VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/12

Your daily source for all the news, information, commentary and analysis on the Minnesota Vikings.

>Vikings pass on supplemental prospects
The Vikings were not players in today’s supplemental draft.  Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver was taken by the San Diego Chargers (picking 28th) in the fourth round.  Maryland offensive tackle Jared Gaither went to the Baltimore Ravens (selecting 31st) for their fifth-round pick.  In both cases, the Vikings could have nabbed either player in the same round with their pick being higher, so obviously the academic concerns with both players had them shying away.  With these selections, San Diego and Baltimore forgo the corresponding picks in the 2008 NFL Draft.  No other players were selected, but Nebraska’s Chris Patrick will likely sign as a free agent with someone.  The supplemental draft was conducted by computer from NFL headquarters in New York.

>Vikings on the lookout for a veteran quarterback?
The speculation of the Vikings being on the lookout for a veteran insurance policy behind Tarvaris Jackson continues, with the Kelly Holcomb-to-Minnesota rumors leading the charge.  Our question remains:  How much better are any of the guys being suggested than what the Vikings already have – Holcomb, Drew Bledsoe, Chris Weinke, Quinn Gray, David Garrard?

>Williamson a fantasy football sleeper in 2007?
Vikings WR Troy Williamson checks in at No. 3 on Zach Schnitzler’s Fantasy Football Sleepers list for wide receivers at  He says, “Everyone is going to hate me with this sleeper pick but this is what I believe.  For Troy Williamson, there is no where to go but up.  He has every opportunity in the Vikings offense to be the number one receiver if he could just catch the ball.  During the early offseason, Williamson blamed his drops on poor vision.  After a week at a Nike training center, he stated that he got that fixed.  We will see.”

>Ten things to watch for this season
Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson comes in at No. 6 in this list of what to expect in college and pro football in 2007.  This Palm Beach Post article says, “The rookie with the biggest impact will be in Minnesota, where former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson will become a star in an offense with an unproven quarterback (second-year pro Tarvaris Jackson).  Peterson's speed and power make him a home-run threat on every down, and he will be running behind the best left side in the league (tackle Bryant McKinnie and guard Steve Hutchinson).  Peterson's history of injuries is a concern, but he'll have help from fellow running back Chester Taylor.”

>Vikings go 2-0 against Lions in 2007?
Ed Patino of the Manchester Enterprise lays out how he sees the division rival Detroit Lions doing in the upcoming season, game-by-game, and it’s not the 10-6 finish that quarterback Jon Kitna predicts.  Check out the keys to victory for the Vikings in each of their wins.  Pure fantasy, but interesting nonetheless.

>Greenway lends a hand to former Hawkeye teammates
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway helped out at the “Training with Nate Kaeding and Robert Gallery” sports camp, along with a number of other ex-Hawkeyes according to this report in the Daily Iowan.

>Frazier among those acknowledged in Dungy book
Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is among several people Tony Dungy acknowledges in his new book “Quiet Strength.”  The book heavily focuses on Dungy’s faith.  An excerpt can be found here.

>Glenn among NFL players earning their degrees during offseason
Vikings linebacker Jason Glenn picked up his degree in Agricultural Leadership from Texas A&M during the offseason.  Glenn, along with Houston Texans Mark Bruener, was also a co-recipient of the annual NFL-National Association of Academic Advisors Continuing Education Award for balancing their football and family lives while completing their degrees.  Here’s a full list of players who have recently earned their college degrees.

>Seppo gets coverage back home
The Vikings’ addition of former Nebraska offensive lineman Seppo Evwaraye to their practice squad has gotten some coverage back home from him, as evidenced by this AP report on  Check out our full scouting report on Evwaraye if you missed it earlier this week.

>Williams ranked No. 1 at his position
Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams was the top-ranked DT in the league in a recent ranking by CBS’s Clark Judge.  His alma mater, Oklahoma State, placed two of the top three at the position; a point touted in this press release.

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