DraftSeason: You have the best of both worlds, size and speed, but what part of your game do you feel still needs some polishing? Ahkello Witherspoon: The part of my game that I feel still needs some polishing is my tackling. I feel improvement here will help me be a more a complete player.
DraftSeason: What do you feel sets you apart from some of the other top defensive backs in this years draft class? Ahkello Witherspoon: What sets me apart is my combination of speed and size. I believe it is extremely unique. Not only am I long, but I believe I possess the foot skills and body control to match receiver’s routes. My foot skills along with my length allow me to make plays on the ball.
DraftSeason: What are you most looking forward to showcasing at the upcoming NFL Combine? Ahkello Witherspoon: I’m looking forward to showcasing my overall athleticism. This includes speed, jumping ability, my footwork, and ball skills.
DraftSeason: Best offensive player you have had the chance to face? Ahkello Witherspoon: Luke Faulk, Washington State. He throws the ball with great touch and accuracy.
DraftSeason: Greatest achievment on the field during your career? Ahkello Witherspoon: Winning the PAC-12 South Championship last year.
DraftSeason: Colorado will be represented will in this years NFL Draft, who do you see as the next up and comer we should keep our eyes on at Colorado in the coming years? Ahkello Witherspoon: Isaiah Oliver, Cornerback. He’s a great guy as well.
DraftSeason: What can we find you doing on your off day? Ahkello Witherspoon: You can find me watching Netflix, playing the PS4, or at the beach. I love being at the ocean.
DraftSeason: Using 1 word, how would you sum up your style of play? Ahkello Witherspoon: Technical
DraftSeason: Being invited to the combine was a big moment for you, what are you most excited about for your time in Indianapolis? Jermaine Eluemunor: It was an honor getting a combine invite, it took a lot for me to get to where I’m at right now and I couldn’t of done that with my faith and my family believing in me every step of the way. When I go to Indy it will be a dream come true I’ve watched the combine on tv since I started playing football, my first combine was with Jake long, Chris long, and Matt Ryan that was nearly 8 years ago so when I got there myself it will be crazy I can’t wait to be in Lucas Oil Stadium and just see all the event posters and the atmosphere I teared up when I got the combine invite because it was a dream come true. When I go there I will give it everything I have and I want to show the 32 teams that I am one of the top lineman in this class because in my mind I’m the best but saying it is one thing backing it up is another and that’s what I hope to prove to the scouts that’s what I’m most excited about, showing the NFL teams that what I have believed about myself is true.
DraftSeason: After getting a late start in football some might see you as a project type of player, do you see yourself as a guy who could contribute as a rookie? Jermaine Eluemunor: I think I can contribute as a rookie my mindset is that I still have a lot to learn but i am a quick learner, yeah I’ve been playing football for 5 years now and this will be my 6th but I want this I want to be great I want to be the best at my position. I want to be a dominant force in the NFL and I will work as hard as I have to in order to accomplish that. My senior year I was blessed with an amazing OL coach who taught me everything I know and I made huge strides in 1 year because of his coaching. Once I get in an NFL camp around NFL coaching and learn the play book I feel like I will be able to contribute and help my team because that is what I want to do I don’t want to be a project I want to be a contributor.
DraftSeason: Worst part about being an offensive lineman? Jermaine Eluemunor: Nothing. I love everything about being an offensive lineman haha, well we are considered fat I consider myself husky haha!
DraftSeason: What part of your game helps set you apart from the other top offensive lineman in the draft class? Jermaine Eluemunor: I think my strength and power is what sets me apart there are a lot of great lineman in this class but I feel like I’m one of the top lineman in this class and with the combine coming up I have the perfect opportunity to prove that, but also I am very coachable I want to learn I ask a lot of questions because I want to gain as much knowledge as I can. But also my love for the game and my mentality I want to dominate anyone they put in front of me and I will bring that to the team that drafts me.
DraftSeason: Best defensive lineman you have had the chance to face durning your career? Jermaine Eluemunor: Myles Garret, Daeshon Hall my 2 DE’s from my school they are tall and athletic freaks and will dominate in the NFL for years to come. Tim Williams has a very quick get off and Ryan Anderson is powerful but no one is like Myles and Daeshon.
DraftSeason: You grew up in London before your move to the states, what is the biggest thing you miss from across the pond? Jermaine Eluemunor: I miss the food, ha! In my opinion England has better food then America but then I also miss my family back there my big sister lives there with her son and boyfriend and I don’t get to see them too much but after I hopefully get drafted I will fly them out to my first game I made a promise to make sure my entire family is at my first game and I will keep it !
DraftSeason: Greatest movie of all-time? Jermaine Eluemunor: Greatest movie of all time … There is a three way tie between Step Brothers, Star Wars, and Braveheart
DraftSeason: Sum up your style of play using 1 word. Jermaine Eluemunor: One word to sum up my style of play would be “Relentless”. No matter how tired I get no matter how sore or hurt I may be I’m going to come at you with everything I got every single play until the final whistle blows
DraftSeason: What are you most looking forward to showing off at the up coming combine? Noel Thomas: I’m looking forward to running the 40 yard dash. I think I will surprise a lot of people.
DraftSeason: What do you feel sets you apart from the other top receivers in this years draft class? Noel Thomas: I play with passion. I’m sure handed, caught 100 passes this pass season. I will always sacrifice my body to make the difficult catch.
DraftSeason: You left your mark in the UConn record book, what will go down as your finest moment as a Huskie? Noel Thomas: think breaking the single season catch record will be the finest moment. Or the 2 touchdowns scored against Houston in 2015.
