Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by MikethePurple » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:39 am

From what I read, Elflein had more success in his moves from G and C where Feeney struggled in positions outside of RG. Spielman has said how much they value versatility in position especially given all the injuries from last year. I'm guessing that played a large role in taking Elflein over Feeney.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by fiestavike » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:21 am

MikethePurple wrote:From what I read, Elflein had more success in his moves from G and C where Feeney struggled in positions outside of RG. Spielman has said how much they value versatility in position especially given all the injuries from last year. I'm guessing that played a large role in taking Elflein over Feeney.
Lieber lit up Feeney before the draft. He said he really gets no push, stands up out of his stance and wrestles with the defender. That's all fine in the right scheme, but doesn't sound like what Sparano was seeking last year anyway. Add in the concussions and Elfilein is much the better fit.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by Mothman » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:32 am

HardcoreVikesFan wrote:Glad we got a starting type offensive lineman. Not so sure about passing on Dan Feeney however. Time will tell, but I don't hate this pick.
If they really are transitioning to a zone blocking scheme, as you were wondering in another thread, Feeney might have been an ideal choice to play guard in that scheme. I'm happy with the Elflein pick though. He has the potential to excel in the middle of their line and I think he was a good value in R3 (Feeney would have been too).
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by Mothman » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:34 am

fiestavike wrote: He played G and C there. I bet they start with the veteran at C and Elflein at G, if he wins the job.
It's also possible Berger is planning on retiring and Elflein and Easton will be competing to start at center.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by fiestavike » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:37 am

Mothman wrote: It's also possible Berger is planning on retiring and Elflein and Easton will be competing to start at center.
True. I'm hoping Berger would've decided already if he was going to retire, but you never know. One more year would be nice to help bridge the gap.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by 720pete » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:11 am

So we drafted the second Center of the draft, in the third round. Is this guy a week 1 starter or no?
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Post by fiestavike » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:13 am

720pete wrote:So we drafted the second Center of the draft, in the third round. Is this guy a week 1 starter or no?
Yes, I think so.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by Texas Vike » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:31 pm

Liked this pick. I wish we'd have followed it up with another OL soon after instad of Gedeon.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by Pseudo Everything » Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:45 pm

Glad we moved up to take Elflein (who Zimmer thought would be more of a center due to lack of size).

How bad was this year's OL class:

Gil Brandt: Only 10 OL taken in first 3 rounds -- tied for 2nd fewest in common draft era
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by Maelstrom88 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:17 pm

From what I read about him he is smart and has a great work ethic and he started 40 consecutive games after a foot injury his first year. Sounds promising to me. I'm not thrilled with the state of the line but with how quick the ball comes out under Shurmur I feel they will be good enough.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by halfgiz » Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:12 pm

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Mike Zimmer: Pat Elflein will begin at center. Played guard before, but he's a really good center.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by Rock45 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:58 pm

Great pick. Best pick they made.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by 808vikingsfan » Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:08 am

Rock45 wrote:Great pick. Best pick they made.
I think you might be right about this. Vikings finally get an anchor for this OL. Reminds me of when the Vikings picked up Linval on the other side.
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by J. Kapp 11 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:18 pm

Mothman wrote: It's also possible Berger is planning on retiring and Elflein and Easton will be competing to start at center.
Have you heard something, Jim?
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Re: Vikings select C/G Pat Elflein, Ohio St.

Post by Mothman » Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:44 pm

J. Kapp 11 wrote:Have you heard something, Jim?
I've heard a few unsubstantiated rumors but he tossed out the idea of retirement a couple of years ago and I think he said early this offseason that he had some thinking to do. He missed time with a concussion last year and he turns 35 next month so I'm thinking it's a possibility.
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