Tice Hints at Taking WR at No. 7

Over the last couple of years, Mike Tice has refined his covert actions heading into the draft, throwing out red herrings to throw the media off the track of the team's true intentions. So, it with some skepticism that VU hears Tice's plans for using the seventh overall pick on a wide receiver.

When it comes to Mike Tice making public announcements about players he's considering drafting, VU has learned to be skeptical. Not that Tice is a liar, but that he has learned from his previous mistakes.

When Tice was a rookie head coach, he was extremely forthcoming about players the team was looking at -- a position VU appreciated, but publicly acknowledged wouldn't last long. Sure enough, after proclaiming his man-love for DT Ryan Sims, the Cowboys and Chiefs swung a last-second deal to move the Chiefs ahead of the Vikings and KC ended up with Sims. The following year, Tice extolled the virtues of DT Jimmy Kennedy to a compliant media, only to take Kevin Williams and state later he was their man all along.

So it is with some trepidation that VU accepts Tice's comments Thursday from Hawaii about being interested in one of the top wide receivers in next month's draft. Could the Vikings end up with either Braylon Edwards or Mike Williams? Sure. Will it happen? Not if Tice keeps to his track record of throwing out red herrings.

* The team announced a five-year contract extension Thursday to keep KFAN as the its flagship station.
* As it stands now, the projected starting lineup at linebacker for the Vikings will have Sam Cowart in the middle and Napoleon Harris and Dontarrious Thomas on the outside.
* The team shuffled some defensive duties. To the shock of none, Ted Cottrell was given the title of assistant head coach.
* From the "What the...?" department comes this: Among the defensive changes was to name Chuck Knox Jr. "coverage coordinator." Apparently the secondary needs a coach to tell them where to go on pass plays ... or Tice just likes inventing new words and positions for his coaches.

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