PHoDs 2008 look back/ draft but this time with purple shades!!!!!
We trade Jackson whos go tmore value and trade up to take Matt Ryan!!!
For those who knocked PHoD...lay off the guy...at least he put some thought into what he posted.
Now, I am one that doesn't want to put the cart before the horse...but I'm not gonna knock the guy for looking ahead.
If anything, it's a good exercise to look to the future.
I would like for PHoD to post an alternate scenario...like, what if we up and win the Super Bowl...then who would we draft?
;D just kidding.
Thanks everyone first of all. Sorry I didnt get a chance to post for 4 pages. Well day before the opening game lets get excited. Well I'll take that challenge. Putting on the Purple Shades. Wow... Lets see...
LOOKING BACK ON 2008 FOR THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS:
We're here on NFL Network for the look back on the Minnesota Vikings season and what a season it was. Lets discuss the season they had...
Incredible. The Vikings had an amazing year with there very own Tarvaris Jackson leading the way. To think that this team goes 11-5 after the season they had. They started off the season 4-0 going into the bye. No one thought much of it though. Soft first 4 games. Flying under the radar this team upsetted many teams going 5-1 in there division with a great win against San Diego holding LaDanian Tomlinson to a record low for Tomlinson of the year, 52 yards. With LT out of the equations the offense fell apart and the defense wasnt able to stop the best run combo in the nation with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. Then they beat Washington, Oakland, and Philadelphia. (Keep in mind that is not they only way we could of 11-5 far from it Just liked this way better and an upset in SD isnt completely wishful thinking.) They only lost to Denver, Dallas, New York Giants, Chicago in Soliders Feild, and San Francisco. Vikings take the division. And in the wild card playoffs they take down Carolina. It was close and Vikings construct a final comeback drive for the win. Seattle takes down New Orleans.
In the divisional playoffs Seattle takes down San Francsico in an amazing game. There was little doubt that Seattle had the NFC title. Vikings have a amazing comeback against Philedelphia and Chilly vs. Philly ends with a win for Minnesota and Childress beating his old team. And for the NFC Championship game Vikings upset once again against Seattle. Longwell's 38-yard field goal from the Seattle 20. The team remember the identical situation in time and yards against Atlanta in 98 which made the pressure all the more immense for Longwell. Longwell hasnt missed a feild Goal all year either and he... NAILS IT!!! The Minnesota Vikings go to the super bowl for the fifth time and play the Denver Broncos rematch of the year. Vikings lost in overtime last time with a 29 yard kick from Elam set up from a Cutler long pass down the right side. But this time Viings walk away with a win. The first time ever in NFL History the Minnesota Vikings win the super bowl. I don't know how Purple Faithful will fair looking at a Vince Lombardi trophy but I think they'll adjust. What you you think.
How about that offense huh...
Tarvaris Jackson had a huge impact on this team. A lot of people doubted this kid *cough* Purple Horns Of Destruction *cough, cough*
;D but he really pulled through and stepped up to the plate to silence those people. This kid through for 3500 yards this year and 21 TDs. With a dangerous combination of mobility and an arm he got a great season. Williamson was the biggest surprise of the year breaking out to get a total of 1250 yards receiving and 10 TDs. Williamson turned into the go to guy on that offense. Sydney Rice just misses rookie of the year with 906 yards and 7 TDs. Best rookie wide receiver for his class. The third down go to guy for Jackson. Received for the most 1st downs on the team. Bobby Wade surprised many. Coming from being a number 3 at a team like Tennessee having the season that he had is amazing. He was the number 3 slot receiver for this powerful Minnesota offense. Allison showed some flash on the few plays he was incorporated on but has a ways to go.
And that defense man...
The only thing that was more fun to watch then the Vikings offense this year for the purple faithful was the Vikings top 3 defense. Nick-named the Purple Curtain defense. The Williams Wall dominated against the run. Significantly not as good as last year with the loss of Napo who was great filling the wholes but still number 1. The quote "Weak End Warriors" improved drastically with the coming back of James and the stepping up from Ray Edwards and Udeze rotating in. Brian Robison is likely to fill in eventually to become a dominate DE in the league. Still the Weak End Warriors don't have a star guy who can put fear in the opposing tackle and consistant pressure on the quarterback. They were 17th against the pass with a drastic improvement. Impact player of the year on that defense became Chad Greenway who broke out and had 130 tackles, 102 solo, 28 assist, 2 sacks and 3 interceptions.
