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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    [size=18px]VIKINGS: 2006 NFL DRAFT PART II[/size]

    VIKINGS: 2006 NFL DRAFT PART II

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    If a highly touted running back such as Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams or Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney is available when the Vikings pick first, they could go that route. Just like with their linebacker corps, Taylor and incumbent Mewelde Moore aren’t exactly game breakers.
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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    With just over 3 days left until Draft Day, this is my wish list:

    1st round: QB Jay Cutler (if n/a, OLB Ernie Sims or ILB D'Qwell Jackson)

    2nd rnd: ILB Abdul Hodge (if n/a, QB Omar Jacobs or S Daniel Bullocks)

    2nd rnd: OLB Jon Alston (CB Alan Zemaitis or QB Charlie Whitehurst)

    3rd: CB Danieal Manning (OT Andrew Whitworth or OG Taitusi Lutui)

    3rd: WR Mike Hass (SS Greg Blue or OT Zach Streif)

    4th: FB Quadtrine Hill (SS Scott Ware or best available athlete)

    5th: ILB Tim Dobbins (b.a.a.)

    7th: Barrick Nealy (b.a.a.)

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    [size=18px]VIKINGS: 2006 NFL DRAFT PART III[/size]

    VIKINGS: 2006 NFL DRAFT PART III

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    Posted on Wed, Apr. 26, 2006

    [size=18px]With five of top 95 picks, Vikings eye draft-day deals[/size]

    BY SEAN JENSEN
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    ST. PAUL, Minn. - When they're not bunkered in draft rooms, tinkering with their boards and debating the pros and cons of players, NFL personnel executives regularly engage in informal talks with their peers about exchanging picks.

    "I would say right now people are making preliminary calls. `What do you want? What would it take? Can we get a deal done?' said Ken Herock, a longtime personnel executive with several teams, including the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. "All that baloney is going on now."

    The gamesmanship is often disingenuous, with teams leaking misinformation and jockeying for ways to land the players they covet most.

    "I think there are a lot of smokescreens getting sent up right now by a lot of clubs," Vikings college scouting director Scott Studwell said Wednesday.

    On Saturday, however, the air will clear, as teams show their intentions when the clock is running down and the board starts to stack up.

    "(Pre-draft trades) do happen from time to time, like Denver and San Francisco," said former Miami Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman, now an ESPN analyst. "But a lot of the reasons teams don't do picks for picks before the draft is because you want to go on the clock. You want to see if anyone calls during your allotted time because you might get a better deal."

    Added Herock, "On draft day, that morning, the intensity builds." With a league-high five picks among the top 95 selections, the Vikings are one of the few teams with a cache that empowers them to make draft-day deals. Although the club has been tight-lipped about its needs and preferences, Studwell and Fran Foley, the Vikings vice president of player personnel, acknowledged Wednesday that the club could trade up in the draft.

    In talking about a mock draft the Vikings conducted Wednesday, Studwell said, "I think more so than anything else, it helps you if there's any type of potential trade talk if you think you may need to go up to this certain point to get this certain player because there are other teams in front of you with the same needs and wants that you have."

    Foley later added, "We have exercises in place that will allow for movement throughout the draft if need be." Based on their roster and their moves in free agency, the Vikings' most glaring needs are at quarterback, linebacker, cornerback and running back.

    After Reggie Bush, the other top running backs - Minnesota's Laurence Maroney and Memphis' DeAngelo Williams - are projected to be taken in the latter part of the first round. There also is a glut of talented defensive backs, which likely rules out the chances of the Vikings moving up to address either of those positions.

    After A.J. Hawk, linebackers such as Ernie Sims and Chad Greenway are projected to be available outside the top 10. Quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler also could fall into that area, leading to speculation that the Vikings might make a move to snare one of those players.

    So what would it cost the Vikings to move up from No. 17? Foley said the Vikings use a numerical value chart to determine the worth of each selection in the draft. Three personnel directors and one league executive, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid tampering rules, provided the Pioneer Press a look at what it would take for the Vikings to move up to different parts of the first round.

    The New York Jets (fourth overall), Buffalo Bills (eighth), Cleveland Browns (12th), Baltimore Ravens (13th), Philadelphia Eagles (14th) and Denver Broncos (15th) are among the teams ahead of the Vikings that are rumored to be willing to trade their pick.

    For the Vikings, the Jets' pick would surely cost too much, perhaps requiring all five of their picks in rounds 1-3. To jump 10 spots, to the seventh overall pick, owned by the Oakland Raiders, the Vikings likely would have to swap first-round picks and give up their highest second-round pick (48th overall) and a third-round pick as well.

