As another reminder that, yes, it's still the off-season, let's start some rampant speculation about the Minnesota Vikings' long snapper situation, shall we?
Yes, we shall.
According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Vikings' special teams coach Mike Priefer was at the pro day for Brown University earlier this week. presumably to watch long snapper Courtland Clavette. Clavette is ranked. . .yes, several sites have actually done rankings of draftable long snappers. . .the third best long-snapping prospect in this year's draft by Draft Countdown, but is not ranked at all by CBS Sports.
The Vikings, on the surface, appear to be set at long snapper, having just signed incumbent Cullen Loeffler to a one-year contract prior to the start of free agency. However, Loeffler was the worst-ranked long snapper in the NFL last season by Pro Football Focus, and had several bad snaps throughout the season. The most glaring of those came in Week 16, as his snap on a punt short-hopped Jeff Locke, and the delay caused a block for a safety that provided the margin of victory in the Miami Dolphins' 37-35 victory over the Vikings.
According to Spotrac, Loeffler's deal is for $1.05 million, and the Vikings would take a dead money hit of $300,000 by releasing him, which is a pittance in the grand scheme of things. If the Vikings think that they can get better at the long snapper position, there's little question that they'll attempt to do just that.
Maybe they'll even draft one, even if it will cause the head of our own MarkSP18 to explode out of insane rage.
We've got long snapper takes, ladies and gentlemen. . .because it is, after all, the off-season.