Now for the part of the segment everyone cares about. The draft. Live audio from the commentry of each of the Minnesota Vikings amazing picks...
With the Final pick of the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft The Minnesota Vikings select...
Frank Okam, DT, Texas, 6'6", 320lbs.
How do you like that size. A great pick. I know the Vikings were hoping to acquire Ken Phillips out of Miami but it was either DT or FS at this spot and Okam was a easy no brainer here. 6'6" 320 and athletic. He runs a sub 5.00 forty. How many 6'6" 320 guys do you know that can do that? His teamates call him "Nightmare" Scouts say Frank Okam's bread and butter is his ability to stop the run, but don't take that to mean he's a one-dimensional defensive tackle. He is very versitile. This kid even used to play track and field and had 5A national recognation for it and football. He is great at stuffing the run and a great middle pass rusher. A quarterback would be able to settle and step into the pocket when this guy is driving the guard or center into him. Never lets a back get past him. But he has an advantage. Its hard to get past a 6'6" 320. A member of the preseason Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy watch lists. tabbed a preseason second-team All-American by The Sporting News. Played in 37 career games, starting 26, and recorded 108 tackles, five sacks, 17 TFL, 30 pressures, seven PBD and recovered four fumbles. Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from The Associated Press. The list is very, very long folks. This guy was a huge impact on this team in both meanings of the word huge. This kid comes from the Texas power defense thats one of the best in the country and he is a huge reason why. Helped UT give up only 61.2 yards rushing per game (third NCAA), 297.4 yards per game (22nd NCAA) and 18.3 points per game (26th NCAA). the 61.2 yards rushing per game ranks second on UT's all-time list. And guess what all this is in '06. His '07 is even better. I think this guy can take over for Pat Williams and become a better Pat and make himself very well known in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings.
And in the second round the Vikes select...
Craig Steltz, FS/SS, LSU, 6'3", 210
I find it kind of suprising to see The Purple Curtain Defense take two defensive guys in the first two round but there guys are old. Sharper has maybe this year and possibly next year and Williams is going to be gone even sooner. And what guys to get to fill in there place though. Frank Okam and Sheltz. I guess LSU had an OK replacement for LaRon Landry. I'm being sarcastic of course; Steltz picked off three passes in LSU's 45-0 victory over Mississippi State. Even when he wasn't intercepting Michael Henig, he was always at the right place at the right time. He definitely helped his draft stock. Played behind LaRon Landry, so hasn't gotten much exposure. That changed in 2007. Steltz is a smart safety, who picked off four passes despite starting only one game. I saw this guy play and I loved him. He was just spectacular. Has probably the best football IQ for any defensive Safety. Reads the quarterback and plays very well. I like this guy a lot because at the end of every play you'll see this guy there. He's always around the football. He cuts in front of the receivers and makes the pick. He attacks the ball so well. He is just a dominent ball-hawking Safety. Craig Steltz intercepted 3 passes in the opener of the 2007 season and that set the tone for the rest of his senior year of being a ball-hawk. Who said without LeRon Landry this secondary would be weak. Steltz stepped in very well to destroy any doubts in the eyes of the LSU fans. And hopefully he will do the same when he trys to step in for Darren Sharper.
In the third round and last pick of the first day in the 2008 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings select...
Kirk Elder, OG, Texas A&M, 6'5", 305lbs.
Kirk Elder is a franchise guard who is a perfect guy for the zone-blocking scheme. Earned first-team All-Big 12 honors at offensive guard. Member of the 2007 Leadership Council. Has started 35 straight games. A big part of the O-line that only allowed 1.5 sacks per game in '06 and part of an offense that produced almost 400 yards per game. Part of an offense that led the Big 12 in time of possession, third-down conversion percentage and had the fewest turnovers in the conference which comes from the O-line and the heart of that O-line is none other then the newest Minnesota Viking. The best part about it is that he can also lineup as center. He is probably the fastest guard off the ball in this years draft. His strength is pass blocking but run blocked for a good runningback, in Marcus Cross. The only weak point in that O-line that consist of a top 3 center, Matt Birk, the best Left guard, Steve Hutchinson, pro bowler McKinney and young promising Right Tackle Ryan Cook is Right Guard. And thats where the they improved drastically. Some say Elder is the best guard though the third one to be drafted. A good very solid pick up by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round.
