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Third copper-wire theft this month knocks out St. Paul streetlights

There are 40 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 29, 2011, titled Third copper-wire theft this month knocks out St. Paul streetlights. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Minnesota Vikings drafted Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph in the second round of the NFL draft today.

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ezg357d

Madera, CA

#23 Apr 29, 2011
Rudolph was my second round pick for the Vikings This Guy will go over the middle & is a Big target & Peterson has got to be happy. Rudolph can block & open holes for him to run through. Rudolph is the best TE in the draft. The Vikes couldnt have got a better guy. There are many defensive players that will still be on the board in rond four. Go Vikings
Dobber Dubinsky

Canada

#24 Apr 29, 2011
digger wrote:
The vikes drafted a TE?? You have GOT to be KIDDING ME. How come they didn't get a replacement for that boat anchor McKinnie, the most overpaid, overrated, underperforming OL in the NFL?? How about a DB? Stupid pick. We are good at TE for at least the next 1 or 2 years, the vikes should have picked better.
Looks to me like they drafted Rudolph to give McKinnie some help, not a bad strategy.....Peterson's gonna get 2500 all-purpose yards next year, wait and see.
Dobber Dubinsky

Canada

#25 Apr 29, 2011
DD Austin wrote:
A tight end when Bowers is on the board? Yep.....RIDICULOUS!!! ;-(
Drafting Bowers would've been a mistake, the guy apparently needs more surgery on his knee and is doubtful for next season.....why would you go there? You can't, not in the second round anyways.....maybe consider him in the fourth or fifth if he's still there.
Me No Understand

Le Roy, IL

#26 Apr 29, 2011
We've already got depth at TE, and our O-line is awful. So we'll frequently have good tight ends on the sidelines, while crummy offensive linemen are out there for every play. Geez, I hope there's a plan to fill needed positions through free agency!
Whatever

Las Vegas, NV

#27 Apr 29, 2011
Frank W wrote:
High quality pick. I just wish this was a need position. But a high quailty pick nonetheless.
This IS a need position.

Jeff Dugan is in his 8th year.
Shiancoe is in his 9th.
Kleinsasser is in his 13th.

The top 3 TE's are all near the end of their careers.

Meanwhile, new OC Bill Musgrave has already said he wants to use two TE sets in Minnesota. Rudolph was the hands-down top TE prospect in the draft, and can block for Ponder (265 lbs) as well as catch passes.

Goog pick.
Whatever

Las Vegas, NV

#28 Apr 29, 2011
DD Austin wrote:
A tight end when Bowers is on the board? Yep.....RIDICULOUS!!! ;-(
I heard an update today (ESPN radio?)-- there are some doctors who say Bowers will likely miss his rookie season, then be out of football after his 4th season.

And you want to spend a second round pick on him? No way.
hELPINGVERBS

Rochester, MN

#29 Apr 29, 2011
oH yeah I like our 2nd round selection yet I still believe we could have drafted Fairly in round one and then traded UP to get Ponder later. No Rudolph then but Fairly would have been the better pick at 12...especially since now he joins Detroit and makes what could be the best team DL in the game.
twinsfan

Jordan, MN

#30 Apr 29, 2011
I like Rudolph, but can he play OG, DE, CB, DT or Safety? Vikings better hope free agency begins soon, b/c they have A LOT of holes to fill. Anyway we can trade Spielman and a 3rd round pick for Ted Thompson?
Nick

United States

#31 Apr 29, 2011
The two picks help address Minnesota's biggest statistical hole of 2010: a passing attack that ranked No. 30 league-wide in passer rating.
Mike

Clintonville, WI

#32 Apr 29, 2011
Ponder & Rudolph BOTH in the Hall of Fame?????????? Not too premature, are we? Enjoy the kool-aid, my friend.

TNR

Since: Apr 08

Saint Paul, MN

#33 Apr 29, 2011
Seriously are with this blind to what the Vikings are doing? They're filling holes in the Musgrave offensive scheme.

McKinney can't pass block so our offensive will be a short pass, run focused offense. He'll get help in blocking from our tight ends.

Our defense isn't what it use to be so we are going to keep it off the field.

