Monday, October 24, 2016

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Cody Whitehair is a 50 game starter with experience at both guard and tackle. The senior offensive lineman and team captain for the Wildcats displays veteran leadership with good awareness and an exceptional work ethic. Whitehair brings a tough, physical attitude and non-stop competitiveness from snap through the whistle.

Cody Whitehair | OG, Kansas State


Height: 6-4
Weight: 305
Age: 23

At A Glance

First Team All-Big 12. Academic All-Big 12. Kansas State Offensive co-MVP. Honorable Mention Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List.

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See my entire first 2016 NFL Mock Draft by CLICKING HERE.

Last year, I produced version 1.0 of my mock draft in January and had the Vikings selecting cornerback Trae Waynes 11th overall. I never wavered from that pick, one that would subsequently become very popular and then very unpopular, and repeatedly had the Vikings selecting Waynes in every version of my Mock Draft after that.

Picking 12 spots later, and a much more flexible roster makeup, I am highly unlikely to repeat the boring redundancy that was my 2015 mock drafts.

The pick, of course, ended up being Waynes and it was met with disdain from a healthy portion of Minnesota’s fan base. Many preferred the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year, cornerback Marcus Peters, and others thought that it was a wasted pick. A number of Twitter arguments started with the assertion that Xavier Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Robinson made the first round investment into the cornerback position a waste.

Well, if you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that I care not for your perceived needs when it comes to the NFL Draft and it is equally likely that you’ll care not for my first version of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft.

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[NOTE: This Ryan Malleck Scouting Report is a part of our “Sunday Sleeper” series highlighting some later-round options available to the Vikings on Draft Weekend. It is also a part of our goal to amass as many Vikings slanted scouting reports as possible. To track our constantly growing list of scouting reports you can CLICK HERE. For more great coverage of the NFL Draft please be sure to visit our partners at Draft Season.]


Tight End – Virginia Tech


Height: 6′ 4″

Weight: 256 pounds

Class: Redshirt Senior


Malleck is unlikely to turn heads with his athleticism in Indianapolis this year, but that isn’t going to be what interests NFL teams about the Virginia product. Malleck will attempt to earn his NFL paycheck as a blocking tight end in a rookie class that features very few.

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Tre Madden missed four games down the stretch in 2015 because of knee soreness. He played in the final two regular season games for USC but only carried the ball eight times in those contests. Madden underwent knee surgery following the season and missed the Holiday Bowl.

He was originally recruited by the Trojans to play linebacker before switching to running back in 2012. Madden has complied 1,155 yards and eight touchdown on 223 career rushing attempts. His 32 receptions for 334 yards and five touchdowns in the passing game will certainly catch the eye of Norv Turner.

Tre Madden | Running Back, USC


Height: 6’1
Weight: 225
Age: 22

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Kelechi Osemele's free agent fit
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Brandon Fusco made the switch from right guard to left guard for the Minnesota Vikings last season, and his transition was as smooth as Adrian Peterson trying to hold onto the football in a playoff game. In simpler terms, he struggled throughout 2015, and his difficulty shifting to the opposite side of the line has raised questions about the unit as a whole.

Specifically, the Vikings must decide what to do with three players this offseason: center John Sullivan, right tackle Phil Loadholt, and right guard Mike Harris. The first two will make their return from injuries in 2016, but an instant rebound isn’t guaranteed for either player. And given their large salary cap hits, general manager Rick Spielman may decide to move forward without them next season.

That leaves Harris, who is set to become a free agent. The four-year veteran should garner a healthy contract from the Vikings or another suitor in March. Letting Harris, Loadholt, and Sullivan walk would allow Spielman to spend more money in free agency. It’s a strategy he rarely employs, but a strategy that potentially makes sense with the rare talent hitting the market next month.

Meet Kelechi Osemele, a free agent guard-tackle hybrid who immediately patches a hole on the Vikings’ offensive line.

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