Sunday, May 29, 2016

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The moments immediately following the conclusion of the NFL Draft are hectic for undrafted prospects, front offices, agents, and media members alike. Ever since getting duped by reports of LeGarrette Blount signing with the Vikings years ago, I’ve hedged on the side of letting the dust settle before trying to track the signings.

The dust appears (disclosure: the team hasn’t announced anything yet) to have settled this year, and reports from multiple outlets have the Vikings reaching post-Draft agreements with the following rookies:

DAVARIS DANIELS, WR, NOTRE DAME: At 6′ 1″ and 201 pounds, Daniels was a guy on the rise in the Notre Dame system prior to being suspended for an academic honesty scandal. Nothing blows me away about this guy.

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With their final pick in the final round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Newberry linebacker Edmond Robinson.

The linebacker prospect has some impressive measurables (6′ 3″ and 245 pounds) and displays some athletic traits when going through all of the drills.

He has spent some time at safety and can move around within the defense. He also projects as an interesting toy for the Vikings when it comes to the coverage team. If he can add some weight, gain some experience, and develop his skill set then he might just stand a chance at making the final roster.

VT‘s own Austin Belisle profiled Robinson as a potential “Sleeper”  and you can read that assessment by CLICKING HERE.

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With the 228th selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, their first of the seventh round, the Vikings selected another offensive lineman.

Alabama tackle Austin Shepherd out of Alabama joins T.J. Clemmings and Tyrus Thompson as an apparent effort to bolster the offensive line in the later hours of the 2015 NFL Draft.

At 6′ 4″ and 325 pounds, Shepherd was a two year starter in college, replacing D.J. Fluker. His somewhat limited athletic ability means he will likely slide inside and be a potential contributor at the guard position.

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With their second pick of the sixth round, the Minnesota Vikings selected defensive tackle B.J. Dubose out of Louisville.

At 6′ 4″ and 284 pounds, Dubose enters the NFL with a lot of people noticing his strength, versatility, and knack for sniffing out the run. In Mike Zimmer’s defense, it actually wouldn’t be overly surprising to see him play left defensive end in the base package, and then perhaps rotating to the middle on passing downs.

Dubose didn’t become a starter until his senior year, so the prevailing theory here is going to be that Mike Zimmer feels he can coach this kid up and that he is a prospect with nowhere to go but up.

The Vikings were in need of some depth along the defensive line and they now have some interesting additions in Dubose and third round selection Danielle Hunter.

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In the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings added their seventh rookie to their roster by selecting offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson out of Oklahoma.

Tyrus Thompson is tagged as an athletic left tackle prospect that is inconsistent enough to see himself thought of as nothing more than a Day Three prospect. At 6′ 5″ and 324 pounds, though, he certainly has the appearance of a prototypical NFL tackle.

Some have called his effort and character into question prior to the Draft, which makes him the first Vikings selection of the year with these types of concerns.

For his size, Thompson is agile and quick, resulting in a blocker that can be effective all the way to the second level. His athleticism also makes him a competent pass blocker that causes rushers to struggle getting past him.

The struggling starter Matt Kalil tops the left tackle depth chart, but Thompson seems likely to replace Antonio Richardson as the primary backup. Paired with T.J. Clemmings, the Vikings have now added two offensive linemen on Day Three of the NFL Draft.

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