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Wednesday Open Thread: April 25, 2018

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Tomorrow. Is. Draft. Day.

John Randle #93
On the eve of draft day, it seems fitting to put up a pic of a hall-of-fame player who no one bothered to draft

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We just have to make it one more day, and draft day will be upon us. I’m excited to see how the first round plays out, who falls, who moves up the board at the last minute, etc. I expect the front office will hope to be in a spot where another team covets a player that the Vikings aren’t interested in, and rake in some picks to move back. Then again, maybe there’s a player that they REALLY like, but didn’t expect that player to make it out of the top 10. Maybe that player is still available at the 20th pick, I could see the Vikings moving up in a situation like that. I’m hoping to see something exciting happen on Thursday. If not, I’m still going to eat well and have lots of fun. I just got a new 55 inch 4k (lots of other letters and numbers too, no clue what they mean) for the garage, just in time for the draft.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris is winding down to the end of the 2018 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, where Jacksonville is on the clock with the 29th pick. The good guys are up next.

With two days left until the draft, Chris looks at who is the best second round pick in Vikings history.

Wludford looks at how deals could benefit the Vikings in the draft.

Ted brought us a draft-eve edition of RickSpeak, I love these.

Vikings news from other sources and news from around the rest of the league:

From the Pioneer Press, Dalvin Cook has been working hard on rehabbing his knee, and should be ready for training camp in July. I’ll be rooting hard for this kid, he’s worked his tail off to overcome some tough life obstacles, I love to see kids like this do well.

Over at in the media vault, hear Rick Speilman’s press conference, hear an interview with Kirk Cousins, and there’s lots more over there to look through.

If you were hoping that Dez Bryant would stay in Dallas, you can stop hoping, Jerry Jones says it’s not going to happen, per

More fabricated Gronk drama, now he’s going to play for the Patriots in 2018, per Did anyone really buy any of that nonsense?

Antonio Callaway’s urine test at the Combine was considered diluted, per and his agent. That means he drank a whole bunch of water or ingested a masking agent to cover up something that he didn’t want the NFL to find. I know it’s dumb of the guy to use when he knows he’s going to get tested, but does anyone else see the glaringly obvious double standard here? The NFL basically hands out narcotic pain killers by the handful so players can play through the pain of an injury (and likely cause life-long damage) and stay on the field, but you’d better not have any marijuana in your system during the off-season. The irony.

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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, & try the blood sausage.