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Vikings Daily Mock 4.20

Vikings Daily Mock 4.20

Mocks are not always going to be met with approval and quite often are derided which is expected. But they are an interesting exercise in trying to come up with alternative draft strategies. If you are really hoping for a LB in round 1 and he is gone then you have to go to an alternate draft plan. Changing them up is good practice. I use the http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/ site to do the draft. They have a premium feature that allows for trades. They have 3 big boards you can choose to use for the player rankings (fanspeak, walterfootball, & ...
Daily Norseman Apr 19, 2014
Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database v9.0

Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database v9.0

This is going to be a slightly more abbreviated version of the database for this week. My apologies for that. We've got two or three more of these before the real NFL Draft (depending on whether I can squeeze one in on draft day or not), and I'll hopefully be able to include some more detail in those. In any case, we're up to 90 mock drafts in our database, and here they are. They are sorted by how recently they've updated. Site Name Date Round 1 (8) Round 2 (40) Round 3 (72) Round 3 (96) DraftCalc Staff 19-Apr Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Big Blue...
Cincy Jungle Apr 18, 2014

Cincy Jungle Writer's Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings on the Clock

Who will Mike Zimmer and his Vikings take with the 8th-overall pick? The latest edition of the Cincy Jungle Writer's Mock Draft is here. Be sure to keep up with all of the picks in a out stream page. Next up are the Minnesota Vikings and ifrst-year head coach Mike Zimmer. Who will be his first draft pick as an NFL head man? Jason: Vikings trade pick to Jets who select Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Vikings GM Rick Spielman has made it no secret of his desire to trade back from #8 and get more picks. Despite signing Eric Decker, the Jets badly need receiver help. New York has traded up in the...
Daily Norseman Apr 18, 2014
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 4/18

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 4/18

All the Vikings news that's fit to talk about, all right here We hit the end of the work week, and after yesterday, it can't come soon enough. Man, I had a busy day. Anyhow, since we last brought you an open thread: The Vikings pre-season is fully set, with opponents, dates, and times. Mel Kiper, Jr., put out his latest mock draft, and we discussed it.. Mark also did a Vikings mock draft. I like his better than Kiper's. We tried to make the case for Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard. We're rounding out the Top 30 on our 2014 Daily Norseman Big Board. From elsewhere around Vikings...
Daily Norseman Apr 18, 2014

2014 Daily Norseman Big Board: Spots 26-30

We've added five more names to our Daily Norseman Big Board for the 2014 NFL Draft. Here are those names, after 360 people cast their ballots. Player Name 21 22 23 24 25 Total Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota 45 39 36 37 25 588 Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina 76 19 25 16 16 579 Jason Verrett, CB, Texas Christian 30 36 39 34 24 503 Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri 36 37 24 36 28 500 Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame 25 39 41 33 25 495 A close battle amongst some pretty talented players, and some surprising names continue to get pushed down the list. So, with that, our big board now looks...
2014 NFL Mock Draft: Anthony Barr Selected by the Minnesota Vikings

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Anthony Barr Selected by the Minnesota Vikings

With the 8th overall pick in the 2014 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Minnesota GM pot selects ... Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA (Mouse over GIFs) via usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com Anthony Barr is going to be a great football player. via usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com While some people think that Khalil Mack and Jadeveon Clowney are better pass rushers than Anthony Barr, those two were already off the board when it came time for the Minnesota Vikings to make their selection. via usatq.files.wordpress.com And a great selection it was indeed. via cdn1.sbnation.com At 6'5"...
Daily Norseman Apr 17, 2014

Vikings Daily Mock 4.17

These are not as 'daily" as I had hoped. They are still fun for me though. I am trying to be MOAR realistic as we get closer to the draft but it is hard to define what that is to be honest. Everyone has their idea which is cool. I use the http://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/ site to do the draft. They have a premium feature that allows for trades. They have 3 big boards you can choose to use for the player rankings (fanspeak, walterfootball, & optimumscouting). In this mock I used the walterfootball big board. 1ST TRADE - 1.8 TO THE RAMS FOR 1.13 &...
Daily Norseman Apr 17, 2014

