Recent content from Mark Craig
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?
The Vikings haven't yet set a timetable for when front office personnel will return to TCO Performance Center in Eagan.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Vikings get high marks for their maneuvering, drafting a talented receiver, trading down for extra picks and then still selecting a much-needed cornerback near the end of the first round.
Our first-round mock draft features 16 offensive players, 16 defensive players, five players from LSU, four picks in the top 13 from Alabama, three projected trades ... and two choices by the Vikings