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Vikings free agency top 30 countdown, Part 2 (25-21)

By Matthew Coller

With nearly $60 million in salary cap space, the Minnesota Vikings could be active in free agency this year. In the weeks leading up to the free agent period beginning on March 14, we will look at the 30 best available players who would fit the Vikings’ needs.

Read No. 26-30 here

25 – G, Jack Mewhort

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts guard Jack Mewhort (75) in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Key stat: Ranked in the top 25 by PFF in run and pass blocking in 2016, allowed zero sacks in 2015 and 2016

Why he fits:

While injuries slowed Mewhort in 2017, his previous two seasons were solid and he’s still only 26 years old. The former Ohio State guard scored above average grades in the screen game, which could allow him to slide into an offense likely to throw the ball to Dalvin Cook on a regular basis.

24 – RT, Cameron Fleming

Key stat: No. 1 free agent tackle in Pass Blocking Efficiency (sacks+hits+hurries per snap)

Why he fits:

If the Vikings plan to move Mike Remmers to right guard, New England’s 25-year-old tackle would make sense for the job. He’s improved each year in the league and has a reputation as a highly intelligent, high character player. PFF also ranked him ninth in the NFL in Run Block Success Percentage.

23 – DT, Tom Johnson

Key stat: Set career highs in PFF grade against the run and ranked 12th in the NFL in run stop percentage.

Why he fits:

Johnson has always been known as a one-dimensional pass rusher, but he showed in 2017 that he can play every down. If the Vikings draft a defensive tackle in the first or second round, Johnson would act as a tremendous mentor and take pressure off a young player by splitting snaps.

22 – QB, AJ McCarron

Key stat: 97.1 rating in three starts in 2015

Why he fits:

If no team is willing to commit to McCarron as their starting quarterback, he could be looking for places that would give him a shot to compete in camp. That could be Minnesota if the Vikings don’t sign Kirk Cousins. The win-now Vikings will be looking for the absolute best backup quarterback they can find no matter who ends up the starting QB. There aren’t many better backup options than McCarron.

21 – DB, Ross Cockrell

Key stat: Opponents posted a 70.3 rating when targeting Cockrell

Why he fits:

Mike Zimmer believes that a team can never have too many good defensive backs. Cockrell is a versatile, intelligent player who could lock down the starting nickel corner position if Terence Newman plans to retire. He is only 26 years old and has improved his catch percentage and QB rating against each of the last three years.

The post Vikings free agency top 30 countdown, Part 2 (25-21) appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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