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Vikings 2019 NFL Combine Primer with Prospects to Watch

We're approaching NFL combine week! Player testing begins next Friday and runs through the weekend.

The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine gets under way next week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The annual event, which provides teams with an opportunity to meet draft-eligible prospects, officially begins on Tuesday, February 26th and runs through Monday, March 4th.

During the week-long convention, teams are able to assess all 338 participants through meetings, medical examinations, cognitive ability assessments (aka, the Wonderlic test) and agility drills. A few of the physical evaluations include the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, broad jump, three-cone drill and bench press.

The televised portion of the combine, also referred to as the “Underwear Olympics,” runs from Friday, March 1st through Monday, March 4th. For the first time, a portion of the event will be shown on broadcast TV. Starting at noon (CST), a two-hour special featuring QB and WR drills will be broadcast on ABC on Saturday. The NFL Network and NFL.com will provide live coverage of the entire on-field portion of the event. The full four-day workout schedule is as follows:

NFL Combine testing schedule

  • Friday (March 1st): RB, OL, ST, K
  • Saturday (March 2nd): QB, WR, TE
  • Sunday (March 3rd): DL, LB
  • Monday (March 4th): DB

Here’s the complete event schedule, via the Combine’s official website.

Beginning on Wednesday, February 27th select NFL head coaches and general managers will be available to speak to the media. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer will likely give their NFL Combine press conferences on Wednesday or Thursday. We’ll provide an update once the dates and times of the pressers are released.

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Players to watch

A complete list of the participants who will be attending the NFL Scouting Combine is provided in this positional breakdown on NFL.com.

For the Vikings, current positions of need include OL, DT, TE and WR (among others). Clearly things can change following free agency, but for now here are five top prospects to monitor at each of these positions:

OL

  • Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
  • Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  • Jawaan Taylor, Florida
  • Jonah Williams, Alabama
  • Greg Little, Ole Miss

DT

  • Quinnen Williams, Alabama
  • Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  • Ed Oliver, Houston
  • Rashan Gary, Michigan
  • Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

TE

  • TJ Hockenson, Iowa
  • Noah Fant, Iowa
  • Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
  • Caleb Wilson, UCLA
  • Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

WR

  • D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
  • N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
  • A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
  • Kelvin Harmon, NC State
  • Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Who are some of your favorite prospects that you’ll be watching closely next week?

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. I would be happy with a number of these young men ~ Left off the list is finding an above average FG kicker for the new ST coach ~ You know its going to happen ~ Somewhere in the 6th or 7th round ~ I think this might be the first time I have ever been right about a draft pick ~ {{{ LOL }}} ~ Name not yet known~

    All jokes aside ~ What would the Vikings record have been if they had an above average FG kicker ~ Based off my memory and with all the issues with the defense early on and JDF Kick A$$ Offense at times my count is a possible 10~6 and maybe 11~5 ~

    {{{ How many times did Zimmer go for it or punt instead of sending the FG kicker our on the field~??? }}}

    Yes I would love a number of the young men listed above ~ Any of the OL listed besides Little who scares me just a bit~ They could easily be number one of my list of players to get ~ But just like last year I wouldn’t be upset if they did something different and waited to land a OL in round two~ It also depends on what they do with Barr and Richardson ~ I could see the Vikings finding a way to sign either but I’m leaning toward them signing Barr ~ And who knows what they believe they can do with the young DL on the roster ~ ??? Same can’t be said for LB IMHO ~ Plus the depth there is a little different ~

    Finding an above average FG kicker is #1 on my offseason list ~ {{{ Everything else is a HUGE BONUS ~ }}} Cheers

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