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Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:57:22 GMT2017-04-28T17:57:22Z

 



2017 Vikings NFL draft preview: A pick for every pick

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:57:22 GMT2017-04-28T17:57:22Z




Ten intriguing prospects still available to Vikings in NFL Draft's second day

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:02:04 GMT2017-04-28T17:02:04Z

Unless the Vikings trade up today, fifteen picks will be made until Minnesota is finally on the clock at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Sitting at No. 48, there is a good chance a handful of these 10 intriguing prospects will still be available. One could be the Vikings’ first-overall pick. Should the Vikings want to move up to secure a player, Rick Spielman has a couple third-round picks (No. 79, No. 86) and fourth-round picks (No. 120, No. 128) to do so. OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky: The draft’s best guard prospect is still on the board after only two offensive linemen — Utah’s Garret Bolles and Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk — were taken in Thursday’s first round. OT Cam Robinson, Alabama: Three-year starter at left tackle for the Crimson Tide who could play either guard or tackle in the NFL. Known as a road grader in the run game, but a liability at times in pass protection. OG Dan Feeney, Indiana: Four-year starter at right guard and right tackle for the Hoosiers. Helped pave the way for NFL running backs Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard. Our Matt Vensel has Feeney going to the Vikings in his full mock draft. OG Taylor Moton, Western Michigan: One of the biggest (6-5, 319) guard prospects in this draft, Moton could immediately compete at right guard after being a four-year starter for Western Michigan. OT Dion Dawkins, Temple: Settled in as Temple’s left tackle as a three-year starter. Like Moton, Dawkins could play either guard or tackle at the next level. RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State: The first-team All-American back may be the best talent left in this draft. Cook ran for 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns in three seasons at Florida State. RB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee: Kamara is one of the more versatile backs. As a receiver, he caught 74 passes for 683 yards and seven touchdowns for the Vols in two seasons. He also averaged 6.2 yards on 210 carries at Tennessee. RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma: Mixon may not be on many draft boards nearly three years after punching a woman and breaking bones in her face. In two seasons at OU, he paired 2,027 rushing yards with 894 receiving yards. Is he on the Vikings’ board? DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State: “It’s always come easy for him. I would never say he’s lazy.” The enigmatic McDowell is a first-round talent, but he wasn’t drafted Thursday night as questions surround his work ethic. S Budda Baker, Washington: A fiery free safety who compiled 18 pass deflections, 13 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and three forced fumbles during three seasons for the Huskies.



With 2017 draft underway, don't forget quiet 2016 Vikings' picks

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:59:51 GMT2017-04-28T16:59:51Z

As you frantically research the Vikings’ options in the second round and beyond at this year’s NFL draft — Andrew Krammer gives you a good start with 10 players still available entering Day 2 — it’s also important to keep some perspective and realize a lot of these players won’t be immediate contributors (if they contribute at all). You could argue the player the Vikings get at No. 48 overall should be able to help right away. Beyond that? It’s hit-or-miss. Of at least equal importance (and likely more importance) will be the continued development of the players who were picked a year ago — a 2016 draft class that barely gave the Vikings anything on offense or defense and was exceedingly quiet when compared to previous Vikings draft classes and the rest of the NFL as a whole. Vikings rookies in 2016 played just 301 combined offensive and defensive snaps. That was the lowest total in the NFL and was uncharacteristic for the Vikings. Between 2012 and 2015, Vikings rookies had averaged more than 2,500 offensive and defensive snaps per season. The lack of production from last year’s rookies showed up in a lack of depth in some cases and contributed, at least in part, to the team’s fall from a 5-0 start to an 8-8 finish. Getting virtually nothing from first-round wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (one catch) and fourth-round offensive lineman Willie Beavers (didn’t make the 53-man roster out of camp and played just 11 snaps all year for a team that desperately needed O-line help) was particularly damaging. Second-round pick Mackensie Alexander was caught more in a numbers game than anything, stuck behind experienced defensive backs. Among the rest of the picks — Kentrell Brothers, Moritz Boehringer, David Morgan, Stephen Weatherly and Jayron Kearse — there were some special teams contributions, but that’s about it. The Vikings didn’t need to rush those players last year because they have a lot of productive recent picks still on the roster. This year, thanks to the departures of several free agents and other factors, there is somewhere between opportunity and flat-out need for a lot of those guys. Treadwell could give the Vikings a big target to go with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Without his emergence or a dip into free agency, there are big questions at that position. Alexander could fill departed corner Captain Munnerlyn’s role in the slot. Beavers could provide much-needed depth. Brothers could get more playing time with the retirement of Chad Greenway. Morgan could fill the role departed TE Rhett Ellison held. If the 2016 class continues to stall, though, the Vikings’ depth will be seriously challenged. And it will put even more pressure on the players about to be chosen Friday and Saturday.



Vikings stay patient in NFL draft, wait their turn for second-round moves

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:23:23 GMT2017-04-28T13:23:23Z




Browns prove the NFL is indeed crazy, plus other draft winners and losers

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:55:29 GMT2017-04-28T17:55:29Z

Draft day supplies usual sample of deft dealing, head-scratching



Takk McKinley to Garrett Bolles, NFL draft moments to remember

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:25:31 GMT2017-04-28T05:25:31Z




Isaac Fruechte in line for more playing time with Vikings

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:44:26 GMT2017-04-28T11:44:26Z

The former U wideout has learned much on the practice squad and feels ready to help Vikings.



Offensive draft early, QBs prized after Garrett is No. 1

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:22:13 GMT2017-04-28T05:22:13Z




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