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Hutch they won't get some teams #1 pick next year by moving back. That's just not happening...I could see them dealing with the Rams should they covet someone dearly. They have the #2 and #13 and MAYBE the Vikings drop there? Of course the Rams have to want a guy really bad...That would probably get them an OT and Watkins the best WR in the draft. Buffalo is probably taking him at #9?What I'd like is trade the #8 pick for the Rams #13. The Rams also give the Vikings pick #40 and #106...The Vikings would then have 8 picks in the top 140 of this draft. They would be picks 13, 40, 44, 72, 96, 104, 106, 136...If Slick Rick can't do something with those then you'll know for sure I'm right in my assumption of the chump...There's a QB in that bushel of picks and plenty of help for the defense. Face it the Vikings are in total rebuild again for the 2nd time in 4 season...Thanks Rick!
I think at 13 Nix is a slight over draft, but look at how bad the Vikings have been since Pat Williams has left and you really see what has happened to the Vikings defensively. Teams gashed the middle of the line running the football and with middle screens. Of course the Vikings need LBs and CBs, but on both sides of the ball it starts up front. I'd like to see the Vikings sign say Willie Colon at guard. He's got some tread left and would be a huge upgrade over Charlie Johnson...If the kept Johnson for depth they would have a Colon and an Johnson on the same line sometimes...But I digress!DT in round 1. QB in round 2 or 3. Then back hard on the defense the rest of the way. Whatever they do they need a nasty Mo Fo like Steve Hutchison at LG moving forward. That guy can and should be pursued in free agency, in my opinion.I love Nix and perhaps moving back 2 times still nets who I think the best DT in this draft is. It's not a sexy pick, but at this point there are just so many holes on defense and should m ore players defect on defense for greener pastures the Vikings will have even more to plug...
I am seeing Justin Gilbert CB in a lot of Mocks for the Vikings now.
I've seen Mack in a few too....after his pro day I'm not so sure......some have Bridgewater falling to us. The worst one I've seen and the idiot on CBS hasn't changed his mind since he started his mocks....and that's David Carr........Some one should just fire the idiot for even suggesting it.
While free agency classes shouldn't dictate how the Vikings draft, especially since they are not a player or two away, the fact that this is a weak linebacker year for free agents makes me hope Mack falls even more. As for free agency, I think there is a lot of potential for good players that can be a part of this team for a long time like Winfield and Pat Williams were. I really hope they get Verner, but Davis out of Indy would be solid too. Michael Johnson, Brian Robison, and Everson Griffen would make a great defensive end team and keep them all fresh. Safety and defensive tackle also could be helped but no one in free agency excites me much. Byrd and Ward are definitely upgrades, but I don't want the Vikings to be in cap hell in two seasons like I hear the Bucs are from that year they signed Jackson and Nicks. As for offense, Sproles would be perfect back with Norv and to compliment AD. I really like Roger Saffold too, but that might be too much and maybe they Vikings like the guard they drafted out of UCLA last year enough to not worry about Charlie Johnson leaving.
Power Trip Morning show are convinced that the Viking fan base will blow up in hatred if the Vikings pass on Manziel if he is there. Any of your guys think that will happen? The fan base part?
