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NFL.com draft analyst tabs Viking pick as late-rounder likely to exceed expectations

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings drafted a kicker before taking Colby Gossett, but there’s at least one draft analyst who sees him as a potential starter this year.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, who author’s the NFL’s draft profiles, included the Appalachian State guard on his list of seven late-round picks who could exceed expectations.

Zierlein wrote:

In his NFL.com draft profile, Gossett is projected as a potential fourth or fifth round pick. He performed well in key areas at the NFL Combine, ranking in the 77th percentile in the 40-yard dash and 88th in the bench press.

Zierlein wrote this about Gossett prior to the draft:

“Versatile and strong, Gossett is one of the top prospects from App State on NFL scouts’ radar. The first-team All-Sun Belt pick in 2017 led the Mountaineers to a strong 9-4 season, starting all 13 games at right guard. As a junior, he was also a first-team All-Conference pick after standing up well against Tennessee and Miami, as well as conference foes, starting 11 games at right guard and two at right tackle. Gossett was a reliable member of the line as a sophomore, starting the first seven games at right guard and the final six at right tackle. He was scheduled to start in 2014, but a preseason injury forced him to sit out the first four games of the year; he played in eight games, starting seven, at right guard that season. As a two-star recruit from Cumming, Georgia, Gossett redshirted in 2013.”

Gossett will be in a crowded competition to start at right guard. Last year’s fifth-round pick Danny Isidora saw some playing time in 2018 while Tom Compton signed as a free agent and second-round pick Brian O’Neill will battle with Rashod Hill to potentially start at right tackle if the team wants Mike Remmers to move inside.

The post NFL.com draft analyst tabs Viking pick as late-rounder likely to exceed expectations appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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