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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 4-5 February 2023

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NCAA Football: Northwestern at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Saturday! The Senior Bowl is today at 2:30PM EST on the NFL Network. Many of the scouts, coaches, and GMs and have left but the game must go on. Who is going to be the MVP? never forget. Kellen Mond was the 2021 Senior Bowl.

Since our last Open Thread ...

Kirk Cousins finds the perfect receiver

Chris posted a request from Justin Jefferson for us to vote for him in the Pro Bowl Games Best Catch competition

Vikings officially request to interview Ejiro Evero for defensive coordinator position

Sean Desai withdraws from consideration for Vikings’ DC position


Here are some sites with their winners from the Senior Bowl practices ...

Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
Sydney Brown, S, Illinois
Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
Will McDonald IV, Edge, Iowa State
John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
Keion White, Edge, Georgia Tech
Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
Michael Wilson, WR, Stanford

For comparison, here are DJ’s winners from last year’s Senior Bowl practices


Keeanu Benton, DL, Wisconsin
Sydney Brown, S, Illinois
Payne Durham, TE, Purdue
Kyu Blu Kelly, CB, Stanford
Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
John Michael Schmitz, OL, Minnesota
Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
Tyler Steen, OL, Alabama
O’Cyrus Torrence, OL, Florida
Darnell Wright, OL, Tennessee


A great week of Senior Bowl practice has left many around the NFL thinking that Georgia Tech defensive lineman Keion White is going to be a first-round pick in April’s draft.

Here’s the complete list of Senior Bowl practice players of the week:

Overall player of the week: Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane (American team)
American team
QB: Max Duggan, TCU
RB: Eric Gray, Oklahoma
WR: Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia
TE: Cam Latu, Alabama
OL: Darnell Wright, Tennessee
DL: Zacch Pickens, South Carolina
LB: Dee Winters, TCU
CB: Darius Rush, South Carolina
SAF: Jammie Robinson, Florida State
ST: Alex Ward (SN), Central Florida


National team
QB: Jake Haener, Fresno State
RB: Chase Brown, Illinois
WR: Jayden Reed, Michigan State
TE: Payne Durham, Purdue
OL: Cody Mauch, North Dakota State
DL: Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern
LB: Ivan Pace, Cincinnati
CB: Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford
SAF: J.J. Skinner, Boise State
ST: Bryce Barringer (P), Michigan State

There are a lot of practice recaps out there if you carry to google them but remember ...


Trade Partner: Kansas City Chiefs
Sent: Daniele Hunter
Received: Round 1 Pick 30, Round 4 Pick 20
Trade Partner: Las Vegas Raiders
Sent: Round 1 Pick 30, Round 5 Pick 41
Received: Round 2 Pick 7, Round 4 Pick 7, Round 5 Pick 7
Trade Partner: New Orleans Saints
Sent: Round 2 Pick 7
Received: Round 2 Pick 9, Round 6 Pick 13, Round 7 Pick 10
Trade Partner: Miami Dolphins
Sent: Dalvin Cook
Received: Round 6 Pick 1, Future Round 6 Pick
Trade Partner: New England Patriots
Sent: Round 6 Pick 1
Received: Round 6 Pick 10, Round 7 Pick 40

23: R1 P23 EDGE Lukas Van Ness - Iowa 6-5 269

40: R2 P9 C John Michael Schmitz - Minnesota 6-3.3 306

87: R3 P24 S Sydney Brown - Illinois 5-10 213

109: R4 P7 QB Jaren Hall - BYU 6-0 211

119: R4 P17 DL Keeanu Benton - Wisconsin 6-3.4 312

122: R4 P20 LB Daiyan Henley - Washington St 6-0 230

143: R5 P7 CB Riley Moss - Iowa 6-0 192

160: R5 P24 WR Andrei Iosivas - Princeton 6-2.7 212

187: R6 P10 CB Darius Rush - South Carolina 6-1.5” 196

190: R6 P13 G McClendon Curtis - Chattanooga 6-5.6 331

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 12 Samford at Chattanooga

229: R7 P10 DL Brodric Martin - Western Kentucky 6-4.5 337 Boca Raton Bowl - Western Kentucky v Appalachian State Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

259: R7 P40 RB Tavion Thomas - Utah 6-1.4 247

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