First off, here's a quick look at the Vikings' 2008 pre-season schedule. The dates for a couple of the games haven't been determined yet. . .those will get figured out as we get closer to the pre-season. But at least we know who the opponents are.
Week of 7-11 Aug: vs Seattle
Week of 13-18 Aug: at Baltimore
23 Aug: vs Pittsburgh (game will be nationally featured on CBS)
28-29 Aug: at Dallas
As you can see, this year we'll actually be facing zero opponents that we'll see in the regular season, which is different from our past couple of pre-seasons. Also, the third pre-season game, which is generally considered the most important, will see the Beloved Purple nationally featured, which is always nice.
Secondly, if you've been tracking the 2008 SBNation Mock Draft, you've noticed that the Denver Broncos have swooped in and selected Derrick Harvey with the #12 overall pick. Since the vast, overwhelming majority of votes in the poll (nearly 60%) had gone to Harvey, I've decided to re-do the poll without the names of Harvey or Malcolm Kelly (who went at #11 to Buffalo) involved in it.
Our pick will go up on Mocking the Draft on Sunday before noon. The poll will remain open until about 7 AM or so on Sunday morning. Please vote in the poll before then.
Before I changed the poll, the player that was in second place was Louisville QB Brian Brohm. Now, believe me when I say I'm definitely not crazy about drafting a QB in Round 1 for numerous reasons, particularly the number of other holes this team needs to fill. . .but if that's the will of the people, that's what I'll go with.
Also, in this poll there is no "other" option. . .I've actually got 10 players for everyone to choose from, since I can't think of anyone off the top of my head outside of those 10 players that the Vikings should seriously be considering. However, if you want to write in a player's name, by all means, feel free to do so.
That's all for now, ladies and gentlemen. Possibly more later on today. . .until then, enjoy your Friday!
Okay, so NOW who should the Vikings select with the 17th pick in the 2008 SBNation Mock Draft?
This poll is closed
Branden Albert, OL, Virginia
Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
Kenny Phillips, S, Miami (FL)
Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson
Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
DeSean Jackson, WR, California
Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt