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How The Vikings Draft

Last year, just prior to me joining the Vikings Gab team, I remember seeing a segment about the Vikings utilization of the “horizontal” draft board.  It is a neat concept that does not force a team to draft for need, but does allow team needs to be taken into consideration for decisions.

I have never been able to find a video of that segment to share with you all, unfortunately.

However, I did find a month-old video in which Rick Spielman talks in depth about the Vikings evaluation process.  Spielman comes across as a class act, and the details are pretty interesting to us die hard Vikes fans.

Check it out by clicking here.

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13 Responses to “How The Vikings Draft”

  1. Norseman66 says:


    Just read on Rotoworld that Mortensen says that he believes Clausen will not be selected in the top 20 of the 1st round. If he falls to the middle of the 1st he could slide all the way down to #30 for the Vikes. Don’t know if you read that or not, so I’d just post it cause I know you’re a huge Clausen advocate.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Yeah, I’ve been seeing that report make the rounds. I couldn’t disagree more, and don’t think he’ll make it out of the top 10 at the very, very, very least.

      Clausen is twice the prospect that Sanchez was, and look how that turned out.

      • Adam Warwas says:

        Clausen free falling and McCoy in the first round = media guys needing to tlak about something even if they’re tlaking about nothing.

      • Norseman66 says:

        But the comments he made doesn’t list his reasoning of why he thinks that. Any idea, besides him just talking out his rectal cavity and wanting a little spotlight?

      • Adam Warwas says:

        Pre-draft babble. Just lsiten to the link in the story above. Either he has a top 10 grade or he doesn’t, and that would’ve been decided a long time ago. How he falls 10, 20, or 30 spots in just a couple of months of not pplaying football is beyond me.

        Maybe it happens, and then you can all laugh at me. But until then, I think he goes #1 overall to the Rams.

      • Norseman66 says:

        That very well may happen or the Rams may not take a QB with the first pick due to the guaranteed $$ that’s involved with Stafford getting a 5 Brinks’ trucks full last year. I am a huge supporter of a rookie pay scale. Jamarcus Russell is the poster child why.

      • Adam Warwas says:

        Very true. I’m working on an article about that, but let me get your opinion. With no rookie scale this year and probably/possibly one in 2011, does this make 2011 picks much more valuable than 2010 picks?

    • Adam Warwas says:

      why am I incapable of writing the word “talk” without accidentally putting the “l” before the “a”? Weird.

  2. Norseman66 says:

    Very good question! One question that I think one would have to look at is what does next years draft class initially look like right now? This year is a very very good class and and a lot of teams are going to help themselves (except the Raiders of course). If next years in not nearly as good I would get what and how many prospects you can this year and lay low next year to avoid the unavoidable (at this time) rising rookie salaries. That’s why I would love to see the Vikes try to trade down and get an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick this year. All in all, it’s still a gamble no matter which way you look at it.

  3. Fragile Freds says:

    It’s getting to be time for hard core draft jibber jabber. The idea that someone is “falling” down the draft board is ridiculous. Most teams have had their guys slotted for three weeks.

    WTFVikesfan posted a Mel Kiper quote earlier today regarding Colt McCoy…”Since the season, however, my evaluations of his arm strength and size have improved, and I’m more convinced now that his performance was far more a product of the system he was in, and the talent around him.” This is such a joke. Mel’s evaluation of his “size” improved? WHAT? Did Colt get taller since his last game at Texas? He’s had a bad wing so it couldn’t be that he’s been blasting the weights. This whole quote reminds me of President Barry, a lot of words with nothing being said. Colt’s performance was being held back because of the talent around him? WTF Mel? We’re talking Texas here jackass, one of the best programs in college football.

    These draft guys are clowns.

    Nobody is rising, nobody is falling. The teams have all the facts. All that’s left are the detailed background checks. So unless a player is found to have a previously unknown character flaw, he is what he is.

