Monday, December 5, 2016

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The Minnesota Vikings have been busier today than the previous two days of the Draft, but that is to be expected. You can assign a Kentrell Brothers draft grade by clicking here, in case you missed it.

So far the picks have been: WR Laquon Treadwell, CB Mackensire Alexander, OL Willie Beavers, and linebacker Kentrell Brothers.

The Vikings first selection of the sixth round came in the form of a well-known German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer who VT highlighted as a real possibility earlier this month.

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He here at Vikings Territory have learned that newly selected Mackensie Alexander will be featured in a special segment aired during Sunday’s 9:00 AM (central) version of Sportscenter on ESPN. It will also re-air throughout the day.

“Gift From The Groves” is the title of the segment that has Tom Rinaldi focusing on Alexander’s work ethic, picking oranges since the age of 10 to help his family make a living. Through his football career at Clemson, and now being a second round selection of the Minnesota Vikings, life will certainly be a little different for Alexander and his family from here on out.

Be sure to tune in to learn a but more about one of our newest Vikings! A preview of the segment is available after the jump.

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The Vikings waited it out and stayed put in the fourth round earlier today, with the fans of the Minnesota Vikings eagerly watching Andrew Billings continue his slide. Billings was selected one pick later by the Bengals, however, and looking at our Willie Beavers draft grade poll I have to believe some of our fan base was feeling a little miffed at the selection.

Our readers had previously given Rick Spielman “A” grades for his selections of Laquon Treadwell and Mackensie Alexander, while also giving the decision to trade out of the third round an “A.”

At 160th overall the Vikings again ignored some fan favorite options still available to them and selected Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers.

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Western Michigan tackle Willie Beavers
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings continue to add offensive lineman to the roster, this time by drafting Western Michigan tackle Willie Beavers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Beavers joins the Vikings after starting 40 straight games at left tackle for the Broncos over his four-year career. The 2015 All-MAC First-Team selection spoke to Minnesota media following the announcement.

“I want to thank the Vikings for believing in me and believing in my potential,” he said. “It’s a surreal feeling right now and I’m just so happy right now, I can’t even explain it.”

Coming out of high school, Beavers originally committed to play defensive line at Illinois. His scholarship was rescinded after the school recruited too many players, and Beavers quickly signed to play with Western Michigan.

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If you would have told me the Vikings would pass on Andrew Billings in favor of Willie Beavers, I would have thought you were half nuts. Nonetheless, Beavers is an offensive tackle with the upside to someday win a starting job. He needs a year in the weight room to get stronger in his upper body, but he does have the feet to play left tackle in the NFL. Beavers also has nice traits to play anywhere on the offensive line. My guess is the Vikings will groom him to compete with Matt Kalil at left tackle and hopefully have him ready to start by 2017 if needed.

The Vikings land another highly competitive guy in this fluid left tackle. According to his NFL.com profile Beavers is an easy mover who can excel in space.

Beavers can get off the ball quickly and can slide in pass protection allowing him to stay in front and mirror defenders. The 324 pound left tackle from Western Michigan is a three-year starter who earned first-team All-MAC honors as a senior.

Heading into the draft, I felt the Vikings were one offensive lineman away from finalizing the revamping process up front. My heart may have been set on Jack Conklin, but Willie Beavers is pretty good too.

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