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."


Who needs preseason games? We'll find out about Vikings cornerbacks

The Vikings have 10 cornerbacks and none have started more than five games in the NFL. Their first test? In the regular season opener against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.


Vikings' O-line takes shape without practice and preseason

There won't be a "wide-open competition" as expected, even with a coveted rookie on board.


After losing the offseason, are Vikings doomed by all of their turnover?

No free agency. No trades. No offseason programs, real or virtual. No minicamps, rookie or full-squad. That can't bode well for a team has lost so many significant players since the end of last season, right?


NFL facilities opening, but Vikings still will be working remotely

The Vikings haven't yet set a timetable for when front office personnel will return to TCO Performance Center in Eagan.


For Vikings great Hutchinson, getting Hall of Fame bust a virtual reality

All 12 living members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 20-member Centennial class have or are expected to do virtual sittings with bronze bust sculptors.


If you think about dollars, schedule release made sense for NFL

For fans to open their wallets and pay for their season tickets, the NFL needed to close on a schedule and make it look as certain as possible in very uncertain times.


Virtually successful: Here's how the Vikings' tech geeks won the NFL draft

General manager Rick Spielman estimated that it took the team's Information Technology staff well over 100 hours to get Vikings officials ready to handle the NFL draft from their homes. How did they do it?


Draft was a success. The drafting itself? Check back later on that

After the unprecedented virtual draft, NFL.com handed out 20 A's, 11 B's and one C-plus dunce cap -- to the Packers, who didn't take a wide receiver after rocking the draft with a first-round quarterback pick.


Vikings missing on Williams might have benefits in long run

Had the Vikings acquired Trent Williams from Washington, they would have inherited a problematic $12.5 million cap hit and salary demands that could only be fixed by overpaying an aging tackle.


Packers' pick of Utah State QB Love was stunner of first round

A team that went 13-3 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game just three months ago looked years down the road and selected a quarterback of the future while ignoring the biggest need.