    Regarding Clausen, all year there has been talk of him going from 1-20, that’s not new. He’s this year’s Brady Quinn? Maybe? Maybe not. For Freds money, Bradford will be the first QB taken.

  4. wtfvikesfan says:

    How is Clausen dropping? Read this he would go number twoTheory on Lions trading down
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    Detroit Lions Top Email

    Recently, there was a rumor that the Detroit Lions were not only looking to trade down from the No. 2 overall spot in the draft, but that an offer had already come in to GM Martin Mayhew and his cronies. At the time, we thought that perhaps it would have to do with another team being hellbent on getting the opportunity to take Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy.

    But here’s another theory, from Tom Kowalski of Perhaps Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen is the lynchpin to any possible trade. Paying a QB the salary commensurate with the No. 2 overall pick is a lot easier to swallow than paying it to a DT, and there is a long list of teams that appear to be interested in adding the nearly NFL-ready Clausen to its arsenal. In fact, for a team that wants a new QB under center in 2010, Clausen is a much better choice, given his experience in Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense for the Fighting Irish.

    One could argue the case for many other teams in the Top 10 to be interested in trading up for the rights to pick Clausen, but the scenario that makes the most sense vis-a-vis mutual benefit is for the Washington Redskins to switch picks with the Lions, who would then get to take either McCoy or Suh following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 3. In this way, the Lions will get the player they want plus another commodity while Mike Shanahan will have his next franchise QB.

    We checked in with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on that possibility, and he considers it unlikely:

    Adam Schefter
    Redskins will probably stay at No. 4
    “My sense is if the Redskins want Clausen, they’ll sit tight and take him at No. 4. If some team trades up to 2 or 3 for Clausen, then so be it — Washington loses out. Washington is in play on Bradford and Clausen, but it would not surprise me if Washington trades back, either, and picks up multiple picks. Lots of options — but then again, we are three-plus weeks away from the draft.” overall if this happens…..

  5. wtfvikesfan says:

    McCoy back into first?
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    Colt McCoy Top Email

    Before the University of Texas’ pro day on Wednesday, there were signs that QB Colt McCoy was entrenching himself as the third-best QB of the draft class behind Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen. According to some reports, McCoy was solid but unspectacular in his performance, but as we know, most NFL scouts have their minds mostly made up on top prospects by this point, so this was just a part of the process. Still, it’s noteworthy that McCoy has re-entered the conversation in a big way, and Mel Kiper, Jr. thinks the Redskins might have legitimate interest.

    There’s still a chance that for a team at the top of the second round to guarantee themselves a shot at McCoy, they’ll have to trade back into the first, as has been suggested regarding the Cleveland Browns’ interest in McCoy, and would also be true for the ‘Skins. Not sure we’re quite buying that one fully, as switching picks that early requires a lot in return. Then again, if McCoy winds up being a legit NFL franchise QB, it’s a small price to pay.

    Mel Kiper, Jr.
    McCoy back on the Big Board
    “The bottom line with McCoy is he’s a player I began to question during the season because he simply didn’t show off an impressive arm, and size became a question. Since the season, however, my evaluations of his arm strength and size have improved, and I’m more convinced now that his performance was far more a product of the system he was in, and the talent around him. It’s not that he couldn’t throw a deep ball, he simply wasn’t given the chance. I still see him as a similar player to Jake Plummer — not a star, but a very good player — but he has a stronger arm.

  6. Luke says:


    The Vikings will most likely draft a QB somewhere before the draft is over to have a toy to develop. There are a few pretty good QB’s that are said to have weaker arms so they wont draw the interest. I was wondering how YOU feel about arm strength when it comes to NFL QB’s? Also, who are your favorite’s from the past that have done well in the NFL without the Rocket arm? And if the Vikes don’t move up to pick one of the top 2 QB’s, or Clausen FALLS to us 🙂 …. who can you see them taking in the later rounds? (You should start a new topic with this question, I’m curious to see what people think. But mostly YOU of course)

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