The Minnesota Vikings were one of three teams – along with the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons – with scouts sited at the Wyoming-Utah game last weekend.
Here are the players each franchise was targeting, with analysis from TFY Draft Preview:
The highlight was Wyoming defensive back John Wendling who has come on strong and has scouts buzzing about his play recently. Both the Panthers and Falcons, who have needs at the safety spot, like Wendling.
With the need to add depth at the defensive tackle position, the Vikings would have an eye on Utah's Kelly Talavou. Explosive and strong on the inside, Talavou is a pocket pusher best suited as a rotational lineman. He has a late-round grade.
Another player they'd like, and one moving up draft boards, is Paul Soliai, who plays the nose guard position for the Utes. Not even ranked coming into the season, Soliai is getting consideration in the late rounds based on his performance this season.
Wyoming tackle Chase Johnson is a blocker who'll get late-round consideration by the Falcons, a team in need of offensive linemen. They would also be interested in a third Cowboy, defensive end Aaron Robbins. Slow returning from the knee injury that shelved him last year, Robbins still displays the ability to make plays rushing the passer. Robbins is a potential rookie free agent who could add inexpensive depth to the Atlanta roster.
Carolina and Atlanta were not impressed with the play of Eric Weddle, Utah's highly rated defensive back presently slipping down draft boards.
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