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Report 1: Josh Zimmer - Josh is a Vikings beat reporter and NFL draft analyst with NGSC Sports. We talk to him about the Vikings having an A grade from this past years draft and why he gave the same grade. We also discuss the Vikings defensive and offensive acquisitions from this draft class.
Report 2: Trae Waynes - He's the Vikings number one pick in the NFL Draft this past year. Trae Waynes is a cornerback out of Michigan State and he and the Vikings both hope he has a big impact on the team this year. We talked to Trae about his transition to the NFL, where he feels most comfortable in the defensive back field (on the outside or in the slot), and also if he and his good high school friend Melvin Gordon of the Chargers have any friendly wagers this season.
Report 3: Blair Walsh - Walsh just signed a contract extension with the Vikings for four additional years, putting him in a Vikings uniform for five more years. We talked to Walsh about his extension, improving upon last season's numbers, and the keys to doing so.
Report 4: Anthony Harris - Anthony Harris is a safety out of Virginia. He looks to be fine to back up at either safety spot. He was projected by NFL.com to go in the third or fourth round. We talked to Harris about if he hopes to prove teams wrong for overlooking him in the draft. We also talked to him about his eight interceptions his junior year, developing a nose for the football, his versatility and playing special teams.
Report 5: MyCole Pruitt - MyCole Pruitt was selected in the fifth round out of Southern Illinois. He is competing against several veterans for a spot on the roster and is having a solid camp so far. We talked to him about his versatility, his jump to the NFL, his ability to get downfield as a tight end, and his possibility of playing special teams.
Report 6: Danielle Hunter - This report is with Vikings 3rd round pick, Danielle Hunter, out of LSU. Hunter had the fastest 40 yard dash time for a defensive lineman at the NFL combine before the draft. We talk to Hunter about his transition to the NFL, his versatility at each end position, playing in the Mike Zimmer system and finally his thoughts on playing special teams.
Report 7: Cordarrelle Patterson - This report is with Vikings 3rd year receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson is coming off a so so 2nd year after a sparkling rookie season. He is in a battle with many talented receivers in camp, especially if the team decides to keep only five receivers. We ask Cordarrelle what fans can expect this year after he put in a lot of work in the off season, things he's picked up from other veteran receivers in camp, and if he considers the kickoff return element the most exciting part of a game for him.
Report 8: Eric Kendricks - This report is with Vikings rookie linebacker, Eric Kendricks, a second round pick out of UCLA. Kendricks won the Butkus Award for the top college linebacker in the country. He also broke UCLA's all-time tackling record and has a brother in the NFL as well. We talk to Kendricks about playing in the middle for the Vikings, his knack for being around the ball, reuniting with former UCLA Bruin, Anthony Barr, and what he is picking up from other linebackers and veterans in camp.
Report 9: Stefon Diggs - This report is with rookie wide receiver, Stefon Diggs. Diggs is a 5th round pick out of Maryland and was very impressive this summer in OTA's and now in training camp. We talk to Stefon about his past injuries and staying healthy and about slipping to the 5th round and having something to prove. We also talk to him about punt returning and his job on special teams.
Report 10: Taylor Heinicke - This report is with Vikings rookie quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke is an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion. He put up huge college numbers but is considered undersized for a prototypical NFL quarterback. We talk to Heinicke about going undrafted, what he has to do to prove himself and make the roster and why he chose the Vikings when he had some other options.
Report 11: T.J. Clemmings - This report is with Vikings 4th round draft choice, T.J. Clemmings. Clemmings is a rookie offensive lineman out of Pittsburgh. He was projected by many publications to be a first round pick, but a stress fracture in his foot was detected before the draft which many say caused him to slip. He was playing guard early in camp but has been switched back to tackle. We talk to Clemmings about that movement between positions, about his college success after moving from defensive line to offensive line after only two years, becoming an All-American and his evaluation of other linemen in camp.
Report 12: Harrison Smith - This report is with Vikings safety, Harrison Smith. Smith has become one of the top safeties in the league and known for his big hits and solid tackling. We talk to Smith about his 100% effort during games and practice, and how that has become part of his success. We also discuss the defensive backfield and the depth of the positions.
Report 13: Audie Cole - This report is with Vikings linebacker Audie Cole, who has been a Vikings backup linebacker the past couple of seasons. Cole got a chance to start a game late last year and responded with 14 tackles. He is currently #1 on the depth chart at middle linebacker, but some feel that could be short lived with the Vikings 2nd round pick this year being middle linebacker Erick Kendricks, out of UCLA. We talk to Cole about his momentum going into this year coming off such a good game at the end of last year, the competition at linebacker, and his off-field work with kids including teaching kids how to fish in Minnesota and donating to kids with hair loss.
Report 14: Adam Thielen - This report is with Vikings 3rd year wide receiver, Adam Thielen. Thielen is a Mankato State grad from Detroit Lakes Minnesota and has become a hometown hero. He continues to excel with his effort on the field and show attention to detail. We talk to Thielen about progressing as a pro and now coming in as a veteran. We also talk to him about a crowded and talented group at wide receiver for the Vikings Lastly, we talk about his personal life as he recently married and discuss how his life as evolved.
Report 15: Matt Kalil - This report is with Vikings left tackle, Matt Kalil. Kalil is coming off an up and down season where he managed to finish strong and take that into this season. We talk to him about last season and how he was able to gather himself to finish strong. We also discuss much of the offensive line being injured last year and his back. Finally, we discuss a new pizza business he has started in Mankato and the Twin Cities.
Report 16: Antone Exum - This report is with Vikings safety Antone Exum. Exum had a nice game Saturday night against Tampa Bay, including an interception off number one pick in this year's draft, Jamies Winston. We talk to Exum about that pick and the defensive play Saturday, about his improvement in his second year, what it would mean to earn a starting safety spot on the team, and finally about playing special teams for Minnesota.