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  1. #961
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    More UDFAs signed
    Jake Bargas, TE, North Carolina
    Dan Chisena, WR, Penn State
    Jordan Fehr, LB, Appalachian State
    gotta love 'referential' treatment

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    Day 1 and 2 were homeruns on paper. Just like many of you I thought there were some good players that would be good fits here on day 3 that we passed on. But we got a couple 2021 picks which is nice and a few guys that have some really good upside.

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    Here are Dane Brugler's write ups for some of the players we picked and a few UDFA's:

    K.J. Osborn #52 WR
    SUMMARY: A two-star recruit out of high school, K.J. Osborn started his prep career at Lincoln High in Ypsilanti before transferring to IMG Academy for his senior season, finishing with 21 catches for 379 yards and seven scores. He received a scholarship to Buffalo and became the team’s second-leading receiver behind Anthony Johnson. With his degree in hand, he transferred to Miami for his final season and led the Hurricanes in receiving, averaging 15.9 yards per punt return. Known as a hard-working leader, Osborn quickly established that in Coral Gables, earning captain status shortly after he arrived. He runs well with a low center of gravity, but yards after the catch or broken tackles were scarce on tape. His hands and route running are best described as average. Overall, Osborn doesn’t explode out of his breaks to separate upon command, but he is instinctive and dependable with the “make-it” attitude that will help him compete for a reserve/special teams role.
    GRADE: Priority Free Agent

    Blake Brandel #25 OT
    SUMMARY: A three-star recruit out of high school, Blake Brandel (Bran-dull) was a two-time all-state left tackle at Central Catholic, leading the team to back-to-back 6A state titles. The No. 3 ranked recruit in the state (one spot ahead of Washington’s Jared Hilbers), he signed with Oregon State and started every game the last four seasons. He was an iron man at OSU who played through pain and rarely came off the field, playing 97.7% of the Beavers’ offensive snaps since 2016. Brandel is a technically-sound blocker who works hard to bend, stay square and slow down rushers with his reach. However, he lacks ideal arm length for edge work and moving targets will give him trouble. He committed only two penalties the last two seasons and walks the fine line of playing smart while also looking to finish each rep. Overall, Brandel has athletic limitations, but he moves with composed feet and patient hands to strike-and-anchor, projecting as a possible NFL swing back-up.
    GRADE: Priority Free Agent

    Josh Metellus #13 S
    STRENGTHS: Rangy player with the play speed to disrupt passing lanes…flashes some twitch in his plant and go…competes with an edge and embraces trash talk as an essential part of his game…physical thumper and doesn’t shrink from contact…widens his feet and uses his length to wrap tackle his target…returns his eyes back toward the quarterback with adequate ball skills…collected five interceptions the past two seasons, including a pick-six (5/104/1)…named an alternate captain as a senior and his teammates say he brings “emotional energy” to the sideline.

    WEAKNESSES: Only average transitional skill, showing a small delay in his redirection…inconsistent timing and tracking skills…prematurely jumps routes due to his eagerness to make plays…needs to better read routes from deep coverage…ordinary size and can be too easily shielded from the catch point in man coverage vs. tight ends…needs to better use his hands to stack and shed blocks near the line of scrimmage…appetite tends to be bigger than his stomach…ejected twice the last three seasons and needs to show better discipline as a competitor.

    SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Michigan, Metellus played strong safety in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s man-heavy scheme. Although he didn’t make as many plays in coverage as a senior, he made noticeable improvements as a run defender in 2019, offering positional versatility at the next level. Metellus competes with an aggressive mentality, especially patrolling the alleys or closing on outside routes. His urgent play style is part of his identity, but he will have a tough time recovering after a false step vs. NFL speed. Overall, Metellus might not have the high-end athletic traits that will earn him a starting role in camp, but if he gets into an NFL game, he might not give the job back, showing the toughness required for downhill work and just enough range on the back end.
    GRADE: 5th Round

    Kenny Willekes #18 DE
    STRENGTHS: Stays low out of his stance, pouncing like a tiger…strong hands to swipe and stay free…generates power with his arm bar, extending with an upward strike to drive blockers backward…plays pissed off and competes like the other team peed in his Cheerios…fully charged ball radar, quickly finding and pursuing run lanes…relentless chase skills, making stops outside the numbers…added 40-plus pounds since arriving in East Lansing and owns the “best work ethic on the team,” according to Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke…elite character and impresses everyone he meets…started 31 straight games with consistent production each of the last three seasons.

    WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired size for the position with shorter arms…subpar athlete with better effort than explosion in his rush…doesn’t have the suddenness in his lower body to easily shake blockers…tight-hipped and rush stalls quickly once blockers engage him…removed from his track as an inside rusher…physical at the point of attack, but lacks the base strength to consistently hold his ground vs. NFL power…there is a fine line between fiery and undisciplined as he racked up nine penalties in 2019…suffered a broken left fibula in the bowl game his junior year, requiring surgery (January 2019) and a lengthy rehab that forced him to return for his senior season.

    SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Michigan State, Willekes played primarily as the field defensive end in head coach Mark Dantonio’s 4-3 base scheme. Lightly recruited out of a small high school, he walked on and turned himself into one of the most accomplished players in Spartans’ history, passing Julian Peterson for the school-record in career tackles for loss (also ranks third all-time in sacks). Competing with a touch of insanity, Willekes attack blocks with natural body lean and powerful hands to create movement and open pass rush lanes. Although he is the type of player you shouldn’t bet against, his average-at-best athletic traits create concern for his role and transition at the next level. Overall, Willekes lacks the anchor and length to be a consistent edge-setter vs. NFL offensive tackles, but his resilient mentality and competitive motor translate to production, which should land him in a defensive line rotation.
    GRADE: 5th Round

    Nate Stanley #12 QB
    STRENGTHS: Sturdy frame with imposing height, build and hand size…strong arm to drive the deep-out or bang-eight throws…tight windows don’t intimidate him…stands tall in the pocket and delivers downfield with impending contact in his face…durable and bounced back from a lot of hits over his career…stays resilient in late-game situations…shows heightened focus on money downs (70-for-121, 57.9% on third and fourth downs)…correctly reads defensive numbers pre-snap…threeyear team captain with competitive grit that endears him to coaches…finished his career with 39 straight starts.

    WEAKNESSES: Slow eyes and feet…marginal pocket presence and accuracy plummets when rhythm is disrupted…doesn’t extend plays under pressure, moving like he is wearing ankle weights…more “statue” than “elusive” when evading…sluggish base fundamentals, leading to him “arming” throws…telegraphs his throws and doesn’t hold defenders, forcing passes instead of anticipating…track record of sailing throws of 15-plus yards.

    SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Iowa, Stanley took snaps under center and shotgun in offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz’s I-formation offense, integrating power and zone principles. Only the second three-year captain in school history, he finished his career with 39 straight starts, posting a 27-12 record. Stanley has the arm talent to make power throws that cut through the wind, although his fastball is better than his change-up. He is most effective on three- and five-step drops, but when the offense (routes, reads, pass protection) isn’t in rhythm, his effectiveness drops, and he rarely creates second chances for himself under pressure. Overall, Stanley looks the part with above-average arm strength and the resilient attitude desired at the position, but his spotty ball placement and struggles to make plays outside of structure will make it tough for him to surpass NFL backup status.
    GRADE: 7th Round-Priority Free Agent

    Brian Cole #22 S
    STRENGTHS: Tall, long athlete with adequate play strength…outstanding speed and closing burst as a blitzer…settles his feet to collect his momentum and drive on the play…chases well in pursuit…physical hands to take on and work off blocks…strikes with power in his tackle attempts…flashes range in coverage to cover backs on screens and wheels…offensive background with soft hands…looks comfortable with the ball in his hands…experienced kick returner, averaging 20.6 yards per return in college (16/329/0).

    WEAKNESSES: Below average instincts and looks like a fish out of water covering slot receivers…struggles to flip his hips and stay in stride with his speed stalling out downfield…caught flat-footed and loses at the line of scrimmage…undeveloped route anticipation and late to drive on throws…arrives too early on plays and lacks savvy downfield, drawing attention from officials…inconsistent strike zone and tackling mechanics, leading to missed tackles…missed most of his junior season with a torn pectoral muscle, requiring surgery (October 2018)…below average experience on defense.

    SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Mississippi State, Cole played the STAR position in former defensive coordinator Bob Shoop’s 4-2-5 scheme. Originally reluctant moving to defense, he played a hybrid linebacker-nickel position for the Bulldogs, which gave him the freedom to blitz, cover and stop the run. An offensive-minded player, Cole shows the willingness to play physical football with the speed and toughness that fits at safety. However, even though he should get better with more experience, anticipating and diagnosing plays on defense doesn’t appear to come natural to him. Overall, Cole is a traits-based prospect with his size, length and athleticism, but his lack of instincts and coverage talent creates substantial doubt about his NFL future, projecting as a defensive project who needs to stand out on special teams to earn a roster spot.
    GRADE: 7th Round-Priority Free Agent

    Kyle Hinton #9 C
    STRENGTHS: Excellent slide quickness to mirror in space and pick up rushers crossing his face…sets up quickly with bounce in his steps to reach block…sinks his butt in pass pro to leverage the point of attack…looks natural in his pulling action, opening his hips to move laterally and get out into space…rolls his hips at the second level to connect with linebackers and walk them backwards…able to properly adjust his angles regardless of the landmark…hyper aware and cleanly picks up stunts and twists…looks to run his feet to drive block once he makes contact…didn’t miss a start the last three seasons, earning All-American status (in two sports) last season.

    WEAKNESSES: Leaner and lighter than ideal for NFL work…played left tackle in college and high school and faces a transition inside to center or guard…needs more sand in his pants to strengthen his base strength…bull rushers can get him moving in reverse…can be out-leveraged by long-armed defenders…more of a grapple-and wrestle blocker than a punch and stun blocker due to his shorter arms…his hands start wide and high, giving defenders the chance to strike first…didn’t face top-level competition each week at the Division-II level.

    SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Washburn, Hinton lined up at left tackle in head coach Craig Schurig’s pro style offense, lining up in two- and three-point stances. An All-American in two sports in college, he left his mark at Washburn and his coaches are very complimentary of his football character and work ethic. Hinton is extremely quick off the ball and stays balance din his slide-and-redirect, rarely ending up on the ground. He was able to latch-and-drive Division-II defenders, but it will be a different story vs. NFL power as his core strength is a concern. Overall, Hinton faces a position switch and a sizeable jump in competition at the next level, but his athletic traits and intelligence are exciting foundation traits for a team willing to be patient, projecting as a low risk, high reward guard/center.
    GRADE: 7th Round

    Quartney Davis #29 WR
    STRENGTHS: Explosive movements…reaches his top speed quickly to slip the jam and create initial separation…settles his feet to give the quarterback a quick window on stop routes or out of breaks…plenty of hand-catches outside of his frame on tape…quick-twitch body control to snatch without sacrificing balance or stride…confident to the ball, boxing out without pushing off and out-rebounding the football…ascending production the past two seasons and he has yet to play his best football.

    WEAKNESSES: Average elusiveness and wasn’t a big-play threat on tape…only two of his 54 receptions in 2019 resulted in a play of 25-plus yards…didn’t force as many missed tackles as expected for an athlete with his explosive profile…takes too many steps in his routes…needs to better use his vertical pacing to establish route leverage…strong hands, but streaky focus, leading to drops…lean features and doesn’t display ideal functional strength for the position…suffered a torn ACL (August 2016) during fall camp of his redshirt season and required the 2017 season to regain his confidence.

    SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Texas A&M, Davis lined up inside and outside in head coach Jimbo Fisher’s spread scheme. A former top recruit, he was robbed of his first two seasons in College Station due to a knee injury, but he developed into a steady target for the Aggies over the past two years. Davis has explosive elements to his game, flashing the occasional ability to push routes vertically or create as a ball carrier. While he has the start/stop athletic twitch to attack defenders at the stem, he must streamline his pacing and steps to set up NFL-level cover defenders. Overall, Davis struggled to put splashy or consistent plays on tape, but there is intriguing potential that he has yet to tap into, projecting as a mid-round developmental option.
    GRADE: 5th-6th Round

    Nevelle Clarke #37 CB
    STRENGTHS: Long-framed athlete…uses his arm length well to disrupt the catch point…excellent ball production with 28 passes defended and four interceptions the last two seasons…averaged 9.6 yards per interception with one pick-six (5/48/1)…patiently shadows from press with an eye on the quarterback to break on underneath throws…senses screens and saw things quicker as a senior…collects his feet to close…uses his body to drift and constrict patterns near the sideline…drops his pads and bursts into the ball carrier.

    WEAKNESSES: Upright in his stance and his high center of gravity leads to off-balance transitions…bites on initial route movements and susceptible to double moves…doesn’t have the top-end speed to close the gap once beaten vertically…wild limbs and tends to panic and grab jersey (seven penalties the last two seasons, including four pass interference penalties)…more of a hitter than technically sound wrap tackler, throwing his shoulder around and hoping for the best…strength doesn’t consistently match his intentions.

