Vikings GM Rick Spielman Talks to Fans at VikeFans.com about 2017 Draft

Minnesota Vikings General Manager joined VikeFans.com on Monday to dive deeper into his selections for the 2017 NFL Draft.  Rick gives insights into things not seen by the fans regarding the draft and selection process, and deep dives on Dalvin Cook, Danny Isidora, Paul Eflein, Ben Gedeon, and more…

 

 

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34 thoughts on “Vikings GM Rick Spielman Talks to Fans at VikeFans.com about 2017 Draft

  • May 1, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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    Thanks Tom, Thanks Rick for taking the time to talk with us.  Still wondering about the passion question with WR Conley specifically.  But at round 6, no heartburn about it.  Just popped out that his supposed weakness is passion for the game.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm
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    greediron said
    Thanks Tom, Thanks Rick for taking the time to talk with us.  Still wondering about the passion question with WR Conley specifically.  But at round 6, no heartburn about it.  Just popped out that his supposed weakness is passion for the game.  

    I did the best with that one as I could, as we were running over our time slot and he was headed to Sirius radio for an interview there.  It was not possible to dive deeply on all 11 picks, so I had to do some picking and choosing on which ones to talk about.  The deep dive was on Cook, who Rick thought was a Day 1 talent.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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    Hey Tom, great job  😀

    Hey Barr, what did you think of the interview? Pretty cool to be a little mouse in the corner, I’m betting 😀

    I think that, as Rick said, there’s a lot of info about these players that never reaches the light of day. Whether that’s personal/private info about themselves or their families, or about their “activities” off the field, I think as fans we have to accept that we’ll never know everything and also that there’s a lot we think we know but a lot of that so-called inside info is completely false. None of us can change what picks have been made, and as a fan of the team I’m going to accept who they picked and cheer them on.

    I maintain that I do wish that we’d not trade back so much on the third day. I get the logic behind it, but I’d rather see us go for quality over quantity. I would have rather had those 3 fourth rounders, or those 2 third rounders, than multitudes of 7th rounders. I will say I do think we picked up intriguing players with a couple of those later picks, Bucky Hodges and Elijah Lee being the 2 I’m most excited about.

    Rick always keeps things close to the vest, but considering what his job is with the team I’m glad he operates that way. It’s pretty cool that he was gracious enough to give this interview 2 days after the draft ended. Thank you to Rick!

    I always enjoy these interviews a lot. The access to Rick and the players past and present is awesome. Thanks again, Tom!

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:19 pm
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    prairieghost said
    Hey Tom, great job  😀

    Hey Barr, what did you think of the interview? Pretty cool to be a little mouse in the corner, I’m betting 😀

    I think that, as Rick said, there’s a lot of info about these players that never reaches the light of day. Whether that’s personal/private info about themselves or their families, or about their “activities” off the field, I think as fans we have to accept that we’ll never know everything and also that there’s a lot we think we know but a lot of that so-called inside info is completely false. None of us can change what picks have been made, and as a fan of the team I’m going to accept who they picked and cheer them on.

    I maintain that I do wish that we’d not trade back so much on the third day. I get the logic behind it, but I’d rather see us go for quality over quantity. I would have rather had those 3 fourth rounders, or those 2 third rounders, than multitudes of 7th rounders. I will say I do think we picked up intriguing players with a couple of those later picks, Bucky Hodges and Elijah Lee being the 2 I’m most excited about.

    Rick always keeps things close to the vest, but considering what his job is with the team I’m glad he operates that way. It’s pretty cool that he was gracious enough to give this interview 2 days after the draft ended. Thank you to Rick!

    I always enjoy these interviews a lot. The access to Rick and the players past and present is awesome. Thanks again, Tom!  

    Thanks PG – Rick is fun to interview – he goes with the flow and has a good sense of humor.   

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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    Wait, Barr got to sit it on this?

    WTH?

