The Minnesota Vikings continue to travel across the country attending different pro days. General manager Rick Spielman and wide receiver coach George Stewart were both reported as being present at Baylor’s Pro Day in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday.
While Billings is an intriguing prospect that could very well go in the first round, defensive tackle is not an immediate need for the Vikings. Instead, if they drafted that position, it’s more likely that they would take a player in a later round, especially with this draft class’ depth along the defensive line.
The player that the Vikings truly seemed interested in was Coleman. RosterWatch even snapped a photo for Twitter of Spielman talking with Coleman one-on-one during the pro day.
It was even reported that Stewart was the one leading the workouts for the wide receivers, so it seems he is trying to get more of a sense of what Coleman is like as a player.
Coleman is expected to be one of the first wide receivers taken in this year’s draft, and while he was present at the NFL Scouting Combine he participated in only a couple drills – the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump.
Even though he did not participate in many of the drills, he still had one of the more impressive workouts among wide receivers. He did 17 reps of the bench press – tied for fifth most in his group – had a 40½-inch vertical jump – second-highest among receivers, although two tied at 41 inches – and his 129-inch broad jump tied for fourth among receivers.
He was still recovering from a procedure he had done to repair a sports hernia at the time of the combine, and that is why he decided not to participate in certain drills. And that is why his pro day was an important one for the Vikings to attend. They likely wanted to see how his recovery was going and see how fast he was able to run the 40-yard dash, since he did not run in the combine. At 5-11, Coleman is not a tall receiver, so his speed is going to be a determining factor of where he is drafted.
He ran the 40-yard dash twice at his pro day and recorded times of 4.40 and 4.37 seconds, which were both times faster than a majority of the receivers at the combine. Coleman also ran multiple routes out of a pro-style system, which is still fairly new to him as he had a simple route tree ran out of a spread offense in college.
The Vikings have a need at wide receiver after they released Mike Wallace and if he is on the board at No. 23 overall it is possible that Coleman could be the player the Vikings select. The interest is clearly there, as evidenced by Spielman and Stewart being present at his pro day.