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Minnesota Vikings: 2017 NFL Combine Players To Watch

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The Vikings’ Scouting Department Must Find Stand Out Players At The Combine

The Minnesota Vikings looked like they were going to be a dominant team in 2016 after their 5-0 start. They stumbled and finished with an 8-8 record. The Vikings’ scouting department will have to evaluate players at some key positions. They have a very talented roster. However, they will need to fill some big holes since they have cut ties with Adrian Peterson. If they can fill the important skill positions, they will be very dangerous in 2017.

Minnesota will have to be precise in their evaluations this year, as they don’t have a first round pick. They traded that pick for Sam Bradford last season. The Vikings have the 48th and 79th overall picks in the second and third rounds. So they won’t have a shot at some of the bigger names, but this draft class is pretty deep at the positions they need.

The Vikings have a sound team for the most part. With a few key additions, they have potential to be elite. Here are some players the Vikings’ scouting department should be closely watching at the Combine.

Roderick Johnson – OT Florida State

The Vikings need to address the tackle position. Bradford will need some help in the passing game from his offensive line. He was sacked 37 times in 2016 and their passing game suffered because of that. Roderick Johnson can be the player to change that. He has great size at 6’6″ and 308 pounds. Johnson also possesses great length and quickness for his size, and would be able to protect Bradford well and help out in the running game.

If he were to fall to them at 48, they would be crazy not to take this guy. He would be a stud in Minnesota.

Quincy Wilson – CB Florida

Wilson is an outstanding corner and a physical player. The Vikings need an aggressive guy to come help out this Minnesota secondary. At 6’0″ and 209 pounds, he has solid size. Wilson stays with his receivers well due to his length and hip fluidity.

In 2016, Wilson had three interceptions and six passes defended. He has play maker written all over him and he will likely be a second round pick, therefore the Vikings’ scouting department will have to watch him closely at the combine. I think if they want to target a corner early, Wilson is the guy for them.

Alvin Kamara – RB Tennessee

Alvin Kamara is another multi-dimensional player the Vikings need in the backfield. He is very effective in both the passing and running game. In 2016, he averaged over five yards a carry and almost ten yards per reception. Kamara was also able to find the end zone 13 times as well.

The Vikings have cut ties with Adrian Peterson and so they have to find a replacement to provide their offense with some much needed balance. They need a strong and agile back who can do more than just carry the rock. Alvin Kamara is that guy and they should watch him at the Combine.

Zay Jones – WR East Carolina

Zay Jones is a dependable impact player. In 2016 he recorded 158 receptions for over 1,700 yards. The Vikings need a receiver that Bradford trusts and can constantly throw to with confidence.

Jones would provide this offense with a nice dynamic receiver who blocks well and catches everything. They might be able to snag him in the second or the third round. He has great size at 6’2″ and 202 pounds. That’s a solid frame for a receiver and he’d fit in well with the Vikings’ offense.

Carlos Watkins – DT Clemson

The Vikings need an anchor for the defensive line, and Watkins would fill that hole perfectly. He’s an aggressive player with a great amount of power and strength. Watkins excels in run defense and that was a big problem for the Vikings last season. He would plug up the middle of the field and would cause havoc in the passing game as well.

At 6’4″ and 312 pounds, Watkins is a big load to handle from an offensive standpoint. Furthermore, he has great athleticism and quickness for his size.

The Vikings’ scouting department needs to find a strong defensive tackle and Watkins will likely be available in the second round when the Vikings select.