Keenan Howry: Vikings' Thoughts

The Vikings found a potential punt returner in the seventh round, but he also has a chance as a wide receiver, according to Scott Studwell.

The reality of being a seventh-round draft pick is that you've got a long road ahead of you to hook on with the team that took you. But, when you're a 5-10, 178-pound wide receiver, you are used to beating the odds.

As a two-time All-Pac 10 selection, Keenan Howry caught 92 passes the last two years for Oregon -- a team built offensively around new Vikings teammate Onterrio Smith -- but that isn't his envisioned potential role with the Vikings.

His biggest asset is as a punt returner," director of college scouting Scott Studwell told VU. "He's a little undersized -- he's a slight-built kid and he's not a burner. But he's quicker than he is fast and he's got a really good feel as a punt returner."

While he's admittedly a long shot, Howry has a chance to compete for a backup spot as a wide receiver. With his forte being as a slot receiver with no fear of going over the middle, he isn't being viewed as a guy who will just be a training camp body in for a cup of coffee.

"His biggest value he has for us at the present time (is a punt return candidate)," Studwell said. "But he's not a throwaway as a wide receiver. He's in the mold of Kelly Campbell, just not as fast."

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