Senior Bowl Offers Glimpse

For the NFL teams, the Senior Bowl is more about scouts watching the week of practice, but for NFL fans the game is the most tangible way to measure their future players.

Practices the week before mean much more to NFL teams, but a look at the statistic-makers during the Senior Bowl game itself is worth a look. So we take a look at the positions the Vikings could be looking at come draft time, at least those positions that register more stats.

Despite having Randy Moss, Nate Burleson and Marcus Robinson, Vikings coach Mike Tice has said he'd like to add a wide receiver during the offseason. At the Senior Bowl, Oklahoma's Mark Clayton impressed all week long at receiver, but in the game it was a tight end that registered the best stats — with Stanford's Alex Smith leading the way in that category, catching four balls for 67 yards. Georgia wide receiver Reggie Brown had five catches for 65 yards. Clayton was held to two catches for 25 yards.

If the Vikings do lose Gus Frerotte and elevate Shaun Hill to the No. 2 quarterback spot, they could be looking for a developmental QB to groom. Akron QB Charlie Frye led the way, going 10 of 12 for 138 yards with a touchdown to gain MVP honors. Auburn's Jason Campbell was also impressive with the next-best performance, connecting on 9 of 13 for 116 yards and a TD. Purdue's Kyle Orton struggled, going 6 of 13 for 51 yards and an interception.

Another scoring area the Vikings could be looking at hard is kicker. Both kickers fared well, with Ohio State's Mike Nugent connecting on all three tries — from 25 yards, 36 yards and 41 yards. Jonathan Nichols of Ole Miss was good from 29 and 40 yards.

But defense is where the Vikings will look hardest. San Diego State linebacker Kirk Morrison led both squads with seven tackles, while Cincinatti LB/DE Trent Cole had six. Georgia Tech defensive back James Butler was the only player to register an interception, picking off an Orton pass and returning it 24 yards.

The Vikings' coaches and scouts got their looks at the top seniors during the week, but Vikings fans got a glimpse of potential purple players in the future on Saturday afternoon.

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