Interviews, Workouts and Private Visits Database

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The following list is composed of 2017 NFL draft prospects that have reportedly interviewed, worked out or scheduled a private visit with the Minnesota Vikings. Database will be continuously updated throughout April.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Mitch Leidner, Minnesota

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech

Formal interview at NFL Combine (Chris Tomasson, Pioneer Press)

Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Matt Vensel, Star Tribune)

Brad Kaaya, Miami

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Kyle Tasman, 247 Sports)

Jack Nelson (Winona State – Division II)

Interview at Pro Day (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Drew Bauer (Minnesota-Duluth – Division II)

Worked out with Vikings (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

RUNNING BACKS

Joe Mixon, Oklahoma

Left Oklahoma Pro Day with Mike Zimmer (Brooke Pryor, NewsOK.com)

Notes: “We wanted to get a feel for him. Good visit. Talked about his past and how he’s going to change,” Mike Zimmer (KFAN); “Buzz is Zimmer really liked him” (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Kareem Hunt, Toledo

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Brian Hill, Wyoming

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Alvin Kamara, Tennessee

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Ben Goessling, ESPN)

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

Marlon Mack, South Florida

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com)

Dare Ogunbowale, Wisconsin

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Curtis Samuel, Ohio State

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Ben Goessling, ESPN)

Aaron Jones, Texas-El Paso

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com)

Jamaal Williams, Brigham Young

Met with Vikings (Matt Vensel, Star Tribune)

Corey Clement, Wisconsin

Attempt to schedule Top-30 visit; previous commitment interfered (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Joe Williams, Utah

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Tom Pelissero, USA Today Sports)

WIDE RECEIVERS

Rodney Adams, South Florida

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Times)

Drew Wolitarsky, Minnesota

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Chad Williams, Grambling State

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com)

Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse

“Mike Zimmer and his staff met with Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, a graduate transfer from Maryland.” (Kyle Tasman, CBS Sports)

Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Gil Brandt, NFL.com)

Lance Lenoir Jr., Western Illinois

Phone conversation (Lance Lenoir Jr., Twitter)

TIGHT ENDS

Jonnu Smith (Florida International)

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

Mo Alie-Cox (Virginia Commonwealth)

Vikings attended special Pro Day (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

Jonah Pirsig, Minnesota

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell

“Davenport met with head coaches, general managers and offensive line coaches privately at the NFL scouting combine with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.” (Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle)

OFFENSIVE GUARDS

Dan Feeney, Indiana

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Chris Tomasson, Pioneer Press)

Damien Mama, Southern California

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Ben Goessling, ESPN)

Kyle Kalis, Michigan

Met with Vikings at Shrine Game (Walter Football)

OFFENSIVE CENTERS

Pat Elflein, Ohio State

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE ENDS

Carl Lawson, Auburn

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Walter Football)

DeMarcus Walker, Florida State

Attempt to schedule Top-30 visit; previous commitment interfered (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Tarrell Basham, Ohio

Met with Vikings at Senior Bowl (Walter Football)

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Malik McDowell, Michigan State

Independent workout at Michigan State Pro Day (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

Davon Godchaux, Louisiana State

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Chris Tomasson, Pioneer Press)

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle)

Chunky Clements, Illinois

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Jaleel Johnson, Iowa

Met with Vikings at Senior Bowl (Walter Football)

Dylan Bradley, Southern Mississipi

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

LINEBACKERS

Elijah Lee, Kansas State

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Times)

Jack Lynn, Minnesota

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Duke Riley, Louisiana State

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Chris Tomasson, Pioneer Press)

Eric Wilson, Cincinnati

Scheduled workout with Vikings (NFL Draft Diamonds)

James Onwualu, Notre Dame (Cretin-Derham Hall High School)

Met with Vikings at Shrine Game (Walter Football)

CORNERBACKS

Jalen Myrick, Minnesota

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Brendan Langley, Lamar

Scheduled Top-30 visit (NFL Draft Diamonds)

Damontae Kazee, San Diego State

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com)

Conflicting report (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

SAFETIES

Leon McQuay III, Southern California

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Joshua Grady, JABEZ Marketing Agency)

Damarius Travis, Minnesota

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Josh Jones, North Carolina State

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Jadar Johnson, Clemson

Met with Vikings at NFL Combine (Darren Wolfson, KSTP)

Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami

Met with Vikings at Senior Bowl (Walter Football)

Weston Steelhammer, Air Force

Met with Vikings at Shrine Game (Walter Football)

SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKERS

Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State

Independent workout at Arizona State Pro Day (Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Times)

PUNTERS

Worth Gregory, East Carolina

Scheduled Top-30 visit (Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle)

LONG SNAPPERS

No reported interactions

 

Notice a prospect is missing from our list? Comment below or contact BJ Reidell on Twitter @RobertReidell.

3 COMMENTS

  1. G Kyle Kalis is the son of former Vikings G Todd Kalis.

    With a name like Chunky Clements, this DT should be a run-stuffing nose tackle but he is apparently more of a gap-shooting, 3-technique guy.

    With Case Keenum’s signing, I wouldn’t expect a QB to be drafted. RB is another story completely.

    I’m surprised no meeting has been scheduled or had with a TE. WR looks like a Day 3 concern.

    I’m hoping that NT is more the target than DT, but I think that is a forlorn hope. Day 2, for sure.

    Hmm, looks like linebackers and safeties are of far more interest than corners, but are the latter pure safeties (free or strong) or hybrid LB/S types? I don’t think they’re looking to bench Sendejo.

    I’d jump on Gonzalez if he’s still available in the 4th round. Anyone know anything about Gregory?

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    • cka – The safeties, as a whole, are pretty versatile group. I wouldn’t call them hybrid types, but they can can certainly move around the formation. If you had to pin a title on it, which I think simplifies their skill sets, I’d list the majority of the group as strong safeties. I’d say the interest in safety is more about adding depth (Sendejo injury, Kearse’s weak first impression, Harris’ limitations) than outright seeking a starter to play opposite Harrison Smith.

      Personally, I do not believe in drafting special teams positions ever, regardless of circumstance, because the difference between a 5th-round kicker/punter and a UDFA kicker/punter tends to be miniscule. Simply put, I think it’s a poor use of resources given the value a good scouting department can find in the 4th, 5th and sometimes 6th round instead.

      As for everything else, we’re pretty much on the same page it seems like.

      – BJ Reidell

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  2. I’m in the middle regarding the draft picks on kickers/punters. I have no issue using a late day three pick, 6th or 7th round, if the scouts think the guy has the right mental makeup and a powerful leg. At that point in the draft your chances of finding a real contributor to your team are so low that I think there is more value in finding a potential 10-15 year specialist if he’s a guy the scouts identified as a real talent. I would never do what Tampa did last year taking Arguyo in the 2nd round after trading up, and I think the 4th and probably 5th in this draft is to high for Gonzalez this year. It’s always going to depend on who else is available, but if you have a need at the position and the guy grades out, you take him. Too many games are won/lost by a FG or missed extra point that you have to consider using draft resources on a kicker who can put the ball through the uprights, or a punter who can flip field position consistently. It’s not something I would do year after year until I found a hall of famer, but if you’ve got someone targeted I would draft them to secure their rights instead of chancing losing them to another team after the draft.

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