VU Daily Blog: 4/7/10

More Vikings visits and interests rise to the surface, a potential new stadium takes on a brighter outlook, Ray Edwards could be back, and we talk a little running backs and mock drafts. Take a spin around through all kinds of Vikings news and analysis with's blog.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 11:51:00 PM

NDSU fullback to get a look at mini-camp

The Vikings typically invite several players to their post-draft mini camp.  They usually do not announce who any of the tryout players are unless they sign them to a contract with the intent of bringing them to training camp down in Mankato.

But one such tryout player who will get a look this year is former North Dakota State fullback Tyler Roehl, according to the

Roehl got a look by the Seattle Seahawks last season, but a torn ACL essentially wiped out any real chance he had to show himself.

He's found the Metrodome to be a friendly environment.  In 2007, he rushed for a school-record 263 yards against a horrible Gophers team there.

With the Vikings, currently unsigned restricted free agent Naufahu Tahi is the lone fullback on the roster.

Roehl put up some impressive numbers in pre-draft workouts a year ago.  He measured 5-foot-9 3/4 inches, 233 pounds.  He put up an impressive 30 reps at 225 pounds.  His forty times ranged from 4.49-4.63, with a 10-yard split of 1.55 and a 20-yard split of 2.62 seconds.  He had a 30-inch vertical jump, a 8'-10" broad jump, a 4.20 20-yard shuttle and a 7.28 three-cone drill time.

Roehl is still a pretty raw football player, but he runs hard, breaks tackles, has good speed for his size and good hands for a fullback.

Like all teams, the Vikings want to make sure they give the local kids a chance to show themselves, so this will be it for Roehl, a West Fargo, N.D. native and lifelong Viking fan himself.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 8:02:00 PM

Brown signing with Saints likely keeps Edwards in purple

Ex-Chicago Bears DE Alex Brown has agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year contract reportedly worth roughly $6 million. Brown, who turns 31 in June, is coming off a 47-tackle, six-sack season last season in Chicago.

But perhaps the biggest significance for Minnesota is that the move likely takes the Saints out of the running for making a restricted free-agent offer to Ray Edwards.  The two teams initially rumored to be interested in giving up their late first-round pick to sign Edwards to an offer sheet were the Eagles and the Saints.  But the Eagles traded for Darryl Tapp from Seattle, and now the Saints have signed Brown and plan to play him at left end (Edwards' position).

So the chances of Edwards returning to the Vikings by eventually signing the team's one-year tender offer of $2.521 million would appear almost certain at this point.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 7:51:00 PM

Vikings take closer look at LSU fullback and tight end

Louisiana State fullback and tight end Richard Dickson has visited the Vikings, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Dickson (6-2 5/8, 249, 4.85) would be looked at as a fullback in the Naufahu Tahi mode for the Vikings, a logical fit.

At his Pro Day recently, Dickson posted 14 reps at 225 pounds, a 1.66 10-yard, 2.82 20-yard, 4.85 40-yard, 4.45 short shuttle and 7.56 three-cone drill time. He vertical jumped 28 ½ inches and had a broad jump of 8-feet-6 inches.

At tight end at LSU, Dickson is really more of an H-back/fullback than a pure tight end, and that's what interests the Vikings. He's a smart, highly competitive football player who could be an effective lead blocker in space in front of Adrian Peterson, and a sure-handed, reliable occasional dumpoff pass receiver.

He's more a late-round pick to priority free agent. Dickson would be a good fit for the Vikings' offensive system and could challenge for a roster spot.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 3:59:00 PM

Mock Draft Roundup

Who will the Vikings select at No. 30 in the 2010 NFL Draft?

Here's a snapshot of some of the most recent mock drafts and who they have the Vikings picking:

CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers – Clark Judge,
CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers – Peter Schrager,
CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers – Bucky Brooks,
CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers – Scott Wright,
QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame – Don Banks,
QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame – Russ Lande,
QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame – Evan Silva,
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State – John Holler,
CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama – Nolan Nawrocki,
DT Brian Price, UCLA – Wes Bunting, National Football Post
C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida – Rob Rang,
OG Mike Iupati, Idaho – Chad Reuter,
SS Taylor Mays, USC – Pete Prisco,

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 3:24:00 PM

FSU Cornerback on Vikings' Radar?

According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the Vikings are on a list of teams that Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson will be visiting.

Robinson would be a consideration for the Vikings with their first-round pick at the bottom of Round One.

