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Vikings draft preview: Uncertainty at quarterback returns for Vikings

StarTribune.com Note: Until the 2017 NFL draft starts April 27, we’ll take a look at where things stand at each Vikings position group. We’ll combine some in order to address as many as possible. Check for a new...
  • New: 6 hr 34 min ago

'Fumblaya' to well-wishes: Vikings fans send off Adrian Peterson

StarTribune.com More than anything, fans are excited about the Week 1 showdown between the Vikings and Saints on Monday Night Football now that Peterson is heading to New Orleans.
  • New: 6 hr 37 min ago

Listen: NFL draft is near; who will the Vikings take?

StarTribune.com Intro: A look at the Vikings' major areas of need in the draft; 20:00: Matt Vensel's round-by-round Vikings mock draft. 38:00: All-time Vikings draft steals. 43:00: Wait, Adrian Peterson might...
  • 16 hr 10 min ago

Vikings drafting a quarterback is unlikely, but a case can be made for the call

StarTribune.com With Teddy Bridgewater’s future uncertain and Sam Bradford signed only through 2017, it’s possible the Vikings could attempt to uncover a hidden gem in this week’s NFL draft.
  • 16 hr 28 min ago

Patrick Mahomes II's family didn't see football career coming

StarTribune.com Football was the sport he wasn’t supposed to pursue as a career.
  • 17 hr 23 min ago

The top 25 players in the 2017 NFL draft, period

StarTribune.com Our NFL Insider ranks the NFL draft’s top 25 players, regardless of position, team or projection.
  • 17 hr 59 min ago

Report: Adrian Peterson getting close to making his Saints debut in Minnesota

StarTribune.com Who says Adrian Peterson won’t open the 2017 season at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday Night Football?The former Vikings great very well could be there. As a member of the New Orleans Saints.According...
  • 23 hr 32 min ago

Favorite schools, most-picked positions and other Vikings draft trends

StarTribune.com When the Vikings drafted running back Adrian Peterson seventh overall in 2007, not only did they get a Hall-of-Fame talent, they also got rare stability at a position that other NFL teams have...
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NFL mock drafts: Vikings could trade up or hope to get lucky

StarTribune.com With mock drafts making final edits just days before the draft, here is round-up of how the Vikings might pick.
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The 25 biggest draft steals in Vikings history (Nos. 21-25)

StarTribune.com This week, I’ll be counting down the 25 biggest draft “steals” in Vikings history. This list encompasses several different eras of the draft and goes all the way back to the Vikings’ first draft...
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Vikings draft primer: D could be even better with the right defensive tackle

StarTribune.com Note: Until the 2017 NFL draft starts April 27, we’ll take a look at where things stand at each Vikings position group. We’ll combine some in order to address as many as possible. Check for a new...
  • 1 day 6 hr ago

Malik McDowell could be answer for Vikings at defensive tackle

StarTribune.com But questions remain about the talented Michigan State product’s work ethic.
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Blog Articles

Rick Spielman on a deep draft, trading up and maybe still taking a tackle

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — General Manager Rick Spielman this afternoon yakked it up with the local media about this weekend’s NFL draft, which starts Thursday night.The most interesting part of his 30-minute press...
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'It's going to be weird,' but Vikings defenders await chance to tackle Saints' Adrian Peterson

StarTribune.com (Andrew Krammer) — Kyle Rudolph is just glad he plays offense now that Adrian Peterson is officially a member of the New Orleans Saints.“So I don’t have to tackle him,” Rudolph said Tuesday as Vikings players...
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Vikings draft preview: Uncertainty under center returns for Vikings

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — Note: Until the 2017 NFL draft starts April 27, we’ll take a look at where things stand at each Vikings position group. We’ll combine some in order to address as many as possible. Check for a new...
  • New: 11 hr 47 min ago

Report: Adrian Peterson getting close to making his Saints debut in Minnesota

StarTribune.com (Mark Craig) — Who says Adrian Peterson won’t open the 2017 season at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday Night Football?The former Vikings great very well could be there. As a member of the New Orleans Saints.According...
  • 1 day 4 hr ago

Favorite schools, most-picked positions and other Vikings draft trends

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — When the Vikings drafted running back Adrian Peterson seventh overall in 2007, not only did they get a Hall-of-Fame talent, they also got rare stability at a position that other NFL teams have...
  • 1 day 6 hr ago