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm
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    The interview stops streaming for me consistently before the 2:00 mark 🙁

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm
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    Absolutely fantastic interview.  

    I wish we could have asked him about Michael Floyd or other FAs out there.  I think our WR looks thin.  

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm
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    purplefaithful said
    The interview stops streaming for me consistently before the 2:00 mark 🙁  

    Seems okay on my computer, laptop and iPhone.  Should be okay.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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    A1Janitor said
    Absolutely fantastic interview.  

    I wish we could have asked him about Michael Floyd or other FAs out there.  I think our WR looks thin.    

    I know – if I had 30 minutes, we could have done a lot, but I am pleased we got Rick on the first (non-Sunday) day after the draft, and his time was sparse.   I would have asked him about the 2 WRs and if they were competing for, mainly, the top kick returner spot.  Would have asked about the 4th round tackle, and where both Bohringer and Treadwell were.   It just get limited on time we had and went with the flow of the conversation.  I took the Cook choice as the top thing we talked about. 

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm
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    purplefaithful said
    Wait, Barr got to sit it on this?

    WTH?  

    He did.  He made a comment in a post that he’d love to be a fly on the wall for the Spielman interview, so I invited him.  I plan to invite others to future player interviews so they can hear the process live.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Tom Moore said

    He did.  He made a comment in a post that he’d love to be a fly on the wall for the Spielman interview, so I invited him.  I plan to invite others to future player interviews so they can hear the process live.  

    If you are taking requests, I can hold the microphone for the cheerleaders.  devil

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  • May 1, 2017 at 10:09 pm
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    A1Janitor said

    If you are taking requests, I can hold the microphone for the cheerleaders.  devil  

    C’mon down.  They are actually hard to interview, as you want to ask them about football, but most don’t know a ton about the game.  But, when you see them, you really don’t mind what they talk about.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 10:44 pm
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    Nice job Tom.  You have a gift for disarming the most seasoned of NFL brass.  Kudos.  

    Insightful, as well.  Good questioning=good responses.  

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  • May 2, 2017 at 12:28 am
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    Excellent interview! Keep up the great work.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 1:20 am
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    Great interview Tom and thank you for bringing it to us! 

    I do think it’s comical how much time we spend debating rumors that get passed through the grapevine.  Most that probably aren’t even really being discussed or being considered at Winter Park.  At least it gives us something to do for a couple months lol

    Thank You Rick for giving us some of your time!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 6:52 am
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    AllBS said
    Great interview Tom and thank you for bringing it to us! 

    I do think it’s comical how much time we spend debating rumors that get passed through the grapevine.  Most that probably aren’t even really being discussed or being considered at Winter Park.  At least it gives us something to do for a couple months lol

    Thank You Rick for giving us some of your time!  

    Yes, and he says the hard part is having to read it or hear it, and then to need to leave it alone, as denying it makes it worse.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 7:00 am
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    Thank you Rick & Tom, good stuff!!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 7:15 am
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    One of the most interesting things he said was about using “face time” to interact more with draft prospects.  It’s pretty cool how technology has become a big part of the draft process and can give teams more opportunities to talk with players.  For saavy teams, it gives them more data points to sift through all these prospects and find the right guys for their team.

    Nice work, Tom.  As always, a HUGE thanks to Rick for coming to our little corner of the internet to talk Vikings football.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 7:19 am
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    Wetlander said
    One of the most interesting things he said was about using “face time” to interact more with draft prospects.  It’s pretty cool how technology has become a big part of the draft process and can give teams more opportunities to talk with players.  For saavy teams, it gives them more data points to sift through all these prospects and find the right guys for their team.

    Nice work, Tom.  As always, a HUGE thanks to Rick for coming to our little corner of the internet to talk Vikings football.  

    Was listening to a discussion yesterday on how Social Media has given NFL teams/scouts new and insightful lens to prospects as well.

