Many mock drafts have the Minnesota Vikings selecting an outside linebacker with the 17th pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 29.
If the team wants to select outside linebacker Roger McIntosh from Miami (Fla.), they won't have to use their first-round pick, but they are scheduled to visit with McIntosh Wednesday, a league source told scout.com.
At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, McIntosh had 80 tackles in 2005 and 111 as junior in 2004. He would likely translate into a weakside linebacker at the NFL level. He is the eight-ranked outside linebacker in the draft, according to scout.com.
The Vikings could be having him in to look at his injury history – he has had back and knee problems during his collegiate career.
McIntosh said play recognition is his strength.
"Being able to recognized tendencies and when the ball is snapped, I am right there making a play," he told CanesTime.com at the end of the 2005 season.
He ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at his pro day.
McIntosh played middle and outside linebacker at Miami.
TFY DRAFT PREVIEW ANALYSIS
Full Name: Roger McIntosh School: Miami-Fl Pos: OLB
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 237 40: 4.66 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after spending half his freshman campaign with the first team. Led Miami in tackles as a senior, posting 80/10/5.5 after career-best numbers of 111/13/4 as a junior.
Pos: Physically gifted linebacker with the skills to be a three-down defender. Forceful up the field, collapses from the outside defending the run and gets depth on drops. Displays skill in pursuit and plays with a good degree of explosion. Holds his ground against blocks, chases hard to get involved in the action.
Neg: Does not consistently play under control, over-pursues the action and gets caught out of position. Suffered with both back and shoulder injuries the past two years.
Analysis: A motivated linebacker who leads by example, McIntosh is a solid athlete with the skills to play at the next level. Needs to fine-tune his game and, most importantly, stay healthy to have any chance of breaking into a starting lineup.
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