One of the most underrated post draft activities is the chase for undrafted free agents. Teams can find diamonds in the rough by combing though their draft boards and finding out who is left.According to NFL.com, in the everlasting quest for talent, the Vikings have signed 2 rookie free agents.
Iowa State center Tom Farniok
Boston College offensive lineman Bobby Vadaro
Positivity is radiating through the land of purple right now, and for good reason. In 2014, the Minnesota Vikings’ defense ranked 11th in points allowed and 14th in yards allowed, a vast improvement from 32nd and 31st the year before. With the first three draft picks being on the defensive side of the ball, it’s clear that Mike Zimmer expects the unit to be even better in 2015.
While not making any splashy draft day trades like Rick Spielman and company orchestrated last year to acquire the future-of-the-franchise Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings were instead focused on making the most with what they had. Fortunately for Vikings fans, key pre-draft targets continued to fall to them and many believe that the team has primed itself for a playoff run and a chance to win the NFC North in 2015.
The draft started predictably enough with Trae Waynes being selected by the Vikings with the No.11 pick. Prior to the draft, many mock drafts pegged the Michigan State cornerback to be selected
As the 2015 NFL Draft comes to a close, the Minnesota Vikings should be very pleased with the talent they’ve been able to acquire. Coming into the draft, multiple reports had surfaced that the Vikings were most interested in using their first round pick to draft Trae Waynes of Michigan State or Eric Kendricks out of UCLA.
With the 11th pick, the Minnesota Vikings wasted no time in selecting Trae Waynes, an electrifying corner with excellent ball skills and the ability to shut down an opponent’s best receiver on a consistent basis. Since Waynes and Kendricks were both expected to go in the first round, it was unlikely that the Vikings would be able to get them both barring another one of Rick Spielman’s ingenious trades.
However, when Kendricks slipped into the 2nd round, it became clear that the team would have a chance to get him after all. Eric Kendricks seemed to fall right into the Vikings’ lap; he was selected with the 45th pick in this year’s draft. The Minnesota Vikings, who
The 2015 NFL Draft is over and done with, and the Minnesota Vikings are looking in good shape by most accounts.
CB Trae Waynes is an excellent press corner that will address secondary needs likely right out of the gate in 2015. Not to be outdone, Minnesota added another UCLA linebacker in Eric Kendricks with their Round 2 pick that will pair nicely with former Bruins LB Anthony Barr.
Complete Minnesota Vikings selections, rounds 1-7:
Rd. Pick Player Position Height Weight School
24 (88) (from Lions)
7 (143) (from Lions through Broncos and Bears)
10 (146) (from Falcons)
9 (185) (from Falcons)
17 (193) (from Chiefs)
The Minnesota Vikings focused on defense the first couple days of the draft.
Their mindset has switched to offense on day No. 3 and they may have just gotten a huge steal.
The #Vikings have selected TE MyCole Pruitt with the 143rd overall pick. #VikingsDraft pic.twitter.com/s8iC7Qchwx
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 2, 2015
The dude accomplished a lot at a small school.
New #Vikings TE @flyyCole_x4 was a 2-time All-American at Southern Illinois.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 2, 2015
Check out Pruitt’s highlights from Southern Illinois.
That works at pick No. 143.
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Pruitt had more than 2,600 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns in his career, including 13 in 2014.
Something tells me Pruitt will become one of Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target…
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is comparing the team’s 3rd-round pick (88th overall) Danielle Hunter to OLB Anthony Barr.
He also envisions Hunter lining up as a defensive end when on the field during his rookie season.
“We looked at him as a defensive end and then when you watch his work out at the combine and you watch his work out at the pro day, he’s an incredible athlete when we put him through drops and coverage,” Spielman said, per the team’s official website. “He is an Anthony Barr-type athlete, maybe not as fluid, but has the ability to do a lot of different things depending on how he develops and where our coaches see him.”
