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Meet Your 2014 Minnesota Vikings Draft Class!

 
Meet Your 2014 Minnesota Vikings Draft Class!

1st round: 9th Overall Pick
Anthony Barr - OLB/UCLA - 6'4", 255lbs:
2013 Consensus All-American ... Lott IMPACT Trophy winner for defensive player of the year ... First-Team All-Pac-12 selection ... Ranked second in the nation in fumbles recovered (four), fifth in fumbles forced (.38 per game), ninth in tackles for loss (1.5 per game), and 18th in sacks (.8 per game), finishing with 65 total tackles, 20.0 TFL and 10.0 sacks ... Started college career as a running back before making the switch to the defensive side of the football in 2012 ... As a junior, he amassed 13.5 sacks and 21.5 TFL en route to Second-Team All-America honors and First-Team All-Pac-12, finishing with 83 total tackles ... Considered one of the top linebackers and pass rushers in this draft class ... Explosive takeoff speed, acceleration and finishes tackles strong ... Still needs to develop overall skill set on defense, including enhancing his play against the run.


1st round: 32nd Overall Pick (from SEA)

Teddy Bridgewater - QB/Louisville - 6'2", 214lbs
Second Team All-American Athletic Conference selection in 2013 ... Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 ... Big East Rookie of the Year and Freshman All-American in 2011 ... Threw for 3,970 yards as a junior with 31 TDs (a single-season school record) paired with just four INTs ... Completed 68.4 percent of his passes during three-year career with 9,817 yards, 72 TDs and 24 INTs ... Accustomed to a pro-style offense, reading his progressions and throwing timed, anticipated passes ... Polished mechanics both in terms of footwork and delivery ... Showed toughness by playing through injuries during his career ... Great head on his shoulders ... Steps up under pressure and almost always makes the right decisions ... Mature and passionate about the game ... While accurate, does not possess elite arm strength ... High completion percentage a result of pass-heavy offense with a lot of low-risk short throws ... Not a great athlete, has trouble eluding pressure ... Lean body that could be susceptible to injuries ... Stock trending downward after an underwhelming performance during his pro day workout.

3rd Round: 72nd Overall Pick
Scott Crichton - DE/Oregon State - 6'3", 273lbs:
Named to Pac-12 Conference Second Team in 2013 after recording 19 tackles for loss, despite facing double teams on a regular basis ... Was a semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Award given annually to the nation's top defensive end ... Earned Pac-12 Conference First Team accolades in 2012; one of only two underclassmen to be named Pac-12 First Team on defense ... Stood out during a stellar rookie campaign as a redshirt freshman earning Freshman All-America consideration from multiple media outlets in addition to a Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention ... Set a new program single-season record with six forcedfumbles in 2011, which was the most by any freshman nationally ... Finished career with 22.5 sacks, 51 tackles for loss, 10 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries ... Shows good speed off the line of scrimmage ... Has prototypical size to play the end position on the next level ... Struggles containing rushers on the outside and does not have a deep repertoire of pass rush moves ... Very raw, but could develop into a productive contributor in the right system ... Needs to play in a 4-3 defensive scheme as his lack of experience at other positions will prevent a switch to outside linebacker.

3rd round: 96th Overall Pick
Jerick McKinnon - RB/Georgia Southern - 5'9", 209lbs:
Versatile team player was an option quarterback, running back, cornerback and kick returner at Georgia Southern, but will play running back at the next level ... Tested highly at the NFL Scouting Combine, including 32 reps with the 225-pound bench press - an incredible number for a running back. The Wall Street Journal's analysis of all player numbers concluded McKinnon performed the best at the Combine ... Strong, well-built frame with fluid running style, but not experienced in a traditional pro offense as Georgia Southern ran the triple option during his career ... As a junior in 2012, McKinnon rushed for1,817 yards, including 316 in an FCS playoff game.

5th round: 145th Overall Pick
David Yankey - G/Stanford - 6'5", 315lbs:
Unanimous All-American both as a senior and a junior ... Started all 42 games during his three-year stay at Stanford ... Team captain as a senior ... Experienced at four of the five positions along the offensive line ... Great size, equally strong in his upper and lower body ... Valuable combination of physicality and durability ... Smart decision maker ... Not very quick off the snap ... Below average athleticism, struggles in space.

6th round: 182nd Overall Pick
Antone Exum - CB/Virginia Tech - 6'0", 213lbs:
2012 All-ACC Second-Team selection ... 2011 All-ACC honorable mention ... Played in only three games in 2013 due to ACL and ankle injuries ... In 2012 had 48 tackles and a career-high five interceptions ... Recorded 42 passes defended in four seasons as well as 186 total tackles ... 2014 NFL Draft combine participant ... Ran a 4.59 second 40-yard dash and a recorded a time of 7.05 seconds in the three-cone drill ... Great size and build ... Controls body well on the ground and in the air ... High football IQ ... Versatile back that can play safety as well ... Durability concerns.

6th round: 184th Overall Pick
Kendall James - CB/Maine - 5'10", 180lbs:
Agile, but undersized cornerback (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) totaled 36 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups as a senior for the CAA Football championship squad, which ranked first in the conference against the pass ... Has been clocked as low as 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has loose hips and good body control to turn and run with wide receivers ... Participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and performed a 39-inch vertical leap at the NFL Scouting Combine. His official 40 time at the Combine was 4.44 ... Two-time All-CAA first-team selection could be considered a nickel corner at the NFL level.


7th round: 220th Overall Pick
Shamar Stephen - DT/UCONN - 6'5", 309lbs:
His last name is pronounced "STEF-an." The defensive lineman also lettered in basketball as a New York prep. Redshirted in 2009. Made his college debut in '10 and was a regular member of the defensive front all year, recording 27 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in 12 games (eight starts). Appeared in all 11 games in '11 and recorded 17-1-0 with one pass batted. In '12, he sprained his right MCL during preseason drills and missed two games. After returning from the injury, he played in 10 games (nine starts) and totaled 26-2-0 with four passes batted. Underwent surgery after the season to clean up a right shoulder labrum issue. In '13, he started all 12 games at defensive tackle and tallied 60-10-3 with one pass batted and one blocked kick. Team captain

7th round: 223rd Overall Pick
Brandon Watts - OLD/Gerogia Tech - 6'0", 222 lbs:
A finesse, run-and-hit, coverage linebacker with the athletic traits and raw speed worth developing on the weak side, where he can be covered up in a fast-flowing, one-gap defense such as Dallas, Seattle or Tampa Bay. Could factor on special-teams coverage readily.

7th round: 225th Overall Pick
Jabari Price - CB/UNC- 5'10", 200 lbs:
Played cornerback and safety as a Florida prep. Was selected as an All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy. Enrolled at North Carolina in 2010 and played in all 13 games as a true freshman, recording 20 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception. Started the final four games of the season at left cornerback and saw significant action on special teams. During fall practice prior to the '11 campaign, he tore a tendon in his left hand during a blocking drill (which necessitated surgery) and missed the first five games. In eight contests after his return (two starts), he had 16-2-0 with one tackle for loss. Made 11 starts in '12 and registered 76-9-1 with four tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Missed the season finale with a shoulder injury. Was healthy all season in '13, tallying 80-9-0 with 4.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble in 13 starts.

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