VU Daily Blog: 3/28/11 - 4/3/11

The stadium bill and the pro days of several players in Vikings speculation made it an interesting week. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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NFL results show importance of quarterback: The Vikings are looking to draft a quarterback early and there is so...
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A couple of new #
Vikings follows on Twitter: S Husain Abdullah is @HAbdullah39 and WR Emanuel Arcenaux is @Eman_Arceneaux (changed account).

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Sunday slant: Critics convening?: The much-anticipated (and delayed) stadium bill is supposed to be introduced t...
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Frazier: D-line upgrade one way or another: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier maintains that they are very likely to ...
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Compensatory picks can matter: The Vikings haven't taken full advantage of their compensatory picks of late, but...
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Around the NFC North: The Bears should be looking to replace Tommie Harris, the Lions will be looking at another...
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Ramsey County last stadium site standing?: Officially, the bill that is supposed to be introduced next week does...
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Leslie Frazier, talking about intangibles of QBs, on @
KFAN1130: "Sometimes at that position, talent is not enough." #Vikings

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The book on: DE Robert Quinn: A suspension from North Carolina isn't the only thing defensive end Robert Quinn o...
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Vkings talk, too: RT @caplannfl: Lots of draft chatter ... Kolb speculation in this week's chat transcript: http://on-msn.com/hhZvfi

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Troubled Tar Heels Still Have Talent: One of the most anticipated Pro Days on the entire schedule, Thursday in C...
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No one's laughing at Mike Brown now: Back in 2006, Mike Brown stood nearly alone in opposition to the CBA signed...
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Analysis: Stadium letter vague so far: Two politicians are set to introduce a Vikings (or "people's") stadium bi...
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Who's No. 3? Few agree: The top two prospects at a number of positions seem to jump out. After that, however, ev...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2011 AT 07:42:00

DE Quinn, QB Yates impress at NC pro day

With the Vikings being represented among the 100-plus NFL coaches and personnel evaluators at the North Carolina pro day Thursday, defensive end Robert Quinn drew a big crowd and big comparisons. The Sporting News' reporton pro day had Quinn being compared to former Pro Bowl linebacker Shawn Merriman, and Quinn ran an impressive 4.59 in the 40-yard dash, according to Inside Carolina's report.

But Quinn wasn't the only prospect of interest. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin also drew a crowd, and interesting quarterback prospect T.J. Yates reportedly had a strong outing. Tar Heels coach Butch Davis made sure to put in a plug for Yates.

"One of the things that you keep hearing from the NFL scouts is that they love coming and watching our video and tape of our kids because what we do schematically – offensively, defensively and on special teams – is almost a carbon copy of what all 32 teams do in the National Football League," Davis said, according to the Inside Carolina pro day report. "You don't have to guess if a guy is a wishbone quarterback or a spread-option quarterback.

"You can see T.J. Yates doing two-minute drills, you can see personnel groupings and all of those things. … I think it helped Hakeem Nicks and all of those guys in previous drafts for having played in these schemes."

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The book on: QB Jake Locker: With Jake Locker getting praise for his pro-day performance Wednesday, it might be ...
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Son of former #
Vikings TE Steve Jordan. RT @ProFootballTalk: Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan has been invited to the draft.

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 AT 15:16:00

Vikings draft order adjusted with NFL decision

The NFL has delayed the forfeiture of a seventh-round pick by the Detroit Lions. The league initially stripped the Lions of their a seventh-rounder due to tampering charges brought by the Kansas City Chiefs, by the Lions appealed the decision and the league's announcement Thursday altered in a minor way the order for the seventh round.

Because of that, we have updated the full seven-round draft order we published on Monday and the listing in our extensive Vikings draft guide right here.

The NFL's decision pushed back the Vikings' final two picks in the draft by one selection. They now end up with the 215th and 236th picks overall, and the draft itself will now have 254 picks instead of the 253 originally scheduled.

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Fantasy Football Could Be a Nightmare: If there is no football in 2011, then there is also no fantasy football. ...
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According to @
JasonLaCanfora, the #Vikings are among the visits USC T Tyron Smith will be taking. Six others as well.

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A couple of interesting QB nuggets at @
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 AT 10:45:00

Locker gets strong reviews after pro day

Jake Locker's accuracy improved at his pro day Wednesday, but it wasn't just his stand-alone pro day that impressed those in attendance.

