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10 names Vikings fans need to know as we enter draft season

By Matthew Coller

With the NFL Combine right around the corner, we kick off our draft coverage for this year by introducing you to 10 players who could be on the Minnesota Vikings’ radar in the first or second round.

This is a snap shot of players who fit the Vikings’ needs or could be intriguing high-end prospects who are available when Minnesota picks at No. 30. As the offseason goes along, we will have in-depth analysis and cover all the ups and downs of draft season…

Oklahoma, T, Orlando Brown

Height/Weight: 6-foot-8, 360-pounds

One-liner:

A projected first-round pick, Brown is massive and mean, but his technique and footwork still need help.

NFL.com wrote:

“Brown’s physical traits and nasty demeanor give him a chance to become a good starting tackle on either left or right side.”

Texas, T, Connor Williams

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 320-pounds

One-liner: Williams is said to be a highly technical player who works hard and has good footwork. There is some concern that his 2017 wasn’t as good as previous years and he doesn’t have typical tackle length.

“Williams is a plus run blocker with plug-and-play technique across the board. If he regains his 2016 form, he will be a good NFL starter. If not, he’ll be an average NFL starter.”

UCLA, T, Kolton Miller

Dec 26, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins offensive lineman Kolton Miller (77) against the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2017 Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Height/Weight: 6-foot-8, 310-pounds

One-liner: Miller’s size and competitiveness make him an intriguing prospect – maybe for the second round. There are some concerns about how he would adapt to NFL edge rushers.

NFL.com wrote:

“He has the physical traits to become an average NFL starter, but I see pass protection concerns in his future.”

Georgia, G, Isaiah Wynn

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 300-pounds

One-liner: A second-team All-American who helped the Georgia offense flourish, Wynn is technically strong. He may lack ideal power for a guard.

NFL.com wrote:

“Wynn is a talented, technically sound block-winner with a demeanor that offensive line coaches will love. His athleticism allows for quick advantages as a run blocker while his hand strength and footwork helps him sustain those advantages into open running lanes.”

UTEP, G, Will Hernandez

Nov 18, 2017; El Paso, TX, USA; UTEP Miners guard Will Hernandez (76) before facing the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Sun Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 348-pounds

One-liner: A mammoth man who is aggressive and agile enough to pull.

NFL.com wrote:

“Though he lacks height and length teams would like, it shouldn’t hurt his stock much. Hernandez should be able to step in as an immediate starter with a high ceiling.”

Iowa, G, James Daniels

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 295-pounds

One-liner: Mobility is his thing, which makes him intriguing for the Vikings, who built an undersized, quick offensive line last year. Might struggle against powerful NFL interior D-linemen.

NFL.com wrote:

“He needs to get stronger, but he’s a plus run blocker and pass protector with a chance to become a Pro Bowl starter.”

Ohio St., G, Billy Price

Nov 18, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Billy Price (54) blocks during the first quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 312-pounds

One-liner: Another high-IQ O-lineman from Ohio State. Also considered to exceptionally strong and powerful.

NFL.com wrote:

“He should be able to come into the league and deal with NFL power right away. However, his impatience as a blocker and tendency to charge in head-first will be used against him by savvy NFL opponents if he doesn’t get it cleaned up. Price is an early starter with Pro Bowl potential.”

Alabama, DT, Da’Ron Payne

Nov 25, 2017; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne (94) recovers a fumble during the first quarter Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 308-pounds

One-liner: Freakish run stuffer and leader who didn’t put up huge sack numbers but improved as a pass rusher. Might be gone by the time the Vikings pick at 30

NFL.com wrote:

“Payne possesses one of the most impressive combinations of strength and athleticism that we’ve seen from an interior lineman.”

Michigan, DT, Maurice Hurst

Sep 26, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (73) celebrates a sack of Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (not pictured) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 282-pounds

One-liner: Has the type of build the Vikings like from a three-technique DT. Pass rusher who picked up 5.5 sacks this year.

NFL.com wrote:

“His ability to come out fast and low should create opportunities to become a disruptive penetrator, but he has to prove that he has the strength to play through redirect blocks and hold up against NFL interior linemen.”

Florida St., S, Derwin James

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 215-pounds

One-liner: A versatile, intelligent leader who has great size for his position.

NFL.com wrote:

“Possesses the desired physical traits and mental makeup of an All-Pro safety who has the ability to not only set a tone but change the course of games.”

South Dakota St., TE, Dallas Goedert

Sep 3, 2016; Fort Worth, TX, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits tight end Dallas Goedert (86) scores a touchdown over TCU Horned Frogs safety Niko Small (2) during the second half on an NCAA football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU won 59-41. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 255-pounds

One-liner: Tremendous receiving tight end who caught 92 receptions for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns.

NFL.com wrote:

“Goedert is a very talented pass catching tight end with the ability to work all three levels of the field. His ball focus and ability to make the spectacular catch will make him the darling of fans and media throughout the draft process, but, he still has work to do.”

The post 10 names Vikings fans need to know as we enter draft season appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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