Player News - Vikings

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Vikings signed New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley.

Pressley (5'10/206) was a human highlight reel in the Lobos' ground attack, wrapping his career with a 394-2,725-35 rushing line on an absurd 6.92 yards per carry. Snubbed by the Combine, Pressley put his speed on display at the Lobos' Pro Day, clocking 4.4-flat and pumping 25 bench-press reps. Pressley played in an option offense at New Mexico and only had 18 career catches, but he's an intriguing flyer based on his big-play running ability. He has a lot of similarities to current new teammate Jerick McKinnon.
Apr 30 - 8:43 PM

Vikings signed Penn State TE Kyle Carter.

Carter (6'3/243) was a rotational tight end for the Nittany Lions, finishing his career with 84 catches for 963 yards (11.5 YPR) and four TDs. He is an impressive physical specimen with long arms (34 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). Underutilized at Penn State, Carter has a chance to become better in the NFL with top-shelf athleticism for his position, running 4.64 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. It will be up to his NFL coaches to unlock Carter's so-far untapped potential.
Apr 30 - 7:56 PM

Vikings selected Clemson SS Jayron Kearse with the No. 244 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Kearse (6'4/216) spent three seasons at Clemson before turning pro, starting for two of them and compiling 12 tackles for loss with three sacks and seven interceptions. Kearse is an average athlete -- 4.62 forty, 31 1/2-inch vertical -- but he has drawn some Kam Chancellor comparisons for his length (34 1/4-inch arms) and build. Kearse's drawbacks are his inability to change directions fluidly and a nonchalant playing style in the box. Kearse looks imposing getting off the bus, but he wasn't a difference-making college player and has a shaky NFL outlook as a linebacker-safety 'tweener who may not play physically enough for either job.
Apr 30 - 6:21 PM

Vikings selected Vanderbilt DE Stephen Weatherly with the No. 227 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Weatherly (6'4/267) turned pro following his redshirt junior season after tallying 27 career tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles as a two-year starter. Measuring in with lengthy 34 1/2-inch arms, Weatherly helped himself at the Combine by running 4.61 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump before turning in strong agility scores at Vanderbilt's Pro Day. Although Weatherly's plus measurables suggest he should've been a more productive collegiate, he possesses NFL-level edge-player traits and is a sleeper who could surprise.
Apr 30 - 5:45 PM

Vikings selected UTSA TE David Morgan with the No. 188 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Morgan (6'4/262) made 22 starts for the Roadrunners, compiling a career receiving line of 85-1,104-8 (13.0 YPR) and earning second-team FCS All-American honors as a senior. Although Morgan shined in agility drills and pumped 29 reps on the bench, he ran 5.02 at the Combine and will struggle to get open against pro linebackers and safeties. Morgan's NFL ticket is his solid blocking ability. He could become a Michael Hoomanawanui type.
Apr 30 - 4:12 PM

Vikings selected WR Moritz Boehringer with the No. 180 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

A German national, Boehringer has zero college football experience. Boehringer (6'5/227) debuted in the German Football League last season, amassing 70 catches for 1,461 yards (20.9 YPR) and 16 touchdowns en route to Rookie of the Year honors. He created a ton of buzz at Florida Atlantic's Pro Day in March, running an incredible 4.43 forty with a 39-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-11 broad jump. 22-year-old Boehringer is an obvious project, but his combination of size and athleticism gives him a sky-high ceiling.
Apr 30 - 3:53 PM

Vikings selected Missouri ILB Kentrell Brothers with the No. 160 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Brothers (6'0/245) led the nation in tackles (152) and earned first-team All-SEC as a senior middle linebacker at Mizzou, where he was a three-year starter. Brothers had a miserable Combine before turning in a respectable Pro Day, where he ran 4.82 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and 19 bench-press reps. Although Brothers isn't a special athlete, he did flash special instincts on college tape, was a highly efficient tackler and didn't embarrass himself in coverage. There is a hint of Danny Trevathan to Brothers' game. He could be coached up by Mike Zimmer.
Apr 30 - 2:59 PM

Vikings selected Western Michigan OT Willie Beavers with the No. 121 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Beavers (6'5/321) was a three-year starter for the Broncos, earning second-team All-MAC as a junior and first team as a senior. Beavers struggled when asked to play guard at the Senior Bowl, but offers right tackle potential with 34-inch arms and above-average short-area movement ability, posting a 4.75 short shuttle and 7.75 three-cone time at Western Michigan's Pro Day. Beavers needs to get stronger and refine his technique, but he has an outside chance to develop into a Bobby Massie-level player.
Apr 30 - 1:21 PM

Vikings selected Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Alexander (5'10/190) went pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 27 starts in two seasons with the Tigers, collecting 11 pass breakups and four tackles for loss. Although Alexander did not intercept a single pass at Clemson, he allowed just two career touchdown passes and zero over his final 23 games. A fluid, explosive athlete with 4.49 speed and a 37 1/2-inch vertical, Alexander plays with an infectious swagger and is at his best in press-man coverage. He's been compared to "Josh Norman lite" by CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.
Apr 29 - 9:04 PM

The Vikings believe first-round WR Laquon Treadwell will get faster the further removed he is from his 2014 broken fibula and dislocated ankle.

Treadwell will never burn up the turf like Corey Coleman and Will Fuller, as he wins with route precision, physicality, and ball skills at 6'2/221. But if he can improve his speed from 4.64 into the 4.5 range, it'd be a big boost. Treadwell landed in a fine spot as the Vikings' Z receiver to Stefon Diggs' X.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 29 - 9:41 AM

Vikings selected Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Treadwell (6'2/221) needed only three years at Ole Miss to set a school record for receptions (202), parlaying them into 2,393 yards (11.8 YPR) and 21 career TDs. He was a first-team All-SEC pick as a 2015 junior. Treadwell won't turn 21 until a month and a half after the draft and offers room for growth despite unimpressive workout metrics, running 4.64 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Rather than speed and athleticism, Treadwell wins with length, body control, ball skills, and physicality after the catch. An ultra-competitive player, Treadwell will be a playmaking possession receiver in the NFL.
Apr 28 - 10:47 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will "look hard" at Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell.

That's if they trade back from No. 8 overall, which is considered a real possibility. Wide receiver is a dire need for the tanking Browns. Treadwell's on-field reputation has taken a few knocks this spring, but he still has a strong claim to being the draft's top wideout.
Apr 28 - 4:26 PM

Vikings C John Sullivan (back surgeries) has had "no limitations" in voluntary practice.

Sullivan still hasn't been officially cleared for OTAs, but he's on the right track. Sullivan has been the Vikings' center since 2009, but missed all of last season. He will be the starter if his health cooperates.
Apr 26 - 2:15 PM

Vikings OL Brandon Fusco is moving back to right guard in 2016.

Free agent addition Alex Boone will man the left side, where Fusco struggled mightily in 2015. Fusco has been much more effective at right guard throughout his career. Going on 28, Fusco is signed through 2019.
Apr 26 - 1:56 PM

In a poll of 19 NFL scouts conducted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Laquon Treadwell was voted as the 2016 draft's top receiver.

The Journal-Sentinel assigned a "points" system based on votes from the scouts. Treadwell won a tight race by garnering eight first-place votes and 70 points, while Josh Doctson finished second with six top-receiver votes and 64 points. Corey Coleman (60 points, three first-place votes) came in third, and Will Fuller (43 points, two votes) was fourth. Ohio State's Michael Thomas was fifth with 17 points, but Thomas did not receive any first-place votes.
Apr 25 - 9:53 PM


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