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Report: Vikings to Sign OL Tom Compton

Vikings to add much needed offensive line depth

According to multiple sources, it appears the Vikings will sign versatile offensive lineman Tom Compton. The signing was originally reported yesterday by Les Davis of SiriusXMNFL. The report was confirmed by Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

Compton (6-5, 315 lbs.) is a Rosemount, Minnesota native. He played college football at South Dakota, where he played both left and right tackle.

Drafted in the sixth-round of the 2012 draft by the Washington Redskins, Compton was in the same draft class as Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins was drafted just two rounds earlier. According to Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson, who spoke with Compton’s mother (Karen), the two were training camp roommates and are “best friends.”

Compton made the Redskins practice squad as a rookie before being promoted to the active roster late in the season. He became the team’s starting right tackle midway through the 2014 season. Altogether, Compton spent four years in Washington before signing with the Atlanta Falcons before the 2016 season.

The 28 year-old played for the Chicago Bears last season. He started five games and played both left and right guard. Compton earned a 45.7 Pro Football Focus grade last season, ranking 47th among NFL guards.

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Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's a Vikings optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find him on the golf course during summer and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

Just another good backup who can play OT or OG if needed ~ He seems to be a player who might have a outside shot at starting if the Vikings don’t pick up someone in the draft was is capable of being a day one starter ~ Me personally I believe they fine their new starting right OG in the first two rounds ~ Maybe even in the 3rd round if they believe they can find a Center\OG in round 3 ~ Centers always seem to fall and many of these guys make fine OG’s ~

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Reply to  Sean Borman
2 years ago

I agree about them taking a OL as early as #30 and I could see them taking another one in the somewhere after the 2nd round ~

That being said I believe Spielman has set the roster up to where they can just take the BPA in any round ~ I wouldn’t be shocked if they took any combo of OL~WR~TE~CB~LB~DL~RB in the first 3 rounds ~

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