Another story about drafting or trading for a QB...Enjoy!MINNEAPOLIS -- Over the course of the past few weeks, I've been chipping away at the Hot Read piece that was published today on why evaluating quarterbacks is so difficult -- and hasn't gotten any more precise in an era where teams have more information at their disposal than ever. In the process of talking to more than a dozen GMs and coaches for the story, I came across a number of interesting tidbits that didn't make the final edition. I thought I'd pass them along here, in case they're of interest to you: •First, for Vikings fans, I had a good conversation with offensive coordinator Norv Turner about what he looks for in a quarterback. Turner was Troy Aikman's offensive coordinator in Dallas, worked with Philip Rivers as the San Diego Chargers' head coach and was the Chargers' offensive coordinator when they drafted Drew Brees (which is a prominent part of the story). He places a high emphasis on a quarterback's ability to learn quickly, understand complex systems and boil those systems down into manageable terms for the rest of the offense. Aikman and Brees both excelled at that, Turner said, and he also mentioned former Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson, whom Turner coached with the Redskins. One thing teams are doing now, as they try to put young QBs on the field sooner, Turner said, is simplifying the terminology of their offenses. "They're cutting down some of the verbiage, code-naming more things and helping them, where it's not just so much rote memorization and you don't get into the concepts," Turner said.•We talked in the story about the issue of short quarterbacks, and after talking to Turner and Colts GM Ryan Grigson in particular, the sense I got is that smart teams aren't dismissing short QBs simply because they're short -- they're looking to see how many batted balls come about because of a quarterback's stature. In some ways, shorter quarterbacks actually fare better here, because they've already learned how to compensate for their lack of height. In fact, Brees and Russell Wilson were tied for just 21st in the league in batted passes last season, with six each, according to Pro Football Focus. The leaders? The 6-foot-2 Chad Henne (with 20), the 6-2 Matthew Stafford (with 17) and the 6-5 Matt Ryan (with 14). Said Turner of Brees: "He'd been playing like that his whole life. It's not like he was 6-4 or you're going to make him 6-4. He understood how to play that way. He created lanes, he moved and he was very competitive against the rush. That's what it comes down to: that ability to visualize. You don't have to actually see the guy running free -- you 'see' him, you see where the defense is and you know where you're going to throw it."•A couple more good stories from Bill Polian and Ron Wolf about drafting Peyton Manning and trading for Brett Favre, respectively. Polian, who now works as a NFL analyst for ESPN, dispelled the since-developed myth that the Colts were split between Manning and Ryan Leaf until just before the draft. In reality, Polian said, the decision was made by mid-March. "A lot of people now have amnesia, and said Ryan Leaf was by far the better product," Polian said. "The consensus of so-called experts on Peyton was, he had a weak arm, couldn’t make all the throws and was 'a product of the system.' We worked him out, and found out he had a better arm than Ryan Leaf. He was much better than people gave him credit for. The athleticism thing, that one I can understand, because he looked a little bit gawky. But he had an incredible work ethic, incredible desire to be the best, incredible accuracy when he threw the ball, a unique understanding of defenses. None of that was present with Ryan." And Wolf, when he told the Packers' board of directors when he explained he was about to trade a first-round pick for a player the Atlanta Falcons had taken in the second round and no longer wanted, said this: "I compared him to a player like Lou Gehrig -- a face of the franchise. I told them everybody would one day around Green Bay wear No. 4. I'm sure they were a little shaken. I'm sure they thought they hired some idiot."Wolf said he hadn't thought about the obvious ironman parallels between Favre and Gehrig until we discussed it in our conversation; rather, he saw an aura about Favre that put him in that class. Wolf rightly gets credit now because few others saw what he did, but as he admitted, those evaluations are almost the more obvious ones to make."I thought the field tilted in his team’s favor when he ran on the field," Wolf said. "He played teams [at Southern Miss] that did not have the same type of talent that he was playing against. By and large, he kept them in the game. I think [former Auburn coach] Pat Dye put it the best; was reading somewhere where he was asked 'Who’s the best player you've seen as a head coach?' He said right away, 'Brett Favre.' I think a lot of people would have said that. He won games he had no business being able to win. He's just a rare, rare player."•Wolf, then, would agree with the point ESPN NFL scout Matt Williamson made -- that teams and executives who are often branded "quarterback experts" get that reputation unjustly, because all they had to do was be correct once. "If you do hit one, then you don’t have to do it any more," Williamson said. "It's hard to say, 'Boy, these guys are great at developing QBs," because they did it once. They don’t have to worry about it for 12 years."•Lastly, I'd commend to you a Sports Illustrated story published just after the 2001 NFL draft. The magazine followed Brees around during his entire pre-draft process and chronicled what the experience was like, and there are lots of cameos from talent evaluators who are still in the NFL limelight, from Turner to Vikings GM Rick Spielman and Seahawks GM John Schneider. And for the Minnesotans in the crowd, the story ran in an issue adorned with a cover photo of former Twins outfielder Matt Lawton, discussing the upstart Twins' hot start to the 2001 MLB season.Just wanted to pass those things along, before we return to the rhythms of the Vikings beat. Hope you enjoyed them.
I also see Rang verbally stroked Derek on his pro day. "Even though he was vomitting constantly due to illness he didn't make a single bad pass." Ok all he said, even though he was ill, but still Rang freaking loves this guy. I will be upset if I put all this hatred into Carr and he turns out to be the best QB in decades. Not so much Hatred in Carr but him being picked at 8.