VU Daily Blog: 4/15/10

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:39:00 PM

Gruden's QB Camp videos offer insight into top prospects

The ESPN pre-draft quarterback camp series that former NFL coach Jon Gruden hosts is incredibly good insight into the game and the top QB prospects.  It's sure to generate differing opinions, but here's my take of each prospect and how they may or may not be a fit for the Vikings:

QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma – In all likelihood, Bradford goes No. 1 to the St. Louis Rams, but my take is that he stands just as much chance of being yet another high first-round bust as he does becoming a success.  He is far from a sure-fire superstar and not a genuine No. 1 overall pick, in my opinion.  And I'm not so sure the situation with the Rams will be an easy transition for him.  He could turn out just fine, but I'm glad he's long gone by the time Minnesota picks.

QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame – Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but Clausen's interaction with Gruden just doesn't give me a positive vibe.  His responses seem very rehearsed.  His delivery seems problematic, in that he appears to telegraph his throws.  I have major questions about him becoming the new face of a franchise.  Adding to this, when they showed footage of his workout with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell watching, he seemed very disinterested.  Some feel Clausen is the top QB in this draft and the most ready to play right away.  I'd be perfectly content to see him gone long before Minnesota comes up.

QB Tim Tebow, Florida – I got perhaps the most positive "feel" from the Tebow piece.  The way he engaged with Gruden seemed extremely genuine.  He has indeed come a long way with his mechanics and appears to have the mental capacity, competitive nature and physical tools to be a top-flight quarterback.  But he does look somewhat mechanical and raw.  Perhaps a reach in the first round, but a pretty safe pick just about anywhere after that.  I can see why the Vikings are rumored to like Tebow.  But do they like him at No. 30?  If there's a head coach that could possibly afford the "gamble" on Tebow that high, it might be Brad Childress, who just signed a contract extension.

QB Colt McCoy, Texas – You can't help but have concerns about McCoy's durability and arm strength.  But he indeed looks very West Coast Offense-ready.  He's a winner who should have a nice pro career as long as he ends up in the right system.  And the Vikings system would be a good fit.  At the bottom of Round One, I think he's a reach.  At the bottom of Round Two, I think he's a terrific value.  However, I think he's likely to actually go somewhere in between.

If both Tebow and McCoy land elsewhere on Draft Day, it's still very likely the Vikings take a flier on a Tyler Thigpen, developmental-type prospect later in the draft.


Posted on Twitter at: 8:46:00 PM
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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:54:00 PM

Perretta retires

Practice squad WR Vinny Perretta was officially released by the Vikings earlier today, but he actually decided to retire from football a couple weeks ago, according to a Idaho Statesmen report.

Perretta spent most of last season on the Vikings practice squad and was considered a poor-man's Wes Welker by Viking scouts.  But he decided he wanted to get on with the next chapter in his life.  He could have returned this year, he said.

"I'm excited to start the next chapter in my life," Perretta said. "… I just kind of want to start something new. I want to start a career that can take me a long way."


Posted on Twitter at: 7:01:00 PM
Positional Analysis: Middle linebackers: An impact position, this year's middle linebacker class is a bit thin on ... http://bit.ly/dCE8p0

Posted on Twitter at: 10:58:00 AM
Thanks to Paul Allen (love the passion) for having me on KFAN this morning to talk #Vikings draft. I'll let you know if I see a podcast.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:55:00 AM
The #Vikings announced that they waived WR Vinny Perretta, who was on the practice squad last year.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 9:36:00 AM

Draft might be done sooner than thought

One of the biggest talkers surrounding this year's draft has nothing to do with a player or a tough team decision, but rather the NFL's decision to extend the number of days for the draft and move it into prime time for two nights.

Instead of conducting the first two rounds on a Saturday and the final five rounds on a Sunday, this year the first round will begin at 6:30 p.m. Central on Thursday, April 22. The second and third rounds will be on April 23, starting at 5 p.m. Central, and the final four rounds will be Saturday, April 24, starting at 9 a.m. Central.

Moving it to prime time and out of the weekend slot has caused teams with big draft parties (like the Vikings) to change their draft format, and it has many hardcore fans of the draft upset that they will have to stay up late on a Thursday night to find out who their team drafted if they have a pick late in the first round (like the Vikings).

The NFL believes that the first round of the draft will conclude around 10 p.m. Central on Thursday, according to a press release. The release points to the fact that the first round of the 2009 draft lasted three hours and 23 minutes. The second and third rounds took four hours and 30 minutes in 2009, placing the estimated end time on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. The NFL believes Saturday's final pick of the draft will be made around 4:30 p.m. Saturday because rounds four through seven took seven hours and 22 minutes in 2009.

If the Vikings hold steady with the 30th pick, they should be making that sometime between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. next Thursday, so fans can click on VikingUpdate.com immediately afterwards to see the pick and continue to refresh for further analysis, reactions and interviews the player and Vikings officials and still make it to bed before the clock strikes midnight.

Teams will have 10 minutes for each selection in the first round, seven minutes in round two, and five minutes for each pick in rounds three through seven.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 8:42:00 AM

Reported Vikings visitor makes all-sleeper team

The Vikings reportedly had Middle Tennessee State linebacker Chris McCoy in for a predraft visit earlier this month. Now the small-school prospect is being touted as a sleeper on the All-Crystal Baller Defensive Team of Scout.com's Chris Steuber.

McCoy (6-3, 251) had a good showing as a senior, recording 64 tackles (including 20 for a loss) and seven sacks, earning Sun Belt Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a trip to the East-West Shrine game. He wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but he had a solid Pro Day on March 18 when he ran a 4.70 in the 40-yard dash and benched 225 pounds 23 times. He also had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 10-3 broad jump.

"After McCoy's Pro Day performance, the interest level from NFL teams increased, and the amount of official visits scheduled has elevated his status from an undrafted free agent to a mid-round prospect," Stueber writes about the 18th-ranked outside linebacker on Scout.com's draft rankings.

For more players on Steuber's all-sleeper defensive team, click here.

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Posted on Twitter at: 7:56:00 AM
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Posted on Twitter at: 11:23:00 PM
All Crystal Baller Defensive Team: At this point, we all know who the top prospects are in the 2010 NFL Draft. But... http://bit.ly/bqe8hX

Posted on Twitter at: 8:57:00 PM
About sums up #Vikings stadium issue right now. RT @NodakPaul: "unlikely but possible?" So you're telling me there's a chance @VikingUpdate

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Posted on Twitter at: 2:22:00 PM
Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today that a #Vikings stadium bill getting passed this session is "unlikely but possible," according to WCCO radio.

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Posted on Twitter at: 12:31:00 PM
The NFL has announced that the 2010 schedule will be announced next Tuesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. Central. #vikings

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