Senior Bowl week is in full effect with prospects battling to boost their draft stock. The Vikings will have their eye on a wide variety of players in Mobile ranging from the offensive line all the way to the defensive secondary and maybe even a punter or two. Below are 10 guys we believe Minnesota might have a little extra interest in.
Montravius Adams DT, Auburn
The Vikings struggled stopping the run in 2016 and will be looking to remedy that problem in the 2017 offseason. They should take a long look at Mr. Adams while down in Mobile. He’s 6’3 and 310 lbs of pure beef. He’s got crazy quickness of the ball and has some surprisingly nifty pass rushing moves. He is so talented, the team could look to take him in round 2, and wait to address their offensive line issues later in the Draft.
Jon Toth OL, Kentucky
Toth is a guy the Vikings could look to add to their offensive line. He isn’t an elite prospect by any means but offers position flexibility. He is listed as a center but also has played some tackle. Many scouts also think he has the ability to play at guard. After all the injuries the Vikings suffered on the offensive line a year ago, a guy with Toth’s versatility would be very much worth a mid round selection.
Connor McDermott OT, UCLA
The Vikings will be drafting an offensive tackle or tackles this Draft, no doubt about it. If they wait until Round 3 or so to pull the trigger McDermott could be someone they target. He’s absolutely huge standing 6’8 and tipping the scales at 305 lbs. McDermott also has long, gangly arms and good athleticism. The problem is sometimes McDermott really struggles on the field. If the Vikings take him they will need to attach him to Tony Sparano’s hip so he can learn proper technique, and get his up and down play leveled the hell out.
Forrest Lamp G, Western Kentucky
It’s no secret the Minnesota Vikings will be targeting offensive line help early and often in the 2016 Draft. Lamp is one of the higher regarded players at the Senior Bowl and is seen as a borderline elite guard prospect. He’s extremely tough and physical, and can easily move bodies off the line of scrimmage. There was some thought that he could also play tackle, but has struggled there so far in Mobile. This could cause him to slide to Round 2, where the Vikings could eagerly snatch him up and start him immediately. Even with an ankle injury and a chance he doesn’t play in the game, Lamp has already proven his worth.
Obi Melifonwu S, UCONN
The force is strong with Obi. He’s got great size for a safety, standing 6’4 and 220 lbs. He’s an athletic specimen with great range and mobility for a man his size. The Vikings still have yet to solidify the position next to Harrison Smith, and if Melifonwu can show some decent coverage ability this week, he is definitely someone the Vikings could look at early on day 3 of the Draft.
Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh
Bisnowaty might be the best right tackle prospect in Mobile this week. He has all the tools to be a starter in the NFL and honestly could push for playing time as a rookie for the Vikings. I think he has some work to do and is a player that will have some ups and downs early in his career but when he gets adjusted to the right side could end up as an above average lineman in the NFL.
Carlos Watkins, Clemson
No doubt the Vikings will be looking for help along the defensive line. Watkins is one of the best overall prospects who will be playing Saturday and should hear his name called somewhere in round 2, possibly sliding to round 3. Nobody questions the Clemson Tiger’s pass rushing skills as he racked up 10.5 sacks this past season, it is stuffing the run that might come into question.
Justin Evans, Texas A&M
Evans has been turning heads all week in practice and has absolutely improved his stock during his time in mobile. While Sendejo had a good year for the Vikings I still see safety as a need, even if it is for the future and depth. Evans is a natural playmaker and has proven he can get his hands on the ball, would be a great compliment to Harrison Smith.
Kareem Hunt, Toledo
One of Hunt’s best statistics ….. in 782 carries in college, he has 1 fumble. Yup…. 1. To go along with that he has racked up 4,945 career rushing yards along with 555 receiving yards during his time in Toledo. I think we are going to see some fresh faces in the Vikings backfield in 2017 and Hunt is a mid round guy that very well could fill the need of a starting running back.
Dion Dawkins, Temple
Dawkins has the huge frame and power you look for in a guy who can lock up your guard position for the next 6-8 years. I think Fusco’s days are done in Minnesota and Dawkins could have a chance to slide into that spot and instantly improve the position. The Temple big guy is inconsistent at times but with some patience could pay off huge in the long run.