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Your Move Zygi

Well, if you believe the most recent “breaking” reports, the politicians of the Great State of Minnesota have decided to move forward with the construction of the latest and greatest multi-functional sports facility this side of Nicollet Avenue.  The expected cost of this facility has ranged between $900 million and $1 billion.  No small price tag considering the current state of the state’s financial statement.  But, that discussion is neither here nor…anywhere…oddly enough.

No, the following paragraphs are going to focus on what will happen next.  You see, of that roughly $1 billion price tag, the good people of the State of Minnesota are coughing up approximately $550 million.  Though, if you believe the Vikings website, that is a deal.  Evidently, residents in other NFL cities are picking 2/3 of the total tab.  WHAT A DEAL!!!  HOW LUCKY ARE WE!!!!

Zygi is all smiles after news of the stadium broke. Let's hope the people of Minnesota are also smiling after it is built.

Now that the congratulating is over (oh man, we are such good negotiators, we just agreed to build a billionaire a stadium) and the shovels are ready to be put into the ground, we did put ourselves in a position to do one thing: demand a quality product.

Gone should be the days of skimping on Free Agent signings or refraining from cutting loose on a bad signing and moving on to the next one.  Think the Vikings WR/DB situation for the past few years.  The people ponied up, the Vikings need to make a commitment to winning.  Now.

To that end, this year’s squad is in desperate need at three critical positions: WR, DB, and OL.  It appears as though Mount Kalil is going to be available at No. 3 in this year’s NFL Draft.  That covers a gaping OL hole.  But, the framework of this stadium deal should mean more than just trying to improve through the draft.

Ideally, it means locking down Dwayne Bowe, Vincent Jackson, or one of the other marquee WRs.  Cheech Harvin is a dynamic WR, but, he needs a sidekick and either Bowe or VJax would be great.

To ensure those flankers get a workout in practice, the state’s splurge on the stadium also means locking down some Chris Cook insurance in the form of one of the following DBs: Cortland Finnigan, Terrell Thomas, or another decent options at DB.  And yes, that could even mean locking down dream-killer Tracy Porter.

Allen was looking for a sidekick all year last year. Super Mario could be just what the doctor ordered.

In an ideal world, Zygi and Co. make a push for Mario Williams.  He would be a great compliment to Ten Gallon Allen.  With the two of them coming off the edge, they would make even the most pedestrian DBs look like HOFers.    You could skip signing Finnegan or the other marquee DBs.  While playing in the Metrodome, getting the NFL’s version of Super Mario in purple was a pipe dream, but, now that we are moving next door to Mall America Field at Best Buy Stadium, signing Williams should definitely be in the cards.

In fact, while I am it, why stop there?  Rumors are swirling about how the Colts are going to release sure-fire HOFer, Peyton Manning.  If he is even back to 80%, the Vikes better be serious players in trying to land him.  That does not mean a courtesy dinner at Manny’s and a $500.00 gift to the MOA.  I want them to pull out all the stops.  Have AP wheel down to Manning’s pad in Nawleans and talk him into strapping it on for the purple.  Manning would be the perfect mentor to a young Christian Ponder.  The Vikes would be instant contenders, especially with the other free agent additions discussed above.

Now, before you all get on your email machines and tell me how impossible it would be to sign all of the  previously discussed free agents, save your time.  I get it.  There are financial considerations at play and not ALL of those candidates can be Vikings.  BUT,  these next few weeks are going to tell a lot about whether the people of Minnesota got duped or if the Vikes are serious about a quality product on the quality field that we are building them.  It is that commitment to seriously being involved in the conversation that we, as the bank, need to see.  Without that commitment, we are just like the other sports-hungry cities that got duped into paying for a new stadium.  Your move Wilf.

The Julio Jones Conundrum

2011 was a difficult year to be a Vikings fan.  But, like any rube cheering for the local squad, hope springs eternal and the upcoming NFL Draft is just the remedy that is needed to facilitate forgetting last season.  Whether it is the hope of that impact rookie being drafted or the wheeling and dealing that strengthens the draft of the future, the NFL Draft is one part lottery, one part shrewd evaluation, and all parts exciting.

Jones' considerable skills were nearly always on display while dominating SEC defenses.

This year’s NFL Draft poses an especially interesting conundrum for the Vikes’ management group.  Last year, the Cleveland Browns capitalized on the Atlanta Falcons’ desire to get an impact WR, trading their Top 10 pick, which was used to draft Julio Jones, for basically all of Atlanta’s draft.  This was actually one of those rare deals that seemed to work for both squads.  The Falcons got the game changing wideout to complement Pro Bowler Roddy White and the Browns got the mess of draft picks needed to continue rebuilding.

Fast forward to this year’s draft, the Vikes hold the valuable Number 3 pick overall.  Most analysts agree that future Hall-of-Famer Andrew Luck is going first.  From there, it gets really interesting, really quickly.  You see, the Number 2 pick on most boards is behemoth LT, Matt Kalil.  This guy’s pedigree is more pristine than that little footstool that won this year’s Westminster dog show.  His older brother is an All Pro C for the Cam-o-lina Panthers.  He was a consensus All-American at USC, the perennial hotbed for impact NFL rookies.

The St. Louis Rams hold the Number 2 pick and have drafted offensive linemen in two of the last three drafts.  It seems unlikely that the Rams would select another linemen as their fan base is desperate for a talented skill position player. Many think that OSU pass-Hoovering WR Justin Blackmon will go to St. Louis.  That scenario would put the Vikings in a very difficult spot.

Do they draft the “sure-thing” LT that could be the cornerstone of their offensive line and hope to improve the league’s worst secondary via free agency and the later rounds of the draft?  Or, do the Vikes adopt the Browns’ strategy and trade the Number 3 pick to the team that wants to ensure they can secure the talents of multi-tool QB, Robert Griffin III.   RG3 is a hot commodity right now.  There are multiple teams that are said to be interested in acquiring his services.  If the Vikes can acquire multiple pieces and fill multiple needs, aren’t they better off moving the pick?  This fan says no.

Todays game requires exceptional QB play.  Exceptional offensive line play is the first step in achieving that level of QB play, unless your QB has the last name Brees, Brady, Manning, or, [unfortunately] Rodgers.   The Vikings offensive line was offensive this year.  Nearly every player took a step back from the year before.

This guy's bloodlines would make the child of two Olympians blush.

As if that was not enough of a reason to draft Mount Kalil, the Vikes also happen to have a Hall of Fame RB who will be coming off knee surgery and would likely do much better with a road grader like Kalil plowing the road in front of him.  With Mount Kalil in purple, it is easy to see All Day bursting into the second level with only the wreckage from Kalil behind him.

While it may be tempting to off load their pick for a wealth of future picks, the Vikings should pass.  Do the right thing.  Secure their line of the future and take Mount Kalil.  If nothing else, we might finally get a chance to see what we have with our first round pick from last year, Christian Ponder.

After all, even though Rome was not built in a day, with Kalil acting as the muscle to the development, there is a really good chance the Purple return to prominence sooner than later.