help take us to the SB.

    Just so happens my GF served Brian his pizza through high school. She talked to him last year and thought he might take up teaching. To want to come back, he knows he still has it.

  258. By john61 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    i think he could teach COLE alot,i like cole

  259. By Tom L on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Your point is well taken, why didn’t A Cole get to play much last year. His preseason was great.

  260. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    arrrrgh … this is the longest month of the football season. i think the 17 week football season goes faster than free agency to the draft … and from super bowl to free agency ….

    35 days … 21hours … 57minutes

  261. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Urlacher? Man, the Kool Aid must be grape-flavored tonight– or black cherry. Those flavors are too good to avoid.

  262. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn, it only seems forever in blog minutes because the posts become so bizarre, you wish for some football news.

  263. By john61 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    no just good bud

  264. By Frederick Jones on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Paul Allen says that Urlacher did visit with the Vikings.

    His play certainly was not impressive last season, then again it could have been the hammy. Jones thought we were a club that wanted to build through the draft, and I am surprised at this move. It could work out though.

  265. By Frederick Jones on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    @Tom L,

    Certainly Audie Cole is in the Vikings plans. They just think he needs more time.

  266. By john61 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    audie cole could learn alot from MIKE S, and BRAIN U,

  267. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Jones, you got to be kidding me! Urlacher visited here? I told everyone that the Jennings trade was the Wilf’s idea– and so is this— they think that if they bring in a couple key vets, we may get to the promised land sooner– which would be great for politics (the stadium, which is still not the most liked idea in MN). The Wilfs will bring in whomever they want– and don’t be surprised if Cassel plays.

    DON’T BELIEVE ME????? Look where the SuperBowl is played– in New York– you think the Wilfs want their team in their hometown playing the big game?

    HUH, WELL DO YA, P.u.nk?

  268. By john61 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    LOVE TO SEE MATT CASSEL WIN FOR US

  269. By VikeTyke on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Gregg jennings signing was an absolutely fantastic move!! What did Harvin get from Seattle…..12 Mill a season? We got Jennings for 2.5 mill less a season! For those of you who think that Jennings is already thru, let me remind you that Jerry Rice played the game for 20 years, and our own Chris Carter played it for 16 years. Both of them had some of their most productive seasons at years 7 thru 9. Great replacement for Harvin – and at a better price. Remember that Harvin was also injury prone.

    Trading Harvin made this move possible. We got 1st and 7th round draft picks for Harvin which gives us more bargaining power in the draft. This is even a better move than if we had only concentrated on drafting Tavon Austin – heck with the draft bargaining power we now have we could possibly still get him – but thats not the way we should go. We now have 2 first round, 2 fourth round and three 7th round picks dont we? This is the draft we ought to move up to get a cant miss DT(Sheriff Jones would be worth moving way up if he stays on the board after a few picks)/DE/LB, and possibly a CB(xavier Rhodes would be an excellent choice – big size man on man shut down cover ability).

    This should be a breakout year for Ponder. He will have Jennings(a proven veteran), Wright(an up-and-coming youngster), Rudolf(a Pro-Bowl MVP) , and hopefully a good drafted wide receiver.

  270. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    I think we win 13 games this year–

  271. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Wilfs are on a Superbowl mission sooner than later– WHY? Cause the game is played in their backyard. Jerry Jones ain’t the only owner with an ego. Honestly, you think the Wilfs want the Vikings playing in New York? Of course!!! Bring on the big names, baby!!!

  272. By Ponder AP "ALL DAY" on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Urlacher playing for the Vikings. Couldn’t even imagine it. And can’t even go their. H3ll no.

  273. By VikeTyke on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    lol Titus…….your on a role baby, bring em on!!

  274. By Ponder AP "ALL DAY" on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    One of my favorite plays of all time is when Earl Cambell took the crown of his helmet and slammed it violently into the chest of a opposing LB, completely demolishing him. Ya, those were the days.

  275. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Mark me words– Urlacher will be a Viking.

