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    Re: ***Vikings fans 2013 NFL Draft headquarters***

    Both Kiper and McShay of ESPN are picking Georgia Linebacker Alec Ogletree to the Vikes. Kiper says it's not secret that the Vikings covet a middle linebacker with that pick.



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    Re: ***Vikings fans 2013 NFL Draft headquarters***

    Was just watching the NFL Network and they were saying that both the Vikes and Bears love Te'o...they said that the Vikes were going to have to trade ahead of the Bears to get him and that they were hearing the Vikes were trying to do just that...

    I'm hoping that's all a smoke screen to make the Bears think they really want him...

    Spielman seems to be pretty good at keeping his real intentions a secret so it seems odd that he is showing so much love to Te'o and these rumors of the Vikes wanting him so bad are all over...makes me think smoke screen...



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    I just hope they don't take Manti "Lover Boy" Te'o. I'd love to get a WR and a CB in round one. So many different possibilities this year. All I know is I'm pretty comfortable with Spielman (sp?) on draft day



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    Re: ***Vikings fans 2013 NFL Draft headquarters***

    vikings really like te'o. better hope the bears take him at 20


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    Re: ***Vikings fans 2013 NFL Draft headquarters***

    I posted this link in another draft thread, but I'll put it here too. I'd prefer holding on to both first rounders rather than trading up for Austin. Williams could be a great addition.Sport Science: Sylvester Williams - NFC North Blog - ESPN



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    I think there are a lot of people who are just going with the general media opinion established after the national title game that Teo is garbage. And at that point, they were right. He was not worth a top 5 pick at all. Not even close.

    That being said, he is a MUCH better fit at 23 or 25. Teo isn't going to be the only NFL player on his team playing another team that completely outmatches his in athletic talent.

    He has tons of leadership ability, he is smartest on field ILB in the draft, he has the best on field instincts in the draft, and he had 7 picks last year (whether that was skill or luck is up for debate).

    I'm not saying I want him a ton or anything. I would rather have Arthur Brown because I think that he is a stud and is smart, athletic, and hits like a ton of bricks. If he were two inches taller he would go top 10. I'm just saying I'm not going to kill myself if they take Teo.

    Look at this dude: Vontaze Burfict Draft Profile vs Teo: Manti Te'o Draft Profile

    Burfict started all year for the Bengals and he had 127 tackles. If he can get 127 tackles, Teo can be a good player.

    It isn't going to doom the franchise taking an immediate starter with the 23rd freaking pick in the draft, if it even happens. Put your pitchforks down.


    Also, any situation where the Vikings would trade up would have to be extraordinary to make any sense.



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    The problem I have with Te'o is that the Vikes play the Packers and Lions twice a year...they spread you out and throw the ball...from what I've heard (I'm no draft expert), Te'o's coverage skills are not great and he's not fast enough to keep with anyone except a normal TE...

    I also hope they don't take Cordarrelle Patterson...I don't think he's proven anything yet and sounds like he could have bust potential...



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    Quote Originally Posted by clonehenge View Post
    The problem I have with Te'o is that the Vikes play the Packers and Lions twice a year...they spread you out and throw the ball...from what I've heard (I'm no draft expert), Te'o's coverage skills are not great and he's not fast enough to keep with anyone except a normal TE...

    I also hope they don't take Cordarrelle Patterson...I don't think he's proven anything yet and sounds like he could have bust potential...
    Honestly, I think the reason the vikings are drafting an ILB because their current one couldn't cover at all. To draft one they will be absolutely sure that they can keep him on the field on 3rd and medium and other situations where you might not want to go nickel. It all depends on the teams evaluation. A lot of people say his instincts make up for his lack of speed. He did have 7 picks last year, which is insane.

    I'm not a fan boy or anything, just trying to talk people off the ledge.



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    I'm not a huge Te'o fan but this guy was a top 5 NFL pick prior to his fake girlfriend coming back from the dead. If the Vikings take him, I could see it turning out very similar to when everyone passed on Randy Moss b/c of his issues and they later regretted it. Personally I don't think he's that talented (in comparison to Moss) but he did have 7 INT's this past year and was thought of as a good leader/teammate. I would have no issue if the Vikings take him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamJGray View Post
    I'm not a huge Te'o fan but this guy was a top 5 NFL pick prior to his fake girlfriend coming back from the dead. If the Vikings take him, I could see it turning out very similar to when everyone passed on Randy Moss b/c of his issues and they later regretted it. Personally I don't think he's that talented (in comparison to Moss) but he did have 7 INT's this past year and was thought of as a good leader/teammate. I would have no issue if the Vikings take him.
    Moss was a physical freak with an insane upside. You knew if you took him that he had the raw talent to be one of the greatest WR to ever play the game.

    I watched a lot of Manti over the last year. I just don't see it. If they do go that route, hopefully I'm wrong.

    Having said all of that, he's probably a fairly safe pick. I can't see him being a complete and total bust. But I don't ever see him being a 5 time Pro Bowler either.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jsb View Post
    God, I hope the Vikings aren't stupid enough to draft Te'o. A big mistake.
    I am not even a Viking fan but I live here in the Twin Cities and do not want him here. With his NFL money and fame, how will I ever be able to hang onto my imaginary French girlfriend, Monique? He will try and take her away from me; I just know he will.




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    Top 25 guys in positions of need are (roughly in order):
    Floyd DT
    Lotulelei DT
    Milliner CB
    Austin WR
    Warmack G
    Cooper G
    Richardson DT
    Vaccaro S
    Hayden CB
    Williams DT
    Ogletree ILB
    Te’o ILB
    Trufant CB
    Rhodes CB


    Provided they don't trade down I would be happy with any two from that list. There is almost no chance of them being able to get the top four, but beyond that any of them could fall to 23/25. The one I would be least happy with is Te'o, but if they take him at 25 the value is fine and it is their biggest position of need. No he will not likely be a star in the NFL, but if he is even a solid two down NFL MLB that can play as a rookie that is fine at that pick. Ogletree is probably the only three down 4-3 middle linebacker in the draft and he has so many questions around him who knows. My hope is actually that they trade down pick 25 and pick up Minter 5 to 10 spots later.


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    Re: ***Vikings fans 2013 NFL Draft headquarters***

    I think Hunter, Patterson, Allen, Woods, and Hopkins at WR are all second round type guys because of various problems. But if one from that group really stands out to Spielman it would be alright at 25.

    If at either WR or ILB they don't get one in the first two rounds they will probably take two at that position in the middle rounds. A guy like Klein comes to mind.


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    Nobody that passed on Moss regrets it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural View Post
    Nobody that passed on Moss regrets it.
    I'm confused. Is this sarcasm?


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