We continue to formally introduce you to our newest Vikings with our in-depth series. If you missed the one on Sharrif Floyd then click here to read all about our new defensive tackle.
Up next is someone we had identified as a possible Vikings target months ago. Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes did indeed end up being the Vikings second selection in 2013.
XAVIER RHODES, CB, FLORIDA STATE
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 210 pounds
Arm Length: 33 3/4″
Hand Size: 9″
Rhodes tested very well at the NFL’s Scouting Combine, but he did struggle in the positional skills, which is something you don’t see discussed in the media as much the forty times and bench press numbers. Despite his big frame he ran the 11th fastest forty yard dash of all the defensive backs at the event. Both his broad jump and vertical jump tied for the best at in Indy, while his bench press totals were adequately average.
Forty: 4.43 seconds
Bench: 14 reps
Broad Jump: 132″
PRO DAY RESULTS
Rhodes did not partake in any timed drills at the Florida State Pro Day, but scouts came away still impressed with the speed and quickness they saw from him at both events. Still, reviews from his Pro Day were in consensus regarding how the big corner can have trouble with changing direction quickly and how tight he can be in the hips. A lot of reports preceding the draft indicated that this event confirmed his inability to succeed in zone coverage, which has to be at least a little concerning to Vikings fans.