    Eye opening stuff and kids 17-21 can be, shall we say not to savvy on managing that aspect of their lives 😉

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  • May 2, 2017 at 7:22 am
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    purplefaithful said

    Was listening to a discussion yesterday on how Social Media has given NFL teams/scouts new and insightful lens to prospects as well.

    Eye opening stuff and kids 17-21 can be, shall we say not to savvy on managing that aspect of their lives 😉  

    Look no further than Jerod Evans, VTech QB…  his tweets make him sound like the next Josh Freeman.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 9:47 am
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    Great interview and as usual I love hearing the inside thoughts and activities that go on with the Vikes organization.

    As an added bonus I listened to the interview with Chuck Foreman and his thoughts on drafting Cook.  This came up on the screen right after the Spielman interview.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    ThunderGod said
    Great interview and as usual I love hearing the inside thoughts and activities that go on with the Vikes organization.

    As an added bonus I listened to the interview with Chuck Foreman and his thoughts on drafting Cook.  This came up on the screen right after the Spielman interview.

      

    Yep.  We talked to Chuck last night, and we posted his interview in another thread.  Nice to hear a running back’s thoughts.  Players have unique insights on the position they played.  Chuck said he watched every game Cook played, as Cook was once set to go to Chuck’s alma matter in Miami.  Chuck is a big “homer” for Stacy Coley too!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 10:16 am
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    Tom Moore said

    I did the best with that one as I could, as we were running over our time slot and he was headed to Sirius radio for an interview there.  It was not possible to dive deeply on all 11 picks, so I had to do some picking and choosing on which ones to talk about.  The deep dive was on Cook, who Rick thought was a Day 1 talent.  

    No worries, I understand how it goes.  Just was hoping for a bit more, but then again, I doubt he is going to call out a specific player they just drafted.  As I have said, this is my favorite interview that you do.

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  • May 2, 2017 at 10:22 am
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    greediron said

    No worries, I understand how it goes.  Just was hoping for a bit more, but then again, I doubt he is going to call out a specific player they just drafted.  As I have said, this is my favorite interview that you do.  

    Geoff Nichols (NFL Draft Guru) and I will talk about all the choices on Wednesday night, and I think you will see some great depth on our other 10 picks.  Corey Chavous and Geoff have a lot of similarities, and Corey has heard and read Geoff’s work.   You can pull the most obscure names and ask either of them, and damned if they won’t know who it is and have an in-depth opinion.

    Sometimes, I want to ask Geoff about a made-up player just to fool him. But, knowing Geoff, he’d find such a player at a middle school and know about him too!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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    Thanks Tom (just wanted to add my voice to the myriad of others who are genuinely appreciative of your efforts)!!!

    Very interesting- and insightful- interview!  So grateful for real Viking talk!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm
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    Thank you, Rick for the giving of your time for us. Tom, as usual, great job!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 7:59 pm
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    Fantastic Tom and thanks Mr. Spielman!

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  • May 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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    Folks – thanks for all the compliments, and glad you like Rick coming here.   Next stop – Mike Zimmer!

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  • May 3, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    Tom Moore said
    Next stop – Mike Zimmer!  

    Been there, done that. wink

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  • May 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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    Great interview and what a fun twist to invite someone on to listen in. 

     

    You know I wonder…. sometimes people prefer the written version of an interview. I wonder if we have anyone that would be able to sit in and take notes to be able to write a written version off of the interview? That would be a massive addition to be able to share out. Of courseif Tom is cool with that concept. 

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  • May 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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    Mike Olson said
    Great interview and what a fun twist to invite someone on to listen in. 

     

    You know I wonder…. sometimes people prefer the written version of an interview. I wonder if we have anyone that would be able to sit in and take notes to be able to write a written version off of the interview? That would be a massive addition to be able to share out. Of courseif Tom is cool with that concept.   

    I’d be great with that.  I simply don’t have the time to do it (I used to long ago, to provide and audio and written), but I know many would prefer to read than listen.  I’m open to volunteers.  You can sit on the interview calls if you like

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