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Rob Gronkowski Interview

DraftSeason: Rob, first off how is the back and will you be able to fully participate in the upcoming NFL combine?
Gronkowski: The back is doing great! I am feeling great and having no problems and training is coming along well! I am not sure as of right now on how much I will be participating at the combine if at all.

DraftSeason: You left Arizona with 2 years of eligibility left, how hard of a decision was it to make the leap to the NFL and what was the biggest factor?
Gronkowski: It was a hard decision leaving the Arizona program. Being at Arizona was like family and was a great three years being with them. The biggest factor decision was the fact I always dreamed of playing in the NFL and now that I am fully healthy I wanna fulfill my dream!

DraftSeason: Over only 2 seasons you put up some big numbers and proved to be one of the best tight ends in the nation, what do you feel you bring to the table that the other tight ends in this years class don’t?
Gronkowski: I feel like I bring the whole package at the Tight End position. I can block and I am a great receiving threat down field. I will be always working on improving in both aspects to make me a better player.

DraftSeason: What is the one thing you feel you need to improve on the most before your upcoming workouts?
Gronkowski: I don’t really feel like I need to improve on anything the most. I just need to get prepared and get in shape to where i was before my surgery in which it is coming along great! I need to keep working hard and just improving on all my overall skills everyday.

DraftSeason: Which current NFL tight end would you say you most resemble?
Gronkowski: I would either go with Jeremy Shockey or Tony Gonzalez. Both players are great Tight Ends in the NFL and love watching them both.

DraftSeason: During your career at Arizona which defender gave you the most trouble on the field?
Gronkowski: During my career USC defense always had a great defense and great game plans. Overall USC had a terrific defense and the most talented when playing vs them.

DraftSeason: If you had the chance to choose, which NFL quarterback would you like to be catching passes from next fall?
Gronkowski: If really doesn’t matter to me. What ever team I go to I will love catching passes from that QB. If I really had to choose it would be from one of the great ones in the Tom Bradys, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and much more.

DraftSeason: Using one word, describe the way you play the game of football.
Gronkowski: Physical!

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Isaiah Battle Enters Supplemental Draft

Clemston Tiger offensive tackle Isaiah Battle has thrown his name into the ring for the up coming NFL Supplemental Draft. Battle states family matters as the deciding factor in making the leap. Battle started 11/12 games for the Tigers last year and was the cornerstone of their offensive line. With another solid year, the Clemson bigman was in position to be one of the top tackles in the 2016 NFL Draft, but will now leave NFL GMs with a tough decision in the next few weeks. No question he has talent to be and NFL offensive lineman and could end up being a steal depending on where he is selected.

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JT Palmer Interview | Wide Receiver, Mercer

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DraftSeason: Your season came to an end early last year with a hand injury, making it two years in a row you have had to end the year on the sidelines. Hows is the body feeling heading into this year?
JT Palmer: I feel great heading in to this upcoming season. Breaking my wrist and having to sit for most of last season was extremely upsetting, but I have really been focusing on getting my hand back to 100% and training hard so that I can make a strong comeback for my last year playing college football.

DraftSeason: What is your number 1 personal goal heading into your final year at Mercer?
JT Palmer: The number one goal at all times is to bring home a championship. That’s what I want the most for myself and for my team. But, it would be nice to record some good stats along the way.

DraftSeason: What is your best trait as a receiver, and what do you feel you need to improve on the most?
JT Palmer: My best trait as a receiver is my ability to go up and take the ball. I really thrive in jump ball situations, and I feel that this allows me to make big plays. I’m always trying to improve on my route running. This off-season I have been working on the speed and sharpness that I sometimes lack in my route running ability.

DraftSeason: You are looked at as one of the best ‘small school’ receivers in college football. Do you feel playing for a smaller school helps or hurts you as you try to climb the charts amongst the top receivers in the nation?
JT Palmer: I don’t think that playing for a smaller school puts me at any sort of disadvantage. There are many great players that come from small colleges that continue to the next level as big time playmakers. In my mind, climbing the charts is based completely on ability. Mercer has provided me many opportunities as a football player and will continue to benefit me as I head into this season, and I’m very thankful to be apart of such an outstanding program.

DraftSeason: Best receiver in the NFL today?
JT Palmer: Megatron is, without a doubt, the best receiver in the NFL today.

DraftSeason: Best defender you have had the chance to play against during your career?
JT Palmer: Alex Avant and Jeremy James are two of the best cornerbacks I have gone up against in my career. Thank goodness they both play at Mercer and I don’t have to go against them on Saturdays.

DraftSeason: What is your passion off the field?
JT Palmer: I’ve helped my dad build two single engine aircraft in our garage. We both really enjoy flying, and I am currently in the process of getting my pilots license.

DraftSeason: Using one word how would you describe your style of play?
JT Palmer: Forceful.

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Purple Fantasy Forecast | Vikings Fantasy Football Preview

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Day by day June is slowly ticking away and with every passing second we get closer to August and the start of many fantasy football drafts around the world.  Today we take a look at the Minnesota Vikings roster to see if there are any players worth pinning your fantasy hopes on and where may be a good spot to take them.

