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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: April 16th, 2020

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Thorsday Open Thread

Former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper waved to the fans in pre games events during NFL action between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field Sunday December 15, 2013 in Minneapolis , MN .Culpepper was named the a Photo By Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Good Morning, It’s Thorsday!

Your Thorsday thread is up and running for business; speaking of business yesterday’s Twitter rumor that the Vikings were in talks to trade for OBJ were fun for all 45 minutes it lasted. It was better than the usual sports news which is basically non-existent at this point. I’m back on service for the next seven days, but I’ll have my laptop with me to get the threads posted while I’m at work, hopefully. If you’re looking for a draft guide for this year’s draft I’ll have an excellent suggestion for you in the comments. Meanwhile we’ll carry on with our news and links full of crockpot recipes, nap strategies and beer recommendations; drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and it’s Thorsday - I was informed this is cultural appropriation, but I’m not smart and still don’t know what that means.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris and Ted have your Minnesota Vikings 2020 Free Agency Tracker

Norse Code Podcast Episode 323: Like a Kid Out There. Arif and James return to review the victory over the Packers on Monday Night Football (in 2009)! We also discuss the draft and how Covid-19 will affect scouting this year and beyond with analyst Ben Solak. Also discussed are our favorite T-Jack moments, interior vs. exterior pressure, and time travel.

Ted has a look at recent players selected 22nd and 25th in the first round of the NFL Draft. Are there big names? Are there busts? Let’s find out.

2020 NFL mock draft: Denzel Mims can replace Stefon Diggs for the Vikings. In the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft, the Vikings get an Adam Thielen complement.

Unbelievable! - 2020 Mock Draft Simulation 1.0. BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald run a mock draft simulation through Pro Football Focus and offer their thoughts from a Minnesota Vikings perspective.

Fanpost: Annual DN’s Best GM and Scout Contest by VikingsFanInChennai. Enter the contest and talk smack with your fellow DN’ers!

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com Path From The Draft: Anthony Barr. Take a look back at LB Anthony Barr’s draft night and that path he’s been on since which had led him to be one of the top linebackers in the NFL.

5 Takeaways: ESPN’s Mel Kiper Talks Late Rounders & Risers Before 2020 NFL Draft.

Vikings Draft Diaries: Brad Johnson Pondered Being Teacher Before Call from Vikings.

Matthew Coller at SkorNorth.com ponders: Best Vikings draft fits, part 5: Safeties.

League News:

Hall of Famer, Packers legend Willie Davis dies at 85.

Browns reveal new uniforms with nod to older style.

Falcons poised to move up in first round of 2020 draft.

NFLPA exec: No way to say if camp will open on time.

We come to today’s media selection: Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
(by request)

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-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 wash your hands, don’t touch your waiter’s face and Welcome Aboard!

Edit: I’m officially done with the Covid 19 discussions, it’s descending very quickly into politics, no more.