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January Ultimate NFL Mock Draft Updated

With all but 4 spots locked in for the NFL Draft and all-star games on the cusp, it is officially DRAFTSEASON. Our newest 1 round Ultimate Mock Draft has a few surprises which include the Browns opting to go another route when it comes to the first overall selection along with two running backs hearing their named called in the top six picks. Don’t be surprised in the coming weeks to see some guys bolt up the draft boards …. and of course a few have a free fall depending on their performances at the East/West Shrine and Senior Bowl Games.  Check out the full mock draft here.

3. Arizona Cardinals (Onebar) – Patrick Mahomes QB, Texas Tech

Choooooooo! Chooooooooo! I’m all aboard the Mahomes train. Mahomes has the big arm, body, and accuracy and would go to the Cards who depending on Palmer, might have the chance to sit for a year.

Read the full 1st Round Mock

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Worried About the Vikings Not Having a 1st Rounder? | Check out the Best 2nd Round Picks in Vikings History

For anyone pissing and moaning about the Bradford trade and not having a 1st round pick, I thought I would offer some encouragement that even without a 1st rounder, the Vikings still have a great chance of getting a stallion in round 2 that can help take the Vikings to the next level. Below I rank my top 10 all-time 2nd round picks by the Minnesota Vikings. So grab some coffee and soak it in and realize there is still hope come draft day. As far as the worst 2nd round picks of all time for the Purple …. I think i’ll hold off on that one, it gets pretty ugly, pretty quick.

1. Matt Blair, Drafted 1974

Blair burst on the scene earning All-Rookie honors and going on to rack up 6 consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1977-1982. Played in 2 Super Bowls for Minnesota and will go down as one of the best linebackers to ever wear Purple.

2. Sammy White, Drafted 1976

White leads the way as the best offensive 2nd rounder in Vikings history. The wide receiver from Grambling racked up 2 Pro Bowl selections and 3 All-Pro and the 1976 offensive rookie of the year. He ranks in the top 5 for Vikings all-time receiving yards and touchdowns.

3. Ed White, Drafted 1969

White was an anchor of the Vikings offensive line during all 4 of their Super Bowl appearances. Was a feared offensive lineman as he dominated in both pass and run blocking. Started in a total of 210 games during his career.


4. EJ Henderson, Drafted 2003

Henderson had a 9 year career with the Vikings and was a cornerstone of the defense throughout the early 2000’s. Even after a overly gross leg injury in 2009 he still came back at a high level for a few years. Ended with a total of 749 career tackles and 15.5 sacks.

5. Kyle Rudolph, Drafted 2011

Rudolph has been a favorite target of whomever is playing quarterback for the Vikings over the years. Has racked up 1 Pro Bowl nod, and with at least a few more years left in the league has already snuck himself into the to 20 of all major Vikings receiving records.

6. Orlando Thomas, Drafted 1995

Thomas was one of the most feared safeties in the league during his time and was a 1995 All-Pro, leading the NFL with 9 INTs. Not only was he a ball hawk (22 INTs) the safety from University of Louisiana at Lafayette could also lay a big hit.

7. Jim Kleinsasser, Drafted 1999

Kleinsasser won’t wow you with his offensive stats (192 receptions, 1,688 yds, 6 TDs), but his play as an extra offensive lineman for many years in Purple helped pave the way for the Vikings sure will. Kleinsasser was a key piece to the Vikings run and pass game for the 13 seasons he played in Purple.

8. John Turner, Drafted 1978

Turner put up 24 INTs in his 9 year career (8 with the Vikings). While he isn’t a household name to Vikings fan he helped man the secondary throughout the early 80’s and ranks 8th all-time in interceptions.

9. Phil Loadholt, Drafted 2009

Loadholt started 89 games for the Vikings manning the right side of the line from 2009-2015. An achilles injury ended his career early but he easily earned the 9th overall spot on this list even in his short stint.

10. Eric Kendricks, Drafted 2015

Kendricks is still a young buck on this list, but has already proven that he is going to be an important piece of the Vikings defense for years to come. In only 2 seasons he already has over 200 tackles, 6.5 sacks and is one of the best Viking defenders on the field.



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Draftseason’s 2016 NFL All Rookie Team

The 2016 draft class has proven to be fairly loaded, both on offense with Prescott and Elliot already at the top of the league at their positions on the offensive side of the ball and Bosa and Deion Jones leading on the defensive side of the ball. See someone you feel deserved to be on the list??? Let us know in the comments below.

Quarterback

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Round 4) – 3,667 Passing Yds, 23 TDs, 4 Interceptions, 282 Rushing Yds, 6 TDs
Prescott was not only the best rookie quarterback in the league, but one of the best overall qb’s in the league. Dallas looks to be set at the quarterback position moving forward and Prescott should only get better.

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys (Round 1) – 1,631 Rushing Yds, 15 Rushing TDs, 32 Rec, 363 Yds
See above. Like Prescott, Elliot isn’t only the best rookie at his position but possibly the best in the league. The tough runner burst on the scene as a rookie and completely re-energized the Cowboys running game and offense.

Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (Round 5) – 1,313 Rushing Yds, 6 Rushing TDs, 29 Rec, 298 Yds, 1 TD
Howard gets shadowed by the performance of Elliot this year, but make no mistake at 1,313 on a pretty brutal team is quite the accomplishment. Look for him to carry the Bears offense for years to come.

Wide Receiver

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (Round 2) – 92 Rec, 1,137 Yds, 9 TDs
Thomas watched as 5 receivers were taken ahead of him come draft day. He proved everyone wrong and lit up the league as a rookie, it helped him to be in a pass happy offense but he took full advantage of it.

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (Round 5) – 61 Rec, 593 Yds, 6 TDs, 267 rushing yards, 3 Rushing TDs, 3 Special Team TDs
Whether he was catching balls, rushing out of the backfield, returning kicks, or returning punts he produced …. and by produced I mean ripped it up. Was one of the most dynamic players on the field.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (Round 2) – 65 Rec, 683 Yds, 8 TDs
Shepard took over the #2 receiver spot for the G-Men and was a great compliment to Odell Beckham Jr.

Tight End

Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers (Round 2) – 36 Rec, 478 Yds, 8 TDs
While splitting time with Antonio Gates Henry still managed to put up solid numbers as a rookie. Look for him to take the lead in 2017.


Offensive Tackle

Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans (Round 1) 16 Games Started
Helped the Titans run game thrive in 2016 along with taking Mariota to the next level.

Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions (Round 1) – 16 Games Started
Started the entire season and looked the part. I had my doubts on Decker and thought it would take him a year or two, but I was …. completely wrong.

Guard

Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins (Round 1) – 14 Games Started
Tomlinson was taken near the end of round 1 and lived up to that billing.  He started 14 games and played real well.

Joe Thuney, New England Patriots (Round 3) – 16 Games Started
Thuney had his share of penalties, but proved more than worth to be on this team. Helped give Brady constant time and Blount tear up opposing defenses.

Center

Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears (Round 2) – 16 Games Started
Became a strong point for the Bears offensive line, helped fellow rookie Jordan Howard top 1,300 yards.

Defensive End

DeForest Buckner San Francisco 49ers (Round 1) – 70 Tackles, 6 Sacks
Buckner was a lone bright spot on a dismal 49ers season.  He was as advertised and showed the ability to absolutely take over games.  He is someone the team can build their defense around in the future.

Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers (Round 1) – 36 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
Bosa got a late start on the season but made an impact the minute he stepped on the field.  He was a pass rushing beast, racking up a rookie best 9.5 sacks, in just 11 games played.

Defensive Tackle

Maliek Collins, Dallas Cowboys (Round 3) – 23 Tackles, 5 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
Collins was a big reason the Cowboys defense was so tough this season.  He was stout against the run and could also provide inside pressure.  He turned out to be quite the value for the Cowboys.

Sheldon Rankins, New Orleans Saints (Round 1) – 20 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble
Rankins only appeared in 9 games due to injury, but it didn’t take him long to make his presence felt.  He was everything the Saints thought he would be and it’s not out of the question to think he may have hit double digit sacks if he was active for all 16 games.

Linebacker

Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons (Round 2) – 108 Tackles, 3 Interceptions, 1 Forced Fumbles, 2 Touchdowns
Jones who racked up 100+ tackles as a rookie leads the way at the linebacker position.

Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers (Round 5) – 79 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles
This 5th round pick turned out to be a huge steal for the Chargers.  He was a game changing type of linebacker making plays all over the field.

Darron Lee, New York Jets (Round 1) – 73 Tackles, 1 Sack
Lee was a solid choice for the Jets.  He was able to rack up 73 tackles, despite missing a handful of games due to injury and should be a leader on this Jets defense for years to come.

Cornerback

Daryl Worley, Carolina Panthers (Round 3) – 88 Tackles, 1 Interception, 1 Sack
Worley really came on about half way through the season and was throwing up some crazy tackle numbers per game.  He turned out to be a big steal, and was one of the few positives on an otherwise forgettable season for the Panthers.

Artie Burns, Pittsburgh Steelers (Round 1) – 65 Tackles, 3 Interceptions
Burns narrowly beat out fellow first round corner Vernon Hargreaves for this coveted spot on our All Defense Team.  He was a force against the run and showed great ball skills coming down with 3 interceptions.

Safety

Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons (Round 1) – 106 Tackles, 5 Forced Fumbles
Neal was a beast during his rookie season.  He didn’t grab any interceptions but more than made up for it with his abundance of tackles, and forcing a handful of fumbles.

Vonn Bell, New Orleans Saints (Round 2) – 87 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 Forced Fumbles
Bell was well worth a second round choice for the Saints.  He was all over the field making 87 tackles, and held up well in coverage.  The team should be pretty stoked for his future.

Kicker

Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints (Undrafted) – 28/34,  Long 57
Lutz wasn’t even thought of on Draft Day, and wasn’t even listed in nfl.com’s draft tracker.  He worked his way onto the Saints roster, and was easily the best rookie kicker this year.