In the fourth round The Vikings select...
Art Carmody, PK,
Louisville, 5'9", 165 lbs.,
Interesting pick here. Selecting the best kicker in this year draft. This guy was projected to the late 5th but that doesnt make this a bad pick. This guy has a big leg, I'll tell you what. Nailed a 58 yarder. I like this kid a lot. Notched 21-of-25 field goals in 2006. This stat's even better: Art Carmody has yet to miss a field goal from beyond 40 yards in his entire collegiate career (11-of-11)! And still hasnt his '07 year. Accuracy and leg strength. He is a good pick up for the Vikes. He will definately make an impact on special teams. With more touchbacks then not. He has recorded 200-202 extra points missing two just in his sophmore season and his is by his senior season. Recording 47-56 before going into his senior season he broke the school record for most points scored in total (341). He is a Lou Groza Award winner. selected first team All-BIG EAST. ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (9.75). finished the year second in the country with 1.67 field goals per game.
set the single-season record with 20 field goals. Set the school record for points in a career with 335. nailed 20-of-23 field goal attempts and was 57-of-57 on extra points. buried 34 of his last 37 attempts. broke the school record for career field goals with 47. booted two field goals against Connecticut. kicked a 47-yard field goal against South Florida. named the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after nailing three first-half field goals in the win over West Virginia.
In the fifth round the Vikes take...
Ben Moffitt, ILB, South Florida 6'3", 240 lbs
I like this guy. He has good size and speed. He runs a high 4.6. The reason I like this guy is because he has all the traits you can't teach and great at all of it and not many of the things you can teach. Things like what your job is and how to recognize plays but he is a determined player who wants to succeed and will work his heart out to make a difference for the team. I think most coaches like him becuase of that. His work ethic and determination. And most coaches feel that he has everything I cant teach him and can become like a pupil to most to teach him all the things that can be taught. He is a great player.He is just raw. In 06 he led South Florida with 112 tackles. this guy will be a great addition for the Minnesota Vikings. (I've seen this guy and I like him. Thats why he's in both drafts of mine. He is just raw but he has the instincts, size, speed and determination to become something special in the NFL)
In the 6th round the Minnesota Vikings select...
Ernie Wheelwright, WR, Minnesota, 6'6" 215lbs
Now this guy was rated really low even though I liked him but I am a gopher fan.(Hes in both because of so. What can I say I watch him a lot and if guys say hes supposed to go in the seventh Im taking him when I can) In '06 he struggled and really emerged on the scene in thee last 5 games and continued the success onto the '07 season. He had a good year last year. People really underrated him having a true freshman as a quarterback for him. I think the Vikings are looking for another guy like Marques Colston who had a simialar stature as Colston. When this guy tries and wants to be good he is as good as a 3-4th rounder. He could be a star. His forty time made him drop in this years draft but I think that if this guy can have a good attitude in the NFL he could become on of the best. If not he'll end up a no name. But I have faith. Has started 32 of 37 career games played has 93 receptions for 1,659 yards
ranks seventh in school history in career receiving yards. ranks tied for second on the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career touchdown receptions list with 17 currently ranks third in school history for average yards per catch at 17.8 ranks second among all active players with 1,662 career all-purpose yards. Minnesota career Bowl leader with 165 yards receiving and two receiving touchdowns.
In 06 he came on late in the season, snagging a touchdown pass in each of the last four games. In 07 he did great continuing his last 4 games success. This guy is at his best on the drag in the endzone inside the 20 in 07. But not many paid much attention on account that one year wasnt good enough to warrant that pick and he really flew under the radar with the true freshman quarterback.
With the last pick of the NFL 2008 draft. Mr. Irrelevant. the Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl champs select...
Lionell Singleton, CB, Florida International, 5'10" 174 lbs.
One of the players suspended in the Miami-Florida International melee. Picked off five passes in 2006 despite missing that game. A two-year starter, Lionell Singleton runs a nice 40, and can return kicks and punts. I dont think they were really trying to accomplish much by pick this guy. he is a return specialist. If he makes the team I doubt this guy will ever start on the defense. He'll be special teams for life and no Devin Hester or Pacman Jones at that. And with Moore and Aundrae Allison its doubtful he'll even make that. It will be tough and truly is Mr. Irrelevant because he'll have to impress someone really well to make this team or even practice squad.
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