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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 21,22 October 2023

“My level of sarcasm has gotten to a point where I don’t even know if I am kidding anymore.”

NFL: OCT 01 Vikings at Panthers Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We shall remain hopeful for this week’s game!

Since yore last open thread ...

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Makes sense only if they are confident they can extend him after the season. The floor has to be 25M per year and that seems low now.

Kwesi has put himself into a very interesting position and has to answer the question now. If he waits until the end of the year and Hunter goes elsewhere, then he could end up without any compensatory pick for 2025 which another GM might get to use.

It is the forever problem with this team. They are deftly afraid of embracing the rebuild and going for it full throttle. So they end up in mediocre purgatory with the perpetual hope of simply getting into the dance and getting that one time where the most beautiful girl lets you dance.

NFL Week 7 bold predictions: Lamar Jackson shreds Lions; Vikings stun 49ers; rookie receiver breaks out

Dropped Passes Have Been a Major Issue for the Vikings This Season

Here’s how the Vikings’ top weapons have fared when it comes to drops (per PFF):
Alexander Mattison: 5 drops on 26 targets (19 percent)
K.J. Osborn: 4 drops on 30 targets (13 percent)
T.J. Hockenson: 4 drops on 46 targets (9 percent)
Justin Jefferson: 1 drop on 52 targets (2 percent)
Jordan Addison: 0 drops on 32 target

Apparently, PFF is the gold standard for some. Here are some alternative sites which may or may not be updated through week 6 ...
Only has Osborn with 2 and Hockenson with 3.
Others with 3 inlcude Mark Andrews, Sam La Porta, Even Engram, and Tyler Higbee.
Mattison has 5, Hockenson has 4, and Osbron has 2.
KC, Dallas, and the Rams have more drops.
Detroit has the same number of drops.
The Jets, Bengals, Jaguars, and Colts have one less drop.

Using drops an an excuse is lame

Yore Mock

Trade Partner: Arizona Cardinals
Sent: Round 1 Pick 7
Received: Round 1 Pick 10, Round 3 Pick 10
Trade Partner: Carolina Panthers
Sent: Round 2 Pick 7, Round 4 Pick 28
Received: Round 2 Pick 1
Trade Partner: LA Rams
Sent: Round 3 Pick 10
Received: Round 3 Pick 15, Round 5 Pick 21
Trade Partner: Indianapolis Colts
Sent: Round 4 Pick 7
Received: Round 4 Pick 19, Round 5 Pick 19
Trade Partner: Las Vegas Raiders
Sent: Future Round 6 Pick
Received: Round 7 Pick 13

10: R1 P10 WR Marvin Harrison Jr. - Ohio State 6’4” 205

33: R2 P1 QB Bo Nix - Oregon 6’2” 217

79: R3 P15 EDGE Chris Braswell - Alabama 6’3” 255

119: R4 P19 DL McKinnley Jackson - Texas A&M 6’2” 325

153: R5 P17 C Christian Haynes - Connecticut 6’2” 313

155: R5 P19 OT Taliese Fuaga - Oregon State 6’6” 333

157: R5 P21 LB Ty’Ron Hopper - Missouri 6’2” 221

166: R5 P30 CB Caelen Carson - Wake Forest 6’0” 195

182: R6 P7 S Jaden Hicks - Washington State 6’3” 212

184: R6 P9 DL DeWayne Carter - Duke 6’3” 298

232: R7 P13 RB Jo’quavious Marks - Mississippi State 5’10” 210

It would be Kwesi to think Harrison lasts to pick 10 and to think the Vikings would snag him right? Kwesi like a fox!

You get Harrison to go with JJ and Addison and you got one heck of a group. It might even allow Kwesi to consider the unthinkable.

I think they need to pile on picks for both the defensive and offensive lines. Mid to late round picks may never develop but you got to add them to see if one or two becomes a solid contributor or even solid starter.

Plus, the depth is getting older and more expensive.

Mocks are silly but waiting for the next loss and arguing/debating over why it will happen is worse.

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