    Could the Vikings be willing to pay such a price if their top-rated quarterback is available there? If the Vikings want to move up six or seven spots, the cost could be their first, their top third (83rd) and fourth (115th), or their first and second (51st) pick in the second round.

    Another option is swapping positions in rounds, which could represent a significant jump for teams with late picks. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said Wednesday that Cutler could fall to the Vikings at No. 17 if the Arizona Cardinals (10th) and St. Louis Rams (11th) pass on him. But Kiper warned that the Jets could move up and make a play for Cutler because they own the 29th pick in the first round and another early in the second round (35th overall).

    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said that's the gamble of the draft. "You can sit there and project," Cowher said. "But the problem thing you can't project is people jumping up when they see a player they want and they jump right in front of you. That's why sometimes you do trade, because of wanting to get a player before somebody else can."

    But patience also can be a virtue, said Ron Hill, a former Falcons vice president of player personnel. In 2003, Hill said the club was enamored of Mississippi State fullback Justin Griffith and tried to move to the top of the fourth round to nab him.

    "We couldn't get any takers," Hill recalled. "As it happened, he just fell to us. A lot of times, the deals you don't do are the best deals."

    With five of top 95 picks, Vikings eye draft-day deals

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    Apr 26, 2006 8:30 pm US/Central

    [size=18px]Vikings Officials Prepared For NFL Draft[/size]

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    (WCCO) Brad Childress, Scott Studwell and Fran Foley are making final preparations on their first time working together for Saturday's NFL draft.

    Full Story: Vikings Officials Prepared For NFL Draft

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    Re: Vikings Draft 2006

    BPA with all picks .. woooo


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    Re: Vikings Draft 2006

    Posted on Thu, Apr. 27, 2006

    [size=18px]PURPLE SWAPS[/size]

    Draft day deals the Vikings have pulled off since 1999:

    PURPLE SWAPS

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    Re: Vikings Draft 2006

    Posted on Thu, Apr. 27, 2006

    [size=18px]Character, speed top priorities[/size]

    BY DON SEEHOLZER
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    The Vikings aren't tipping their hand about which players they're considering for this weekend's NFL draft, but whoever they select will have to score high in two areas: character and speed.

    The first of those is particularly important to a team that has endured more than its share of embarrassing off-the-field incidents in recent seasons.

    "Every position has different parameters in terms of height, weight, speed and size," coach Brad Childress said Wednesday, "but we want guys that are squared away character-wise. We've said that over and over: good people that are good players."

    In an effort to screen out potential bad apples, vice president of player personnel Fran Foley said the Vikings had director of player development Les Pico and director of security Kim Klawiter run security checks on some of the 800 prospects who since have been whittled down to a list of 300 possible draftable players.

    That doesn't mean the Vikings won't draft a player who has had issues, but any character flaws might affect his pre-draft grade.

    "We don't take anybody off the board," director of college scouting Scott Studwell said. "We basically tag players... . We assign them their value; we assign them their ability grade. And then if there's an issue, whether it be a medical issue or a character issue or a learning issue or something that would be a red flag for us, then we'll just pass over."

    All things being equal, Childress said a character concern could be the deciding factor in whether the Vikings select a player. "We talk about what factors make up that guy as a player," he said. "We also talk about some of those intangibles. Was his dad a coach? Did he have issues with the coach on his team? Did he have some type of record? Did he have an arrest? Did he have a disorderly conduct? Those are all things that we end up taking a look at."

    From a football standpoint, the Vikings also are looking for specific types of players, particularly linebackers for their new Tampa 2 defense.

    "Well, there's just a premium on speed," Childress said, "on being able to run. '

    Mock 1: Childress and Foley are going through their first draft with the Vikings, but Studwell said the pre-draft process is the same the team has used the past three years.

    There has been at least one change, though, as the Vikings for the first time conducted a mock draft Wednesday, with scouts taking turns picking the first two rounds, then going through the whole process a second time.

    "I like the way the first time went through," Studwell said. "I didn't like the way the second time went through. If we get the players we picked the first time through, I'll be doing cartwheels out here."

    Offord enters plea: Vikings strong safety Willie Offord has pleaded not guilty and is asking for a jury trial in connection with his arrest last week on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

    Offord's attorney, David Valentini, appeared Monday in Hennepin District Court to enter a plea for his client. Offord, who has spent four years with the Vikings, did not attend the first appearance.

    Offord was charged with two counts of fourth-degree DWI after being stopped by the Minnesota State Patrol at about 2:20 a.m. April 18 on westbound Interstate 394 in Golden Valley.

    Character, speed top priorities

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    Bold Prediction

    This might make you mad. But, I think we draft DeAngelo Williams at 17 with this pick. Cutler will be gone and the LB position is deep. I think that they draft a LB with the 2nd rounder.

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