NFL Draft 2017

What They’re Saying About the Vikings’ Seventh Round Picks

The Vikings began the seventh round with four—yes, four—selections. Somewhat surprisingly, they kept all of them.

Those picks were:

Stacy Coley, WR, Miami
Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern
Elijah Lee, OLB, Kansas State
Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina State

Here’s what folks around the web are saying about the Vikings’ seventh round picks:

On Stacy Coley:

Pro Football Focus: “Stacy Coley hears his name soon after his college quarterback is selected. Although there is some inconsistency in his game, Coley is an elusive and versatile wideout capable of manning the slot (75.7 percent catch rate was 11th in the class) or the perimeter. He caught nine touchdowns (also breaking nine tackles) on his 63 receptions in 2016.”

CBS Sports: “A fast WR who excels at the deep ball and tracking the ball in the air, with return ability, but durability concerns exist as well.”

On Ifeadi Odenigbo:

NFL Network:

Pro Football Focus: “Ifeadi Odenigbo was a strong pass-rusher in 2016 for Northwestern. His 84.1 pass-rush grade ranked fifth among Big Ten edge defenders, and his overall pass-rushing productivity mark ranked fourth in the conference. He had possibly the best stretch of back-to-back games in the country as far as edge production in 2016, as he racked up a total of six sacks and 10 hurries against Iowa and Michigan State in Week 5 and 7.”

CBS Sports: “A very raw pass rushing prospect who is still new to the game. A developmental edge player for the Vikings.

On Elijah Lee:

Ian Wharton (Bleacher Report): “I had a mid round value on Elijah Lee. Was a surprising combine snub. Nice WLB prospect.”

CBS Sports: A very fast LB prospect with good production, less than ideal strength, and a lack of natural feel for coverage. Likely a special teamer as he continues to develop.”

Pro Football Focus: “The Vikings have waded into Big 12 waters for a linebacker in the seventh round. Kansas State’s Elijah Lee notched 44 total stops in 2016, which ranked third among all linebackers in the conference. While he struggled in coverage, he added 10 sacks and nine QB hits in the past three seasons for the Wildcats.”

On Jack Tocho:

CBS Sports: An average athlete for the position, Tocho is a smart and motivated prospect that may require a transition to safety in order to play in an NFL secondary.”

Pete Smith (Draft Breakdown): “Vikings with a steal in Jack Tocho at 245.”

Dane Brugler: Tocho has good size but average-at-best speed for the position.

Sam Neumann

Sam Neumann is a freelance writer and lifelong Vikings apologist. He has seen his share of Vikings-related heartbreak, but believes we are united by the hope that one day that norse ship will come in. Sam is the author of three books, including the New York Times Bestseller Memoirs of a Gas Station. He lives in Denver, Colorado, and has had it with Broncos fans. You can follow him on twitter @NeumSamN.

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