The Vikings' depth chart is loaded with tight ends, and yet the team is expected to visit with Wisconsin tight Owen Daniels this week, a league source told scout.com.
Daniels, at 6-3, 250 pounds, could turn into more of a West Coast tight end in the Vikings' new system, but he is considered a developmental prospect, according to TFY Draft Preview, not a player expected to make an immediate impact.
With Jim Kleinsasser, Jermaine Wiggins, Jeff Dugan, Richard Angulo and T.J. Cottrell already on the roster, the Vikings moved Richard Owens to fullback for their minicamp this weekend. But one bit in TFY Draft Preview's analysis of Daniels – "finds the soft spot in the defense, displays a sense of timing and has natural hands" – would seem to make the Wisconsin product a good prospect for the West Coast offense.
Another connection to Daniels is the University of Wisconsin ties on the Vikings' new coaching staff. Head coach Brad Childress used to coach there, along with offensive line coach Jim Hueber, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was a Rose Bowl-winning quarterback for the Badgers in the 1990s.
Daniels, ranked 11th on scout.com's ranking of draft-eligible tight ends this year, was an all-Big Ten performer as a junior after he caught 25 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior, he had 22 receptions for 268 yards and four TDs.
At his pro day last month, Daniels did not do the running, jumping or lifting tests, but he did run routes and catch passes. At the NFL Combine, Owens ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.71 seconds.
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TFY DRAFT PREVIEW ANALYSIS
Pos: Effective pass-catching tight end with a good feel for the position. Finds the soft spot in the defense, displays a sense of timing and has natural hands. Plays with good pad level and remains focused throughout the action.
Neg: Lacks strength at the point of attack. Marginally productive as a blocker. Does not play to his 40 time.
Analysis: A former quarterback who has shown flashes of ability since making the move to tight end, Daniels must significantly elevate his level of play this summer. Practice squad player with developmental potential.
Tight End to Visit with Vikings
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