Vikings visitor: OL Billy Turner

More than 30 years ago, the Vikings drafted Maurice Turner. Last month, they had his son, Billy, in for a predraft visit. We chronicle the high school and college career of Billy Turner, along with his agility report and more.

Billy Turner

Offensive Tackle/Guard
North Dakota State University Bison
#77
6:04.7-315
Shoreview, Minnesota
Mounds View High School

OVERVIEW

A relatively unknown player, except to select scouts, those talent evaluators feel they "hit a home run" by suggesting that the Bison prospect be included in the group of 11 non-Division I players that attended the 2014 Senior Bowl. As soon as he arrived in Mobile, those scouts' whispers became louder and louder. By the time teams left the city to head home, Turner was one of those names that was jotted down in everyone's note pad – likely saying "get film on this guy" next to it.

Turner enjoyed a solid week as a drive blocker, even though he was mostly operating at an unaccustomed position for him, as he was shifted inside to guard, a spot he will likely play in the National Football League next season. Playing an interior position was one move, but playing on the right side of the line was something he had not done since his first season at North Dakota State.

Turner showed teams in attendance that he was an athletic blocker who showed very good aggression and strong hands to latch on and control defenders. He impressed scouts with his physicality and did a nice job rotating throughout the offensive line all week, as well.
With his strong hands, he had no problem handling the major college defenders that he faced for the first time and his trap blocking ability was a bonus, as he was able to show off his natural feet and powerful punch.

Now, he hopes to carry on the family business – playing professional football. Turner's father, Maurice, was a standout at Utah State who was drafted by Minnesota Vikings in 1983. Maurice played five years in NFL, first, with the Vikings before moving on to Green Bay and the New York Jets. Turner's brother, Bryan Kehl, was a linebacker at Brigham Young (2002, 2005-07) before he was drafted by the New York Giants in 2008. A younger brother, Maurice Turner, presently plays for Missouri Valley Football Conference rival, Northern Iowa.

Turner attended Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota, where he was an all-state lineman for the Mustangs, helping compile a 26-8 record en route to winning section titles and advancing to the state playoffs all three years during his gridiron career. He also landed a spot on the St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State, Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro, Star Tribune All-Metro and All-Suburban-East Conference first teams. In addition to football, he was such an accomplished pitcher and first baseman for the school's baseball team, that he was invited to several prospect camps.

Turner enrolled at North Dakota State in 2010, and after seeing reserve action in the season opener, he went on to start the final twelve games for the Bison at right tackle, helping the team average 327.29 yards per game. As a sophomore, he shifted to left tackle, starting all fourteen games, as he registered fourteen touchdown-resulting blocks for a squad that averaged 173.27 rushing yards per game and featured a 1,000-yard ball carrier for the ninth consecutive season.

Having earned All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second-team honors during his sophomore season, Turner garnered not only All-MVFC first-team accolades, but also appeared on several All-American teams during his junior campaign. He was credited with a league-high 126 knockdowns and that greatly helped a 14-1 team that averaged 370.20 yards per game.

The 2013 season was Turner's finest and numerous honors came his way, including unanimous All-American and All-MVFC first-team recognition. He was also selected the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Offensive Lineman of the Year, as he recorded twenty-three touchdown-resulting blocks for the national champion Bison. The 457.5 yards per game average by North Dakota State led the league and ranked 14th in the nation.

CAREER NOTES
Turner appeared in 57 games during his North Dakota State career, starting the final 56 contests as an offensive tackle – the first on the right side before moving to the left side for his final three seasons...Collected 434 key blocks/knockdowns for the
Bison, including over one hundred pancakes in each of his three seasons playing at left tackle…Also recorded 62 touchdown-resulting blocks.

INJURY REPORT
There are no injuries listed on Turner's report.

AGILITY TESTS
5.16 in the 40-yard dash…1.82 10-yard dash…3.04 20-yard dash…4.71 20-yard shuttle…7.92 three-cone drill…28-inch vertical jump…8'-11" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times…34-inch arm length…10-inch hands…82 ¼-inch wingspan.

HIGH SCHOOL
Turner attended Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota, playing football for head coach Jim Galvin…Helped the Mustangs compile a 26-8 record en route to winning section titles and advancing to the state playoffs all three years during his career…Also landed a spot on the St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State, Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro, Star Tribune All-Metro and All-Suburban-East Conference first teams…Was such an accomplished pitcher and first baseman for the school's baseball team, that he was invited to several prospect camps.

PERSONAL
Turner is majoring in Communications…Son of Keren Johnson Turner and Maurice Turner…His father was a standout running back at Utah State. He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and would play with the team during the 1984 season before splitting the following season between the Vikings and the Green Bay Packers. After a year away from the NFL, he was a member of the New York Jets during the 1987 season…Younger brother, Maurice Turner, plays football at Northern Iowa…Another brother, Brian Kehl, was a linebacker at Brigham Young and drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He remained with the Giants until 2010, joining the St. Louis Rams in-season and stood with them until 2011. He appeared on the Washington Redskins practice squad in 2012 and was later activated that season as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs before returning to the Redskins for the 2013 campaign…Born 10/17/91…Resides in Shoreview, Minnesota.


Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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