Sunday, April 1, 2012

Vikings casting call begins as team sets up private workouts and visits with draft prospects

Pro Football Talk has a link on its site where it lists the visits and private workouts each NFL team has arranged with draft prospects prior the league's annual meat market April 26-28.

The list is not final at this point, but it is interesting to see what players each team is meeting with. The Minnesota Vikings have lined up a long list already and in case you don't want to scroll down the link I've provided, here is who PFT reports the Vikes will either have private workouts with or meet with before the draft takes place. The list is valid as of today – Sunday, April 1, 2012.

* LSU cornerback Ron Brooks

* California safety D.J. Campbell

* LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne

* South Dakota offensive tackle Tom Compton

* Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward

* Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson

* USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil

* Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

* Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin

* Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu

* Texas A&M cornerback Lionel Smith

* Missouri Western kicker Greg Zuerlein

What stands out from this list? Lots of cornerbacks, lots of offensive lineman and no wide receivers.

Again, this list isn't final, but so far the Vikings haven't arranged any visits or private workouts with a single draft eligible wide receiver, which is odd because they haven't signed any during free agency (Devin Aromashodu doesn't count) and it's an obvious position of need for the team.

But the Vikings, like every other NFL team, play mind games before the draft and if they don't meet with a player like, say, Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill, it could mean the Vikings are extremely hot for him rather than not interested at all.

Another observation from the list above is that there are no linebackers there and only one safety so far. But in this Q & A with ESPN 1500's Tom Pelissero, head coach Leslie Frazier made it pretty clear the Vikings were going to draft one, and perhaps two safeties.

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