The Vikings have all but assured themselves a top-three pick in next year's NFL Draft. If the draft were today they would own the rights to the second overall selection. Picking second or third could put the Vikings in line to draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil or Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Ferocious winds, possible tornadoes leave destruction in MN
Numerous reports of tornadoes and nearly 100 mph straight-line winds.
Canoe carrying 4 overturns near St. John's University
Of the four, only one was wearing a lifejacket when the boat capsized Wednesday.
MN's craft alcohol makers back new push to loosen state's liquor laws
The pushback includes loosening restrictions on growler sales for bigger craft breweries and a more direct line of spirit sales to customers.
Twin Cities placed in tornado watch ahead of intense line of storms
Photo above is a view from Marshall as the line of storms moved through Thursday evening.
Tornado watch in MN as intense line of storms blasts through
The tornado watch is in effect until midnight.
Rare 'particularly dangerous situation' weather watch issued in SW MN
The warning covers an area of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Dad and 2 children killed in western Wisconsin house fire
A devastating house fire happened early Thursday morning.
2 suspects involved in Brooklyn Park armed carjacking
The incident happened Wednesday night near a shopping center and Cub.
Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for child pornography
Alexander John Odegaard was sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday.
Victim in I-90 crash was storm-chasing meteorologist from Mexico
Martha Llanos Rodriguez died in the wreck on I-90.
Spielman: Vikes' No. 3 pick will be Kalil, Claiborne or Blackmon
Vikings GM Rick Spielman wants his staff to consider three names for the third overall pick in next Thursday's NFL draft: USC tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Justin Blackmon scouting report
The NFL season is still a few weeks from being over, but while the best teams in the league prepare for the conference championship round, the worst teams are looking ahead to the NFL Draft. Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon could be on the board when the Vikings' turn comes at pick No. 3.
Matt Kalil: 'I'm the best tackle in the draft'
Friday is a big day for the Minnesota Vikings as they prepare to meet with USC left tackle Matt Kalil. The 6-foot-6, 306 pound first team All-American wasn't shy by saying he definitely believes he is the best offensive lineman in the draft. Many draft experts believe Kalil will be taken by the Vikings with the third overall pick.
Vikings leaning towards Matt Kalil?
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says there are a lot of different philosophies about selecting left tackles in the draft. Dominant left tackles are rarely found in free agency, which means the Vikings might have to decide between drafting Matt Kalil from USC, or trading back and hoping the second best tackle in the draft, Riley Reiff from Iowa is still on the board.
Audio: 'Future' Kalil, Claiborne, Blackmon Vikings radio highlights
If they don't trade away their overall No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, the Vikings say one of three players will be selected in that spot: Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon. That got Vikings play-by-play man Paul Allen back to the microphone for these fantasy calls.
ESPN's Schefter believes the Vikings won't draft left tackle Matt Kalil
ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Vikings won't use the No. 3 pick in the draft to select Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil. He made the claim in and Q & A session with fans, although he does acknowledge the Vikings have not finalized their decision.
Minnesota Vikings select USC LT Matt Kalil with the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft
The Minnesota Vikings made Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil their No. 1 draft choice with the fourth pick in the NFL Draft tonight. Kalil is considered the top offensive lineman in the draft. At 6-foot-7, 306 pounds, Kalil is expected to anchor the Vikings' offensive line for the next ten years.
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