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Which offensive draft prospects have visited with the Vikings?

By Matthew Coller

With needs on each side of the ball, the Minnesota Vikings will have plenty of options when they finally pick at No. 48 overall in the NFL Draft (or trade up?). So as we countdown to draft day, it’s worth keeping an eye on which prospects meet with the Vikings. Who are some of the most intriguing players? Are there any patterns? Let’s have a look at players on the offensive side… (if you’re wondering, yes, the defensive side is coming soon).

The website Walter Football tracks reports of meetings between prospects and teams and categorizes them this way:

SR – Senior Bowl meeting.
EW – East-West Shrine meeting.
COM – Combine meeting.
PRO – Pro Day or campus meeting/workout.
LOC – Local visit. Prospect making a local visit.
PRI – Private visit. Prospect making an official 30 visit.
WOR – Private Workout. Members of an organization working out a player in private.

Here is the list (with details on the most notable prospects)

Quarterback

Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech (COM)

Projected round: 5-6

What they’re saying:

“Evans’ numbers, size and power are undeniable but so too is the fact that his production was inflated by Virginia Tech’s relatively simple offense and his two NFL-caliber pass-catchers. He possesses legitimate talent but is a significant project who may have been served playing more at the college level to improve his overall accuracy, something that likely will not happen simply watching from the sideline as a backup in the NFL.”

Rob Rang, CBS Sports

Running back

Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee (COM)

Projected round: 2

What they’re saying:

“Ascending, competitive runner who has flashed explosive NFL talent at various times over the last two seasons. A committed runner with excellent balance who finds yardage that isn’t blocked for him. While he has never logged 20 carries in a single game, he has the talent to play on all three downs if he can prove his durability.”

– Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (COM)

Projected round: 4

What they’re saying:

“Perine is a physical runner who can create additional yardage through power and can be a complimentary “banger” for a team who already has a slasher. Perine doesn’t have the burst or play speed to be a dynamic lead back, but he can handle a heavy workload if needed and he should become an immediate short-yardage and goal-line option.”

– Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma (PRO)*

Projected round: 1-3

What they’re saying:

“He is stronger than he looks, showing good balance to absorb hits and keep his feet churning through contact. Mixon is a legitimate weapon as a receiver, showing above average hand-eye coordination to secure the ball without losing speed and is an accomplished route-runner, showing the agility and speed to create separation. He is younger than most prospects, not turning 21 until July 24.”

-Rob Rang, CBS Sports

*Not listed by Walter Football, but Vikings met with him at Oklahoma Pro Day

Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (PRI)

Projected round: 3-4

What they’re saying:

“Big back with plus vision and enough elusiveness to make the first defender miss. Feel for the rushing lane helps him choose the correct path between the tackles but lacks the burst to turn the 4-yard run into 14. Zone-scheme runner with serviceable hands out of the backfield. Adequate in most areas and has talent to become a backup that can step in and handle a bigger load if needed.”

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Aaron Jones, RB, Texas-El Paso (COM)

Projected round: 6

Wide receiver

Chad Williams, WR, Grambling (PRO)

Projected round: Undrafted

What they’re saying:

“Heavily targeted and highly productive against a lower level of competition. Williams has decent size and ball skills, but looks slow on tape with very disjointed route work. He needs to run well at his workout, but even if he does, he’s a developmental prospect rather than an early helper.”

– Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse (SR)

Projected round: 5-6

What they’re saying:

“Etta-Tawo does an excellent job making himself available in his route with strong finishing skills at the catch point, finding the ball well in flight and showing natural ball skills on 50-50 passes. When matched up one-on-one downfield, Syracuse force feed him the ball and scouts are taking notice.”

– Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

Offensive line

Kyle Kalis, G, Michigan (EW)

Projected round: 7

What they’re saying:

“Good size and length and is a smart guard with above average technique. However, his leg stiffness and lack of functional athleticism will be extremely challenging to overcome. At best he has a shot at being drafted late on Day 3, and will almost certainly find his way into an NFL training camp at worst.”

– Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Forrest Lamp, OT/G, Western Kentucky (COM)

Projected round: 1-2

What they’re saying:

“Blocks with a stubborn mentality and competes with the inner confidence required to face NFL linemen. Rarely ends up on the ground. Reliable playing temperament in both practice and games – voted a two-time captain. Strong preparation habits and knows his opponent. Four-year starter with 51 career starts (48 at left tackle, three at right guard), including 42 consecutive starts at one point.”

– Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

Damien Mama, G, USC (COM)

Projected round: 7

What they’re saying:

Power-based guard who can generate movement off the ball, but lacks the balance and bend to be a consistent block sustainer. Smart defenders started to time up Mama’s punch in pass protection, so he will need to vary his approach, but he does have the heavy hands and sturdy base to combat bull-rushers and set a shallow anchor. Could start his career as a backup, but has the size and ability to become eventual starter.

– Lance Zierlein

The post Which offensive draft prospects have visited with the Vikings? appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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