Monday, September 26, 2016

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Vikings are interested in Cody Whitehair
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The Dallas Cowboys selected Zack Martin with the 16th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and many debated whether the Notre Dame tackle was worthy of a first round selection. Jerry Jones opted for the safe choice, passing on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for a chance to bolster what was then the NFL’s best offensive line.

“Is Martin as a guard worthy of a mid-first round pick? That’s debatable,” wrote Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar. Other media members shared Farrar’s sentiment, and all were quickly proven wrong. Martin finished his rookie season as the NFL’s fourth-best run-blocking guard, per Pro Football Focus, and continued his elite play in 2015. The right guard position is a non-need for the Cowboys, and it will be for years to come because of Martin. This year’s draft class is a bit top-heavy with interior offensive line prospects, putting the Minnesota Vikings in a similar position as Dallas two years ago.

Widely considered the top guard in the class, Kansas State’s Cody Whitehair is drawing plenty of interest from NFL teams, one of those being the Vikings. According to reports from ESPN 1500’s Andrew Krammer, general manager Rick Spielman and staff are pouring their time into Whitehair:

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Gathered together in Indianapolis, the 2016 rookie class of wide receivers have proven themselves to be historically slow when it comes to the forty yard dash. Our Minnesota Vikings, conversly, are reportedly using the NFL Scouting Combine as a chance to bring back one of the NFL’s fastest wide outs at a lesser price tag.

Bleacher Report‘s Jason Cole reports that the Vikings and Mike Wallace will discuss a pay cut in Indianapolis this week. Cole claims the source of this information comes from within the Minnesota Vikings organization.

Cole says that the meeting is scheduled to include Wallace’s agent, Bus Cook.

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After transferring from Iowa Western Community College where he help win a national title, Geronimo Allison went on to lead Illinois in receiving as a senior hauling in 65 passes for 882 yards. He finished his two-year stint with the Illini catching 106 total passes for 1,480 yards and eight eight touchdowns. Allison had a great performance at the East-West Shrine game finishing with six catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

Geronimo Allison | Wide Receiver, Illinois

Measurements

Height – 6’3″
Weight – 198 lbs.
Age – 22 yrs.

At First Glance

Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.

Projected Round:

6th Round

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Will the star linebacker play in 2016?

The NFL Draft is all about risk and reward. Teams selecting early in the first round often pin their franchise’s future to one player, whether that’s a highly-rated quarterback or can’t-miss offensive tackle. The risk isn’t always worth the reward, but prospects like Andrew Luck make the gamble a worthwhile endeavor.

But when the gamble involves injuries, the pitfalls can be disastrous. The San Francisco 49ers took a flier on Marcus Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and the running back was never able to recover from a gruesome knee injury suffered at South Carolina. He never played a down with the 49ers, retired before the 2015 regular season, and disappeared into obscurity. And this year, another top prospect — Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith — may face a similar fate.

According to reports from Ian Rapoport, Smith’s medical exam revealed “ankle and knee nerve issues” that potentially put his 2016 season in jeopardy. At the Fiesta Bowl in January, Smith landed awkwardly and tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee. Though he underwent successful surgery seven weeks ago, Smith’s knee may be more damaged than originally thought; damage severe enough to send his draft stock plummeting in April.

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