Vikings could continue to stockpile pass-rushers in draft

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Vikings could continue to stockpile pass-rushers in draft

Post by Mothman » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:30 am

By Ben Goessling

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_ ... s-in-draft
If there's any spot on the Minnesota Vikings' defense that wouldn't seem to need much attention a month from now in the NFL draft, it'd be defensive end. Everson Griffen, who is coming off back-to-back double-digit sack seasons and a trip to the Pro Bowl, doesn't turn 29 until December. Danielle Hunter -- the 6-foot-6 dynamo who recorded six sacks as a rookie -- is only 21.

Brian Robison had five sacks at age 32 last season. The Vikings brought back Justin Trattou to see if he can build on the flashes he's shown and they still have 24-year-old Scott Crichton, a third-round pick in 2014 who's looking to turn a corner in his third year.

And yet, it would be wholly within the Vikings' draft strategy -- and very much in keeping with their approach to roster construction -- to spend another pick next month on an athletic pass-rusher.
More at the link. It's an interesting read!
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Post by Texas Vike » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:17 pm

Mothman wrote:By Ben Goessling

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_ ... s-in-draft
More at the link. It's an interesting read!
I think it makes sense. There is some serious talent at the position this year too. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they go Dline with #23.
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Re: Vikings could continue to stockpile pass-rushers in draf

Post by cmoss84 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:19 pm

I'm completely ok with going DE or another defensive position for a few of our early round picks. One way to make our offense better is to make our defense the best in the league. How great would that be if WE could boast the best defense...not Seattle, not Carolina, but us. Is the offensive line or wide receiver core perfect? Not by any means, but they're not bad either. Maybe I'm getting greedy wanting our already-really good defense to get better. But I don't care-let's shoot for being a nasty defense.
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Post by PurpleKoolaid » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:41 pm

I could see them getting some run defenders before stockpiling Dline/LB's. I think this is the way they go, they will address the Oline and maybe a WR later in the draft. Zimmer wants this team to be a defensive monster. But thats not going to help Teddy much. I would do the opposite. I would go Oline and a WR to start, and finish with defensive players. Except Billings. Hes going to be hard to pass up if he is there.
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Post by jackal » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:33 pm

I could see us getting a DT at 23 especially if there is a total run stopper there

another OLB maybe SS maybe ? OG maybe
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Post by Angels Wings » Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:25 am

what about RB? I mean AD is a beast and all but, he's 31 and while I think he probably has 2-3 good years left in him, I think that drafting a nice young back that can take the load off AD. I like Asiata and McKinnon but they aren't going to be the kind of guys you eventually can depend on to carry the ball 25-30 times a game. The front office would know what we have in those guys better than I, but just a thought.
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Post by dead_poet » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:07 am

Angels Wings wrote:what about RB? I mean AD is a beast and all but, he's 31 and while I think he probably has 2-3 good years left in him, I think that drafting a nice young back that can take the load off AD. I like Asiata and McKinnon but they aren't going to be the kind of guys you eventually can depend on to carry the ball 25-30 times a game. The front office would know what we have in those guys better than I, but just a thought.
Depends on who is there. I think it's a year early to take a RB and next year's class should be pretty good. But there are some solid names that should be available on day 3.
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Post by PurpleMustReign » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:09 pm

Henry wasn't drafted yet, right?

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Post by fiestavike » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:14 pm

PurpleMustReign wrote:Henry wasn't drafted yet, right?

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Derrick and Hunter are both still on the board. :tongue:
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Post by dead_poet » Mon May 23, 2016 3:23 pm

Anybody know if my guy Drew Ott is signed anywhere? I can't see that he has and to be an UDFA at this point would be a little surprising.
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Re: Vikings could continue to stockpile pass-rushers in draf

Post by S197 » Tue May 24, 2016 6:50 pm

All I can find is as of May 2nd he was still a FA.
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