Few former college football players are as beloved by their fans as Louisville great Teddy Bridgewater, and he returns to town for a huge honor today. Bridgewater, now the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, will call “riders up” at today’s 141st Kentucky Derby.
Former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater gives the order for “riders up” at 6:25 p.m. Call to the Post 6:26. My Old Kentucky Home after that.
— Derby News (@KentuckyDerbyCJ) May 2, 2015
We expect a big applause for Bridgewater, who was instrumental in Louisville’s recent rise in the college football world.
Randy Gregory (OLB): Character issues pushed a potential top ten pick out of the first round. His slide should end somewhere on day two and I would suspect earlier than later. The Titans should be thrilled at the thought of landing two top ten talents in this draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-
Trade Pick to Minnesota Vikings for 45th (second round) and 137th (fifth round) overall picks and a 2016 fifth rounder.
Jaelen Strong (WR): After a somewhat surprising fall from round one the Vikings would be able to fill their need at wide receiver with arguably the fifth best receiver prospect in this draft class. They overlooked receiver earlier when they went with Trae Waynes over former college teammate of Teddy Bridgewater, DeVante Parker.
Landon Collins (S): Gus Bradley is trying to create Seahawks east in Jacksonville. He added his leo edge rusher in Dante Fowler Jr with the third overall pick. With their second pick they will stay in the SEC and on the defensive side of th
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The Minnesota Vikings have selected Trae Waynes with the eleventh overall pick. Here is the scouting report, courtesy of Jeff Hyde (@Jeff__Hyde). Trae Waynes has prototypical size and speed for the cornerback position. He has good, long arms and great straight line speed. This combination of size and speed makes it extremely difficult to throw it deep on him. Waynes does a great job of running with the deep receiver and using his big body and aggressive hands to close out passing lanes. Waynes is also a good tackler. He does a good job of squaring up his target and has the ability to make the tough open field tackle. Where Waynes struggles is with the short/quick passing routes. He has a tightness in his hips that makes him easily exposed to quicker receivers. He also seems to have a problem with reading these quick routes as he seems to be a step behind some slant routes and quick hitches. This makes him a vulnerable matchup in the red zone as well. At times, Waynes finds himsel
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The Minnesota Vikings would likely want either a first-round or second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft (and then some) if they decide to trade Adrian Peterson, so there isn’t a lot of time left to make a deal. That doesn’t mean Peterson won’t be dealt. During an appearance on the “Mike and Mike in…Read More
Minnesota Vikings General Manager, Rick Spielman, said on Tuesday that he would be interested in trading down with their first round pick in tomorrow’s 2015 NFL draft. “I’m looking forward to potentially moving out of that pick, if at all possible. I don’t anticipate us moving up at this point, but I would love the opportunity to move down and collect more picks,” he said at a pre-draft press conference. Maybe that’s just Spielman posturing and trying to gain interest from other teams for the pick, or maybe there really is something there.
A player the Vikings have been linked to heading into the draft is Michigan State corner back, Trae Waynes. Inside linebacker and cornerback are two of the greatest needs for the Vikings and most consider Waynes to be the best corner in the draft. If Waynes ends up being selected before the Vikings pick, trading down could be a good decision. Let’s take a look at some of the players the Vikings could target after their 11th pick.
The Vikings could trade down
The Minnesota Vikings are sure going out of their way to express what they want the public to believe their stance is regarding unhappy running back Adrian Peterson.
General manager Rick Spielman had this to say about the Peterson situation on Tuesday.
We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff. Our position has not changed…we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson.
Nice try, but we all know that’s not going to end speculation anytime soon. These rumors surrounding a potential Peterson trade have persisted since the start of the year. So any denials from the Vikings during smokescreen season in the days leading up the draft have to be taken with a grain of salt.
Neatly fitting into Spielman’s comments is this stance by ESPN insider Chris Mortensen indicating that he views the likelihood that Peterson suits up for Minnesota next year to be at 80 percent.
All this comes the same week that other reports surfaced indicating the Dallas Cowboys have no interest in trading for Peterson, and that t