Draft scouting reports: Here's what they said about Vikings' biggest stars

Draft scouting reports: Here's what they said about Vikings' biggest stars

As you read about players who may end up with the Vikings in this year's draft, keep in mind that sometimes the experts don't quite get it right.

Hartman: Vikings made wise pick in taking Smith in 2012

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Vikings free safety Harrison Smith
ESPN.com ranked All-Pro safety Harrison Smith as the top first-round choice by the Vikings in past 10 years.

Vikings Mock Draft: Projecting every Vikings pick in all seven rounds

April 24
The Vikings could go in many different directions when selecting players for the 2018 NFL draft. Frank Ragnow, Billy Price and Troy Fumagalli are all
Adding Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson in free agency were big steps for the Vikings. The next is filling needs in the draft. Our ultimate Vikings Mock Draft features predictions for all seven rounds.

Cousins begins building foundation with Vikings — on and off the field

April 25
There's no doubt Kirk Cousins will be the alpha dog of a Vikings team that harbors Super Bowl expectations as it heads into 2018. But he knows better than to force himself into that role.

To sustain success, Vikings must avoid past draft mistakes

April 25
To sustain success in a league with thin margins and tight salary caps, a team must constantly replenish its stock of cheap, young contributors.
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Vikings general manager Rick Spielman

Success in numbers: Stockpiling draft picks has made Vikings winners

In the six NFL drafts Rick Spielman has led since he was given the Vikings' GM title in 2012 it's become abundantly clear his vision is: more picks are better.
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8:18pm

Vikings buying in bulk at NFL draft

Here are the 10 teams that have drafted the most players since 2012
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12:27pm
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman

Building the Vikings: Past trends could provide hints heading into draft

The current locker room represents over half of the United States, from Oregon to Florida. So can this tell us something about General Manager Rick Spielman's draft preferences?

