Fox Looking His Positional Hole

Dustin Fox played almost exclusively at cornerback at Ohio State, but he's being projected as an NFL safety, something he expected.

One of the conundrums of the NFL is that, when scouts take a look a player, they don't always project to the NFL at the same position. Some pass-rushing defensive ends translate into linebackers. Some offensive tackles translate into guards and some cornerbacks translate into safeties.

Vikings third-round choice Dustin Fox is one of those types of players. A three-year starter at cornerback at Ohio State, when asked where he thinks he will end up in the pros, not only doesn't he know, but neither do the Vikings.

"When I just talked to Coach Tice, he asked my that same question – what are we going to do with you?" Fox said. "We're going to start out at cornerback and, maybe if I put on some weight I can go to free safety."

Fox understands that his chances of starting at cornerback are minimal, since he's behind Antoine Winfield, Fred Smoot and Brian Williams on the depth chart. But he sees his early indoctrination to the NFL as an opportunity to learn from the best.

"(Winfield and Smoot) are two of the best corners in the NFL," Fox said. "To learn from guys like Smoot and Winfield would be phenomenal, especially since Winfield is an Ohio State guy."

Fox has a strong NFL bloodline. His uncle Tim Fox was a former first-round pick of the Patriots and a Pro Bowler at free safety. His brother Derek spent a year on the Colts practice squad. But Fox hasn't received too many comparisons to his family members. Instead he's been compared to former Giant Jason Sehorn – a comparison that has been made since high school and one that Fox embraces.

"I love Sehorn, so the comparison is great," Fox said. "He was one of my heroes. He played both safety and corner and did it at a high level."

So does he see himself going the route of Sehorn – someone that can play both positions well? Fox may be looking to specialize if given the chance. He gave scouts something to think about at the East-West Shrine Game when he asked coaches to let him play both corner and safety so prospective suitors could see how he looked in the position most people projected him to play in the pros. But as for where he ends up making his home, he doesn't care where it is – but he does have one goal.

"I don't care where I play, just so I can start on Monday Night Football," said Fox, who hopes to be the 200th player to say he is from "The Ohio State University" on MNF broadcasts.

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