Vikings Interested in Running Back

The Vikings have been working to schedule a visit with a running back, according to a league source.

With new Vikings wide receiver Bobby Wade in attendance for his old Arizona Wildcats pro day, draft-eligible running back Chris Henry elected not to take part in the measurable drills last week.

But that didn't stop him from receiving the bulk of attention from NFL teams after the session was over. Now the Minnesota Vikings are among three teams that are expected to have Henry in for a visit, a league source told Scout.com. The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills are also expected to visit with Henry, and the Philadelphia Eagles are also showing an interest in him as well.

Despite being ranked only ninth among running backs, according to Scout.com's 2007 draft rankings, Henry possesses a muscular build that produced impressive runs at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He clocked 4.33 and 4.40 times at Indianapolis, the best among the running backs in this year's draft class who were invited to the Combine. He also bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times. His Combine performance vaulted him from the 28th-best prospect at running back to ninth.

Henry's decision to enter the draft before his senior season of football turned heads at Arizona, as he only produced 581 yards rushing last season, but 380 of those came in the final four games.

"I just feel that it is my time to move on," Henry told WildcatInsider.com of his decision to declare himself eligible for the 2007 draft. "I have seen a lot of things on the internet about me leaving because of my grades are terrible or because I got a big head after having a good end to the season and that is all just bull. I have thought it through and I think that this is the best thing for me personally to do."

Henry said his decision to leave early also had nothing to do with the coaches or a new scheme. He simply felt he was ready for the NFL.

His speed and build would say he is ready. His lack of production might contradict that.

Either way, the Vikings are at least interested in getting a first-hand look.


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