Vikings 2014 Preseason Dates, Times Announced

We now have specific dates and times to go along with the opponents on the 2014 Vikings preseason schedule. Last Wednesday the NFL announced the 2014 preseason schedule. Well, at least most of it. As we told you back on April 9, we already know who the Vikings will play to warm up for the 2014 season. But we didn't know specific dates and times until today. Here's the updated, and now complete, 2014 Minnesota Vikings preseason schedule (all times Central): Date Time Opponent Friday, August 8 7:00 P.M. vs. Oakland Raiders Saturday, August 16 7:30 P.M. vs. Arizona...
Daily Norseman Apr 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft: Kiper's Latest Pick Is Blake Bortles

Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft: Kiper's Latest Pick Is Blake Bortles

Bortles has been all over the place in mock drafts, and now he lands in Minnesota, at least according to the well coiffed one ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr put out another mock draft today, this one a  two round version.  Since it's behind a paywall, I can't give you the whole thing, but I can tell you he picked Blake Bortles to the Vikings at number eight.  For the record, he had Khalil Mack and Johnny Manziel off the board, but Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr were available. Says Kiper: The combination of Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will provide a bridge to Bortles, a player I believe...
Daily Norseman Apr 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings Draft: Making The Case For Darqueze Dennard

Minnesota Vikings Draft: Making The Case For Darqueze Dennard

Even with a marquee cornerback signing during the early days of free agency, the Vikings still need players in the secondary. Darqueze Dennard meets that requirement There are a lot of ways the Vikings draft can go in a few weeks.  You can make an argument for a number of positions, and almost all of them are valid as to why player X at position Y needs to be the first guy drafted. But one huge position of need, cornerback, seemed to have been taken care of in free agency.  Or if not taken care of, at least the need was greatly mitigated.  The Vikings went out and signed Captain...
Daily Norseman Apr 17, 2014

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 4/17

Only THREE MORE WEEKS UNTIL THE 2014 NFL DRAFT! And then. . .another two months (or so) of waiting for Training Camp. Still, it's better than nothing, I guess. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -The Minnesota Vikings' draft party for this year is going to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Ted has the details here. Don't try to go to the Metrodome. . .it's not there any more. -Vikings' guard Josh Samuda suffered what we'll just term a bad ankle injury. Eric has pictures and video here. If ye be weak of stomach, ye might want to avoid it. -We're marching on...
Daily Norseman Apr 17, 2014

2014 Daily Norseman Big Board: Spots 21-25

First off, here are the results of our most recent poll for our 2014 Daily Norseman Big Board. Player Name 16 17 18 19 20 Total Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State 238 50 47 22 36 1611 Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State 50 62 47 53 65 810 Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville 48 43 49 48 38 693 Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech 23 61 45 49 36 628 Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA 21 45 52 54 44 593 No surprise that Derek Carr sort of ran away with this one. Just a victim of the method we're using to determine this. As I've said, it's not perfect, but it's the system we're using. With that, the...
Daily Norseman Apr 17, 2014

Predict The Vikings' Schedule, Win Nothing

The enterprising folks that work for the St. Louis Rams have presented their fans with a challenge. They are offering $100,000 for any person that can correctly predict the entire 2014 Rams' schedule. Not just the opponents, mind you. . .oh, no, everyone knows those already. See, in order to claim the $100,000, a person must predict all of the following: -The sequence of the games-The day of the week each game will be played on-When the team's bye week will fall So, as this example from CBS Sports says, if one were to predict that the Rams would host the Arizona Cardinals on a Sunday and...

