Bleacher Report's lead NFL draft analyst Matt Miller joined the Star Tribune's Access Vikings podcast on Tuesday to talk about the 2016 NFL Draft and offer his take on who the Vikings could take at No. 23.*Star Tribune *writer and podcast co-host Matt Vensel recapped Miller's thoughts on the first round.
"This is a team that is probably going to draft a wide receiver early," Miller told Vensel. "I think Pick No. 23, I think a lot of people would expect [the Vikings] to draft a wide receiver, whether it is Michael Thomas or Josh Doctson — but a bigger, physical receiver that can win at the catch point. That's a need for this team. You can get that in Round 1 this year."
Specifically, Miller said offensive coordinator Norv Turner and the Vikings are probably looking for a physical split-end receiver with some size who can make contested catches for third-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Miller said he could see Thomas or Doctson ending up in Minnesota, and he also said it's possible Laquon Treadwell could still be available at the 23rd pick.
"I think there's a good shot he could be there," Miller told Vensel. "I think even before [Mississippi's] pro day [on Monday], that was pretty possible."
Former Vikings QB Rich Gannon moving away from radio
According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon has stepped down from his position as analyst for SiriusXM NFL Radio after a seven-year run. Gannon completed his final show on Tuesday.
"I had a great relationship [with SiriusXM],'' said Gannon, who was on the air for four hours a day four times a week on the SiriusXM Blitz. "It was a great run, but I had been working seven days a week during the season, and I didn't have to be. My wife and I want to go see [our daughters] play [sports]."
Gannon played the first five seasons (1987-92) of his 16-season NFL tenure in Minnesota. While with the Vikings, Gannon tallied 6,457 passing yards and 40 touchdowns over 48 games played. Gannon went on to play stints with the Redskins and Chiefs before finishing his career with six seasons in Oakland. In 2002, Gannon was named the NFL MVP.
In addition to his radio gig, Gannon is a television analyst for CBS games and will remain in that capacity.
View images of Vikings new TE Brian Leonhardt from his days as a Raider.
TE Brian Leonhardt excited to return to Minnesota
New Vikings tight end Brian Leonhardt grew up in Minnesota, attending Spring Lake Park High School and playing collegiately at Bemidji State University. Leonhardt, who signed with the Vikings on March 21, told KSTP he couldn't be happier to have a chance to play for his home state team.
"As a young kid I always wanted to play football and put on a Minnesota Vikings uniform," Leonhardt told KSTP. "I don't know who's more excited – me or my dad. I always thought it would be fun to play alongside of Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper. Now I get to come back home to Minnesota to play. This is awesome."
According to KSTP, Leonhardt has been working out at ETS Elite Training Center in Oakdale with many players, including former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray. Since 2013, Gray has spent time with three NFL teams as a tight end, including a portion of the 2014 season with the Vikings.