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Vikings exercised their 2016 fifth-year option on FS Harrison Smith.

It's a no-brainer as Smith was arguably the Vikings' best defender last season, grading out as PFF's No. 2 safety. In fact, the team is thought to be working on an extension this offseason. If Smith does play out 2016 on the tender, he'll make $5.278 million.
May 4 - 12:00 PM

Vikings exercised their 2016 fifth-year option on LT Matt Kalil.

It wasn't an easy decision as Kalil was the fourth-worst tackle in football last year, according to PFF. But the option is only guaranteed for injury, meaning the Vikings can cut Kalil after this season with no ramifications. If he plays well and they want to keep him, they'll have to pay him $11.09 million in 2016.
May 4 - 11:49 AM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes fifth-round WR Stefon Diggs will contribute more from the slot than outside.

Diggs is certainly built like a slot receiver, checking in at 6-foot-0, 195 pounds. Diggs was expected to be a playmaker all over the field at Maryland, but was hampered by injuries. He has adequate speed at 4.46. Diggs could have a hard time earning targets as a rookie. Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson have the outside on lock, while Jarius Wright is capable in the slot. Cordarrelle Patterson is still hanging around as a supposed playmaker.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:45 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman confirms fifth-round TE MyCole Pruitt could see time at fullback.

Pruitt is an H-back in the Charles Clay mold. He's unlikely to make a fantasy impact as a rookie, but is a name to file away in Dynasty leagues. Pruitt has high-end athleticism for a tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:40 PM

Vikings signed Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke.

Heinicke (6'1/211) made 45 starts for the Monarchs, resetting the school's record books and completing 66.7 percent of his throws with a combined 63:24 TD-to-INT ratio as a junior and senior. He added seven rushing scores and is an excellent athlete, running 4.60/4.63 with a 10-foot-3 broad jump at ODU's Pro Day. Although Heinicke was a force in Conference USA, he is a dink-and-dunk passer with poor field vision. His ceiling is a long-term No. 2 quarterback.
May 2 - 7:52 PM

Vikings signed Virginia S Anthony Harris.

Harris (6'1/183) made 35 career starts for the Cavs, tallying 11 interceptions, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Harris was utilized as an "interchangeable" safety in college, but lacks the body mass and tackling ability to become a consistent force in the box, missing a whopping 16 tackles as a senior. Harris will have to be a deep safety in the NFL. He does offer ideal ball skills for the position and ran a respectable 4.56 forty in Indianapolis.
May 2 - 6:59 PM

Vikings signed Notre Dame WR DaVaris Daniels.

Daniels (6'2/201) appeared to be a promising prospect at Notre Dame when he posted an 80-1,235-7 receiving line between his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons. He missed all of 2014 due to an academic cheating scandal, but still turned pro. Daniels flashed vertical tools and physical run-after-catch ability on college tape, and ripped up the Irish Pro Day with a 4.53 forty, 39 1/2-inch vertical, and 11-foot-1 broad jump. The son of ex-Redskins DE Phillip Daniels, DaVaris could make NFL noise if he keeps his head on straight.
May 2 - 6:56 PM

Vikings selected Newberry LB Edmond Robinson with the No. 232 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'3/245) was a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference pick as a junior and senior, tallying 19.5 tackles for loss in those two seasons. He showed standout athleticism in Indy, running 4.61 with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Robinson needs time in an NFL weight room, but offers an ideal combination of size and movement skills and has freakishly long arms (34"), which will come in handy in pass coverage. He is depth behind Anthony Barr.
May 2 - 5:42 PM

Vikings selected Alabama T/G Austin Shepherd with the No. 228 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Shepherd (6'4/315) succeeded D.J. Fluker as the Crimson Tide's right tackle, finishing his career with 27 starts. He was a second-team All-SEC pick as a senior. Short armed (32 7/8") and an average athlete, Shepherd ran 5.39 with a 29-inch vertical at the Combine, also managing a disappointing bench-press number (17). Shepherd is a technically sound prospect with a low ceiling who best projects to guard. He should earn a living as a swing reserve.
May 2 - 5:32 PM

Vikings selected Louisville DE B.J. Dubose with the No. 193 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Dubose (6'4/284) made 19 starts for the Cardinals, totaling eight sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a senior. Long armed (33") and active but short on athleticism, Dubose ran 5.06 at the Combine, also hoisting 26 bench-press reps. Not explosive enough to create pass-rushing havoc, Dubose projects as a run-stopping, two-down end who will have to leave the field in passing situations.
May 2 - 4:09 PM

Vikings selected Oklahoma OT Tyrus Thompson with the No. 185 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Thompson (6'5/324) made 29 starts for the Sooners, playing left tackle as a junior and senior. He was a first-team All-Big 12 pick by the conference's coaches in 2014, allowing just one sack despite playing through a foot injury. Long armed (34 7/8") and adequately athletic (5.30 forty, 29-inch vertical), Thompson's weaknesses are run blocking, shoddy technique, and a reputation for laziness. If Thompson takes to NFL coaching, he could become a plus pass-protecting left tackle. If not, he could be out of the league quickly. The Vikings view Thompson as a swing tackle or guard.
May 2 - 3:51 PM

Vikings selected Maryland WR Stefon Diggs with the No. 146 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Diggs (6'0/195) was a five-star recruit out of high school, but endured a disappointing and injury-plagued college career. He posted 2,227 yards and 14 TDs on 150 catches (14.8 YPR), missing time due to a suspension, lacerated kidney, and fractured leg. Diggs clocked 4.46 at the Combine, but disappointed in the vertical (35") and broad (9'7") jumps. Diggs will have to earn his NFL keep as a sub-package receiver and on special teams, where he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in college.
May 2 - 2:10 PM

Vikings selected Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Pruitt (6'2/251) established Missouri Valley Conference all-time records in receptions (211), receiving yards (2,601), and TDs (25) by a tight end, twice earning first-team All-American accolades in the FCS. Highly athletic, Pruitt blew up the Combine with a 4.58 forty, 38-inch vertical, and standout agility scores. A more athletic version of Charles Clay, Pruitt is built to be a playmaking H-back and showed competitiveness as a college blocker. In Minnesota, Pruitt will open his career behind Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, and Chase Ford.
May 2 - 2:03 PM

Vikings selected Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings with the No. 110 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Clemmings was viewed by many as a fringe first-round prospect, but fell because of reports of concerns with his foot. On top of the injury, he's a project as a pass blocker. Clemmings (6'5/309) was a decorated high school basketball recruit and began his college career at defensive end before converting to right tackle as a junior. He made 26 starts there for the Panthers, earning first-team All ACC as a senior. Clemmings has huge hands (10 3/8") vines for arms (35 1/8"), and is an elite athlete for the position with 5.14 speed, a 32 1/2-inch vertical, and a 9-foot-3 broad jump. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein -- the media's premier O-Line evaluator -- believes Clemmings "has the physical traits to become a Pro Bowl left tackle" and likened him to stud Texans LT Duane Brown.
May 2 - 12:36 PM

Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings is reportedly falling because of concerns surrounding his foot.

An anonymous source told NJ.com teams who were interested in Clemmings "were scared off by what they heard from other teams." A stress fracture was found during a team visit late in the pre-draft process, but Clemmings' camp maintains it is not a big deal. "It's been mind-boggling," Clemmings' agent Mike McCartney said. "(The foot) has never caused him any pain. He's never done any rehab on it. He doesn't even remember hurting it." An early-round talent, Clemmings' fall should end early on Day 3.
Source: NJ.com
May 2 - 10:51 AM


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