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Minnesota Vikings new general manager Rick Spielman conducted his first draft having the final say on the team's picks and certainly enjoyed the experience.
There was a constant smile on Spielman's face in his post-pick press conferences. Coach Leslie Frazier described him as "giddy" after Minnesota traded with the Cleveland Browns to swap the third and fourth picks, with the Vikings moving back one spot and picking up three additional choices. The trade, made about an hour before the first round started Thursday, set Spielman's draft plans in motion.
He then added likely starters in first-round picks left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith. He filled needs in the secondary and at wide receiver, but Day 3 brought some unexpected picks -- tight end Rhett Ellison in the fourth round and kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth -- and none really jumped out as a steal.
Grading a draft the day afterward can be an exercise in futility, but here is how some analys...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King was arrested and charged with third-degree assault on Saturday and is currently in an Anoka County jail.
King was charged with third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office website. No bail amount was listed.
No other details of the arrest were available...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings' staff knew coaching the North team in the Senior Bowl would provide it with advantages heading into the draft evaluation period and offer it unique insight into many of the players on hand.
Every team has representatives at the Senior Bowl and conducts interviews, but Minnesota got a closer look at players on the North team, coaching...
Authorities say Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting another man.
The Anoka County sheriff's office says King was arrested Saturday.
Authorities say King assaulted a 22-year-old man, causing skull and facial fractures and cuts that required more than 50 stitches to close. The man is hospitalized in serious condition.
OH THE IRONY
Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman, who was drafted by the Packers, got some assistance from Brett Favre in preparing for the draft.
After passing on Morris Claiborne in favor of Matt Kalil in the first round, one of the first things that was discussed was when the Vikings truly planned on taking a cornerback.
Despite moving back into the first round, Minnesota still declined to take a safety. Instead, they selected Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith with the 29th pick.
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Brett Favre will have to testify in court about sexually suggestive text messages.
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge in early April refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the New York Jets and Favre by two massage therapists.
Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole contend they were subjected to sexual harassment and job discrimination. They are seeking unspecified damages from...
Brett Favre and B.J. Coleman share the same agent, with Bus Cook linking the quarterbacks together. Twice a week for two months, the quarterbacks worked out together. Coleman, the Packers' seventh-round pick, called Favre an "awesome legend."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Once Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was finished dealing at the top of Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, he made a phone call to USC left tackle Matt Kalil and ended the long-awaited decision to pick Kalil over cornerback Morris Claiborne and receiver Justin Blackmon.
Kalil's phone rang with a Minnesota number and he knew he would...
Continuing with companion piece of the not-so-obvious but meaningful draft picks, are the top six smartest first round draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
#4 Matt Kalil
Yes, this is one of those obvious picks, so technically it does not qualify as interesting enough to make this column. However, the manner in which the Vikings acquired Kalil was as genius as the Cleveland...