World news – Charley Walters: Vikings should act up to the draft of a quarterback, says expert


The Minnesota Vikings are number 14 in the April NFL draft. You should act up to number 10 to take a quarterback. That’s the opinion of design expert Scott Wright.

« I think you need to look at a quarterback, » said Wright, who runs “I think you’re looking at what the Chiefs were doing when they designed Patrick Mahomes. They had Alex Smith, a good veteran quarterback, but they took Mahomes’ 10th election – they traded, gave up – and left him for a year.

« The guy who I think would be a perfect fit for the Vikings in this regard is Trey Lance. »

The Chiefs took Mahomes out of Texas Tech with a 10th overall win in the 2017 draft and earned this pick from Buffalo for their first round selection (# 27), a third round selection, and Kansas City first round selection in 2018.

Alex Smith was 32 years old at the time , as old as Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ​​today.

Lance, 20, the 6-foot-4, 227-pound Marshall (Minn.) high school graduate, played only one game for North Dakota State this season because of the bison, the three national FCS Won titles in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lance led them to the 2019 championship.

« It would be a great situation for the player and team as Lance needs some development, » said Wright. “He could sit and study for a while. I think that would be the ideal dream scenario. For me that should be a priority. There will be three or four quarterbacks in the first round, probably in the top half of the first round.  »

It probably wouldn’t be as costly to move up to # 10 on the draft as it was for the Chiefs to snap up Mahomes.

« That’s because the Vikings pick at 14, » Wright said. « But it won’t be cheap – you jump into the top 10, you might make a selection for the second round, maybe a selection for the third round, maybe even both. »

If cousins ​​who signed for $ 21 million the next season are on the Vikings list on March 20 this year, he’ll be fully guaranteed $ 35 million for 2022. Cousins ​​$ 21 million for the next season is already guaranteed. So if it were cut before the season, the Vikings would still have to pay it for this year, but they would be off the hook for 2022.

Lance is represented by Creative Artists Agency, the well-known Hollywood talent company that also represents Vikings across Justin Jefferson.

It looks like the National League will take over batsman-designate this year, which means it could be a month before 40-year-old free agent Nelson Cruz, who is the twins in the shortened season last year at home races (16), decides where to sign. The twins remain the best choice for Cruz on a one-year contract, likely in the $ 12 million range.

Jordan Murphy, the former Gophers rebound star, averages 6.5 rebounds and 8.0 points for Ironi Nes Ziona in the Israeli Premier League.

Drake University, where Liam Robbins, the Gophers’ 7-foot center, played last season, has made a 13-0 start and could soon climb into the top 25 rankings.

According to Forbes, Glen Taylor may need a new local TV deal worth an additional $ 10 million a year to sell the Timberwolves. The current deal is valued at $ 25 million.

Oliver Simmons, the Red Wing boys’ new basketball coach, was Mr. Basketball twice in Tennessee and played for the Kentucky NCAA champions in 1996.

Dave Lee of WCCO-AM, the station’s franchise voice who retires at age 66 after 32 years as the award-winning host of the morning show, could end up with some local sports coverage. But no longer getting up at 3:30 a.m. to put on by far the best show on the radio waves during its time window.

Six years ago, last Wednesday, Ohio State newcomer D’Angelo Russell, now Timberwolves, scored 27 points against the Gophers in a 74-72 Buckeyes win at Williams Arena.

Waseca’s Mike Larson, who is looking for the twins, was an advance scout for Tommy Lasorda, whose US baseball team he won the gold medal « Miracle on Grass » at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Lasorda, the Dodgers manager of the Baseball Hall of Fame, who died of a heart attack last week at the age of 93, saw the win as the greatest moment of his life, even bigger than the two Dodgers World Series he directed Championship teams.

« Tommy (then 73 years old) was very involved and asked a lot of questions in the meetings, » said Larson on the Saturday of the Olympics.

« Players play, but players’ motivation to play a certain way is also a big part of what makes a team chemistry. And I have no doubt that they played differently for Tommy Lasorda than they did for another manager.  »

Speaking of the Hall of Fame, there is no doubt that Tom Kelly, who led the twins to two World Series titles, should be among its Cooperstown members.

Stillwater’s Mark Larson, longtime college football official and former boys basketball coach at Mahtomedi with Bob Meslow, is safe home from the hospital after a severe 11-day COVID-19 day.

Incidentally, Mahtomedi Big Ten football official Jeff Meslow is rehabilitating two partial thigh tears after working on a nationally televised game for the state of Ohio. Meanwhile, Brother Dave has his best of 10 seasons as an NFL official and will be working on playoff games.

This was retired Lieutenant Colonel Steve Thielen, a St. Johns graduate who recently ran the major Notre Dame-Alabama national soccer semifinals.

Former Hill Murray stars Joey Anderson and Mikey Anderson are at training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings.

The Hall of Famer Paul Molitor of St. Paul is now available on Cameo, a national video service that sends personalized messages to fans for a fee.

Former Minnesota Duluth hockey star Norm MacIver is inducted into the NHL expansion Seattle franchise as Director of Player Staff.

Tommy Thompson, the former Deputy General Manager of Wild, continues to write a particularly insightful column for Hockey News every two weeks.

Condolences to the family of Mike Sjoberg, 55, the posh former dean of St. Thomas Academy for students and two-time coach of the state basketball championship, who passed away last week after a long illness.

