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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 8:17:00 PM

Jared Allen's busy week

The Vikings are hoping Jared Allen's impact with the organization's biggest challenge has better results than his assist with another fight.

On Saturday night, Allen was in the corner of his friend and mixed martial arts training partner Alex Karalexis as he took on Anthony Pettis in a World Extreme Cagefighting bout in Sacremento, Calif. Karalexis submitted while in a triangle choke in the second round.

Just two days before that, Allen was in the Twin Cities meeting with legislators and trying to help convince them on the need for a new Vikings stadium. The organization is optimistic that a financing bill will come up for a vote in the coming weeks before the session ends.

Several financing and stadium design options are being considered. On the finance end, user and hospitality fees seem the most likely in conjunction with the Vikings paying about one-third of the price on an open-air stadium. On the design end, a fixed roof is now being considered because of the savings over a retractable roof, but there is some consideration for making the upper walls on one end retractable to show the skyline. That option is purely a function of economics, as retractable walls are less expensive than a retractable roof. The Vikings are would be open to an open-air stadium but understand the state's desire for some form of a cover on the building to make it feasible for year-round use.


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Steuber: 2010 NFL Draft Grades: As we close the book on the 2010 NFL Draft,'s NFL Draft Analyst Chris St...

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Mickey Shuler NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings seventh-round draft pick Mickey Shuler.

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Ryan D'Imperio NFL bio: The bio for Vikings seventh-round draft pick Ryan D'Imperio, who is making the switch from...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 5:15:00 PM

Veteran updates

Brad Childress wasn't giving any direct answers to questions about the future of Brett Favre on draft weekend, but judging from the team bypassing several quarterback-of-the-future options along the way – including the opportunity to draft Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen in the first and second rounds – the team has to be feeling confident that Favre will return for at least the 2010 season.

Either way, Childress was expressing optimism about the talent on the roster.

"We're going to be a good football team with Brett or without Brett," Childress told ESPN. "Without him, we're going to have Tarvaris (Jackson) or Sage (Rosenfels)."

The Vikings drafted Alabama-Birmingham's Joe Webb in the sixth round, but he will be making the switch from college quarterback to NFL receiver, a position he played in January's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Vikings also signed Williams & Mary QB R.J. Archer after the draft, but he will have an uphill battle to make the final roster. At least he gives the Vikings three quarterbacks on the roster during the offseason workouts, which are ongoing.

The team will hold its rookie minicamp this coming weekend, starting Friday. In addition to the eight draft picks, the Vikings agreed to terms to with 10 undrafted rookies Saturday evening (see below), and more than a dozen other rookies are expected to try to earn a longshot contract during that three-day period.

Childress also was asked about last year's rookie of the year, Percy Harvin.

"Doing pretty good. I don't want to tell you that he's migraine-free," Childress said.


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D'Imperio now a ‘colllision' fullback: The Vikings' last draft pick of 2010 will be making the transition from lin...

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Spielman, Childress explain the picks: The Vikings' third day of the draft brought a number of curious picks, but ...

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NFL Draft: Top Undrafted Free Agents:'s NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber identifies the top 15 undrafted ...

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Draft Day Steals:'s Adam Caplan takes a look at six players who could wind up being draft day steals dow...

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Joe Webb official NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings sixth-round draft pick Joe Webb.

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Joe Webb college stats: Passing, rushing and receiving statistics from Joe Webb's days at UAB.

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Mickey Shuler college stats: Receiving statistics for Vikings seventh-round draft pick Mickey Shuler.

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Ryan D'Imperio college stats: Defensive statistics for Vikings seventh-round draft choice Ryan D'Imperio from his ...

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For those looking for the undrafted rookies the #Vikings have agreed to terms with:

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 7:29:00 PM

Vikings rookie free-agent list

The Vikings have agreed to terms with these rookies:

QB R.J. Archer, William & Mary

G Thomas Austin, Clemson

T Matt Hanson, Midwestern State

C Tommy Hernandez, UC-Davis

WR Aaron Rhea, Stephen F. Austin

SS Terrell Skinner, Maryland

WR Ray Small, Ohio State

WR Kelton Tindal, Newberry

CB Angelo Williams, Ferris State

T Marlon Winn, Texas Tech


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 7:07:00 PM

Rookie free-agent signings begin

This isn't taking long. The Vikings are already agreeing to contract terms with undrafted rookies. The first couple to agree to terms are WR Aaron Rhea of Stephen F. Austin and CB Angelo Williams out of Ferris State, according to a league source.

Williams wasn't at the NFL Scouting Combine, but the 5-foot-11 Division II prospect was named all-conference honorable mention and was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, who gave up only 148.9 yards passing per game.

Rhea, a 6-foot-1, 212 receiver was a 2009 All-Southland Conference honorable mention.

