Such as they are… Offensive linemen don’t get their highlight reels uploaded to YouTube. Chris Degeare is the final player in the following video. The Minnesota Vikings picked the Wake Forest offensive lineman with number 30 of the fifth round (161 overall). Degeare is 6’4″, 325 lbs and has 43″ arms. Profiles: NFL | NFL Combine | NFL Draft Scout | ESPN | Wake Forest.
With the second pick of the fourth round (100th overall) that the Minnesota Vikings got from their trade with the Detroit Lions, the team chose USC defensive end, Everson Griffen. Griffen stands 6’3″ and weighs in at 273 lbs. He runs a 4.66 40 and his arms are 32 5/8 inches long. Griffen is considered second-round talent by many draft observers. Profiles: NFL | ESPN | NFL Draft Scout | USC | Gridiron Experts. Video (Griffen wore #93 in college):
The Vikings are in an extremely enviable position for the second round of the NFL Draft, having traded out of the first round with the Detroit Lions last night. The Vikings traded their 1st round pick (30th) and 4th round pick (128th) for Lions’ 2nd round pick (34th), 4th round pick (100) & 7th round pick (214th).
Sitting that high up in the draft with two top quarterbacks still available (Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen), the Vikes are in a position to nab their choice if they do indeed want to draft a QB, or take offers to trade down again from teams still in need of a signal-caller.
Draft junkies know that the Vikings (as do a lot of teams) go to some lengths to make other teams think something that may not be true with regard to the Vikes’ draft intentions. Today is an instance where that might just be paying off.
It came as no surprise to me, then, when I read in this morning’s Star Tribune that Steve Mariucci, an NFL Network draft analyst and longtime FoF (Friend of Favre) say that the 40-year-old QB has not yet recovered from the ankle injury he suffered against those cheaters, the New Orleans Saints. For good measure, Mariucci added “He’s trying to determine: Is his body telling him something here? Or is he going to be feeling better in due time. He still hasn’t made up his mind.”
Well, is Brett Favre really going to return for another season if his ankle has yet to heal? Will the Vikings draft a quarterback as insurance? Raising these questions among the quarterback-needy that remain in the draft, only benefits Chilly and company. We’ll see how it plays out today but I’m liking where we sit.
Jimmy Clausen Video Highlights
Colt McCoy Video Highlights
This should come as no surprise but I’m all for a new Vikings stadium. I like stadiums. I LOVE stadiums. I want opulent stadiums. My paper trail is long on this topic; I’ve been in the yea column since, what? 1997 when the Twins first started talking about a new ballpark.
Senate Tax Chair Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, talks with Capitol Report host Julie Bartkey about the framework for funding a news Minnesota Vikings Stadium. Senator Bakk’s interview was taped earlier today, and the entire Capitol Report program, including comments from officials from the Minnesota Vikings, will air Sunday, April 18th, on the Minnesota Channel and local PBS stations. Found at YouTube from UpTakeVideo.
This is a greatFresh Air interview with Brian Billick, the former Vikings assistant, and Baltimore Ravens’ head coach, about what it’s like to be a coach of an NFL team.
From the NPR web site: On January 28, 2001, Coach Brian Billick led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants. The Ravens became only the third wild card team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl — and gave Baltimore its first Super Bowl title in 30 years.
Billick played college football at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Brigham Young University. He was drafted in 1977 by the San Francisco 49ers, but never played in the NFL.
Billick spent nine seasons as the Ravens’ head coach after seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings. After leaving the Ravens, Billick immediately took a position as an analyst with NFL on FOX. Billick’s new book, More Than a Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL, details his long career in the NFL and analyzes current trends in the league.