2014 NN community mock draft: With the 8th pick, the Minnesota Vikings select ...

The 2014 Niners Nation NFL mock draft is off and running. We move on to the Minnesota Vikings, courtesy of user Hoopers Judge. We're back for the eighth pick of the 2014 Niners Nation Community Mock Draft. You can see previous picks below in the draft table. You can also follow the mock draft board through this story stream. With the eighth pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Hoopers Judge and the Minnesota Vikings select , quarterback, Central Florida. Some of the alternates he considered included Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, and Alabama inside...
Daily Norseman Apr 16, 2014
Vikings Offensive Lineman Josh Samuda Suffers Awful Ankle Injury

Vikings Offensive Lineman Josh Samuda Suffers Awful Ankle Injury

WARNING: SIDEWAYS ANKLE PICTURE ALERT! DON'T LOOK IF YOU DON'T LIKE SEEING THESE THINGS! If you're like me, when you came across the news that Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Josh Samuda was injured, your first reaction was: "Who?" Don't worry if you're not familiar with Samuda's body of work--you're not alone. Samuda was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He was on the roster for all 16 games in 2012 but didn't register any stats of note in those games. Pro Football Focus doesn't have any data at all on him, which probably means he hasn't played a regular...
Daily Norseman Apr 16, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Draft: New Location For Vikings Draft Party

Since the Metrodome is, you know, destroyed, the Vikings Draft party has a new home The Minnesota Vikings are moving their draft party, and it isn't going back to Winter Park. The Minneapolis Convention Center will be the new home for the official Miller Lite Vikings Draft Party while the new stadium is undergoing construction.  In years past, the party was held at Winter Park team headquarters in Eden Prairie, but a few years ago the event was moved to the Metrodome. But since the Metrodome has been blotted from the Earth, the Draft Party now picks up and moves to the Convention Center,...
Daily Norseman Apr 16, 2014

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 4/16

Hope everyone got their taxes in on time. . .or filed for an extension or whatever. Anyway, it's behind us now. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Five more spots are up for grabs on our Big Board, as we're moving on to spots 16-20. -The Minnesota Vikings signed a couple of players yesterday. -Ted singled out the one player that he doesn't want our favorite football team to draft. -CCNorseman has the newest installment of his Consensus Draft Rankings for you to check out. From some other sites around the internet. . . -Former college teammates Jasper Brinkley and...
Daily Norseman Apr 16, 2014

2014 Daily Norseman Big Board: Spots 16-20

We've put five more names onto our Big Board for the 2014 NFL Draft. Here are the results of the most recent round of voting, with 632 people casting their votes. Player Name 11 12 13 14 15 Total Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M 143 108 87 67 57 1599 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama 151 87 84 87 51 1580 Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn 110 69 50 40 34 1090 Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M 50 85 60 51 33 905 Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh 42 46 46 53 33 671 That means our Big Board looks like this so far: Rank Player Position College 1 Khalil Mack LB Buffalo 2 Jadeveon...
Daily Norseman Apr 15, 2014
Vikings Sign Two Players

Vikings Sign Two Players

An old face and a new face join the VIkings Earlier today, the Vikings announced a couple of roster moves, and it involved two free agent signings. The first one was former Viking and Jacksonville Jaguar Allen Reisner, a tight end.  If you'll remember, Reisner, a University of Iowa product, was viewed as nothing more than a training camp body when he was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2011 draft. But somebody who covered training camp that year predicted that Reisner would make the final 53 man roster, going against the regular Vikings beat writers in predicting the final 53...
Daily Norseman Apr 15, 2014
Minnesota Vikings Draft: The One Guy You Don't Want Is...

Minnesota Vikings Draft: The One Guy You Don't Want Is...

Is there a guy in the first round you absolutely, positively, DO NOT WANT? We do a lot of draft speculation here, because THANKS NFL FOR MOVING THE DRAFT INTO MAY...but I digress. In all of that speculation, we talk about who we want, and where said player would be a 'good value' pick, or what player might be a 'steal'. For example, Jadeveon Clowney, on the 0.00000000001% chance he falls to the eighth spot, would be a huge steal, and most of us would be jumping for joy. On the flip side, if the Vikings were to do something like we talked about yesterday, there would be an outcry of rage...

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