Let us know if you see other signings that we can try to confirm by sending us a note.


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Childress/Spielman confirm no to #Vikings RT @RavensInsider: LeGarrette Blount is definitely not going with the Vikings. He's a 49er.

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Rick Spielman said CB was one position they wanted to be sure to address and that's where the #Vikings drafted first.

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Football is the Shuler family business: Vikings seventh-round draft pick Mickey Shuler has a lot to prove when he ...

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The #Vikings will be having Ryan D'Imperio make the switch from linebacker to fullback. He was part of their visits earlier this month.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 4:33:00 PM

Third-day prospects need to define roles

The Vikings started their third day of the 2010 NFL Draft with extreme value, finding a prospect (Everson Griffen) that was projected at the end of the first round or beginning of the second round and getting him all the down in the fourth round.

After that, however, were names that many casual fans wouldn't be familiar with. There was an offensive lineman that can play guard or tackle. The strategy was expected, even if the player taken, Chris DeGeare of Wake Forest, wasn't familiar.

Next was a linebacker from their own back yard, University of Minnesota linebacker Nate Triplett, who knows that special teams is going to be a calling card needed for a fifth-round draft pick looking to make the team.

There was the quarterback position Vikings fans had been talking about for months leading up to the draft – only this quarterback, Joe Webb, will be making the transition to receiver as a sixth-round pick.

"As time goes by, if they want to see what I got at quarterback, then I'm all for it," Webb said. "I'm pretty open right now, so I just want to go out there and play some football."

In the seventh round, the Vikings went with a tight end, Mickey Shuler from Penn State, and another linebacker, Ryan D'Imperio from Rutgers.

Shuler knows he needs to improve his blocking but said some of that can be attributed to what was asked of him at Penn State.

"At Penn State, I wasn't used to my strength as much as I should have been as far as receiving, but I came a long way in the blocking end up at Penn State," he said. "The receiving end is kind of more natural to me. That's one part of my game that I'm comfortable with."

D'Imperio will be making the switch to fullback, just as Webb is making the switch to receiver.

After starting selection Saturday with linemen on both sides of the ball, the Vikings put a wrap on their draft with a variety of athletes that will need to define their roles this summer to find a spot on the team in mid-September.

For more in-depth stories on the draft picks, along with their reaction and the Vikings' explanations, click on our draft board as we continue to get those stories written, formatted and posted.


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Nate Triplett college stats: Tackles, tackles-for-loss, interceptions and more for Nate Triplett's days at Minnesota.

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Webb spins from QB to WR: Joe Webb was a versatile star at Alabama-Birmingham and made a name for himself as a scr...

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I love the fans at the draft in New York, chanting "over-rated" for Mr. Irrelevant, Weber State WR Tim Toone. Nice! #nfldraft

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Nate Triplett official NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings fifth-round draft pick Nate Triplett.

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Triplett going dome again: The Vikings didn't have to go far to find a linebacker to provide depth, as they took l...

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With their final pick in the draft (237th overall), the #Vikings selected Ryan D'Imperio, a LB from Rutgers.

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DeGeare's bittersweet day: Vikings guard Chris DeGeare's selection in the 2010 draft is a highlight moment of his ...

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Chris DeGeare college stats: Games played, started, total plays and blocking efficiency for Chris DeGeare's Wake F...

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#Vikings TE Mickey Shuler said he grew up idolizing Brett Favre and is looking forward to playing with him (if he comes back).

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Erik Cook, the brother of #Vikings OL Ryan Cook, was selected 229th overall (seventh round) by the Washington Redskins.

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Joe Webb said for right now he's focusing on wide receiver, but he thought some Wildcat plays were a possibility too with the #Vikings

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The #Vikings seventh-round TE, Mickey Shuler, is the son of longtime Jets and Eagles (1978-91) TE Mickey Shuler -- yes the same name.

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The #Vikings seventh-round pick (214th overall) is Penn State TE Mickey Shuler.

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Joe Webb played wide receiver at the Senior Bowl, so we'll have to wait and see what the #Vikings say about him in Minnesota.

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With the 199th pick in the NFL draft, the #Vikings selected QB Joe Webb from UAB in the sixth round. #nfldraft

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1:42:00 PM

Triplett staying close to home

Former Gopher and current Vikings linebacker Nate Triplett was excited to be drafted, but staying in Minnesota had its benefits.

"Staying in Minnesota has kind of been a dream of mine since I was a little guy. … I wanted to be a Gopher since I could walk and I wanted to be a Viking since I knew what football was," Triplett said.

The Vikings drafting him didn't come as a complete surprise.

"I had talked to a bunch of coaches throughout the process … (but) it was a surprise getting that phone call that you only get once in a lifetime," Triplett said.

He grew up watching Cris Carter and Randy Moss, but now "they have a good squad, the whole Jared Allen and defense they got going there."

