Vikings Combine Wrap
The Vikings showed a special interest in at least five players at the combine. Here they are, along with what other teams we know were interested in these players as well:
Wide receiver Roy Williams from the University of Texas has impressed many NFL team personnel evaluators with his tremendous receiving skills, route-running ability and speed/quickness for a man his size. Williams was considered the No. 1 wide receiver prospect for the upcoming draft until Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald declared recently. Seven teams spoke with Williams in the first days at the combine, including representatives from the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.
This is nothing new for hard-core Vikings fans, but during a brisk walk through the RCA Dome at the beginning of the combine, the Minnesota Vikings confirmed their off-season plan for the team. The plan: Get some help along the defensive line, add a shutdown cornerback, and add a potential game-breaking type wide receiver to line up opposite Randy Moss.
Defensive tackle Corey Williams of Arkansas State conducted interviews with the Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets on the first day of the combine. He was also expected to talk with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears and Vikings. Indications are Williams had a good combine showing to this point and could be a mid-round draft selection.
Tight end Ben Troupe of Florida was a busy man in Indianapolis. Noted as the second-best tight-end in the draft, Troupe has spent time with the Vikings, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Troupe was also expected to meet with representatives for the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams.
Virginia Tech tight end Keith Willis could be a sleeper in the 2004 NFL draft. According to the reports of two scouts in attendance, Willis has the tools to be a quality NFL tight end. The Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks all spent time with the rising prospect over the weekend.
Defensive tackle Tim Anderson from the Ohio State University garnered a significant amount of interest from teams seeking an active interior lineman. Anderson met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears. Despite not being able to workout in Indianapolis due to a pulled hamstring, Anderson is expected to be 100 percent for his personal workout at Ohio State. Team representatives in attendance at the combine believe Anderson is a third- to mid-round selection.
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