Vikings Find Interest At MSU Pro Day

With Pro Days slowing to a crawl, many NFL teams had a chance to watch the action at Mississippi State. Offensive guard Will Rogers drew the most attention, with six teams following his every move, but the Vikings were showing more interest in another MSU player.

NFL representatives from New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Carolina, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Kansas City, St. Louis, San Diego, Detroit, Tennessee, Miami, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York Jets, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Buffalo, New England, Houston, Chicago and Green Bay were all in attendance at the Mississippi State pro day, each with their favorite Bulldog.

While one offensive lineman garnered the most interest, the Vikings were among a smaller contingent of teams that were interested in a defensive player. Defensive lineman Ronald Fields turned in a 5.05 forty, 8-3 broad jump, vertical jump of 32 and 22 reps on the bench press. Scouts from the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers both spoke with Fields after the drills.

But when it didn't come to the Vikings, offense was the bigger story for most teams.

"I think we have some guys on the offensive line that will get some NFL opportunities," offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said. "And I believe that."

It was no surprise that two of those offensive linemen received plenty of looks.

Will Rogers, plagued by injuries through his Bulldog career, had a swarm of scouts and coaches watching his workouts. While his 5.18 forty time wasn't as fast as he hoped, but the big man showed agility with a 4.78 shuttle. He also added an 8-0 broad jump and 21 reps on the bench press.

The Jets, Chiefs, Bills, Texans, Dolphins and the Saints all watched Rogers closely during his drills.

Offensive tackle David Stewart walked off the field with a Kansas City Chiefs scout after the drills were completed and had a scout from the Bears tailing his every move.

Stewart turned in a vertical jump of 34 and a broad jump of 8-9, while pounding out 28 reps on the bench press. Struggling through a hamstring pull, he had it go out on him on his 40-yard dash.

"I don't put them in the NFL. Their own abilities put them in the NFL," Grimes said of the offensive linemen he coaches. "My job is to get them where they are fundamentally and technique-wise ready to play in that league. And hopefully what we put them through, they are ready from a physical standpoint to play in that league."

Fullback Darnell Jones received the most attention from the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns. He turned in a 4.97 forty, 9-2 broad jump, 32.5 vertical jump, 23 reps on the bench, 4.6 shuttle run, and 12.42 60-yard shuttle.

Running back Fred Reid turned in an impressive 4.43 forty, a broad jump of 9-7, vertical jump of 38.5, shuttle run of 4.27, three-cone drill of 6.80, 60-yard shuttle of 11.79 and put up 15 reps on the bench press.

Also working out were safety Slovakia Griffith, WR McKinley Scott, LB Cody Upton, FB Nick Signaigo, DE Chris Swain, WR Ray Ray Bivines, and Punter Jared Cook.

Griffith posted a 4.49 forty, 9-4.5 broad jump, 36-inch vertical jump, 18 reps on the bench, 4.6 shuttle and 11.91 60-yard shuttle.

Scott had a 4.54 forty, 10-2 broad jump, 37-inch vertical jump, 4.37 shuttle run, 7.00 three-cone and 11.70 60-yard shuttle.

Upton posted 15 reps on the bench, a 4.73 forty, 9-9 broad jump, 4.59 shuttle and 12.44 60-yard shuttle.

Signaigo ran his forty in 4.75, had a 9-2 broad jump, a 4.18 shuttle, 6.98 three-cone drill, 12.28 60-yard shuttle and posted an impressive 28 reps on the bench.

Swain ran his forty at 4.84, had a 8-10 broad jump, 4.29 shuttle, 6.81 three-cone, 11.98 60-yard shuttle but posted just five reps on the bench press.

Bivines slipped while running his forty so his run didn't get registered. He did post a 9-2 broad jump, 4.28 shuttle and 12.00 60-yard shuttle.

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