Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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Jayron Kearse has NFL bloodlines as the nephew of former defensive end Jevon Kearse and cousin of former first-round cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

Kearse has the look of a game changing safety at 6’4” 216 pounds with long limbs and a thick build. He carries a presence when tackling and he out sizes most wide receivers.

The Clemson safety is a long strider and shows some closing speed and ability to cover a lot of ground, but unfortunately he ran a surprisingly slow 4.64 forty time at the combine.

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Moritz “Mo” Boehringer is a 6-foot-4, 225 pound wide receiver with 4.4 speed. And he just happens to be from Germany. Mo became the first international player to be selected in the draft without ever seeing a college football snap.

Boehringer is raw, but he’s got the physical tools that had the scouts drooling. After his outstanding pro day at Florida Atlantic he became the center of media attention. He still has a lot to learn as he has only been playing American football since 2013. Boehringer first began with the Crailsheim Titans, a junior youth team in Germany. He played well enough to be “called up” to the German Football League in 2015 to play for the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. All he did in his first season was win GFL Rookie of the Year honors after catching 59 receptions for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games. Boehringer’s training at XPE Sports Academy in Boca Raton Florida has paid off as he now sets his sights on moving up the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver depth chart.

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The Vikings run defense gets a big shot in the arm with this muscled up tackling machine. Brothers has elite instinct and awareness who can sift through trash easily shedding blocks in the trenches. He has great gap discipline and always takes proper pursuit angles to the ball carrier. Brothers displays smart pre-snap recognition skills with the ability to process action immediately. He is a thumper in the middle who can convert quickness to power upon impact as a tackler. His 274 tackles over the last two years is more than any other college football player.
Zimmer now has the option to move Eric Kendricks to weak side and use Brother in the middle of the base defense unit. Brothers projects as a two-down run defender who will probably not see action in the nickel package.

I love this pick. In Mike Zimmer’s final year in Cincinnati as defensive coordinator, the Bengals were ranked top-five against the run giving up only 96.5 yards per game. Zimmer is driven to improve the Vikings below average run defense, and Brothers is a hard hitting defender who could offer immediate help.

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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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Miami traded a sixth round pick this year and a third and fourth round pick in 2017 in return for the Vikings third round pick on Friday Night. Rick Spielman certainly got good value in the deal, but what did the Vikings actually give up?

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