I’m starting my seven off today, quite frankly I’m exhausted as Influenza A continues to rage in our area and I’ve admitted a lot of people for the flu. The combine starts soon so we’ll have something else to talk about for a while besides the usual. I’ve been thinking about doing a “live” 3 round mock draft on the weekend thread, I’ll have to give it some more thought on how to work it out logistically so anyone who wants to participate has the opportunity. Time to carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Fire up the mock drafts and drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and try the Cafe Con Leche Stout.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Transcript: Rick Spielman’s press conference in Indianapolis from Chris
(special thanks to Courtney Cronin)
Vikings guard Nick Easton will be medically cleared soon.
Report: Minnesota Vikings shopping Trae Waynes at scouting combine.
Per Eric’s report: Vikings have exercised HC Mike Zimmer’s option through 2020.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com watch as General Manager Rick Spielman addressed the media from the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
Top Tweets: NFL Scouting Combine Day 1.
Notebook: Spielman Says Stefanski was ‘Biggest Flag-Waver’ for Gary Kubiak hire.
Who’s the fastest? Strongest? Current Vikings results from the Combine.
Ben Leber caught up with NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport about how the Vikings stack up heading into this critical part of the offseason, his view on how the first round of the draft is shaping up and more.
From NFL.com Trade Tsunami 2.0? NFL ripe for more wheeling and dealing.
Eagles won’t tag Nick Foles; QB to enter free agency.
Debrief: Cardinals, Giants face similar dilemmas at quarterback.
Bucky Brooks 2019 NFL mock draft 2.0: Broncos pick Drew Lock.
(he has the Vikings selecting Greg Little-OT-Mississippi)
Join the Cause: Run Rich Run. NFL.com’s Rich Eisen is running the 40 in support of St. Judes Children’s Research Hospitals.
We come to today’s media selection: Alice In Chains - Rain When I Die
Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags
-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasm.
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 shrimp and grits and as always, Welcome Aboard!