Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Boone is the newest member on Mike Zimmer's Vikings ship

Vikings guard Alex Boone
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Alex Boone is a throwback offensive lineman. He’ll head-butt his quarterback without a helmet. He’ll threaten to punch a certain Green Bay Packers linebacker in the mouth. But most of all, he’ll bring that in-your-face attitude to the field, where he’s earned a reputation as one of the most physical guards in the NFL.

It’s part of the reason Mike Zimmer wanted Boone — who signed a four-year, $26.8 million contract this offseason — in a Minnesota Vikings uniform next year. “One of the things was his toughness, the physicality,” he said, per Chris Tomasson. ”I like his demeanor and I’m hoping it’s something that rubs off on the rest of our offensive line.”

But more than an attitude, what does Boone add to the unit, and how can he translate his game to improve what was one of Minnesota’s weakest links in 2015? It starts by looking at Boone’s film from last season, his final year with the San Francisco 49ers. A career right guard, he made the full-time transition to the opposite side and started 13 games at the position, finishing the season with a 65.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus (PFF).

Though he finished with a 44.9 run blocking grade, Boone excelled in pass protection, earning a 82.1 grade for his work over 13 games. According to PFF, he allowed just three sacks and 17 total pressures all of last year — music to Teddy Bridgewater’s ears.

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This is Version 3 of the Mock Draft Roundup, and while free agency isn’t finished and the Vikings may very well add another player or two (or three…or four…), the marquee player movement is done. Minnesota made a number of additions—most notably signing guard Alex Boonetackle Andre Smith, and safety Michael Griffin—and one subtraction (Mike Wallace) that will likely affect how it approaches the draft. For that reason, he’s an updated look at who the mock drafts have the Vikings taking at number 23:

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Derrick Henry, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama had a great overall showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and also flashed impressive hands at his March 9th pro day. Is Henry’s jaw dropping post-season workouts enough to earn him a late first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft?

Derrick Henry | Running Back, Alabama


Height – 6′ 3″
Weight – 247 lbs.
Age – 21 yrs.

At First Glance

2016 Heisman Trophy Winner.
First Team All-American.
SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
MVP of the SEC Championship Game.
Walter Camp Player of the Year.
Doak Walker and Maxwell Award Winner.

Projected Round:

2nd Round

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The ‘Safety Opposite of Harrison’ has been a much talked about position of need for the Minnesota Vikings since Smith came on board in 2012. We still haven’t found a suitable Robin for Harry the Hitman’s Dark Knight. Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha is back again this week to chat about a few safeties in the draft who could be a damn good Dick Grayson.

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