The Washington Huskies site on the Scout.com network talked with several analysts who attended the pro day, and Locker's progression from January to the end of March is what seemed to stand out to them.

"He's had time to just continue his development. I've said all along that I think his best football is ahead of him. I think today was just another indication," Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said. "You watch how crisp his drops were, his footwork, all of the things everybody says he doesn't do well, but you watched the improvement and the progression ... he's a special, special player."

Subscribers to VikingUpdate.com and Scout.com can view the myriad opinions from several analysts in attendance with this story.

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Locker can't completely shed accuracy concern: Jake Locker's pro day showed a more accurate quarterback without ...
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Holler: Easy fix to stadium infrastructure: The state's politicians will be looking at a stadium proposal soon, ...
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Frazier part of the NFL's fresh-coach trend: Leslie Frazier is one of seven first-time head coaches in the NFL. ...
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Intentional Hounding: DEs, QBs Trending: From training camp to the Super Bowl and all the offseason activity, In...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011 AT 16:51:00

Stadium debate set for tonight

The Vikings will be represented at a stadium debate tonight that is being hosted by the University of Minnesota Debate Team. The debate is entitled "Is Public Funding for a New Vikings Stadium Justified?" and kicks off at 7 p.m. at Willey Hall, Room 125/175.

Jeff Anderson, assistant director of public affairs for the Vikings, will be representing the team. Other participants include Art Rolnick, a senior fellow at the U's Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a former senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; state Sen. John Marty; and Cory Merrifield, founder of savethevikes.org.

The debate is free, open to the public and will include an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

Anderson said he was asked to participate by the debate team, saying the event is "designed to engage the public and foster a healthy discussion about the issue. Hopefully we have a respectful conversation where I can present the background on the team's stadium situation as well as the benefits of having professional sports in this community. My goal is to encourage people to view this not strictly as an economics issue but rather a quality of life issue and an image issue. The intangibles need to be focused on as well as the economic benefits."

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RT @
FO_DougFarrar: Locker missed on two 9-routes, but what I liked from Senior Bowl to the combine was an increase in intermediate accuracy.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:25:00
Locker's pro day mirrors other top QBs. No defense=they look good. RT @
FO_DougFarrar: Locker went 38 of 40...looked really good. #Vikings

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Scout.com Mock Draft: Dalton a Panther: In the latest installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Andy Dalton get...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011 AT 09:18:00

Stadium bill expected; L.A. market progressing, too

The Vikings are expected to get a stadium bill in front of legislators this week, maybe even as early as today, according to numerous reports.

The Los Angeles Times also reported recently that a design firm has been chosen for a proposed $1 billion stadium venue in downtown Los Angeles to house an NFL team. The area also has a competing project in the nearby City of Industry. But in order for Los Angeles to move to the construction phase of either project, it would need to have a deal in place to relocate a current NFL team, the Vikings being one of those often mentioned because of the lack of a new stadium to put them in a competitive financial situation with other NFL teams.

Los Angeles is the second-largest media market in the United States and has been without an NFL team since 1995.

On Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appeared to try to change the tenor of a potentially new local stadium, calling it a "people's stadium" instead of a Vikings stadium. The Metrodome, which is getting a new roof after its December collapse rendered it useless, was used more than 300 days a year, and a new stadium with a roof would likely have a similar impact on community events.

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The book on: QB Cam Newton: At the NFL Scouting Combine, Cam Newton drew a bigger crowd than Tim Tebow last year...
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Analysts agree: Ponder has question marks: The Vikings reportedly worked out former Florida State quarterback Ch...
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Vikings busy investigating quarterbacks: The Vikings can't be accused of not trying to get all the information t...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011 AT 11:38:00

Reports: Vikings add Ponder, Newton, Stanzi to workout list

The Vikings are expected to work out highly rated quarterbacks Christian Ponder of Florida State on Tuesday and Cam Newton of Auburn on Wednesday,according to NFL.com.

Previously, the Vikings reportedly visited with top QB prospect Blaine Gabbert of Missouri after his pro day earlier this month and also visited with Jake Locker of Washington. They have also spent additional time or are planning it with Andy Dalton of TCU and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, according to reports. The Vikings also worked out Ricky Stanzi earlier this month, according to the National Football Post.

The quarterback visits and workouts come as no surprise whatsoever, as Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has maintained all offseason that the team needs to solve its quarterback position and he would prefer to do that with a young quarterback that will be in the system for years and years.

