Vikings: 2011 NFL draft

  • Vikings draft preview: An overview

    The final installment of a nine-part look at the Vikings draft. A closer look the key issues confronting first-year head coach Leslie Frazier as the draft fast approaches. Updated Apr. 28, 2011

  • Will the Vikings draft a quarterback? Will they pull off a trade? Follow the news and delve deeply into our predraft assessments leading up to Thursday’s first round of the three-day, seven-round NFL draft at

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  • Mark Craig's mock NFL draft

    Publish April 28, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 27, 2011 11:24 PM

    Yep, no need to step forward, folks. We all got it pretty much figured out, don't we? After what seemed like only 287 months of pre-draft hype, we are exhaust..., er, ready to roll!

     Cam Newton goes No. 1 to Carolina. Blaine Gabbert goes No. 7 to San Francisco. And former No. 1 prospect Da'Quan Bowers goes in the 10th round of the UFL because somewhere there's a guy who knows a guy who heard another guy say Bowers is slower than Oprah and this close to having his right leg amputated just above the meniscus.


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Rick Spielman

  • Trading down a possibility for Vikings

    Article By: JUDD ZULGAD , Star Tribune Publish April 27, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 27, 2011 10:58 AM

    If one of six coveted players does not fall to the team, there is a good chance they would trade down in the first round Thursday night.

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Erin Henderson (right)

Da'Quan Bowers

Donovan McNabb

Cedric Griffin

Carson Palmer

Marcus Sherels (right)

Jake Locker

  • The Vikings' quarterback quandary

    Article By: JUDD ZULGAD , Star Tribune Publish April 24, 2011 2:00 AM / Update April 25, 2011 8:34 AM

    The Vikings are like a lot of teams at the top of this year's draft list: They're looking for Mr. Right to lead their offense.

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Brooks Bollinger and Gus Frerotte

Blaine Gabbert

Patrick Peterson

A.J. Green

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Alabama running back Mark Ingram (22) fought his way for extra yards against Kentucky in 2008.

Marcell Dareus

Tyron Smith

Donovan McNabb

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph

Donovan McNabb

  • Vikings draft preview: Quarterbacks

    Article By: CHIPSCOGGINS , Publish / Update April 27, 2011 9:59 AM

    The Vikings hope to emerge from the draft with a long-term answer at quarterback, even if they have to use a short-term fix (Donovan McNabb?) to get there.

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Pat Williams

Vikings Sidney Rice pulls in a 6 yard TD pass from Tarvaris Jackson in...

Cedric Griffin (left)

  • Vikings draft preview Part V: Defensive backs

    Article By: JUDD ZULGAD , Publish / Update April 22, 2011 11:46 AM

    A look at the Vikings' situation in the defensive backfield. Hoping for the best, like a healthy and productive Cedric Griffin, is OK, but beefing up in the defensive backfield is the prudent plan of action.

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Steve Hutchinson

Ben Leber

Adrian Peterson

Ryan Longwell

Rick Spielman

  • Vikings first pick?

    Article By: JUDD ZULGAD , Star Tribune Publish / Update April 20, 2011 1:55 PM

    The Vikings could use their first-round pick on any one of five positions.

Chester Taylor

Leslie Frazier

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Miami - LP: B. Morris 4 FINAL
Washington - WP: M. Grace 6
NY Yankees - LP: C. Martin 1 FINAL
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 3
Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 2
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 5 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Los Angeles - LP: C. Hatcher 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 4
Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop 9 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich 10
Oakland - LP: J. Hahn 7 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 8
Texas - WP: K. Kela 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 1
Arizona 0 Postponed
Colorado 0
Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez 3 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker 2
San Diego - LP: T. Ross 0 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 2
Chicago 99 FINAL
Cleveland 92
LA Clippers 117 FINAL
Houston 101
NY Rangers 0 FINAL
Washington 1
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