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Daily Norseman 5 hours ago

Vikings Pick Up Options On Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes

Since they were drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes have shown themselves to be a vital part of the foundation of this young Minnesota Vikings team. Now, they're going to get one more year of guaranteed job security for their efforts. On Monday, the Vikings picked up the fifth-year options on both Rhodes and Floyd, locking them into their roles in the Vikings' defense through the 2017 season. Floyd was selected 23rd overall by the Vikings in that 2013 Draft, while Rhodes went just two picks later at #25 with the pick...
Daily Norseman 5 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings Officially Pass On Cordarrelle Patterson's Option

There was speculation on this front in the weeks leading up to this year's draft, but today the Minnesota Vikings made it official. The team has chosen to not pick up the fifth-year option on the contract of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson, the third of the Vikings' three first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, exploded onto the scene as a rookie in both the kick return game and as a receiver once he got the opportunity. He looked to continue that with a big season opener against the St. Louis Rams to start the 2014 season, but after that he just sort of fell off the map....
Daily Norseman 6 hours ago

Monday Open thread, Pt. 2

Let's roll this over into a second open thread! Seems like everyone is enjoying their post-draft Monday, so keep it up in Open Thread #2! In what is a surprise to exactly negative ten people, the Vikings have picked up the fifth-year options of cornerback Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. They have also held a seance to rid Winter Park of the bad juju apparently caused by this deal. #ReadtheTweet Jerruh Jones wanted to overpay for Paxton Lynch, but Stephen Jones said "Not gonna happen." The Rams wanted to use this draft to give new quarterback Jared...
Daily Norseman 11 hours ago

Monday Open Thread: May 2, 2016

It's the Monday after the draft, come share how you think the Vikings did. Merry post-draft overreaction Monday, everyone! I know today will be busy, so if the thread gets full, I'll do my best to get a new one up promptly. I also know that things can get heated, let's try to keep away from that, but if you see anything that needs attention, please let me know at bradh65@yahoo.com and I'll address it as soon as possible. I'm not sure how much I'll be on here, but I'll be available. Hey, did anyone notice that NDSU had the same number of first round draft picks as Alabama? I did. I also like...
Daily Norseman May 1, 2016

2016 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

We've been updating these in our Post-Draft Open Thread from last night, but since it appears the action there has pretty much died off, we'll move this topic to its own post. Following the 2016 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings (and 31 other NFL teams that don't matter quite as much) went about the business of signing players that were not among the 253 players that were selected over the previous three days. We're doing our best to bring you the most recently updated list of these players, complete with sources via the Twitter. Right now, the Vikings are up to 11 undrafted free agents....
Daily Norseman May 1, 2016

Vikings Draft Grades

The Daily Norseman issues some annual draft grades... If you're looking for draft grades of the 2016 NFL Draft, less than 24 hours after it has finished...then you're looking in the wrong place!  As I've done for several off-seasons now, I'll be offering draft grades for the draft that happened FOUR YEARS AGO, or in other words, the 2012 draft.  Why am I looking back four years ago?  During the 2010 lockout the NFLPA calculated the average length of an NFL career to be about 3 years, while the NFL pushed a number closer to 6 years.  A couple of years ago, a blogger over at Sharp...
Daily Norseman Apr 30, 2016

2016 NFL Draft: What Exactly, Happened To The Vikings In Round Six?

The sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft was, to say the least, an interesting one for the Minnesota Vikings. It started with the selection of German wide receiver Moritz Böhringer with the 180th overall selection. He became the first European player to be drafted into the National Football League without playing in a college in North America. I'm sure we're going to be hearing much more about him in the time to come. That by itself would have been interesting enough. . .but the Vikings were projected to pick again in the sixth round after the Böhringer selection, and that's where things got...
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2016 NFL Draft Results: Minnesota Vikings select Laquon Treadwell

Treadwell was the third receiver taken in the draft. After being an early leader as the top receiver, his slow pro day confirmed the below average speed he put on tape. Still, Treadwell is a big body, physical player who has the ability to get his hands on the ball and move the chains. On Thursday night, the Minnesota Vikings used the 23rd overall pick on Laquon Treadwell, once considered the clear best wide receiver in the draft class.  Treadwell held off on the 40 yard dash at the Combine, where times are often slower than pro days.  This tactic may have worked, but the pro day 4.62...
Daily Norseman Apr 28, 2016

2016 NFL Draft: First Round Commentary and Open Thread

We are just ONE. . .HOUR. . .AWAY from the start of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft! (And about four and a half hours or so from the Minnesota Vikings making their selection. . .in theory.) Thanks to everyone that's gotten their draft insights and information from us here at The Daily Norseman, but we're getting ready to bring you all of the information we can as we get it about who the Vikings are selecting. The regular Open Thread rules still apply, and in addition. . .NO GIFs IN THIS THREAD!! We're probably going to have people coming from across the interwebs to get their...
Daily Norseman Apr 28, 2016

NFL Draft 2016: Daily Norseman (and Friends) Live from Winter Park!