Newton is considered a top-10 talent and is extremely athletic. However, his readiness for a pro-style offense and his character have come under fire. Ponder is considered a strong leader and an ideal fit in a West Coast offense, a version of which the Vikings will run under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, but there are concerns about his arm strength and durability.

There is no sure-fire quarterback in this draft, as each of the top prospects has been downgraded in one area or another.

Here are some videos of interviews and press conferences with some of those quarterbacks mentioned from the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine:

Cam Newton

Jake Locker

Christian Ponder

 

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011 AT 11:08:00

Lombardi critical of Vikings' non-QB areas, too

NFL.com analyst and former NFL personnel man Michael Lombardi acknowledges that the Vikings have a quarterback problem, but he doesn't limithis needs analysis to just that position. He sees a whole lot of holes that need to be filled.

Once of the areas of concern is what he calls one of the worst tackling secondaries in the league. That might be a bit of a surprise given the presence of Antoine Winfield.

"Their poor tackling is partially due to a lack of athletic talent in the back seven (linebackers and secondary)," Lombardi wrote. "The Vikings are slow on defense and having to face the Packers, Bears and Lions twice makes their lack of speed in the back seven even more obvious."

Lombardi says the Vikings can't force a pick at quarterback – which is what Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman also said last week – and says the rumors of interest in Kevin Kolb make sense. However, Lombardi doesn't think Kolb is worth a pick as high as the Vikings' No. 12 overall.

"From my viewpoint, I don't think so. If the Vikings are intent on trading for Kolb, they might want to move down to secure more picks," he wrote. "At that point, then they could deal their lower first rounder to Philadelphia knowing they would be the only team making that kind of offer."

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Analyst goes in-depth on top 10 QBs: Michael DiJulio, the chief assistant to NFL scouting's Dave-Te Thomas, brea...
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Eller, other alumni join court battle: Carl Eller and other NFL alumni have joined the fight to end the lockout....
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RT @
RavensInsider: UNC LB Quan Sturdivant has meeting with the Saints, visits w/ Buccaneers, #Vikings Bills, and a Falcons workout.

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Will D-linemen be victims of their depth?: The 2011 defensive line class is said to be as talented and deep as e...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011 AT 07:58:00

Another entrant for Vikings choosing DE

Last week, we detailed the debut of the Mock Draft Muncher">Mock Draft Muncher, the in-depth brainchild of Barry McBride over on the Browns site on Scout.com. It's a compilation of 44 mock drafts that spits out the top choices for each team, among other data that is "munched."

One of the mock drafts that has been updated since that posting was Pro Football Weekly, which had the Vikings choosing Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn with its March 7 mock draft. Now Nolan Nawrocki of PFW has the Vikings selectinganother Big Ten defensive end, J.J. Watt of Wisconsin.

Nawrocki says that the deep defensive line class "has been the talk of the draft" and he has two defensive ends – Florida's Da'Quan Bowers and North Carolina's Robert Quinn – being selected before the Vikings' pick at No. 12. When it gets to their selection, quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert of Missouri and Cam Newton of Auburn have already been selected.

In the Mock Draft Muncher, the Vikings are most often given Washington QB Jake Locker, followed by Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. Nawrocki has the Vikings bypassing them and going with Watt.

"Although common perception is that a 3-4 defense will select Watt to man the five-technique post, Watt played in'40' front in Wisconsin and possesses the type of power, energy and leadership traits desired by personnel boss Rick Spielman and new head coach Leslie Frazier," Nawrocki writes. "Watt can alleviate some of the pressure on Jared Allen, kick inside along Kevin Williams on third downs to create havoc inside, and mirror the type of power the division-champion Bears brought last season with Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije."

Nawrocki has Locker going to the Dolphins at No. 15 as the final quarterback selected in the first round.

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Full seven-round draft order: With the Vikings being awarded two compensatory picks, the full draft order has be...
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QB quest: Final stats, report card issued: After looking at passing and rushing statistics last week, NFL draft ...
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NFL always gets proper competition: The NFL always seems to get competition just when it needs it. Just look at ...
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Sunday slant: Saving the suffering: The autopsy report released last week on Dave Duerson is another reminder of...
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Around the NFC North: The Bears are expected to look for offensive linemen in the draft, the Lions could be look...
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NFC North news, notes and quotes: Devin Hester thinks the NFL has gone too far with the new kickoff rules. The L...
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Free-agent QB in play, Favre's not: The Vikings will search for a quarterback any way possible – via free agency...
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