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I will be interesting to see what Zimmer does to the defense both in the draft and FA and also to see what Turner does with the offense. I personally think Turner is more excited about Patterson then Peterson. It will be really interesting to see how much he changes things to his style of offense...The RB has always been a big part of it but the RB must pass catch and block well which AD does not. I really see AD getting a reduced role and reduced touches this year.
Hell yeah. I am jacked. With his pedigree of fixing problem super athletes. I can see Aqib Talib here next year. And man would that help the secondary. You bring up a great point, Hutch. All this talk about getting AP into Turner's offense. 50 catches next year. And I think he can do it. Patterson, based on last year's production and variety of play calls, should be a treat for a guy like Turner.
Wow, Barr only did 15 reps on bench. He has some crazy long arms, but that is the lowest so far from the LBs.
To go with that, CB Brock Vereen of the Gophers put up 25 reps in the bench. He is a guy I would love to sign as a rookie FA. 3rd team all Big Ten, he played with tons of energy and emotion and was often tested by KFAN when seeking advice on the combine. He was very smart when it came to football recognition, I am a big fan of his. Have him replace the current Gopher Marcus Sherels as a back up.
Sorry, don't know much about him... he's more of a back up/situational player ?
I think that Houston takes Clowney. I know he is a bit of a risk, but I feel like a new head coach that just got what he did out of Penn State is going to have some confidence that he can get players that age to give their all. Pairing him with Watt would be ridiculous. They'd dominate the lines in Jax and Tennessee and probably Indy too. St. Louis takes one of the tackles. Jax takes Teddy B. Cleveland takes Manziel. Oakland takes Watkins because he's a receiver, but one that will actually pan out. Atlanta takes the other top tackle that St. Louis doesn't take. I could maybe see them making a play for Clowney if Houston doesn't take him though.I'm really not sure about Tampa. But either Mack or Bortles would be available in this scenario. Personally I don't want a QB with the 8th pick, so I'd be great trading back to the mid-teens for either a 2nd this year or a 2015 1st so that we have some ammo to move around for a QB next year if we want.
I will put together a quick mock. Later rounds I will just pick names for the positions I would go after. 1.8 Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA2.40 Stephon Truitt, DT Notre Dame (Might be a bit optimistic at this position.)3.72 Chris Borland, ILB Wisconsin3.96 Zach Mettenberger, QB LSU4.104 Ahmad Dixon, SS Baylor (Harry plays FS)5.136 Josh Mauro, DE Stanford6.168 De'Anthony Thomas, RB Oregon (That Skat back we need). Although CBS has him rated 6-7 round guy. Apparently Bulger has him going 23 overall to St. Louis. 7.200 Kevin Norwood, WR Alabama (route runner with reliable hands)With this draft, of the LBs and DEs. I would switch to a 3-4 although I am not sure a front 3 of B-Rob, Floyd and Player to be named later would work. But I would have Barr at SOLB, Borland and Greenway in the middle and Everson on the other side. No CB? I would sign a FA. What do you think?
I like this Simmion. I think I would prefer Mack over Barr, but I would be happy with either of them. I would probably swap your 3rd round picks around. I would also be happy if they went with McCarron in the 3rd instead of Mettenberger. In an article that I read that asked SEC defenders who the best QB they played against was a majority of them said McCarron, but with Mettenberger being hurt last year he could be a steal.
Somehow I'd like for Allen to stay around with the Vikings, but a contender will somehow offer him too much. Everyone wants the Vikings to keep Griffen except me. I still don't see why he is given so much run. He's a situational player. He's always fresh and like the 2nd string RBs on good teams shows out when the defense relaxes. My question is why can't he be on the field all the time IF he's that good?
Ok if the Texans don't take Clowney they should have their heads examined. Combined with JJ Watt and you really have what will be a dominant front line for 8 years. They will make the secondary better whoever they employ. They will bring in a free agent to play QB, possibly Cassel, or McKown from the Bears.I expect the Vikings to try to move up or down depending on the QB situation that plays out in front of them. I know Bortels improved his status at the combine, but I'm just not sold on the guy. Don't ask me, but I see him, Carr, and McCarron in the same light. Bridgewater or Manzeil are the only 2 QBs I'd consider in the 1st round.The guy I really like this draft is DT Louis Nix out of Notre Dame. This does a couple things for the Vikings. It allows them to trade back in the 1st round to get a pick or two later like Spielman has spoken of. It also solidifies the 0 technique for a decade. This guy is pro ready today. He's a better athlete than most imagine too. Should Sharrif pan out the Vikings DTs are solid for a long time.The Vikings will take a QB in the draft, probably in the 2nd or 3rd round. I like Aaron Murray out of Georgia. He's not 6'5", but he does have a nice arm and he will need time to heal after ACL surgery. He can sit and learn for a season under whomever the Vikings employ at the position. I can see him sliding to the 3rd round or late in the 2nd and believe that he may be the answer at a budget price.My strategy is to move back in the 1st round. Unless there's a CB that just can't be passed up, but I don't see that here. Take Nix and the extra picks. Everyone is saying how deep the draft is so that helps the Vikings where they are positioned in the 2-5th rounds for prospective trades. Draft Murray in the late 2nd or early 3rd. Draft defense throughout after the QB selection.Somehow I'd like for Allen to stay around with the Vikings, but a contender will somehow offer him too much. Everyone wants the Vikings to keep Griffen except me. I still don't see why he is given so much run. He's a situational player. He's always fresh and like the 2nd string RBs on good teams shows out when the defense relaxes. My question is why can't he be on the field all the time IF he's that good?Better sign some more and better LBs this free agent period and a quality SS, or we can expect the Vikings to be just as bad this coming season. There aren't enough CBs in the world it would seem for this squad either. "More and Better" is what I'm calling my mantra this off season. This is especially true on the defensive side of the ball.SKOL Brother!