RB Adrian Peterson

Peterson and the Vikings appear to have their negative shit set aside and he’s ready to roll with the team and continue his tremendous career after the unfortunate events of last season.  Peterson should have a monster season playing in Norv Turner’s RB friendly system and could put up career receiving numbers to go along with stellar as usually rushing yards.  He will be playing with the best QB he’s had since Favre was in town and should see very few stacked boxes with deep threat Mike Wallace  on the outside.
FORECAST: Peterson is a clear RB 1 this season and should be the first pick in many drafts, and by no means should slip past the third pick.

WR Charles Johnson

Many sites have Mike Wallace listed higher but if I have to draft only one Vikigns wide receiver this year, it’s going to be Johnson.  He showed what he can do a year ago when he broke onto the scene with 31 Rec, 475 yds, and a couple of TDs in just a handful of games.  He’s already formed a rapport with Bridgewater and appears very comfortable in Norv Turner’s offense.  He is a candidate to have a breakout year if he continues to progress.
FORECAST: WR 2 in most leagues, should come off the board in rounds 5-7 depending on league size.

WR Mike Wallace

Wallace is a tough nut to peg this season.  He’s been incredibly inconsistent on a week to week basis in recent seasons and now finds himself in a new offensive system with a new QB to get used to.  Still, with Adrian Peterson at RB, teams will be focused on shutting him down first.  This could create plenty of opportunities for Wallace to get deep and make some huge plays.  He’s a crapshoot for sure and a potential headache fantasy wise.
FORECAST: WR 2/3.  Rounds 6-8

TE Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph hasn’t been able to stay on the field in recent seasons and has been a fantasy disappointment because of it.  He’s got all the talent in the world and plays in a very tight end friendly system.  Teddy Bridgewater has been talking him up all offseason so he’s clearly going to be targeting him a lot.  This all comes down to Rudolph’s ability to stay healthy.  If he puts in a full 16 game season he could end up being a big fantasy steal.
FORECAST: TE 2 in most leagues but has upside to be a TE 1 if healthy.  Rounds 8-10

QB Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater is entering his second season in the league and could have a real solid year.  He’s got Adrian Peterson at RB this time around, which should open up the passing game even more. Bridgewater also has a new deep threat in Mike Wallace and should have a fully healthy Kyle Rudolph at his disposal.  Bridgewater proved fantasy worthy last season, as I personally rode him a couple of times in some key playoff victories.  He’s not yet a QB 1, and won’t approach numbers of Rodgers, Luck, and Brees, but he could be a capable spot starter and a very high end QB 2.
FORECAST: QB 2 in standard leagues, low end QB 1 in deeper leagues.  Rounds 9-12

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Patterson was a major fantasy bust a season ago, and lost his starting spot to Charles Johnson.  By all appearances, he has put the time in and is starting to win back the favor of the coaching staff. He will be a little more valuable in leauges that reward special teams points, but is still a longshot to be fantasy relevant in 2015.
FORECAST: WR 5/6  Late round flyer

K Blair Walsh

Walsh hasn’t quite been the kicker he was a couple of seasons ago and kicking outside in cold temperatures has surely done him no favors.  Still, the Minnesota Vikings could find themselves in a lot of low scoring games and Walsh should have plenty of opportunities to improve upon his last few seasons.
FORECAST: Top 10 Kicker  Last Round

MN Vikings DEF

The Vikings defense had some nice moments a season ago with a couple of defnsive touchdowns but have a chance to be much better.  They have added a talented young corner in Trae Waynes through the Draft as well as veteran Terrence Newman.  Those are major improvements over Josh Robinson.  Also they have youg stud Eric Kendricks at MLB and he will be a sleeper for anyone involved in IDP leagues. Everson Griffen should have another big season and the defense as a whole should be better with another full year in Zimmer’s aggressive system.
FORECAST: Top 12 DEF: Round 11-15

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Extremely Early Predictions for Vikings 53 Man Roster

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While it is only June 18th, it is NEVER too early to try and predict the Vikings final 53 man roster. A few notables who didn’t make the first round prediction were Mike Mauti, Chase Ford, and Josh Robinson, but we all know that could change very quickly. I also have the Vikings holding on to 3 quarterbacks with Kafka as the 3rd … but that is also something that is far from a lock.

Offense

Quarterback
Teddy Bridgewater, Shaun Hill, Mike Kafka

Running Back
Adrian Peterson, Jerrick Mckinnon, Matt Asiata

Wide Receiver
Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs

Tight End
Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, MyCole Pruitt

Offensive Line
Matt Kalil, Brandon Fusco, John Sullivan, TJ Clemmings, Phil Loadholt, Tyrus Thompson, David Yankey, Joe Berger, Michael Harris, Austin Sheppard

Defense

Defensive Line
Brian Robison, Linval Joseph, Sharrif Floyd, Everson Griffen, Scott Crichton, Tom Johnson, Danielle Hunter, Shamar Stephen, Justin Trattou

Linebackers
Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Chad Greenway, Gerald Hodges, Audie Cole, Brandon Watts, Casey Matthews,

Cornerback
Terrence Newman, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Jabari Price, Captain Munnerlyn, DeMarucs Van Dyke

Safety
Harrison Smith, Antone Exum, Robert Blanton, Anthony Harris

Specialists

Kicker
Blair Walsh

Punter
Jeff Locke

Long Snapper
Kevin McDermott

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