Get ready for live, interactive 2016 NFL Draft coverage straight from Vikings headquarters. UPDATE: Check out Eric's first FaceBook Live hit from Winter Park! Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to cover the NFL Draft like a Minnesota Vikings beat writer? Well, how about the next best thing? We're going to try something a little different with our coverage from Winter Park this year. I'll be hosting a quick Facebook Live video right before the action gets started to discuss anything and everything related to the Vikings draft. I'll even be providing a quick tour of the media room...
Daily Norseman Apr 28, 2016

Daunte Culpepper To Announce Vikings' Second-Round Pick

We passed along the news the other day that former Minnesota Vikings' linebacker E.J. Henderson was going to be announcing the team's third-round pick in this weekend's NFL Draft. Now, as it turns out, another former Vikings' draft choice is going to be getting into the act as well. Per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the Twitter, former Vikings' quarterback Daunte Culpepper will be announcing the team's second-round pick on Friday night in Chicago. Culpepper was the Vikings' first-round choice in 1999, when he was drafted 11th overall out of the University of Central...
Daily Norseman Apr 28, 2016

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay Release Final Mock Drafts

For one final time before the 2016 NFL Draft gets underway, we take a journey behind the great E$PN Paywall and see what draft experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have done for the Minnesota Vikings in their final Mock Drafts of this offseason. Not surprisingly, they both have the Vikings addressing the same position, but addressing it with different players. We'll start with Kiper, who pairs the Vikings with Mississippi standout Laquon Treadwell. A potential dream scenario for the Vikings, who will be looking for the No. 2 option in that offense to go with Stefon Diggs. Treadwell lacks...
Daily Norseman Apr 28, 2016

Thursday Open Thread: April 28, 2016

IT'S DRAFT DAY!!!! IT'S FINALLY HERE! It's draft day, just a few short hours until the 2016 NFL Draft starts. I took tomorrow off to do some fishing with my brother-in-law, so today is Friday for me, too. Can't ask for much more than that, can you? Around the DN since our last open thread: Skol Girl is here with what to expect on draft night. Eric took a look at which Vikings are taking their last stand in purple. Mark has Mock Draft 4.27.16. Here are some value draft scenario picks for the Vikings from Wludford. Ted posted a pre-draft edition of Rick speak! Arif posted Podcast...
Daily Norseman Apr 27, 2016

Vikings Draft: Value Draft Scenario Picks

A few draft pick ideas that could bring outsize rewards - and fill some key spots in the Vikings roster down the road. A little over a month ago I did a draft pick idea piece - something of a mock draft- which I still think wouldn't be terrible if by some incredible long shot even a few of the top picks came to pass. But looking at the draft as more of a value investor, here is another approach that could pay handsome dividends down the road. This is a scenario predicated first on gauging the "sweet spots" in the draft; then positioning (i.e. trading) picks to take advantage of those sweet...
Daily Norseman Apr 27, 2016

Last Stand: Vikings that could be wearing purple for the last time in 2016

With the draft only a day away, Daily Norseman takes a break from focusing on the players that might be joining the team this year and looks at players that might be leaving after 2016. The NFL Draft starts tomorrow! I'll be covering all three days of it live from Winter Park! The Minnesota Vikings are about to add crucial pieces to their roster that will help shape the future of the franchise as they move into U.S. Bank Stadium! So naturally, I'm going to write about players that are probably leaving after this season instead. Wait, what? I have been pretty scarce in these parts over the...
Daily Norseman Apr 27, 2016

Report: Bengals Attempting To Jump Vikings For Josh Doctson

If you've been following our Mock Draft Database so far this offseason. . .and, if you haven't been, you can check it out here. . .you know that Texas Christian wide receiver Josh Doctson has been the most popular name linked with the Minnesota Vikings leading up to draft night. Apparently, the team that selects right behind the Vikings is enamored with him as well, and are apparently doing what they can to leapfrog the Vikings to be able to take him instead. According to our friends over at Cincy Jungle, the Cincinnati Bengals are big fans of Doctson, and are attempting to get ahead of...
Daily Norseman Apr 27, 2016

Norse Code Podcast Episode 130: Purple Pride and Prince Stories

Dusty and Arif talk about Prince and the upcoming draft (not all at once), and bring James on to regale some of his weird stories about Prince. We also talk about the Consensus Board project and what it could mean for draft analysis. We talk about Prince and the NFL draft, as well as the consensus big board project. This is a long episode in part because of how many stories about Prince we've found and can cram in. That stuff starts at the 85-minute mark. *****Download Link Here***** Episode Notes: This is the Consensus Big Board, which is a hub for all the Big Board pieces I'll be...
Daily Norseman Apr 27, 2016

RickSpeak, Pre Draft Edition

the Guru of Gobbledygook took to the microphone and dazzled us with his pre draft verbal Krav Maga. We tell you what it all means. I'd like to think I'm a man that's matured and developed some basic sensibilities over the course of my fortunate and blessed life (lol no really, Twitter account aside). Oh sure, you'll pull one over on me every now and then, but for the most part, I'd like to think of myself as a pretty smart guy, and one that's not fooled by a lot. And because I've lived a full life, I've come to have a healthy skepticism on some things, and there are several things I have...
Daily Norseman Apr 27, 2016

Wednesday Open Thread: April 27, 2016

It's the peak of the week, and one day from the 2016 NFL Draft! Finally. Hump Daaaayyyyy! Happy Wednesday everyone, and it sure makes me happy to say that the draft is tomorrow! I hope you're all being patient like I am. Around the DN since our last open thread: Chris looks at how accurate the mock draft database is. Ted took a look at the top 25 first round picks in Vikings history. Chris opened voting for the final five spots on the 2016 DN Big Board. E.J. Henderson will announce the Vikings' third-round pick on Friday. Rick Spielman said he's already gotten...
Daily Norseman Apr 26, 2016

Daily Norseman 2016 NFL Mock Draft

We are now, officially, 48 hours away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, folks. As I generally do every year, I'm going to take a shot at a one-time Mock Draft for the first round of this year's selection meeting. I'm not going to be projecting any trades, which means this whole thing is probably going to be invalid about thirty minutes into the draft process, but I'm going to have a go at it here anyway. You can get to the site of any of the 32 SB Nation NFL blogs by clicking on the logos next to the picks. Here we go! Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee Titans)- Jared Goff, QB,...

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