NFL Draft

Vikings Training Camp Stock Report 8/4/21

After a one day delay, the Vikings finally got to throw on the pads for this first time yesterday, and that means we’re one step closer to our first preseason game! If you’re new here, this year at Climbing The Pocket, we are going to do our best to report back daily with a Vikings…

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4 Biggest Questions Surrounding The 2021 Vikings

“This is the most talented team the Vikings have had under Mike Zimmer.” This take has been floating around for the last few days and truth be told, I am not in agreement. While the sentiment isn’t far off, I do believe this team was more talented in both 2017 and 2018. That being said,…

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It’s Baptism by Fire for Christian Darrisaw

Being a rookie in the NFL is never easy, no one expects it to be easy from a front office perspective but from a fan perspective they may have different expectations.  When a team is considered close, or on the turn then that’s when the expectations of a fanbase soar for rookies including first-round picks,…

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Is Janarius Robinson The Next 4th Round Gem?

The Minnesota Vikings have made a living on finding and developing mid-round pass rushers over the last 15 years with Danielle Hunter being the highest profile of the bunch. The list, however, is very impressive. Everson Griffen, Brian Robison and Ray Edwards were all 4th round selections and played significant roles as starters with Griffen…

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Why Did The Vikings Take Patrick Jones?

Going into the NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings were in desperate need of a pass rusher. Many analysts, including myself, had the belief that they were going to take one of Jaelan Phillips or Kwity Paye at 14. Based on the offseason talking points and how everything had transpired, it seemed like a sure thing….

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How Does Chazz Surratt Fit In Minnesota?

Going into the draft, I spoke at length on Mock Draft Monday about linebacker being a sneaky need for this team. After this season, you only have Eric Kendricks as a guy you can trust to be a 3 down player. While there is no true way to replace Anthony Barr, the future at SAM…

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Kellen Mond: Vikings Savior?

Throughout my entire life, the Minnesota Vikings have only taken getting a franchise quarterback seriously once. In 1999, Dennis Green traded QB Brad Johnson to Washington for a 1st and 3rd round pick in 1999 and a 2nd round pick in 2000. He used that first-round pick to take Daunte Culpepper. While his tenure wasn’t…

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SKOL Search: Best Remaining Players

With the first round finally behind us, there are still a lot of talented players left on the board. Like every other year, there are always a few top players that find their way to round two for one reason or another. Because of that, there are steals that can be had at the top…

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SKOL Search: Tyler’s Final Mock Draft

After a long few months of grinding film, the end is finally near. All the smokescreens and rumors aside, there is still a lot of fun that can be had leading into the long weekend. After the first two selections, there still lies a lot of mystery. Who will everyone select? How quickly will the…

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SKOL Search: Tyler’s Final Big Board

One of the best things about the draft process is compiling your big board and seeing where everyone stacks on it. I construct my big board through every player watched and prevent myself from having a nightmare of a time compiling it. This year, I was only able to get final grades for 92 players…

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