Cresting the hill of this work week Adam Thielen Jersey , I see a nice, long downhill coast into a beautiful weekend."Happy Wednesday, everyone!We’re inching closer to the downhill side of this week, and then it’s only one more work week until the NFL Draft is finally upon us. I don’t expect a whole lot of noise or surprise moves by the Vikings during the draft; no ‘move-up’ in the first round or anything, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they pulled the trigger on a trade either in the days leading up to the draft, or during the draft. They have an extremely talented roster, but it is also a roster that is starting to get a little older, and in order to continue to keep that roster talented, you have to rotate the stock. I think Zimmer and Co. are trying to build a consistent winner, they’re not trying to shoot the moon to win it all with no forethought of the future in mind (despite a couple of Rick’s decisions in the last pre-season, I’m still a little peaved about those). Who would I expect them to trade? I honestly don’t know, but there are vets like Everson Griffen who would bring a lot in a trade, and although impossible or extremely difficult to replace talent-wise, are basically at their peak as far as value in a trade. I would hate to see Griffen leave, and I’m not suggesting that they trade him, I just threw his name out there as one of several highly talented vets who are near or at the 30 mark. These guys are valuable to the team, but they are also valuable in a trade, and the GM of a team with a huge need at that position would pay a premium in order to secure the guaranteed talent of one of these vets. We’ll know in a little over a week if it will happen.Around the DN since our last open thread:Everson Griffen seems to be doing well, and says he is ‘comfortable,happy’ now, after some personal issues last season, per Chris.Similar to us die-hard fans, many of the Vikings players are ‘Vikings for life’ Kirk Cousins Jersey , per Wludford.Chris has the latest on the Vikings 2019 schedule and opponents, and also a rumor tracker where you can keep up with the latest noise being heard through the grapevine.Vikings & NFL news from elsewhere, other sports news, & random oddities:From Vikings.com, Adam Thielen spoke with the press after his contract extension, you can also hear from Dalvin Cook as well as Harrison Smith.From the Sporting News, the Packers could be considering a quarterback in the early rounds of the upcoming draft. Wow, we haven’t heard rumors like this since........the early 90s? There were no rumors of them looking QB when Rogers miraculously fell to them in 2005, and they haven’t really looked since, although they did select Brett Hundley in the 5th round in 2015.Odd story from CBS. In Florida, a guy got caught stealing $300 worth of stuff from KMart, which isn’t odd, until you learn that this same guy recently bought an $8 million island.Riveting news from Montana, traffic stopped and the road was blocked last night by.......a beaver......dragging a tree across the road, from UPI.We come to today’s media selection:That last story gave me an idea for our media selection. Here’s some Primus, enjoy!Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:No discussion of politics or religionNo feeding of the trollsThis isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the doorKeep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tagsNo pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employerIf you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go awayWhile navigating the open thread Marcus Sherels Jersey , just assume it’s sarcasmWith that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the chitlins. The Minnesota Vikings selected center Garrett Bradbury in the first round of the NFL draft. This, of course, doesn’t preclude them from taking more offensive linemen as the draft continues. That’s good news as several highly rated O-linemen have fallen to Day 2.There will be plenty of good players to choose from in positions of need (beyond OL) for Minnesota. The Vikings currently have the 18th pick in both the second and third rounds (Nos. 50 and 81 overall), but also have potential to move up by dealing later picks (Minnesota does have two picks in both the sixth and seventh rounds as well as one selection in the fourth and fifth).Here are a number of players who are available and expected to be drafted in rounds 2-3 (listed in alphabetical order):J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford: At 6-foot-2, Arcega-Whiteside is great at going up and getting those 50-50 balls – which perhaps should be expected since both his parent played basketball professionally in Spain. Sounds like a good option for Kirk Cousins, who could use a receiver like that in the red zone. Arcega-Whiteside had 63 catches for 1,059 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2018.Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia: Minnesota could use a tackle and Kirk Cousins could use some protection. Cajuste fits both roles as he’s known to be a strong pass blocker. He might be a bit of a longer-term project and could be still around in Round 3.Vikings NFL Draft CoverageHow NFL draft affected Vikings’ 2019 opponentsMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL Draft gradesMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL draft capsulesVikings take fliers on CB Boyd, WR Mitchell, WR Johnson, LS Cutting in seventh roundVikings use sixth round to draft DT Watts, S Epps, OT UdohVikings draft USC linebacker Cameron Smith in fifth roundVikings trade up in fourth round, draft guard Dru SamiaVikings trade down four times, use third-round pick to select RB MattisonPotential Vikings Day 2 picks in 2019 NFL draftVikings select C Garrett Bradbury with 18th overall pick in 2019 NFL draftCody Ford, OL, Oklahoma: Ford was mocked in the first round to the Vikings often, but finds himself still on the board in Day 2. Ford can play tackle or guard Xavier Rhodes Jersey , but might be better suited for the inside. Minnesota needs line help, but after taking Garrett Bradbury in Round 1 (and presumably moving Pat Elflein from center to guard), tackle might b e more of a need. But Ford would be a great value if still around.Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State: Jenkins play all over the offensive line but is projected to be a center or guard. He played played left tackle, right tackle, center and left guard while at Ole Miss. Jenkins faced tough competition not only on his own team but also by playing in the SEC.Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State: A bad combine caused Jones’ stock to plummet, but he’s a good pass rusher for defensive tackle and early on could be a good rotational guy to pair with Shamar Stephen. If he slips into the third round, he’d be great value there.Greg Little, OT, Mississippi: One of a few true tackles who could be on the board in the second and/or third round, Little might be the top-rated one (without an injury red flag) remaining on the board. Having played in the SEC, he’s faced top competition and could compete for a starting job right away. Eric McCoy, C, Texas A&M: After eschewing a center in the first round, Minnesota could go that way in the second, allowing Pat Elflein to move to guard (or, McCoy could step in at guard). McCoy should be a solid player in the NFL and – hint, hint – he excelled in the run game in college.D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi: The darling of the combine was not the darling of the first round as two wide receivers went before him. At 6-3 with a 40 time of 4.33 he has potential star quality. However Mike Remmers Jersey , there were some medical red flags and questions about his route running. But high, high upside here.David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State: Yes, the Vikings have Dalvin Cook on the roster, but who is the backup? Minnesota needs to find someone beyond Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone. Montgomery should be a decent pro. He rushed for 1,216 yards (4.8 average) with 13 TDs in 2018 as a junior and 1,146 yards (4.4 average) with 11 TDs in 2017. He also caught 58 passes over those two years. He’s not spectacular, but he should be steady. He might even make it to the third round.Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: You can never have enough good cornerbacks in this pass-happy NFL, especially if Minnesota is seriously considering trading Trae Waynes. At one time considered a first-round pick, Murphy relies more on instinct than size (5-foot-10 1/2) and speed (4.55 in the 40).Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State: Taking over for Saquon Barkley, Sanders rushed for 1,274 yards (5.8 average) as a junior in 2018 with 24 receptions. On the plus side, that’s been the brunt of his work in college (276 carries overall). On the downside, he’s not really known as a pass catcher and his blocking needs work. He ran a 4.49 at the combine. Should be available in the third round.Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois: At 6-foot, 324 pounds, Saunders offers strength in the middle of the line. But don’t discount his athleticism either (5.01 in the 40). Saunders projects best in a 4-3 defense Riley Reiff Jersey , which will limit his suitors, and should be around in Round 3.Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic: There are a plethora of running backs who could go in rounds 2 and 3 and Singletary should be among them. He was a big-time producer at FAU (4,287 rushing yards, 66 TD in three years) and is a shifty runner who should succeed at the next level. He needs to improve in the pass game, however. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama: Smith was a contributor only one year at Bama, but he averaged 16.1 yards per catch on 44 receptions with seven touchdowns. Smith has the potential to be a three-down tight end and perhaps the eventual replacement for Kyle Rudolph.Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida: Another player who was projected to go in the first round but fell. In Taylor’s case it was reportedly because of a knee issue. Still, looking long-term, he could be a solid pro at either tackle or guard and would be great value in Round 2. Short term, perhaps he could still break Minnesota’s starting lineup in 2019 even if an injury prevents that from the start.Greedy Williams, CB, LSU: And yet one more who was expected to go in the first round but slipped to Day 2. Williams has good height, speed and instincts, but isn’t the biggest of corners and could struggle in defending the run.