Vikings Combine News

The NFL Combine in Indianapolis is a time for scouting observation and conversation. Here is an eclectic look at what we heard and observed from the Vikings as they showed an interest in certain players for April's draft.

Vikings news, notes and observations from the combine:

  • The team has no intention of re-signing tight-end Jim Kleinsasser to a contract near the $3 million or more he would like. If the team would elect to slap the franchise tag on Kleinsasser, it would cost them $2.612 million; a transition tag would cost them $2.104. They plan on using neither of them on Kleinsasser.

  • Minnesota is open to trading up from it's 19th pick in the draft to select a wide receiver.

  • The Vikings have a significant interest in linebackers. Indications are the team is looking for an additional outside linebacker, and the University of Miami's D.J. Williams is one player to keep an eye on.

  • The defensive linemen have caught the obvious eye of the Vikings. The coaching staff appears enamored with USC's Kenechi Udeze and Miami's Vince Wilfork.

  • The Vikings were seen discussing the upcoming workouts of the QB's, including Tulane's J.P. Losman.

  • The Vikings appear to be hot on the trail of Florida tight end Ben Troupe, who could be a successor to Kleinsasser if the veteran tight end leaves via free agency.

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