Questions Answered: Barr and the Jets, Overall Best Player in the Draft, Vikings Drafting Gophers

Anthony Barr
Oct 13, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the April 16th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

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Q: Is it possible that Anthony Barr will sign with the Jets? Or is that rumor for now?

Anthony Barr
Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff football game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A: Both of your questions can be answered with a yes.

It is a semi-reasonable possibility for Barr to land with the Jets because a) He almost wound up there in 2019 b) The Jets need linebackers for their depth chart.

This topic started because CBS Sports hypothesized Barr to New York in an article last week. It was the same piece where Akiem Hicks was linked to the Vikings — again.

On the whole, Barr to the Jets makes sense.

Q: In your estimation, who is the best overall football player in the 2022 NFL Draft?

Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton (14) celebrates an interception during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Cfb Notre Dame Vs Purdue

A: There are a bunch; at this time of year, 1st-Round prospects are next to infallible.

We choose Kyle Hamilton, a safety from Notre Dame. His game is so NFL translation-worthy that it seems impossible he flops in the pros.

A tiny chance exists that he slips down to the Vikings at #12. But don’t hold your breath.

Minnesota has a magnificent recent history with safeties from Notre Dame.

Q: I know in the past the Vikings have drafted Gophers players in the draft. If they choose one this time, who do you think it would be?

Nov 7, 2020; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defensive lineman Boye Mafe (34) sacks Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Coran Taylor (7) during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

A: The Vikings haven’t drafted a Gopher since 2010, for starters. That was linebacker Nate Triplett.

But, hey, it’s probably time, right?

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah could find a way to land Boye Mafe in the 2nd Round. So, if they draft a University of Minnesota dude, we predict him.

Otherwise, he could pluck Esezi Otomewo in later rounds. He ain’t bad either.

Connor Olson, an offensive guard, is doable for later rounds, too.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).