VU Daily Blog: 4/3/10

The league office might close for the weekend, but the speculation on the Vikings and NFL doesn't. Stadium talk, another offensive lineman to visit, Tim Tebow's mechanics, a full fan mock draft and more. A surprising amount of Saturday nuggets.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, April 03, 2010 at 8:44:00 PM

Twins ballpark can only help Vikings' stadium chances

The weekend opener for the Minnesota Twins in their new ballpark, Target Field, really brings to life the positive impact a new facility can have for the community.

As Sid Hartman of the StarTribune writes in his recent column: "Twins President Dave St. Peter had as his guests several members of the Legislature who played a part in passing the stadium bill and every one of them was impressed."

Hartman predicts the Vikings are going to get their stadium because of the great impression the Twins ballpark has made. He could be right.

He also points out the reality of how many people it would put to work that might currently be unemployed. The unions will also pressure the politicians to eventually pass a stadium bill so they can go back to work.

In a personal conversation I had with Gov. Tim Pawlenty a few months ago, he suggested that a solution is in sight with a series of events falling into place. The impression of Target Field was one of those events he saw as helping re-shape the climate for addressing the issue.

Other potential revenue streams (some of which have been suggested recently), interest once again from other communities, and a willingness of the Wilf family to up their investment were also mentioned by the governor.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, April 03, 2010 at 4:07:00 PM

Pouncey on visit list?

According to a recent Orlando Sentinel blog post, Florida C/G Maurkice Pouncey has an upcoming visit scheduled with the Vikings among several other teams.

Pouncey (6-4 1/2, 306, 5.23) is considered by many scouts the best center to enter the draft in several years.  He's powerful and athletic and appears capable of stepping into a starting job immediately with the ability to enjoy a long career and reach Pro Bowl level.

The Vikings aren't necessarily unhappy with the play of John Sullivan as a first-year starter, but there's no question a player of Pouncey's caliber would challenge for playing time at center or right guard and upgrade the team's offensive line.

Perhaps the bigger question is the likelihood of Pouncey still being on the board when the Vikings pick at No. 30.  Most mock drafts do NOT have him lasting that long.  Yet the Vikings are doing their due diligence, so you never know.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, April 03, 2010 at 1:24:00 PM

Childress: Tebow mechanics fixable

As the Brett Favre question lingers on, debate continues on Minnesota's interest in potentially drafting a quarterback early in this year's NFL Draft.  One of the top names, of course, has been Florida's Tim Tebow, the former college teammate of last year's top pick, Percy Harvin, with the Gators.

The raging debate with Tebow for the most part centers around his mechanics and ability to adjust to the pro game.  According to Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki, Tebow is "far from a finished product and lacks natural passing skills ... and is still very much a developmental project but has worked very hard to overhaul his mechanics under the tutelage of former NFL coaches, including Sam Wyche," who is a West Coast offense disciple.

Vikings coach Brad Childress is also quoted in this report by Paul Domowitch that Tebow's mechanical flaws can be fixed:  "Aaron Rodgers was a complete re-do in his throwing motion from Cal, where people didn't like his stroke and how the ball came out. And he's doing fine," Childress said. "Can it be done? It can be done. It's just a matter of if you as a coach and you as a coaching staff feel like you can fix it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It only takes one person to like him, and they're going to do everything in their power to make it right."

That said, it's unlikely the Vikings would invest in such a project with their first-round pick.  But their second-round pick?  Perhaps.  If he's still on the board in the third-round?  Even more likely.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, April 03, 2010 at 9:32:00 AM

Brinkley tries his hand at curling

MLB Jasper Brinkley captained and carried a Vikings team that consisted of Steve LaCroix (Vice President of Sales/Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer), Bryan Harper (Sr. Marketing Manager - Broadcasting & Entertainment), Bob Hagan (Director of Public Relations) and Tom West (Assistant Director of Public Relations) at WCCO Radio's 2nd Annual Celebrity Curling Tournament – Curl for a Cure on Friday, April 2. 

The event is a benefit for the Schulze Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota. "I went skiing this offseason, now I've curled, I think I've only got to ice skate now and I've got nearly all the winter sports covered," Brinkley said in this story.  "It was a lot of fun. You have to appreciate it now when you see it in the Olympics. It's a finesse game, much tougher than it looks on TV. You really have to have the touch to be good at it."

In the end, Brinkley's team lost out to the more seasoned veteran squad headed up by former Vikings linebacker Matt Blair.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 03, 2010 at 7:44:00 AM

And the fans select …

What do Devin McCourty (CB, Rutgers), Lamarr Houston (DT, Texas), Darrell Stuckey (S, Kansas), Zane Beadles (OT, Utah), James Stark (RB, Buffalo), C.J. Wilson (DE, East Carolina), Pat Angerer (ILB, Iowa) and Mike Tepper (OT, Cal) have in common?

In the fans' ultimate fantasyland, those players would all be selected by the Vikings in this year's draft. Those are the NFL prospects chosen by readers on the Intersite Mock Draft conducted on the message boards this week.

The fan draft was conducted on the Washington Redskins site on the network by fans from each of the message board communities. The complete results can be found here.


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