Rookie Free Agent Potential?

A pair of defenders from down south drew the Vikings to their pro day late last month, and each of them would be at positions of need.

The Vikings could be looking at late-round or undrafted free agent linebackers and defensive backs, as their attendance at Southern Mississippi's pro day in March might indicate.

Two of the top players for the Golden Eagles are linebacker Kevis Coley and twin brother and safety Trevis Coley.

Kevis, a 6-1, 228-pounder, led Southern Miss with 150 tackles in 2005, while Trevis had 109 tackles and two interceptions.

Linebacker and safety are both positions of interest for the Vikings, and both players fit the Vikings' work-ethic criteria, as they were named National Strength and Conditioning All-Americans on Monday.

Kevis, the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, bench pressed 370 pounds, squatted 550 and had a 38-inch vertical jump. His 81 solo tackles in 2005 ranked seventh nationally, according to the Southern Miss web site.

Trevis, who also earned first-team Conference USA honors, equaled his brother in the bench, squat and vertical jump.

The Vikings were among 11 NFL teams reportedly attending the Golden Eagles pro day in late March.

"The Coleys stole the show," USM defensive lineman Akeem Lockett told the Hattiesburg American.

The Vikings already have a Southern Miss alumnus on their roster in middle linebacker Rod Davis, who was also a tackling machine in college. While neither of the Coleys is considered a first-day pick, the Vikings' attendance at their pro day could indicated a potential late-round or rookie free agent interest.



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