• ESPN ran its first 2018 NFL mock draft and had the Vikings selecting Martinas Rankin, a tackle out of Mississippi State, with the No. 29 overall pick. “There aren’t many glaring holes on this team,” Todd McShay wrote, “but Minnesota could still use reinforcements on the offensive line.”
• It’s amazing to think that there has never been a 12-month stretch in Minnesota history when all four men’s pro sports teams made the playoffs. With the Twins reaching the AL wild-card game, the Vikings clinching the NFC North, the Timberwolves looking like a lock for a spot in the Western Conference and the Wild in the playoff hunt, it might just happen this year. On top of that, the Lynx won the WNBA title for the fourth time in September.
• Latavius Murray on teaming with Jerick McKinnon to power the Vikings running game: “He’s a great teammate. I think it has been a lot of fun. We’re still continuing to get better and I think that is the great part about that. We try to complement each other and make each other better. As long as we have that going, we’re only going to be better individuals and better players. But for this team we want to be the best that we can. That’s that 1-2 punch and that’s what we want.”
• The Wolves’ 82 percent attendance for home games is a big jump from 76.5 percent in 2016-17, but it still ranks 29th out of 30 NBA teams, ahead of only Atlanta’s 75.4. Interestingly, the Pistons are 28th at 82.5 percent despite a new arena in Detroit and a winning record.
• The Vikings have over $41 million in salary coming off the cap after this season with the largest drop being Sam Bradford’s $18 million. Spotrac.com projects that the team will have more than $60 million in cap space heading into the 2018 season.
• Rivals.com rates Quinn Carroll, the 6-6, 280-pound tackle out of Edina, as the nation’s No. 30 high school prospect for 2019. He is being recruited hard by the Gophers and has offers from major schools all over the country.