I wish the best to former St. Thomas Academy multisport star Mike Robertson, 72, who is recovering from hip replacement, and retired Gophers track and field director Joel Maturi, 75.

Daniel Oturu, 21, the 6-10 Cretin Derham Hall graduate who rookie for the LA Clippers for $ 898,310 averages 5.5 minutes, 2.5 points after four games and 1.8 rebounds.
Much was made of Alvin Kamara’s six quick touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints against the Vikings that tied Ernie Nevers’ 91-year record. Little is known that Nevers was born in Willow River, Minn.

At this point, it is difficult to say which teams would be a suitable trading partner for Danielle Hunter if the Vikings were to postpone the double Pro Bowl pass rusher due to salary restrictions. But the Miami Dolphins seem like a potential partner.

If the Vikings don’t make substantial adjustments to Hunter’s deal, which averages $ 14 million a year and runs through 2023, and if he’s 100 percent healthy after an off-season neck surgery, the Vikings might be forced to to trade it for high-draft picks.

Those in the know say it could take at least $ 20 million a year to keep Hunter, who is severely underpaid, from making it through the next season. It looks like the Vikings will have to pay or trade it before the April 29 draft.

Trading Hunter would need at least one first-round draft pick in return. Miami has Houston picks in the first and second rounds. The overall choice in the first round is number 3. The dolphins will not trade any of these picks.

But Miami’s own choice in the first round is number 18 overall, and the choice in the second round would be roughly number 50 overall.

If Miami offered the # 18 and # 50 Vikings for Hunter it might be difficult to turn down. Assuming the Vikings could close the deal for Hunter, they would have numbers 14 and 18 of the first round. You could spend at least one of these picks on a defensive lineman and another on an offensive lineman.

Aside from quarterbacks, Pass Rushers are usually the most expensive players on a team. But bringing back the aging Everson Griffen (33) or taking over Geno Atkins (32) of Cincinnati on one-year contracts could be a loophole, less expensive move for the Vikings’ abysmal pass rush.

Aside from their weak pass rush, the Vikings are desperate for a real offensive guard to replace the inadequate Dakota Dozier. At this point the Vikings could be playing with fire if they attacked Riley Reiff on the left.

The Vikings are expected to keep head coach Mike Zimmer, who was given a three-year extension just before the season started. But next season is clearly a breeze for the 64-year-old.

Yannick Ngakoue, the pass rusher the Vikings acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a second-round draft pick this spring and inexplicably traded to Baltimore for a third-round pick this spring, had in nine Play three sacks for the Ravens. For the Vikings in Six Games, he had five sacks.

With one of their picks for the fourth round in last year’s draft, the Vikings put James Lynch on the defensive in 130th place overall. Ben Bartch, the 6-6, 309-pound former St. John’s offensive lineman, was voted 116th overall by the Jaguars in the fourth round.

For betting purposes it was predicted that the Vikings would win nine regular season games from sports betting before the season. The team ended up at seven. The Packers should win nine games. They ended up at 13.

Minneapolis’ Rene Pulley, whose Howard Pulley youth basketball programs have spawned a variety of Division I talent since 1994, said last week that Minnesota’s high school grades in 2022 and 2023 would be “one through ten, top to bottom, except for some (elite) individuals “are better than any others he’s had.

Includes Cretin-Derham Hall Junior Point Guard Tre Holloman. The 6-2 junior is recruited by Arkansas coach Eric Musselman, Tom Izzo of Michigan and Richard Pitino of the Gophers, who was the first to offer a scholarship.

Holloman are also recruiting from Iowa, Nebraska, and Iowa State. Most also offered soccer tenders. Holloman plays security and wide-angle receivers in football.

That was Niko Medved and Dave Thorson, former Gophers basketball employees who coached Colorado State from 33-7 deficit to piss off Brian Dutcher’s San Diego State 70-67 last week. Medved and Thorson have Fort Collins, Colorado, which is into basketball.

Destiny Pitts, the former star guard of Gophers, who was suspended by trainer Lindsay Whalen a year ago and subsequently transferred to Texas A&M, shoots from three-point range .500 (23 for 46) and scores for the Aggies averaged 8.2 points from the bank.

Mark Merila, the former Gophers two-time All-America infielder who is entering his ninth year as a Major League Scout for the San Diego Padres, approved the club’s most recent contracts for pitchers Blake Snell and Yu Darvish.

« I’ve been most excited since 1998 about the moves we’re making, » said Merila, 49, who has been a player, bullpen catcher and scoutin in the Padres organization since 1994. “We all got sick and kept looking at the Dodgers. When you have a rivalry with someone you have to win, and they’ve beaten us pretty well for the past 10 years.  »

According to, the Dodgers have a 9-2 chance of winning this year’s World Series. The padres are next at 6-1. The Twins have the eighth best odds, 18-1.

Merila’s son Boston, the former St. Michael-Albertville star, is a newcomer to the Gophers. Among other things, it was named Boston because Mark was the National League Bullpen coach for the All-Star Game in Boston in 1999 and loves the city.

Ex-Viking Jared Allen is one of 15 finalists in this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class, but his election is unlikely this year. However, it is only a matter of time.

It looks like the main competitor for the St. Paul Saints will be the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.

Waseca’s Mike Larson, who was a pre-scout for the late Tommy Lasorda when Lasorda ran the 2000 US Gold Medal Olympic Baseball Champion in Sydney, Australia: « He asked a lot of questions in our meetings. »
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