>Vikings doing homework for supplemental draft
Vikings VP of player personnel Rick Spielman confirms to Charley Walters there are three legitimate draftable prospects in this Thursday’s NFL Supplemental Draft – Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver, Maryland offensive tackle Jared Gaither and Nebraska offensive lineman Chris Patrick. Viking scouts were at individual workouts for all three players and know who they are in terms of athletic talent and ability. But Spielman also confirms that the character factor will be paramount in their interest in any of the three, hinting at least the Vikings could simply pass. No surprise there, and there are indeed character issues with all three that are the reasons they weren’t in the regular draft back in April. Still, he acknowledges that both Oliver and Gaither are talented football players. Is he telling the truth or sending up a smokescreen? For both Oliver and Gaither, their problems were with school academics, not necessarily off-field issues or run-ins with the law. Either way, the Vikings will have done their homework.
>Supplemental draft scouting report
The folks at PFW have it covered with their scouting report of all eleven players eligible for Thursday’s supplemental draft.
>Rookie Williams joins “Club Swasey”
Vikings rookie wide receiver Chandler Williams is among the latest players “Club Swasey,” the offseason workout regimen at the University of Miami. UM strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey has created the intense workout that dozens of pro players participate in, including Ed Reed, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and Jonathan Vilma to name a few. Williams was apparently pushed to his limits there recently. Here’s the story which also includes a link to video.
>Frazier keyed Colts success last season
We picked up the following on an Indianapolis Colts fan website: “The only real cause for concern is the loss of secondary coach Leslie Frazier to Minnesota. Frazier was a huge reason why the Colts secondary developed into such a strong group the last two years.” The new Vikings defensive coordinator is confident he can improve the team’s pass defense in 2007.
>Bollinger preparing for career as coach someday?
Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger is in his hometown of Grand Forks, N.D. this weekend for his fourth annual football camp. His Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers Camp is being held on the campus of the University of North Dakota (UND). You can link to a video clip from this KXMC story. One also wonders if Bollinger isn’t likely to rapidly ascend into a coaching career whenever his playing days are over. Bollinger is considered by Brad Childress to be a veteran mentor for Tarvaris Jackson, even though he has made only nine NFL starts in four seasons. He is the son of a football coach. And he’s worked under Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who both cut their teeth on offense back in their Wisconsin Badger days. Bollinger plans to spend the rest of his summer until training camp opens at the family’s lake home in Bemidji, Minn.
>Ex-Viking receiver Kenny Clark gives back to high school
Former Vikings wide receiver Kenny Clark recently donated $5,000 to Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., where he went to high school. Clark spent most of three seasons with the Vikings, mostly on their practice squad. Also of interest is this article reports that since Clark's injury in 2005, he receives $250,000 a year from the NFL for life. Apparently the league’s disability policy is much-improved from the days of Brent Boyd and others.
>McKinnie’s cousin pursuing football goals at Delaware
Viking offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie’s cousin, Marvin McKinnie, is hoping to take a similar path to pro football stardom. After spending two years at a junior college, he has transferred to former Viking Rich Gannon’s alma mater, Delaware, to play football this fall according to this story. Bryant McKinnie spent a couple years at Lackawanna College before transferring to THE University of Miami en route to his NFL career.
>Dungy releases book
Former Vikings defensive coordinator Tony Dungy has a new book called “Quiet Strength” out which focuses just as much with his Christian faith off the field as it does his coaching philosophies on the field. His time as the Vikings defensive coordinator under Dennis Green was the real stepping stone for Dungy becoming a head coach in the NFL, and Dungy credits Green, along with former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll, as helping him shape his approach to football. Here’s a link to an AP story on the book release.
>Wade still hangs with his Windy City teammates
New Vikings wide receiver Bobby Wade apparently still has connections with his former Chicago Bears teammates according to this Chicago Sun-Times report.
>Details on Johnson’s contract with Texans
According to the Houston Chronicle, former Vikings receiver Bethel Johnson signed a one-year deal worth $650,000 in signing with the Houston Texans yesterday. Given the Vikings healthy position in terms of the salary cap, money was obviously not the primary reason they didn’t re-sign Johnson.
>Vikings check in at No. 26 in Power Rankings
According to this blog, “Rick Spielman, Brad Childress and Co. swear they have a plan, but it's hard to see it panning out anytime soon. They're relying on second-year QB Tarvaris Jackson, but that's a tall order when he's missing dependable receiving options. They defense is a strength, but the offense may be a liability.”