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  • NFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Minnesota 13 3 0 .813 382 252 7-1 6-2
    Detroit 9 7 0 .563 410 376 4-4 5-3
    Green Bay 7 9 0 .438 320 384 4-4 3-5
    Chicago 5 11 0 .313 264 320 3-5 2-6
  • NFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 448 326 7-1 4-4
    Carolina 11 5 0 .688 363 327 6-2 5-3
    Atlanta 10 6 0 .625 353 315 5-3 5-3
    Tampa Bay 5 11 0 .313 335 382 4-4 1-7
  • NFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    Philadelphia 13 3 0 .813 457 295 7-1 6-2
    Dallas 9 7 0 .563 354 332 3-5 6-2
    Washington 7 9 0 .438 342 388 5-3 2-6
    NY Giants 3 13 0 .188 246 388 2-6 1-7
  • NFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Los Angeles 11 5 0 .688 478 329 4-4 7-1
    Seattle 9 7 0 .563 366 332 4-4 5-3
    Arizona 8 8 0 .500 295 361 5-3 3-5
    San Francisco 6 10 0 .375 331 383 3-5 3-5
  • AFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Pittsburgh 13 3 0 .813 406 308 6-2 7-1
    Baltimore 9 7 0 .563 395 303 5-3 4-4
    Cincinnati 7 9 0 .438 290 349 4-4 3-5
    Cleveland 0 16 0 .000 234 410 0-8 0-8
  • AFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    Jacksonville 10 6 0 .625 417 268 6-2 4-4
    Tennessee 9 7 0 .563 334 356 6-2 3-5
    Indianapolis 4 12 0 .250 263 404 3-5 1-7
    Houston 4 12 0 .250 338 436 3-5 1-7
  • AFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    New England 13 3 0 .813 458 296 6-2 7-1
    Buffalo 9 7 0 .563 302 359 6-2 3-5
    Miami 6 10 0 .375 281 393 4-4 2-6
    NY Jets 5 11 0 .313 298 382 4-4 1-7
  • AFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Kansas City 10 6 0 .625 415 339 6-2 4-4
    Los Angeles 9 7 0 .563 355 272 5-3 4-4
    Oakland 6 10 0 .375 301 373 4-4 2-6
    Denver 5 11 0 .313 289 382 4-4 1-7
  • Passing Yards
    C. Keenum MIN 3547
    S. Bradford MIN 382
  • Rushing Yards
    L. Murray MIN 842
    J. McKinnon MIN 570
    D. Cook MIN 354
    C. Keenum MIN 160
    M. Brown MIN 29
  • Receiving Yards
    A. Thielen MIN 1276
    S. Diggs MIN 849
    K. Rudolph MIN 532
    J. McKinnon MIN 421
    L. Treadwell MIN 200
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    E. Kendricks MIN 113
    H. Smith MIN 78
    A. Sendejo MIN 77
    A. Barr MIN 75
    L. Joseph MIN 68
  • Interceptions
    H. Smith MIN 5
    X. Rhodes MIN 2
    A. Sendejo MIN 2
    T. Waynes MIN 2
    (3) Players 1
  • Sacks
    E. Griffen MIN 13.0
    D. Hunter MIN 7.0
    B. Robison MIN 4.0
    L. Joseph MIN 3.5
    T. Johnson MIN 2.0
  • Passing Yards
    M. Stafford DET 4446
    D. Brees NO 4334
    M. Ryan ATL 4095
    K. Cousins WAS 4093
    R. Wilson SEA 3983
  • Rushing Yards
    T. Gurley II LAR 1305
    M. Ingram NO 1124
    J. Howard CHI 1122
    E. Elliott DAL 983
    C. Hyde SF 938
  • Receiving Yards
    J. Jones ATL 1444
    A. Thielen MIN 1276
    M. Thomas NO 1245
    L. Fitzgerald ARI 1156
    M. Jones Jr. DET 1101
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    B. Martinez GB 142
    D. Jones ATL 138
    B. Wagner SEA 133
    Z. Brown WAS 127
    L. Kuechly CAR 125
  • Interceptions
    D. Slay DET 8
    A. Bethea ARI 5
    M. Lattimore NO 5
    H. Smith MIN 5
    (5) Players 4
  • Sacks
    C. Jones ARI 17.0
    D. Lawrence DAL 14.5
    E. Griffen MIN 13.0
    C. Jordan NO 13.0
    R. Kerrigan WAS 13.0
  • Passing Yards
    T. Brady NE 4577
    P. Rivers LAC 4515
    B. Roethlisberger PIT 4251
    A. Smith KC 4042
    B. Bortles JAX 3687
  • Rushing Yards
    K. Hunt KC 1327
    L. Bell PIT 1291
    L. McCoy BUF 1138
    M. Gordon LAC 1105
    L. Fournette JAX 1040
  • Receiving Yards
    A. Brown PIT 1533
    K. Allen LAC 1393
    D. Hopkins HOU 1378
    T. Hill KC 1183
    R. Gronkowski NE 1084
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    P. Brown BUF 144
    J. Schobert CLE 142
    C. Kirksey CLE 138
    D. Davis NYJ 135
    C. Mosley BAL 132
  • Interceptions
    K. Byard TEN 8
    A. Bouye JAX 6
    E. Weddle BAL 6
    T. Boston LAC 5
    (3) Players 5
  • Sacks
    C. Campbell JAX 14.5
    J. Bosa LAC 12.5
    C. Heyward PIT 12.0
    Y. Ngakoue JAX 12.0
    T. Suggs BAL 11.0
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11:37am
Xavier Rhodes: 'The new facility is great, state of the art'

Xavier Rhodes: 'The new facility is great, state of the art'

Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen, Dalvin Cook and Kyle Rudolph spoke to the press Tuesday after the team's workout at its new practice facility in Eagan.
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10:45am
Brad Childress returns to head coaching with new football league

