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We're recording our last podcast before the draft (we'll record one every night after each night of the draft, don't worry), so of course we sort of preview the draft but not really because you can sort of just read that. Instead, we wildly prognosticate! We also take your twitter questions, briefly talk about the Vikings' schedule and complain about the NFL, whom we love.
- Roger Gooddell wants to expand the NFL draft to four days. That's such BS.
- What does it mean to trade future picks in the NFL Draft? It means that you reduce your return-on-investment, according to Jason Lisk at the Big Lead. It also may mean we're suffering from the principal-agent problem.
- As for trading in the first round, do you think there was a better year than 2012? We didn't explore it in depth, but Reddit stopped fairly quickly in their discussion.
- We talked about the schedule and what it means, and of course in our measured apathy we kind of conclude it means nothing.
- Peter King's piece on how the schedule is made is actually pretty cool.
- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named thinks he can play in the NFL, still. I bear no ill-will towards him, but he should shut up.
As for the link roundup, we have a number of quarterback reviews! As in, reviews of the 2014 draft-eligible quarterback prospects, not something easier to evaluate, like actual quarterbacks currently in the NFL.
- I like Teddy Bridgewater, as you can see.
- I like Derek Carr, which surprises few people. I explain it here.
- I don't dislike Johnny Manziel, but I do not think he is a first-round pick.
- Blake Bortles is also not worth the first-round pick hype, to me. But he is better than most people who came out of nowhere.
- I gave Aaron Murray a fourth-round grade, but think his 2010-2011 was far better than 2012-2013.
I will continue with Zach Mettenberger, David Fales and A.J. McCarron soon. Hopefully, Jimmy Garoppolo and Brett Smith will be soon after. If I ever get to it, Logan Thomas and Tom Savage will get a look as well.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Rick Spielman agrees that the quarterback possibilities are "torturous" and it may burn him. Or not. Other than that, we covered how Mike Zimmer isn't really a television guy, which is just fine by me.
Perhaps our coolest article once again comes from Lindsey Young, who interviewed E.J. Henderson, the best linebacker the Vikings have had in recent years and is both an inspiring and sad story.
We also had a guest post arguing against a first-round quarterback pick.
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