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5 Vikings storylines to watch at the NFL Combine

By Matthew Coller

October 15, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) during the football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro Tennessee (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Ah, yes, the Valentine’s Day of the NFL is upon us.

The NFL Combine has turned into much more than teams getting together to watch players do drills, it’s become a convention for front offices and agents to come together as free agency looms.

Minnesota comes to Indianapolis not only in search for sleepers who might drop to the second round, but possibly to negotiate new deals for current players who hit the market on March 9.

With that said, here are the top things to keep an eye on during Combine week:

Adrian Peterson

What every gumshoe reporter will be looking to find out in Indianapolis is whether Peterson is returning to the Vikings. Are the Vikings willing to match his price? How many other teams will actually be interested? Does he still have enough left in the tank? Literally minutes after the Vikings announced they wouldn’t be picking up his option, reports came from all sides. It will be interesting to see whether we have a resolution by the end of the week on Peterson’s situation.

Which offensive linemen emerge

As of Mel Kiper’s last mock draft, there were only two offensive linemen in his first round and they were No. 25 and No. 26. If either Alabama’s Cam Robinson or Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk impress the Vikings enough at the Combine, would that prompt them to trade back into the first round? Or could a bad combine force one of them to drop? These statements used to sound crazy until Teddy Bridgewater sunk to the Vikings because he didn’t throw with gloves at the Combine.

Who are the sleepers? There are some intriguing linemen with second-round grades such as Utah tackle Garrett Bolles, Pat Elfein from Ohio State and guard Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky who could make a name for themselves this week.

October 15, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) during the football game between the WKU Hilltoppers vs Middle Tenn. Blue Raiders at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro Tennessee (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

The amazing running back class

Vikings GM Rick Spielman pushed the hyperbole over the running back class to 11 when he called the group the best he’s ever seen. Well, that certainly makes things interesting for a team that could be in need of a running back. Minnesota won’t be so much focused on the top back backs Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette, who are both expected to go in the first round, as they will be the gaggle of players that will likely be around in the second. Runners like Clemson’s Wayne Gallman, Kareem Hunt of Toledo, D’Onta Foreman from Texas and Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel.

Other Vikings free agents

Adrian Peterson is now the Vikings’ biggest free agent, but they might be interested in bringing back receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Terence Newman and/or left tackle Matt Kalil. Munnerlyn told reporters at Winterfest that he expected to know after the Combine whether the Vikings would be trying to re-sign him or not – the same is likely true for all of the free agents. Minnesota would probably like to work out a deal with receiver Adam Thielen as soon as possible, too. He is an RFA and may garner some interest from teams considering an offer sheet.

“The next Dak Prescott”

You have probably already heard it a few times, but get ready to hear it over and over. Nobody is likely to be the next Dak Prescott because there have only been a few quarterbacks in the last two decades to be drafted in the fourth round or later and become top-notch starters. Still, the quarterbacks are always fascinating to watch. The Vikings won’t be in the market for one with their early picks, but it is still unclear what they will do with the backup quarterback spot. Could there be a fifth or sixth round pick who becomes Sam Bradford’s backup?

The post 5 Vikings storylines to watch at the NFL Combine appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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