First-round double-dipping, Drafting Dalvin’s Brother, Team Morale

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Q: Do you think the Vikings will end up with two 1st round picks on Thursday night?

December 13, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach practices before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

A: It’s possible, but like most simulation projects, unlikely.

The only realistic way for Minnesota to succeed is a trade with Kansas City — which makes sense on trade calculators. The Vikings would receive the 29th and 30th picks from the Chiefs, and Kansas City would take the 12th pick.

Keep an eye out for this one as it is doable. But Kansas City could also trade with 31 other teams — or no one.

Q: What are the odds of the Vikings taking over Dalvin’s brother James Cook this week?

March 16, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back James Cook in action during Georgia Pro Day at William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine – USA TODAY Sports

A: Damn.

“Nowadays” ball carriers are designed to be used from the first year. The Vikings employ Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison and Kene Nwangwu. They don’t need an RB1, which James Cook would provide.

That would be very cool, though. Dalvin and James look a lot alike.

Q: It seems that the morale of the Vikings team is at an all time high. Am I wrong?

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O'Connell
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell

A: Yes, team morale is high. We are still in the honeymoon phase for Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell.

If team morale were not high, there would be a serious problem. Think about it for a minute.

All in all, it seems like a lot of players were ready to end the Mike Zimmer era, so Vikings ownership did.

Victories will keep morale high and matches can’t be won until September. Enjoy the 4-5 month honeymoon on deck.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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