Mark Craig | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig has covered college or pro football for 27 of his 31 years as a sports writer at the Canton (Ohio) Repository (1987-99) and Star Tribune. He is in his 24th season of covering the NFL. He is one of the 48 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."


Vikings give Diggs' younger brother a look at rookie camp

Mar'Sean Diggs might not be as fast as his brother Stefon, but the two share a lot of the same traits, including good hands.


Vikings went the extra step to sign quarterback Browning

Jake Browning sounds awfully happy for a guy who set national high school and major college passing records only to be criticized for a…


Center of attention: Several years needed to assess drafting Bradbury

Garrett Bradbury last week was the first center drafted in the first round in the 58-year history of the Vikings franchise. It will take time to fully know the value of the pick.


Center of it all: A look at Vikings' in the middle

The Vikings have had six centers start 735 out of 832 regular-season games.


Good idea to wait before labeling an NFL draft class

Looking back on this year's draft, here are some moves that will be fun to watch as they unfold in the years to come.


In the zone: Samia positioned to contribute quickly on Vikings O-line

First-round pick Garrett Bradbury should be a Day 1 starter at center. The initial thought is Dru Samia was drafted for depth purposes but shouldn't be entirely dismissed as a potential starter at guard.


Four trades mean Vikings will start today with nine more picks

Vikings GM Rick Spielman was eager to accumulate picks Friday, even if coach Mike Zimmer was not.


Open arms? Rudolph eager for new tight end to join Vikings

Kyle Rudolph thought it was "awesome" that the Vikings drafted Irv Smith Jr. on Friday in the second round, and the team has a new weapon.


Cardinals now have Murray and Rosen … and the upper hand?

The Cardinals Picking Kyler Murray No. 1 overall wasn't a bad move. But it shouldn't require immediately unloading Josh Rosen, last year's pick who showed some promise as a rookie.


Thielen as a Packer? It almost happened in the 2013 NFL draft

The Packers had three seventh-round picks that year, two of which they used on receivers. Those receivers caught one ball for the Packers and are long gone from the league. Thielen is a two-time Pro Bowler for the Vikings.