    SUMMARY: A three-year starter at UCF, Clarke lined up at outside cornerback in defensive coordinator Randy Shannon’s 4-3 base scheme. He played a lot of man-to-man and press-coverage on tape and was one of three FBS players to collect at least 34 passes defended the past two seasons. Although he left some interceptions on the field, Clarke is an instinctive player who finds the football and restricts passing windows with his length. He has adequate drive mechanics, but while smooth, he doesn’t play sudden and labors too much in his transitions, hurting his ability to consistently mirror from press. Overall, Clarke doesn’t always play to his athletic profile due to upright movements, putting more of an emphasis on his ability to play physical and develop his eye discipline to hold up as a press-man corner.
    GRADE: Priority Free Agent

    Myles Dorn #23 S
    STRENGTHS: Solidly built with cutup muscle definition…flies to the football in pursuit…accurate strike zone on tape, dropping his shoulder into the midsection of his target…patrols the middle of the field and takes advantage of the crushing hit if it is there…grip strength to hold on and finish once he wraps the ball carrier…shows the cover awareness to understand route combinations (has seen a lot of football)…disguises his coverage, floating underneath passing lanes…easy to spot his wide receiver background when he attacks the catch point…quietly embraces the leadership role – doesn’t say much, but helps raise the level of his teammates through his play.

    WEAKNESSES: Average athletic traits…late to anticipate route breaks, leaving him flat-footed and turned around…recovery quickness slowed by his rigid hips…helps create passing windows for the offense and his spacing issues show up too often on tape…lack of ideal arm length shows as a tackler…too many fly-by misses as a tackler, struggling to consistently break down and finish in motion…stays attached to blockers near the line of scrimmage…medicals will be important after missing half of his junior season due to a knee injury, requiring two postseason surgeries.

    SUMMARY: A three-year starter at North Carolina, Dorn lined up at free safety in defensive coordinator Jay Bateman’s 3-4 base scheme. He needed a bounce back final season after battling through a knee injury most of his junior year, but his senior season was uneven, playing like a JAG prospect on his South Carolina tape, but much better on others. While not a top-tier twitchy athlete, Dorn loves to fly around the field and competes with confidence. While he has adequate speed to close, he is tough to trust in space and must be quicker recognizing developing plays. Overall, Dorn will always be one of the most active players every time he takes the field, but his positional instincts seem to come and go, projecting as a possible backup safety if his knee checks out.
    GRADE: 7th Round-Priority Free Agent
    Last edited by vikingsfan0845; 04-27-2020 at 12:51 AM.
    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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    According to Peter King, the Vikings tried to trade up from 22 to 14 but Tampa declined to move back that far. I'm assuming we wanted Wirfs.
    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikingsfan0845 View Post
    According to Peter King, the Vikings tried to trade up from 22 to 14 but Tampa declined to move back that far. I'm assuming we wanted Wirfs.
    Can you imagine the amount of 7th round picks Rick could have gotten with the 14th overall pick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikingsfan0845 View Post
    According to Peter King, the Vikings tried to trade up from 22 to 14 but Tampa declined to move back that far. I'm assuming we wanted Wirfs.
    I remember reading something about speculation that we had tried to move up. But I can't recall who it was for. I don't think it was for Wirfs because as an IA guy I would have remembered that but maybe we didn't know either. Wirfs would have been ****ing great though the track record for guys who play RT and move to LT is not good.

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    Anyone else excited about this Dantlzer kid??


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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBASEBALL22 View Post
    Anyone else excited about this Dantlzer kid??


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    He is being compared to Al Harris

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBASEBALL22 View Post
    Anyone else excited about this Dantlzer kid??


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    I love both the Gladney and Dantzler picks. Our secondary should be much improved this year especially with the pass rush we added. Imagine we brought Everson back into the mix? Our defense would be scary good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBASEBALL22 View Post
    Anyone else excited about this Dantlzer kid??


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    I'm scared a RB is gonna run right over his *** and we will never see him again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Swayze View Post
    He is being compared to Al Harris
    Apparently he sent tape to the Vikings of him running a u40 at 4.37. Rather than his 4.6-something


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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBASEBALL22 View Post
    Apparently he sent tape to the Vikings of him running a u40 at 4.37. Rather than his 4.6-something


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    He posted that on Twitter and nobody believes he actually ran that lol


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    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJBASEBALL22 View Post
    Apparently he sent tape to the Vikings of him running a u40 at 4.37. Rather than his 4.6-something


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    I heard he was dealing with an injury during the combine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goingfor28 View Post
    lol that is great!

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