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Adrian Peterson, Jerome Felton, Kyle Rudolph, Blair Walsh, Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, and Matt Kalil are all playing in a football game tonight.

Sure, the Pro Bowl means about as much as an rerun of The Office, but with seven Vikings seeing televised action for the last time between now and the preseason it is hard not to watch and cheer.

We’ll be watching live and if you are too, then feel free to discuss the “action” right here below this post.

Between now and the NFL Draft I am hoping to highlight prospects that I think should be of particular interest to the Vikings.  I am not releasing my “targets” in any particular order, other than that I feel comfortable with the volume of film I have watched, and will aim to have a wide variety of prospects from first round talents to potentially undrafted guys.

My first draft target was running back Marcus Lattimore.  If you missed that article you can click here to check it out.

Now I have jumped over the other side of the ball and identified a defensive player that I think could really start getting a lot of buzz once draftniks begin to pay a little more attention to smaller school prospects.

This particular prospect was inexplicably not invited to the Senior Bowl despite being named Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year.

Bowling Green defensive tackle Chris Jones is currently flying way under the radar, but what I have seen out of him leads me to believe he could be this year’s Bruce Irvin… by which I mean, yes, he could potentially be surprise first round selection.

Jones stands at 6’ 2” and weighs in at about 302 pounds.  He is the type of player that continued to take big steps of progression throughout his college career and does not seem to have peaked, by any means.

This last season he registered 12.5 sacks (third in the nation) and 19 tackles for a loss (ninth).  He is very disruptive in the middle of the defensive line and always seems to be creating chaos for opposing quarterbacks.

“For an inside tackle, operating in not so much space, to generate those kinds of numbers, well, that’s a rare guy,” BGSU Head Coach Dave Clawson says. “He’s unblockable at times in practice. If we’re working on pass offense and want to throw deep we take him out. We script it on our practice plan — CJ out. Otherwise, we get nothing accomplished.”

It is hard to find Jones included in any rankings on Draft websites.  It is tough to find a scouting report on him.  After seeing his tape, however, it’ll be hard to see him slipping much farther than the second round in April.

The Vikings could obviously use some help at defensive tackle.  Kevin Williams is getting older and isn’t cheap while Letroy Guion and Christian Ballard have yet to really establish themselves as true forces in the middle of the line.

Here is a highlight video for Jones (#91):

With the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game now both in that past, there is plenty to speculate about, and one of the first steps in that is identifying which prospects the Vikings have gone out of their way to meet with.

Luckily, the fine folks at Walterfootball.com are keeping tabs on each NFL team and have a list of the prospects that the Vikings have met with.  Of course, this list is probably partial, but it is still fun to scan the prospects that may be getting some extra attention from our favorite team.

Senior Bowl

Oday Aboushi, OL, Viginia

Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest

Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M

Ty Powell, LB, Harding

Bacarri Rambo, DB, Georgia

Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State

Brian Schwenke, OL, California

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, DB, Connecticut

East-West Shrine Game

Terron Armstead, OL, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida

Marcus David, WR, Virginia Tech

Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

On the morning of January 8th, Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments responded to a call about a suspicious package arriving at Winter Park.

According to reports, the package contained an unknown substance and an investigation is taking place.  Initial tests suggested the chemical was not hazardous, but they are still waiting for the final test results.

The Vikings played their playoff game in Green Bay just three days prior to the incident.

[NOTE:  Click the links to see our free agency rankings for quarterbacks and the running backs.  We’ll continue our way through all of the positions this week.]

Top Tier

Adrian Peterson did the best running of his career behind fullback Jerome Felton who signed a one year deal with the Vikings prior to last season.  Naturally, his success will make him the top rated fullback on the free agent market ad Vikings fans will be disappointed to see the front office let him play anywhere else.

Expect the Vikings to try and get the lead blocker under contract before free agency begins.  A three year deal to the tune of $9 million sounds about right for their Pro Bowl fullback.

The second best option in free agency would have to be the young James Casey, who stepped up when Vontae Leach departed Houston.

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