Brad Childress returns to head coaching with new football league

The former Vikings head coach will lead the Atlanta franchise in the professional Alliance of American Football league, set to debut in February 2019
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes an 11-yard reception for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct
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April 25
Kirk Cousins: 'It's a dream come true to have this opportunity'

Kirk Cousins: 'It's a dream come true to have this opportunity'

New Vikings QB Kirk Cousins talks about his first experiences with the team.
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April 25
In their final six quarters — the 29-24 "Minneapolis Miracle" victory over the Saints and the 38-7 NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia — th

'We're no Wall of America.' Vikings know they must learn from collapse

Vikings Insider: In their final six quarters — the 29-24 "Minneapolis Miracle" victory over the Saints and the 38-7 NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia — the Vikings gave up 62 points.
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April 25
Dalvin Cook speaks to the media last season.

Vikings' Cook making fast progress through grueling ACL rehab

Dalvin Cook is expected to particpate in organized team activities on a limited basis as he continues to come back from an ACL injury.
Vikings super fans Sid Davey and David Garza showed up in Canton to support the Vikings during their 1st preseason game of the season.
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April 24
Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is one of the top-five players in the 2018 NFL draft. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

Top 25 players in 2018 NFL draft, regardless of position

NFL writer Mark Craig offers his top 25 players available Thursday night.
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April 24
The Vikings offseason workouts were opened to the media for the first time this season. Vikings new quarterback Kirk Cousins got a head-start on the n

Access Vikings' first look at Cousins with his new team

New Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and other players worked out Tuesday at the Vikings' new Eagan headquarters.
Vikings
April 24
Spielman: Draft is 'fun 'because it's so unpredictable'

Spielman: Draft is 'fun 'because it's so unpredictable'

Vikings GM Rick Spielman breaks down his process for trying to draft the best players he can in the draft.
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April 24
Griffen: Adding Sheldon Richardson 'is music to my ears'

Griffen: Adding Sheldon Richardson 'is music to my ears'

Defensive end Everson Griffen pointed to defenses of Mike Zimmer’s past coaching jobs as examples of why a “dominant” three-technique defensive tackle is needed.
Vikings
April 24
The long-used, highly-endorsed gauge created by former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson to rank the value of draft picks has some competition now.

Jimmy Johnson draft chart still gets to the point on NFL draft picks

North Score: The gauge created by the former Cowboys coach to rank the value of draft picks has some competition now.
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April 24
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman introduced the "Draft Room" as members of the media were given a tour of TCO Performance Center, Friday, March 9

Listen: The Vikings' balancing act with 30th pick of NFL Draft

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the Vikings' options with the 30th-overall pick.
Vikings
April 24
Arkansas center Frank Ragnow (72), in action last season against New Mexico State, sits on the brink of his NFL dreams.

Ragnow's NFL draft journey, from Chanhassen High to the pros

Frank Ragnow, a talented offensive lineman from Victoria, is about to reach his NFL dream without his dad, Jon, who died of a heart attack in 2016.
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April 23

Offensive linemen the Vikings could consider selecting in the 2018 NFL draft

Here's four that might look good in Purple:
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April 23

2018 NFL draft information, first-round order

Round 1 will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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April 23
Salary cap update: Vikings have $15.7 million left after Kendricks contract

Salary cap update: Vikings have $15.7 million left after Kendricks contract

It’s safe to assume, though, the Vikings will have about $10 million in cap space left for 2018 once they’ve signed their draft class.
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April 23
By this measure, Vikings' 2018 schedule is actually relatively easy

By this measure, Vikings' 2018 schedule is actually relatively easy

The Vikings' schedule has been judged eighth toughest in the NFL based on last season's records. But there's a measure by which the 2018 opponents are in the bottom half of the league in difficulty.
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April 23
USC quarterback Sam Darnold

Mock, mock. (Who's there?) Our quarterback-centric mock draft

Star Tribune pro football writer Mark Craig sees an NFL draft in which the first round is dominated by the selection of quarterbacks, both in numbers and where they'll pick, So what's the Vikings' angle?

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