There are three cornerbacks who are consistently linked to the Vikings with that No. 30 pick in the First Round – Boise State's Kyle Wilson, Rutgers' Devin McCourty and Robinson.

The general consensus is that Wilson might be the best "fit" for the Vikings and most able to step in and contribute right away. McCourty might have a little more upside, and is considered a terrific asset on special teams right away. Robinson, meanwhile, might be the most physically gifted and athletically talented of the three, but some see him as more a press-cover, man-to-man guy who struggles in the zone-type schemes the Vikings often deploy.

The Vikings' due diligence in meeting with Robinson likely indicates their desire to see if they are in fact comfortable with his ability to assimilate to their scheme or not.

Another persistent question to ponder when looking at that pick at No. 30: What if all three players are still on the board then? What if all three, along with other highly-regarded prospects are still available?

It would seem a trade down to possibly pick up an additional or future pick might be likely.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 1:23:00 PM

Mark Wilf optimistic about new stadium

Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf met with local business people Wednesday morning and expressed optimism that a new stadium deal is making progress in the Minnesota legislature, despite the fact that there are only five weeks remaining in the regular session.

"The reality is we're competing with 31 other teams, of which 28 have new stadiums in the last 15 years or major renovations. We're fighting an uphill battle and that upstream fight can only go on so long," said Wilf, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, which sponsored the "executive briefing" featuring Wilf. 

He said that "creative ideas are coming forward" and said he's confident a deal can get done. He added the Vikings have been subsidized by other NFL teams long enough and that the Metrodome's 250 club seats don't compare to the revenue-generating streams of an average NFL stadium, which has between 5,000 and 7,000 higher-priced seats.

Wilf said that fans need to get involved in letting legislators know they support a new stadium, and that message coincided with one of the themes on the Vikings' relaunched stadium web site,

The Vikings also received the backing of Roy Terwilliger, the chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, the group that operates the Metrodome.

"There's not one state dollar into the current facility and yet over $309 million has gone into the state coffers from the Metrodome, from primarily the Vikings in their sales and their salaries and income taxes, etc. ... people should understand that the public is way ahead right now on the current facility," Terwilliger said, according to the Business Journal.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 at 11:07:00 AM

Second-round running back an option?

Although the Vikings are moving Darius Reynaud to running back and have Albert Young and Ian Johnson in reserve behind Adrian Peterson, there is no real proven backup to Peterson.

You remember all the injury concerns with Peterson when he first entered the NFL, right? A broken collarbone was one of the primary reasons Peterson was available for the Vikings at No. 7 in 2007. So without Chester Taylor in purple anymore, running back becomes a position of interest for the Vikings draftniks.

In his previous version of a mock draft, analyst Chris Steuber had Minnesota selecting Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty, and Hardesty is an interesting prospect and seems to be a solid late-second or early-third-round value. Here is what Viking Update's John Holler had to say about Hardesty in his in-depth review of his top 10 prospects at the position:

Montario Hardesty, Tennessee, 5-11¾, 225 — Fifth-year senior…Didn't become a starter until 2009, when he rushed 282 times for 1,413 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 302 yards and one TD…Granted a medical redshirt as a true freshman after tearing his right ACL…Had surgery on his left knee early in 2006 and had his 2007 season cut short by a right ankle sprain and a stress fracture in his left foot…As a senior, he played through a shoulder and knee injury to start all 13 games…Is very muscular and truly looks the part…Is rarely knocked down by the first defender that makes contact…Looked solid playing in a pro style offense…Hits the hole hard and is a downhill runner…Made himself a lot of money at the Combine…Has shown a lot of progression as a blocker…Showed he could be a decent receiving option…Has some good shiftiness in the hole and making his first cut…Doesn't have the suddenness and burst to break off long touchdowns…Runs too high and sets himself up to take big hits too often…Doesn't make a lot of tacklers miss…Injuries are a big concern…Not a natural hands receiver in the passing game…Ran a 4.49 40 with 21 reps, a position-best 41-inch vertical jump and a 10-4 broad jump. PROJECTION: After never being able to assert himself due to injuries, Hardesty showed he could be a solid prospect as a senior when earning the chance. His injury red flags will keep him on the board until close to the third round, but he has the chance to be a solid NFL contributor.

That said, there is another running back even lower in his top-10 rankings that could be a better fit for the Vikings. Holler's complete report on his top-10 backs is now available for subscribers right here.

Steuber's latest two-round mock draft, with a new selection for the Vikings in the second round, is right here for everyone.


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