Between the Gophers and the all-star games, Triplett has played all three linebacker positions but expects to be used mostly inside because of his size (6-3, 250).


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It was a big day at the Triplett household. LB Nate Triplett was drafted by the #Vikings on the day his brother is ready to go to prom.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1:28:00 PM

Fifth-rounder DeGeare brings versatility

The Vikings stuck with both of their fifth-round draft picks and selected Wake Forest offensive lineman Chris DeGeare and Minnesota linebacker Nate Triplett.

Triplett could compete with Jasper Brinkley for the backup spot at middle linebacker, but more likely he will look to make the team through special-teams play (we hope to talk with Triplett soon).

DeGeare, who was selected 161st (six spots ahead of Triplett), is primarily a guard who also played left tackle last year. He prefers guard but is open to the possibilities.

"I think I'm a great run blocker, but also I'm very versatile. I can play guard or tackle. I just look to come in (and) they can plug me in wherever they need me," DeGeare said. "I look forward to learning from two Pro Bowl offensive linemen in Steve Hutchinson and Bryant (McKinnie)."


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Chris DeGeare official NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings fifth-round draft pick Chris DeGeare.

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#Vikings fifth-round draft pick Chris DeGeare has played tackle but said he's more comfortable at guard. Said run-blocking is a strength.

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Griffen motivated, ready to compete: Defensive end Everson Griffen was expected by many people to be a first-round...

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With pick 167, the #Vikings selected former #Gophers LB Nathan Triplett.

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The #Vikings selected Chris DeGeare, an offensive guard from Wake Forest, with th 161st pick overall.

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According to Pro Football Talk, the Bucs are shopping former #Vikings DT Chris Hovan after drafting DT in the first two rounds.

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Everson Griffen college stats: Tackles, tackles-for-loss, sacks and more from Everson Griffen's days at USC.

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Griffen's drop is Vikings' gain: In many mock drafts, USC Everson Griffen was projected as being a first-round dra...

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Everson Griffen official NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings fourth-round draft pick Everson Griffen.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 10:37:00 AM

A stressful day for a falling prospect

Vikings fourth-round draft pick Everson Griffen, like most draft analysts, believed he was going to be drafted sooner than the 100th overall pick. When the pick finally came, he said it was relief and tears in the eyes because he expected to be a first-round draft pick.

"The last couple of days have been stressful. I thought I was going to go higher than I did," the former USC Trojans defensive lineman said.

He is excited to join an established defensive line with the Vikings, despite the fact that he had little contact with them prior to the draft.

"I know they got the best D-line in the NFL – Jared Allen, Pat Williams, Kevin and Ray Edwards," he said.

We'll have much more on Griffen on in the coming hours.


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Not #Vikings related, but how strange is it to see the #Gophers and #Hoosiers have a draft pick before the #Buckeyes #nfldraft

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Good note. RT @bvelaski: The Vikings top 4 DEs on their depth chart were all selected in the 4th round. #Vikings #NFLDraft

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How much value does Everson Griffen bring? Mel Kiper had the Jets taking him before the #Vikings pick ... in the first round.

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A reminder that you can find all kinds of links to stats, analysis, reaction, photos and more of the #Vikings picks:

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 9:37:00 AM

Vikings looking for consistency from Griffen

The Vikings' selection of DE Everson Griffen wasn't a pick for need. Instead, it's the selection of a player that some had rated as a fringe first-round draft pick.

He likely dropped to the top of the fourth round because of an inconsistent year. Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell said he played like a first-rounder at times, but they didn't always see consistency from Griffen. What they did see is tremendous size and athleticism.

"You look at a guy that's 273 pounds that runs under 4.6, that can drop and move like a linebacker in space, that can pressure an edge, that can play with power," Studwell said, "the athletic traits in this kid are exactly what you're looking for. We've got to get it out of him. He shows it to you in flashes (but) we're looking for a consistency level out of this player and I have no doubt that we'll get it out of him because I think he knows how to give it to you."

Griffen was a third-year junior that started just five games in his first two seasons, but became the first true freshman to start a season opener on the defensive line for USC in 24 years (Tim Ryan, 1986). He was a second-team All-Pac 10 as a junior, recording 45 tackles, 9½ tackles-for-loss and eight sacks. He had 18 sacks in 37 games (17 starts).


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The #Vikings found a late value in USC DE Everson Griffen with their first pick on Saturday.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8:52:00 AM

The most interesting picks's John Crist tags the Toby Gerhart pick as one of them more interesting picks in the second day of the draft. See what he had to say about that selection and several others as he writes about the most interesting – not necessarily the best – picks of Friday.

You can read his opinions right here.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8:13:00 AM

Picking after getting picked clean

After three rounds and 98 selections, the Vikings have the second pick on Saturday. Vikings coach Brad Childress indicated the team's draft board had been picked pretty clean shortly after their second-round selection of RB Toby Gehart, so who is left?

