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Zulgad: Vikings still have at least three key questions to answer

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

The Vikings’ regular-season opener remains four months away, but new coach Mike Zimmer has a pretty good idea of what his roster will look like when the team reports to training camp this July in Mankato.

The last major step in that process occurred over the weekend when general manager Rick […]

Zulgad: Spielman not bothered by late-round picks’ hit-and-miss nature

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Rick Spielman was named the Vikings’ vice president of player personnel in May 2006 and began playing a significant role in the draft process the following spring.

Spielman and coach Brad Childress worked together until November 2010 when the latter was fired. For much of the time, […]

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 […]

Vikings Have 4 Picks On Drafts Final Day

By sdswanson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Vikings have addressed needs at quarterback, linebacker, defensive line and running back through the first two days of the draft.

They enter the final day Saturday with four more picks and a glaring need for depth in the defensive backfield. The Vikings have two choices in […]

Profile of newest Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Teddy Bridgewater is the Vikings quarterback of the future.

That’s what GM Rick Spielman hopes, anyway, after selecting Bridgewater with the No. 32 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Here is a quick glance at Bridgwater:

In his junior season at Louisville, passed for 3,970 yards and […]

Vikings GM Rick Spielman: ‘You can’t coach what [Anthony Barr] has’

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings fans may be disappointed the team didn’t take Johnny Manziel, but GM Rick Spielman sounds thrilled with his latest addition.

The Vikings instead selected UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.

“You can’t coach what he has,” Spielman said of Barr. “It was the same conversation last year with […]

Mackey: What should Vikings do if every QB is still on the board at 8?

By pmackey@1500espn.com

With the NFL draft set to begin on Thursday night, the most important question for the Minnesota Vikings might be this:

If the first seven teams all pass on quarterbacks, should Rick Spielman pull the trigger on Johnny Manziel (or whichever QB he has ranked No. 1 on the draft board) at […]

Zulgad: Unlike last year, Day 2 of the draft should grip Vikings fans

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

The Vikings were content to be bystanders on the Friday night of the NFL draft a year ago.

General manager Rick Spielman had pulled off a trade with New England to get back into the first round the previous day in order to grab play-making wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson with the 29th […]

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 […]

Spielman says he’s had no ‘specific talks’ with Rams about Bradford

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings aren’t shopping Christian Ponder and general manager Rick Spielman wants to be clear that he’s had no ‘specific talks’ with the St. Louis Rams about acquiring Sam Bradford.

There are a few reasons to avoid such a deal, Bradford’s current contract ($17.6M in 2014, […]