Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings opted to build the offensive depth chart in the fifth round, selecting South Florida wide receiver Rodney Adams with the 170th-overall selection. Adams is a dual-threat option for the Vikings, both as a vertical wide receiver and potential kick returner.

At USF in 2016, he notched five reception touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns. Adams also averaged 29.1 yards per kick return last season, and that’s likely how he’ll make early contributions for the Vikings. Although he’s a relative unknown among fans in the live chat and on Twitter, he recently visited Winter Park and worked out with his new teammate, receiver Adam Thielen.

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Ben Gedeon
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The Vikings have been checking off needs through the early part of the draft, and continued to do so in the fourth round with the selection of Michigan linebacker Ben Gedeon.

While many hoping for a linebacker somewhere in the middle rounds, the Gedeon pick is a bit of a head-scratcher; there were a number of linebackers still available that rated higher than Gedeon on most draft boards. Ben Gedeon was the 238th-ranked prospect on the Vikings Territory big board. After considerable jubilation about the Vikings’ first three draft picks, the tone shifted in discussing the Michigan linebacker.

Here’s what folks around the web are saying about the Vikings’ (second) fourth round pick:

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With their second pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Michigan linebacker Ben Gedeon. The former Wolverine was a tackling machine last season, finishing the year with 106 tackles (15.5 for loss).

Like Kentrell Brothers before him, Gedeon projects as a middle linebacker with run-stuffing tendencies. Darren Wolfson reports Gedeon will “surely make an immediate impact on special teams,” which is something the Vikings seem to value in mid-round picks.

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Jaleel Johnson
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After a considerable amount of wheeling and dealing Friday night, the Vikings stayed put to start the fourth round Saturday. With the 109th pick, acquired in a trade with San Francisco, the Vikings selected Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson. It’s the first of three fourth round picks the team (currently) has.

With Sharrif Floyd’s status in question, the Vikings were looking for a 3-technique tackle in the draft, so this pick fills a need.

Here’s what folks around the web are saying about the Vikings’ (first) fourth round pick:

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