Vikings draft primer: D could be even better with the right defensive tackle

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — Note: Until the 2017 NFL draft starts April 27, we’ll take a look at where things stand at each Vikings position group. We’ll combine some in order to address as many as possible. Check for a new...
  • 1 day 11 hr ago

Vikings draft preview: Kicker, punter competitions could reshape specialists

StarTribune.com (Andrew Krammer) — Note: Until the 2017 NFL draft starts April 27, we’ll take a look at where things stand at each Vikings position group. We’ll combine some in order to address as many as possible. Check for a new...
  • 3 days ago

Vikings draft preview: need depth at WR and TE (and Treadwell to step up)

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — Note: Until the 2017 NFL draft starts April 27, we’ll take a look at where things stand at each Vikings position group. We’ll combine some in order to address as many as possible. Check for a new...
  • 4 days ago

Vikings to open 2017 at home against Saints on 'Monday Night Football'

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — The Vikings open the 2017 season at home on “Monday Night Football.”The NFL’s regular season schedule will be released tonight at 7 p.m. CT, but a source confirmed this afternoon that the Vikings...
  • 5 days ago
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Vikings draft preview: Will a 'loaded' corner and safety class entice another addition?

StarTribune.com (Andrew Krammer) — Note: Until the 2017 NFL Draft starting April 27, we’ll take an exclusive look at the Vikings’ draft. We’ll combine some positions in order to address as many areas as possible. Check for a new...
  • 5 days ago
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Vikings draft preview: Spielman has history of targeting linebackers late in the draft

StarTribune.com (Mark Craig) — Note: Until the 2017 NFL Draft starting April 27, we’ll take an exclusive look at the Vikings’ draft. We’ll combine some positions in order to address as many areas as possible. Check for a new...
  • 6 days ago
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With no first-round pick, Vikings will hold fan festival on draft's final day

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — With no first-round pick — for now, at least — the Vikings are combining their annual first-night draft party and their day-three fan festival into a one-day event at U.S. Bank Stadium on...
  • 7 days ago
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Vikings draft preview: Offensive line overhaul to continue in search for right guard

StarTribune.com (Andrew Krammer) — Note: Until the 2017 NFL Draft starting April 27, we’ll take an exclusive look at the Vikings’ draft. We’ll combine some positions in order to address as many areas as possible. Check for a new...
  • 7 days ago
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Another surgery for Mike Zimmer as Vikings begin offseason workout program

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — Most, if not all, of the Vikings have voluntarily reported to Winter Park today for the start of the team’s offseason workout program. But coach Mike Zimmer is not expected to be in the building...
  • 8 days ago
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BYU's Jamaal Williams has interesting backstory, Vikings' attention

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — While reporting from the scouting combine in Indianapolis last month, I wrote a story for the paper about a deep, talented running back class that excited the Vikings and the rest of the NFL. In...
  • 11 days ago
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Class and humility personified, Dan Rooney will be missed but never forgotten

StarTribune.com (Mark Craig) — Dan Rooney had a good sense about everyone because he looked past no one.The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers owner, who died today at age 84, was a Hall of Famer as a football contributor, a six-time...
  • 12 days ago
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Analysts: Impact tight ends available for Vikings in the NFL Draft

StarTribune.com (Andrew Krammer) — Will the Vikings continue to address the tight end position alongside Kyle Rudolph?Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks, former NFL scouts and current draft analysts for the NFL Network, are among...
  • 12 days ago
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Is Malik McDowell a project worth taking on for Mike Zimmer's Vikings?

StarTribune.com (Matt Vensel) — The Vikings, perhaps on the hunt for their next three-technique defensive tackle of the future with Sharrif Floyd’s career in jeopardy, got a close look last month at one of the most enigmatic...
  • 13 days ago
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A look at the NFL Draft's top guard options for the Vikings

StarTribune.com (Andrew Krammer) — No first-round pick, no problem at right guard?The Vikings watched last year as two NFC North rivals found promising offensive linemen in the NFL Draft’s second round. The Packers (Jason Spriggs,...
  • 14 days ago
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A metric ranks Vikings with one of best, and worst, hauls in NFL modern draft era

StarTribune.com (Andrew Krammer) — Only four classes in the modern NFL draft era failed to register an “approximate value” (AV) for their team, based on the unique metric at Pro Football Reference.One of those notorious labels...
  • 15 days ago
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