DraftSeason: Who has had the biggest influence on your journey to the NFL? Noel Thomas: Both my Mom and Dad have been the biggest influence. They are my biggest supporters. Also very thankful for all the coaches that I have had along the way.
DraftSeason: Best NFL receiver in the league today NOT named Beckham or Brown? Noel Thomas: Julio Jones.
DraftSeason: What can we catch you doing on an off day? Noel Thomas: Probably at Sunset beach. Which is a place you go to in NBA 2k17. (My Park Gamemode)
DraftSeason: For god sakes, do you put ketchup on your scrambled eggs? Noel Thomas: Salt, Pepper, KETCHUP. Absolutely.
DraftSeason: Using 1 word, how would you sum up your style of play? Noel Thomas: Passionate.
The second 7 round Vikings mock has arrived. Each month up until draft day we’ll continue to bring you updated 7 rounders focusing on the wants and needs of the Vikings. While it will be painful to not have a round 1 pick in 2017, the class is thick and if Minnesota plays their cards right they could take advantage of having two 3rds and two 4th round picks and hopefully improve this team enough to get them into the playoffs.
I think any offensive tackle worth taking at this spot will be off the board, next up? Guard. Feeney is about as good as the Vikes could hope for as an option 2. He should be a day 1 starter and pairing up with Alex Boone give the Vikings a pretty solid duo of starting guards.
Round 3 (from Dolphins) – Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
Pocic has been a hot name around the Vikings as of late. Pocic can play center OR guard, but would most likely find his home at center for the Vikings. Easily the top center in this years draft class, he has been a leader for the LSU Tigers throughout his entire career and could be the guy (along with Feeney above) that the Vikings are looking for to whoop this group into shape.
Round 3 – Kareem Hunt RB, Toledo
Hunt help solidify himself as one of the top running backs in the draft after his 115 yard performance during the Senior Bowl. One of the smarter backs in this years crop, does everything well and has good size at 6’0, 225 lbs. Hunt has the makeup to be an everydown back and would be a great counterpart to McKinnon.
Round 4 (from Dophins) – Roderick Johnson OT, Florida St.
I think the Vikings have a legit shot at re-signing Kalil AND will make a splash at the tackle position in free agency, which is why I have the tackle selection sliding to round 4. Johnson, once seen as a sure 1st round pick has watched his stock drop a bit, but is more than worthy of this 4th round selection and could add instant depth and push for a starting spot as early as his 2nd year in the league.
Round 4 – Eddie Jackson S, Alabama
Adding another young to the safety mix would be a good idea for the Vikings. They have Smith who is one of the best, and Sendejo who had his best year as a pro in 2016. But behind them they have some unproven and shaky youngsters in Harris/Kearse/Exum. Jackson is a ball hawk who racked up 10 INTs in 38 games at Alabama, also is a dynamic punt returner.
Round 5 – Noah Brown WR, Ohio St.
As of now the only sure things at receiver for the Vikings are Diggs, Theilen (yes he will be re-signed), and Treadwell. After that…. we got nothing but a bunch of question marks. Nobody will be shocked if the Vikings look for a receiver in rounds 5 OR earlier. Brown hasn’t done a ton stat wise in college but has the size, speed, and athleticism you want. He can play receiver, special teams, and even play out of the backfield (which could fill a void if Patterson bolts).
Round 6 – Charles Walker DE/DT, Oklahoma
Versatile lineman who can play any spot along the defensive line. Had a big 2015 season racking up 6 sacks but has proven to be inconsistent and will need a coach like Zimmer who can light a fire under him. Walker is a tough guy to predict… he could go anywhere from round 4 to undrafted.
Round 7 – Paul Magloire LB, Arizona
Magloire turned heads at the East/West Shrine game and no secret the Vikings need additional depth at linebacker. He would be seen as more than a project pick, which Minnesota is known for making in the later rounds. Has played all over the field and could give Zimmer options for the future.
DraftSeason: What do you feel is the number 1 trait a defensive back needs to have? Chuck Clark: The number one trait a defensive back is he MUST have is confidence
DraftSeason: Which part of your game will you be working on the most in the coming months leading up to the draft? Chuck Clark: Leading up to the draft the biggest area I will be working on it being a student of the game and learning how to treat my body like a professional.
DraftSeason: At 6’0 what do you say to the people who question your size? Chuck Clark: I never really felt my size was a problem and if people do question it I sure don’t because when the clock starts everyone is the same size in my eyes no back seems too big or wide receiver seems too tall. Mentally as long as you believe your big enough that’s all that matters and your tape proves it.
DraftSeason: You have played since your freshman year and have seen your share of star offensive players, who will go down as the best you faced? Chuck Clark: I would say it’s a 3 way ties just due to the different things these players do and they are Braxton Miller, Zay Jones, and James Conner.
DraftSeason: Who is the next up and comer at Virginia Tech that we should keep our eyes on? Chuck Clark: Coming out of Virginia Tech I would say keep a eye on Mook Reynolds and The Edmunds Brothers Tremaine and Terrell.
DraftSeason: Any predictions for your 40 time at the up coming NFL Combine? Chuck Clark: As of right now i’m projecting to run anywhere in the 4.4s.
DraftSeason: Best part about being part of the Hokie family? Chuck Clark: The best part about being in Hokie Nation is the history of tradition and family atmosphere you see old players come back and coach, fans continuous support over the years whether you are still a player or not and the Pride.
DraftSeason: Sum up your style of play using just one word. Chuck Clark: Field General