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Lunchbreak: 'Star Tribune' Outlines 'Ambitious & Supportive' Efforts of Vikings Ownership

The 2024 season will mark the 20th under the Wilf family ownership group.

Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune recently wrote a column on the Wilfs, saying Zygi and Mark "have been ambitious and supportive owners, giving Vikings fans all they could reasonably ask for and more."

Scoggins noted that during a press conference earlier this week to recognize Justin Jefferson's mammoth extension with the Vikings, Owner/President Mark Wilf "initially shuffled to the side of the room, content just to observe, until a team executive motioned for him to join the others up front." Scoggins wrote:

That moment illustrated the Wilf brothers' approach as owners: Show a commitment to winning, stay in the background.

That philosophy is all that fans of any team in any sport can ask of owners. Especially the commitment part.


The Vikings have not reached the Super Bowl under their leadership, but a lack of resources and ambition from ownership does not rank among the reasons.

Scoggins quoted Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who said the Wilfs "give us freedom to build the team how we want to build it."

"When we have our meetings, they're always making sure that we're thinking about it the right way," Adofo-Mensah told Scoggins. "We've got to prove our case to them, but if we think it's in the pursuit of a championship, they're all onboard."

Owners must strike the right balance between patience and urgency. Don't be knee-jerk with major decisions, but never be content. Mistakes are inevitable. Criticism occasionally comes like rainfall. The main objective should never be open to interpretation, though.

"Our job as ownership is to support the people we brought in and take a long, hard look to make sure we bring in the best people," Mark Wilf told Scoggins. "And provide the resources to maximize that."

Click here to read Scoggins' full column.

Jefferson & Darrisaw featured in PFF's 'All-Decade NFL Mock Draft'

Analytics site Pro Football Focus recently posted its "All-Decade NFL Mock Draft," using a selective timeline to opine the best picks at every slot since 2015.

PFF's Trevor Sikkema listed edge rusher Myles Garrett as the top No. 1 pick in the past 10 years, saying he debated between Garrett and Burrow. Sikkema wrote:

[But] Garrett is working on five straight years of elite PFF grades, with his best yet coming in 2023 alongside a historically high pass-rush win rate. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, a three-time First-Team All-Pro and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year with no signs of slowing down.

Another interesting aspect of Sikkema's list is that brothers Nick and Joey Bosa were at Nos. 2 and 3.

Cornerback Sauce Gardner, whom the Vikings are slated to face this season in London, was spotlighted at No. 4.

Though Gardner hasn't been in the NFL for long, it's hard to argue with his success. In just two seasons, he is already recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in the league, if not the best. His unique movement skills at his size have allowed him to record back-to-back elite coverage grades of 90.0 and 90.8.

Two Vikings were tabbed as the best players taken from their spot: receiver Justin Jefferson at 22 and tackle Christian Darrisaw at 23.

Sikkema said it "wasn't too complicated" to select Jefferson or Darrisaw.

Justin Jefferson is one of the best football players in the league and just signed a contract that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. He has recorded four straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, paired with four straight elite receiving grades.

View photos of Vikings T Christian Darrisaw from the 2023 season.

Darrisaw didn't have as efficient of a season in 2023 as he did in 2022, seeing his overall grade drop from 91.2 to 85.1, but that is still an excellent mark. He remains one of the best young offensive tackles in the league, and there really wasn't anyone else to consider here.