I'm kind of impressed with this draft. Under Childress he made players fit his offensive scheme. Under Fraizer they are drafting players that fit the scheme,
Whatever

Las Vegas, NV

#34 Apr 29, 2011
TNR wrote:
Seriously are with this blind to what the Vikings are doing? They're filling holes in the Musgrave offensive scheme.
McKinney can't pass block so our offensive will be a short pass, run focused offense. He'll get help in blocking from our tight ends.
Our defense isn't what it use to be so we are going to keep it off the field.
I'm kind of impressed with this draft. Under Childress he made players fit his offensive scheme. Under Fraizer they are drafting players that fit the scheme,
^^^ The voice of reason. Glad someone gets it.
reality check

United States

#35 Apr 29, 2011
wow.....the country is blowing up and sportschimmps still give a poo about idiotic things like this

sign of the times!

Enjoy the bread and circuses clowny morons!
ezg357d

Madera, CA

#36 Apr 29, 2011
Me No Understand wrote:
We've already got depth at TE, and our O-line is awful. So we'll frequently have good tight ends on the sidelines, while crummy offensive linemen are out there for every play. Geez, I hope there's a plan to fill needed positions through free agency!
Rudolph is as good as having a OG on the offensive line Better in fact. He moves better then a OG, Blocks as good as any that was left on the board But also is the top TE in this draft. The Vikes Got there linemen in him That you & many wanted Plus This was a Win Win for the Vikes. Go Vikings

TNR

Since: Apr 08

Saint Paul, MN

#37 Apr 30, 2011
reality check wrote:
wow.....the country is blowing up and sportschimmps still give a poo about idiotic things like this
sign of the times!
Enjoy the bread and circuses clowny morons!
And you're out here posting. Is it a slow day in MoreImportantProblemVille?
Baseball fan

Minneapolis, MN

#38 Apr 30, 2011
space ace wrote:
<quoted text>Two tight end offense. Like new england and chicago. It's actually a pretty good pick because kyle rudolph is the best te in the draft. Just imagine rice,harvin,shiancoe,rudolph. Loaded.
Sure... as long as you can overlook the huge lack of ability from the right guard through the left guard spots on the line!

They better plan to start from the shotgun formation and get the ball outside in a d@mmed hurry!

Yes, I'm exagerrating a bit, but this draft has so far failed to strengthen the team where it was weakest.
Baseball fan

Minneapolis, MN

#39 Apr 30, 2011
Headline: "Two days and three rounds into draft, Vikings still have a number of holes to fill"

SLIGHT understaement there, I'd say...
SoCALVIKE

Chula Vista, CA

#40 Apr 30, 2011
The picks have been OK, but I still give them a grade of C. I still love my Vikes though. There is always next year.
Affula

Saint Paul, MN

#41 Apr 30, 2011
Baseball fan wrote:
<quoted text>
Sure... as long as you can overlook the huge lack of ability from the right guard through the left guard spots on the line!
They better plan to start from the shotgun formation and get the ball outside in a d@mmed hurry!
Yes, I'm exagerrating a bit, but this draft has so far failed to strengthen the team where it was weakest.
Don't act like if the Vikes took an o-lineman with their second round pick you'd have any idea who he was... i'm so sick of people thinking that they know everything because of Mel Kiper's draft board. Kiper is always wrong. It's all just hype. At least we drafted a guy who is a superstar at his position. You can fill o-lineman later in the draft. Look at most offensive lines, they're not made up of top draft picks. As for defense, if you don't keep Edwards, you fill in Robison. When Pat leaves, you fill in Kennedy. Pat was getting old, he simply wasn't good last year. I've always thought Edwards was overrated. Hopefully Everson Griffen takes a step forward too. I wanted the Queens to take Amukamara, but now that we see how the second round played out, turns out the only qb we would have had a shot at would have been Mallett.
There's still free agency, too. I like what we've done with our picks so far. We need help at linebacker, assuming Leber is gone...
Phil

Hopkins, MN

#42 Apr 30, 2011
Rudolph is a fine pick; it doesn't change the fact that the other three teams in the NFC North have helped themselves much more and the Vikings are going to be in the division basement for the next two to three years, if not longer. Most home-games will be un-televised, and Adrian Peterson is about to become Barry Sanders 2.0.

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