The Dolphins-Vikings game on December 11, 1976 was the first game the Matriculator ever attended. Bob Griese was 3-11 with an INT. The Fins lost 29-7.

Minnesota Vikings 2018 NFL Draft Grade: C

CB Mike Hughes was a fair value at the end of the first round, but there's not much after that.  Second round OT Brian O'Neil needs to add significant strength to become an NFL starter.  If he does he could be very good. The only other player we like is 5th round TE Tyler Conklin.  The Vikings probably only drafted one starter and that's not enough.

Minnesota Vikings 2017 Draft Grade: C

Dalvin Cook is a talented football player, but off field concerns dropped him to the second round.  He's a great pick if he stays out of trouble.  We don't like a plodding, unathletic center and that's what they got in third rounder Pat Elflein. 4th round LB Ben Gedeon is a little underrated and there is some potential starting talent in the later rounds in G Danny Isidora, WR Stacy Coley and TE Bucky Hodges.

Minnesota Vikings 2016 Draft Grade: A-

The Vikings got good value with almost every pick in the draft beginning with first round WR Laquon Treadwell.  They improved their defense by adding tackling machine LB Kentrell Brothers, CB Mackensie Alexander and S Jayron Kearse who is talented but needs to be more consistent.  Sixth round TE David Morgan isn't a sexy pick but he should be one of the NFL's best blocking tight ends in the near future.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 2015 DRAFT GRADE: D

The Vikings had two picks in the top 50, and while they addressed defense, we thought there were better values to be had.  First round corner Trae Waynes is overrated and 2nd round linebacker Eric Kendricks is great against the pass but terrible against the run.  Workout warrior Danielle Hunter was a waste of a pick in the third, although we like their mid-round picks of MyCole Pruitt, T.J. Clemmings and Stefon Diggs. 

UDFA most likely to make the team: Anthony Harris- S, Virginia

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 2014 DRAFT GRADE: A-

The Vikings got it backwards, but in the end they got it right.  We would have taken Teddy Bridgewater at #9 and Anthony Barr at #32.  Bridgewater could start for the Vikings by the end of the year unless Matt Cassell or Christian Ponder have a resurgence and the Vikings are contending  for a playoff spot.  In any event he will be the starter in 2015 and probably a good one.  Between DE's Anthony Barr and Scott Crichton the Vikings should have found one, and possibly two pass rushers.  Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon is one of the top five athletes in the entire draft and he's so talented he may back up Adrian Peterson and play cornerback.  We didn't like Stanford guard David Yankey early in the draft but he's a good depth pick in the 5th.  6th round corners Antone Exum and Kendall James are both high upside players.

UDFA most likely to make the team:  Antonio Richardson- OT, Tennessee