  276. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    He will get a one year contract for about 4 million- if he is healthy and out there with Allen and company– this and otehr movers just might get us to the New York SuperBowl. Plus, added to the Wilfs desire to put their team in their hometown venue, I believe this because Urlacher is not happy with the Bears– what better team to go to, than the rival, Vikings?

    I AM TELLING YOU– 90% sure Urlacher will be at mini camp in Mankato.

  277. By Shawn on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Titus Ive run out of paper marking your words.

  278. By Iowavikes on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    – 1st round – #23 (#23 overall) -WR
    – 1st round – #25 (#25 overall) – ILB
    – 2nd round – #22 (#52 overall) – WR
    – 3rd round – #21 (#83 overall) – DT
    – 4th round – #5 (#102 overall) – OG
    – 4th round – #23 (#120 overall) – CB
    – 5th round – #22 (#155 overall) – WR
    – 6th round – #21 (#189 overall) – BPA
    – 7th round – #7 (#213 overall) – BPA
    – 7th round – #8 (#214 overall) – BPA
    – 7th round – #23 (#229 overall) – BPA

  279. By Ponder AP "ALL DAY" on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Actually, I guess your right. I can see the benefits of signing Urlacher for a couple years. We would have 3 killer vets on “D”. Allen, K. Williams, and Urlacher. Those 3 together could prove deadly. If we can get Windfeild back. That would be 4 killer vets. They would bring a lot of continuity to our “D”.

  280. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    It makes sense— our D could be dominating this season– and with AP, Jennings, a couple great draft acquisitions– in O Line, WRs, we could go all the way!!!

  281. By dryes on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    we don’t have the money cap space for urlacher

  282. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    And you are on the board of directors?

  283. By rock on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Urlacher is 34 years old. I say let him go somewhere else. There are other linebackers we could get for less $$ in free agency

  284. By Alex on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Titus while it might be a good idea I don’t think we have the cap space to do it.

  285. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Notebook_Players_pushed_for_Vikings_to_sign_Phil_Loadholt_coach_says032013?t=2

  286. By Parody on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Urlacher? Why are people so high on him now? We don’t have the cap space. We currently have just enough to sign our draft picks. Then we still will have to figure out something to do with all the contracts that end this year. Allen, Robison, Griffen, Cook, Gerhart, Simpson, Kluwe, Webb, Johnson, Evans, Berger, Asiata, MBT, Dean, McKenzie, Olson, Sandejo, Sherels. That’s a lot of guys who will be expecting a raise, and I didn’t even include the ones who I doubt will be on the team at the end of pre-season.

  287. By Sherry Holst on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    Yup, as always, Ponder is the starter even though he STILL has to prove himself… just keep playing him, he’ll get better. I was hoping the head coach would get better with time. Oh well, sorry everyone – just my unheard feelings.

  288. By Kathy P on Mar 24, 2013 | Reply

    I think we should trade up above the Rams and get Tavon Austin. I know he is only 5’7″ but have any of you seen this “beast”. He’s half Harvin and half Welker I think. He has got a ton of speed on him and he has performed ALL of the same things that Harvin did when he was with the team. I know, he isnt tall, only 170′s lbs. but he can fly. Could we imagine a “mini-Harvin” with better speed then Harvin? Jarius Wright could be a full-fledged WR as well as Greg Jennings. Boy, I just wish they think long&hard about picking this guy up.

  289. By Tom L on Mar 24, 2013 | Reply

    Not bad, but I would like to see us give up the second round pick and sign Danario Alexander from the Chargers. 600+ yds with 7 TDs in 9 games with a terrible OL. 6′ 5″. Opposite Jennings with AP running. Trade a 1st and 7th for a couple 2nd round back and we can get all the DTs and WRs we need like they did last year. They will do a good job again with the high 7th round picks we have.

  290. By Tom L on Mar 24, 2013 | Reply

    Our trainers and Jennings will teach him how to take care of his knees.

  291. By Tim S on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Tyrann Mathieu to replace Antoine Winfield. He’s a playmaker. Convert Joe Webb to WR. He’s too athletic not to be on the field…

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