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Four trades and 10 picks: Recapping the Vikings’ 2014 draft

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman maneuvered four draft-day trades to turn eight picks into 10 players in the 2014 NFL Draft that wrapped up Saturday.

The first big splash game just before 11 p.m. CT on Thursday night when Spielman, for the third consecutive year, traded back into the […]

Former WR/RB Barr takes his transition to the highest level, the NFL

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – When a team yearning for help at linebacker selects one in the top-10 picks of the NFL Draft, you wouldn’t expect the draft choice to go relatively unnoticed.

That is, unless the team also craves a quarterback and takes one later in the same round.

That appears […]

Vikings select a DT, LB and DB in the final round of the NFL Draft

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings took one player at each level of the defense in Saturday’s final round of the NFL Draft.

General manager Rick Spielman conducted his fourth draft-day trade of the three-day session when he swapped picks with both Atlanta and Carolina to amass three seventh-round selections.

The Vikings took […]

Draft week preview: Cornerbacks

By akrammer@1500espn.com

A day before the NFL Draft, there still isn’t a consensus on who is the top cornerback or even what position group the Minnesota Vikings are focusing on with the No. 8 overall pick.

General manager Rick Spielman has used five first-round picks in his two seasons with full control of […]

The ultimate question: is QB hardest position to draft and develop?

By apnews@1500espn.com

With a record 102 early entrants declaring for this NFL draft, the depth of talent is obvious. Quarterbacks are no exception, with a trio of potential top-10 picks and another half-dozen or so prospects projected as viable mid-round options.

This ought to be an ideal scenario, then, for teams in this pass-driven […]

Draft week preview: Linebackers

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings defense needs help.

That help should start in the front seven for this year’s NFL Draft. The Vikings are in need of another defensive tackle, but should also look to bolster an inexperienced linebacker group, while planning for the future as 31-year-old Chad Greenway plays out the last […]

The Sports Over Beers podcast talks NFL and Vikings with Tom Pelissero

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

Looking for Vikings information and general NFL discussion in advance of the NFL Draft (just two short weeks away)?

The Sports Over Beers podcast has what you’re looking for. (Subscribe to the RSS here; or get the podcast feed from feedburner here.)

Give …

Source: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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Should the Vikings draft a first-round quarterback?

By Michael David Smith

Will the Vikings draft a quarterback with the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft? That’s the big question as we examine the Vikings’ draft needs. Three years ago, the Vikings used their first-round pick on a quarterback, Christian Ponder. Although Ponder remains on the roster, no one thinks he’s […]

PFT’s 2014 NFL Draft visit / workout report is up and running

By Mike Wilkening

As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, we’re keeping tabs on prospect visits, workouts and meetings conducted by all 32 NFL teams. And to that end, we’ve compiled a working list of prospects linked to clubs that we’ll update until the draft begins on Thursday, May 8. With every team talking to […]

Vikings to hold private workout with QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings are moving swiftly through their quarterback workouts in preparation for May’s NFL Draft.

On Friday, the Vikings are set to work out Eastern Illinois quarterback prospect Jimmy Garoppolo, per ESPN reports.

Garoppolo has recently received high praise from football experts as NFL Media’s Charley Casserly claimed Garoppolo […]