Vikings bid to host NFL Draft in 2022 or 2023

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Plenty of cities want to host the NFL Draft, and the Vikings have turned in their paperwork to join that club.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings have applied to host the 2022 or 2023 version.

Vikings executive vice president Lester Bagley said the team wants to host the event at both U.S. Bank Stadium and their under-construction practice facility.

“We think, obviously, we have a great community, great hospitality, great hotels, restaurants,” Bagley said. “We think it would be an ideal spot to host an NFL draft.”

Last year’s event in Chicago was the first of the new road-show iteration of the annual selection meeting, and Philadelphia hosted this year to favorable reviews.

The Vikings will host Super Bowl LII in 2018, their reward for building a new stadium, and the lead time on their draft application would give them plenty of time to prepare.

“There is great brand value and economic impact for being a host city for the NFL draft,’’ Bagley said. “There’s also an opportunity to put together a unique Minnesota experience for the draft if it were to come to this market.”

Because Minnesotans are a famously nice people, that might not include the chorus of boos that greeted commissioner Roger Goodell every time he took the stage. Then again, it might.

34 responses to “Vikings bid to host NFL Draft in 2022 or 2023

  1. Trust me on this: Minnesotans would boo Goodell. They don’t like him one little bit. Besides–when you get a few beers into those good ol’ Minnesota boys, they won’t have a problem booing Goodell at all.

  2. Is it true that they named Smashburger after the Packers first half performance in last years NFCCG when the defense got smashed and the offense put up a burger?

  3. By that time the barneys will have 61 or 62 participation banners hanging from the rafters of their 1.2 billion dollar monument to their stupidity to show off.

  4. Minnesota fans remind me of Seahawk fans at their stadium……….. It took them until the 3rd qtr(when the beer kicked in) to get up enough courage to talk trash to me.

  5. tjacks7 says:
    May 8, 2017 5:20 PM
    Is it true that they named Smashburger after the Packers first half performance in last years NFCCG when the defense got smashed and the offense put up a burger?
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    Remind me how successful was your favorite team’s season last year? I know Minn. were 5-0 heading into the bye week, with MVP candidate Bradford at QB, but then didn’t hear much after that.

    Were they overacheiving so much that first few weeks, or way the just one of the worst teams in the NFL the last 10 or so weeks?

  6. It makes sense the VIKINGS are bidding and not Minneapolis because there is no guarantee the Vikings will still be in Minnesota in 2022 or 23.

    If the government would grow a set they would have booted the team to LA before they wasted the public’s money on that new stadium and sup-par franchise.

  7. By unique minisoda experience, Bagley must mean having a but tour to the barney’s headquarters to check out their empty trophy case and enjoy a lutefisk and lefse lunch.

  8. Someone made a good point above — with the team hosting the Super Bowl this year, it’s unlikely MN would get the draft any time soon.

    I also doubt Minnesotans would get the chance to drive over to WI to witness it either since there’s really no desirable metropolitan location in WI, not to mention the disappointment cheesers would experience when TT trades down out of the first round to accumulate his annual four 6th and five 7th round draft picks.

  9. Vikings fan, and although hosting the draft would be cool, I strongly feel that the event should be hosted by cities that either will never get to hold a Superbowl, or at least haven’t hostend a Superbowl in ten years.

  10. Viking fans with blinders on, only worried about the “1st round picks” Teddy Bridgewater, career in the air, Treadwell, 1 catch 15 yards, or using one to acquire Sam Bradford.

    If you want to have successful draft, the trick is not to panic. Sure the way the draft is set up some people may be disappointed, but those people often tend to be casual fans, only wanting to hear the team call a 1st round name, because its the only round they watch.

    The Packers 1st round Pick is essentially King, and Beigel. I am ok with that, because odds are they were going to take King, if they didn’t find someone to trade back with. Besides the Packers are using late picks to ADD depth, if you think someone is going to come in and beat out, players like Clinton Dix, Nelson, Rodgers, and Daniels, for starting jobs. I don’t know what to to tell you.

  11. Who wants to sit in a stadium for 3 days because Minnesota is cold. Philly hosted the event outside and that created a fun party atmosphere.

  12. Were they overacheiving so much that first few weeks, or way the just one of the worst teams in the NFL the last 10 or so weeks?

    And yet only one team has a 2017 Super Bowl ring. Congrats on your “we would have won the super bowl if we had a defense banner”. That’s five straight, right?

    I heard Ted removed the trophy case and replaced it with a safe to hold all of that salary cap money he’s too scared to spend. Too bad too, sad to see a career like Rodger’s being wasted.

  13. Good thing the draft isn’t held in February. It would never end up in Minnesota.

  14. This! This is perfect for Minnesota! They won’t need to host any playoff games so they may as well host the draft. I’m sure they’ll have an unveiling of their offseason championship rings before.