There are quite a few highly ranked prospects still left on the board, and this could be the opportunity for the Vikings to use some of their lower-round picks to move up and grab quality players in the fourth and fifth rounds before they are "picked clean" again. draft analyst Chris Steuber takes a look at some of the highest ranked players still left on his board right here.


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NFL Draft: Day Three Best Available: As we enter Day Three of the NFL Draft, there are plenty of talented players ...

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Toby Gerhart college stats: Rushing and receiving stats for Vikings running back Toby Gerhart from his Stanford days.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1:10:00 AM

The Vikings' Saturday picks

After making only two picks in the first two days of the draft (both of those coming on Friday), the Vikings are set up for a busy Saturday. They enter the day with six picks, although Rick Spielman's recent history indicates he could try to package picks to move up and target players of interest and value.

For now, however, here is what the Vikings will have as they approach the 9 a.m. Saturday start to the fourth round.


Round Pick Overall
Fourth 2nd 100th
Fifth 30th 161st
Fifth 36th 167th
Sixth 30th 199th
Seventh 7th 214th
Seventh 30th 237th

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Gerhart to Vikings: 'Dream come true': Few running backs in recent history have carried a heavier workload than To...

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Chris Cook college stats: Tackles, forced fumbles, interceptions and kickoff returns for Chris Cook at the Univers...

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Gerhart fills the Taylor void: Ever since the news broke that running back Chester Taylor had signed with the Bear...

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Vikings find a familiar component in Cook: Chris Cook may not have been a household name to many Vikings fans, but...

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Official Toby Gerhart NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings second-round draft pick Toby Gerhart.

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Cook says he learned from mistakes: Chris Cook's journey to the NFL was beset with more than a few hurdles, but he...

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Chris Cook official NFL bio: The official NFL bio of Vikings second-round draft pick Chris Cook.

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Rookie jersey numbers: Chris Cook will be wearing No. 31 and Toby Gerhart No. 32 for the #Vikings

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Vikings draft board: All the picks, the stories, the reaction from the Vikings and the player, analysis, photos an...

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Adam Caplan Recaps Friday's Draft: Adam Caplan provides a recap of the second and third rounds of the 2010 from Ne...

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#Vikings running back Toby Gerhart said he hasn't heard from Brett Favre, but he did get a text already from Jared Allen.

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RB Toby Gerhart was recruited to UCLA by #Vikings RB coach Eric Bieniemy, but decided on Stanford after Bieniemy left for the Vikings.

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Rick Spielman said its not likely that the #Vikings will trade back into the third round.

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The #Vikings plan for Chris Cook is strictly as an outside press CB and not a safety.

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Besides scouting Chris Cook at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Leslie Frazier visited him and Virginia coaches this spring. #vikings

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The #Vikings plan to use Toby Gerhart as a pure inside zone tailback, not really a fullback.

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Here is the player page on for new #Vikings running back Toby Gerhart. Lots of past stories.

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According to, the #Vikings game up their second-rounder (62 overall) and third-rounder (93rd) to get Gerhart.

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The #Vikings moved up to the 51st pick in the second round and selected Stanford RB Toby Gerhart.

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#Vikings draft pick Chris Cook said he isn't sure if he'll be used at corneback or safety.

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Lots of good stuff on new #Vikings CB Chris Cook on his player page at More to come.

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The #Vikings select Virginia CB Chris Cook, a corner with a lot of size.

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RT @RavensInsider: Why is Jimmy Clausen sliding? We're hearing from league sources that NFL teams are concerned about his toe.

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Vikes expected it. RT @Adam_Schefter: Rams, #Vikings Buccaneers all getting multiple phone calls for their picks at top of 2nd. #nfldraft

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Vikings double pleasure in coming rounds: The Vikings have multiple picks in three of the last six rounds. Expect ...

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Too funny! Nature called on Rutgers CB Devin McCourty before Bill Belichick could Thursday night.

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Second-round purple possibilities: The Vikings have four players in mind, but also might move down. Here are some ...

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Not likely during draft. RT @bumkz: @VikingUpdate Is Leon Washington from the jets a possible trade for #Vikings Or is that dream world?

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i don't think that would upset the #Vikings Other options available. RT @amod: @VikingUpdate bills to trade up to #33 and grab clausen?

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Spielman explains the trade: Vikings VP of player personnel explains why making the trade out of the first round m...

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NFL Draft: Day Two Mock Draft: After an eventful prime time debut of the NFL Draft on Thursday night,'s ...

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Clausen, not Tebow, the QB storyline: As it turned out, Jimmy Clausen slid all the way out of the first round, and...

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Vikings' trading could just be starting: The anticipation of the Vikings' first-round pick coming at the end of th...

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