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Sports Over Beers podcast talks Vikings, NFL Draft with Ben Goessling

Sports Over Beers podcast talks Vikings, NFL Draft with Ben Goessling

by Derek Wetmore
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Ben Goessling, who covers the Vikings for ESPN NFL Nation, joined the Sports Over Beers podcast this week. It's all Vikings draft prep on this episode of the podcast, which also includes Judd Zulgad, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore.

Here's a link to the podcast showpage. (You can also subscribe to the RSS feed here, and find the feedburner link here.)

How involved are Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner leading up to the draft? How should the Vikings look to structure their team, and how does the 2014 NFL Draft factor in? What if Matt Cassel struggles part way through the season?

What should the Vikings look for at quarterback this year? What does Rick Spielman do to evaluate quarterbacks before drafting them? What can the Vikings learn from Christian Ponder to avoid in this year's draft? Should Ponder be in camp with the Vikings?

What should the Vikings do at No. 8: QB, defense, trade back? Is it smart to take a quarterback in the first round (at No. 8 or near the end) to get that fifth-year option? Could the Vikings be on the watch list of teams who could orchestrate a quick turnaround? Can Adrian Peterson be LaDanian Tomlinson under Norv Turner?

The ultimate question: What is the most important thing for the Vikings to accomplish in the playoffs?     

All of that -- plus Mackey gets roasted for ordering a cobb salad -- on this week's episode of the podcast. 

For even more NFL and Draft talk, check out last week's episode of the podcast with Tom Pelissero and the guys.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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