  15. purpleguy says:
    May 8, 2017 6:28 PM

    Someone made a good point above — with the team hosting the Super Bowl this year, it’s unlikely MN would get the draft any time soon.

    I also doubt Minnesotans would get the chance to drive over to WI to witness it either since there’s really no desirable metropolitan location in WI, not to mention the disappointment cheesers would experience when TT trades down out of the first round to accumulate his annual four 6th and five 7th round draft picks.
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    So true. All those extra first rounders the past decade that Minnesota has gained by trading up has truly created the dynasty they are today. And all those extra picks that the Packers have picked up by trading down for depth have certainly prevented them from winning the NFCN this decade.

    Wait, what?

  16. tjacks7 says:
    May 8, 2017 7:29 PM

    And yet only one team has a 2017 Super Bowl ring. Congrats on your “we would have won the super bowl if we had a defense banner”. That’s five straight, right?

    I heard Ted removed the trophy case and replaced it with a safe to hold all of that salary cap money he’s too scared to spend. Too bad too, sad to see a career like Rodger’s being wasted.
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    “Only one teams wins the SB… blah blah blah” You know who wins SBs? teams the make the playoffs there are 12 of those,! You know makes the playoff a lot? Teams that start seasons 5-0. The disappointment of being the only franchise to start at least 5-0 twice, and miss the postseason clearly has taken a toll on you.

    You’re just talking in circles, Yet your “Superior GM Mind” has not produced ONE name that TT should have went after. WHO should he spend it on to improve?
    Good thing the Vikings weren’t afraid to spend money, because Bernard Berrian,and Greg Jennings wouldn’t have got paid NEARLY as much, and we all know that worked out great for them.

    Talking about wasting careers, when thats ALL the Vikings have done, they had people that can be argued as the most athletic, Running Back in AP and WR in Moss to EVER step on the field. Yet never played in a SB for Minnesota, If you want to talk ACTUAL football like a fan, I’ll chat with you anytime, being a fan in the best division in football. Save your foolishness for someone else.

  17. The Vikings and Packers have each had the #1 overall pick twice. The Packers had it in 1957 (Paul Hornung) and 1959 (Randy Duncan, a QB from Iowa).

    The Vikings had it as an expansion team in 1961 (Tommy Mason, RB, Tulane) and 1967 after they traded Tarkenton to the Giants (Ron Yary).

    Each got a Hall of Famer with one of their #1 overall picks.

    Tommy Mason played 11 years in the NFL for the Vikings, Rams and Redskins. He died in 2015.

    Randy Duncan? the two-time rose bowl QB from Iowa was drafted by the Packers #1 overall but declined to play for them. He instead opted for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, where he played for a few years before signing with the AFL’s Dallas Texans (future Kansas City Chiefs) in 1961 for one year. He died last September.

  18. They’re already the perpetually self-proclaimed offseason champions. Might as well give them a chance to celebrate their paper championship before the real football starts.

  19. shaggytoodle says:

    “Only one teams wins the SB… blah blah blah” You know who wins SBs? teams the make the playoffs there are 12 of those,!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Now remember this part as I remind you about the next part.

    No team in our division has been more successfull in making the playoffs than the Vikings.

    There is one team that decided to take (with one exception – 1972) from the late 60’s – the early 90’s off from the playoffs of a full regulation season.

    They set an NFL playoff record by not scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season during that stretch.

    Yes – your GB Packers. A team that will never host a SB or an NFL Draft.

  20. gtodriver,

    don’t you find it ironic that vikings fans try and rip the packers for epic playoff chokes, yet you point out more than anyone, the vikings are the kings of playoff debacles. If they truly have been to the playoffs more than any other NFC North team (not in most of our lifetimes that is) and have never won a Super Bowl, they are logically the biggest playoff choke artists in history. You can’t have it both ways.

  21. GB dis however get to host the season opener on TNF as AN champions do with all the networks and bands setting up shop. So I can settle for that.

    That a fine the Packers had a drought if your team is around for 90 years there is bound to be some. Why isn’t when the Vikings make the playoffs their ‘success” seems so much more valiant? Minnesota had one season that was more successful than GB since Rodgers became thebstartong QB.

    The part that gets me is you guys want to throw shade at a team that won 2 post seasons games last year. When Minnesota won a total of 3 after their bye week.

  22. gtodriver says:
    May 9, 2017 5:43 AM

    Now remember this part as I remind you about the next part.

    No team in our division has been more successfull in making the playoffs than the Vikings.
    ——————

    I knew the Vikings made the playoffs an awful lot, so I had to actually look into it. The Vikings have made the playoffs a whopping 28 times since they became a franchise back in 1961. Truly commendable.

    Meanwhile, the Packers have only managed 26 playoff appearances. A mind-numbing two games separate the two teams. How can they possibly make of that large of a gap? I guess Packers fans will have to be consoled by the 7 titles they won in that time frame.

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