Punter

Riley Dixon, Denver Broncos (Round 7) – 3,677 Punt Yds
Dixon was a 7th rounder who turned out to be the best punter in this year’s rookie crop.

Punt Return

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (Round 5) – 592 Return Yds, 2 TDs
Hill was electric this season and already made this team as a receiver. He was a good kick returner too, but was by far the best rookie punt returner this season, and was a threat to score any time the ball landed in his mitts.

Kick Return

Alex Erickson, Cincinnati Bengals (Undrafted) – 810 Return Yds
Erickson went undrafted but carved out his niche on the Begnals as a kick returner.  He never found pay dirt, but routinely put his team in good field positions with his returns.


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Vikings 7 Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft | December Edition

The first 7 round Vikings mock has arrived. Each month up until draft day we’ll continue to bring you updated 7 rounders focusing on the wants and needs of the Vikings. While it will be painful to not have a round 1 pick in 2017, the class is thick and if Minnesota plays their cards right they could take advantage of having two 3rds and two 4th round picks and hopefully improve this team enough to get them into the playoffs.

Round 2 – Dan Feeney G, Indiana

Normally fans might groan at the thought of their favorite team taking an offensive lineman with their first pick, especially a guard. But after this year…. they will probably get a standing ovation. Feeney is the best guard in the draft and would be an immediate improvement over the current guard situation.

Round 3 (from Dolphins) – Dion Dawkins OT, Temple

Shocker Alert!!!! The Vikings go offensive line with their first 2 picks of the draft. Again, no question offensive tackle is an immediate need and Dawkins could very well be the best available come round 3. Depending on if Kalil is back and who the bring in through FA, Dawkins could have a legit shot as staring as a rookie.

Round 3 – D’onta Foreman RB, Texas

A.P. has more than likely played his last down in purple, and Minnesota should be looking for a guy who can help carry the ball in the first 4 rounds. Adding Foreman is a physical runner who can get the tough yards and allow McKinnon to slide back to his change of pace role. The Texas back put up 2,000+ yards in 2016 and is no stranger to carrying the load.

Round 4 (from Dophins) – Carlos Watkins DT, Clemson 

Pretty good chance Minnesota has seen the last of Sharrif Floyd, I would like to see he will leave a big void to fill … but fact is he doesn’t play enough to even be missed. Even if he did come back, defensive tackle is still a big ole need. Watkins is a penetrator who has proven he can get to the quarterback (8.5 sacks in 2016) and seems to constantly be wreaking havoc in opposing offensive backfields.

Round 4 – Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

Munnerlyn and Newman will be free agents leaving only Rhodes, Waynes, Alexander and Sherels on the roster. Alexander has been shaky in his rookie campaign and Sherels really isn’t looked at as a cornerback. So to put it lightly look for cornerback to be a pretty hot topic come draft day.  Awuzie is a playmaker in the secondary and in opposing offensive backfields (9 career sacks).

Round 5 – Kyle Fuller C, Baylor

Yes, even center is a need at this point. Fuller has man’d the Baylor offensive line for the past few years and has the ability to kickout and play guard if needed. The 6’5, 315 lb big man would add some much needed depth and in the long run could be a viable starter in the NFL.

Round 6 – Randall Goforth S, UCLA

We have watched what the current depth at safety has to offer …. and it hasn’t been overly impressive. While Sendejo has proven his worth and Hitman isn’t going anywhere depth is a must. Still holding out hope for Kearse as well, but the more the merrier.

Round 7 – Trey Griffey WR, Arizona

Ok … this one is more for the heart strings. Who wouldn’t want Ken Griffey Jr’s kid on their team? That said Griffey is a player that never really put up big numbers during his time in Arizona but has the talent where he was allowed to sit on a practice squad for a year to season …. could complete for a roster spot in 2018.

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Erik Magnuson Interview | Offensive Tackle, Michigan

DraftSeason: Best part about being part of the Michigan Wolverine Family?
Erik Magnuson: So much support from everyone past and present involved with the university.

DraftSeason: What do you feel is your greatest strength as an offensive lineman?
Erik Magnuson: The use of my hands and football IQ.

DraftSeason: What are your plans in the coming months?
Erik Magnuson: Win the Orange Bowl then start training for the combine and pro day.

DraftSeason: Toughest defensive lineman you have had the chance to play against during your college career?
Erik Magnuson: Joey Bosa

DraftSeason: Next up and coming offensive lineman at Michigan?
Erik Magnuson: Mason Cole

DraftSeason: Year in and year out we see top offensive lineman come out of Michigan, is there something in the water?
Erik Magnuson: There is just so much emphasis put on the offensive line because the of the tradition of great offensive lineman that if you can’t get the job done they will find someone who can.

DraftSeason: Best offensive lineman in the NFL today?
Erik Magnuson: I don’t know about best because there are so many great ones, but my favorite in Mitch Schwartz from Kansas City.

DraftSeason: Using one word, how would you describe your style of play?
Erik Magnuson: Controlled

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