Wide Receiver Workout Coming?

There are big-name wide receivers that everyone talks about in the 2007 NFL Draft, and then there are those who barely have registered a mention among the top receivers. It just so happens that one of those lesser-known receivers has caught the Vikings' attention.

The top two Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers are expected to be first-day picks, but there is another one that impressed scouts, including the Vikings' personnel, at the OSU pro day.

If you're a draftnik whose rooting interests are colored purple, then you're probably tiring of hearing Ted Ginn, Jr.'s name being associated with the Minnesota Vikings' first-round draft choice, especially if the Vikings stay at the No. 7 draft slot overall.

Ginn has the speed (4.35 in the 40-yard dash) and special-teams return ability, but OSU's third receiver, Roy Hall, posted a 40-yard dash speed under 4.40, according to several published reports on Ohio State's pro day, and now the 6-foot-2, 229-pounder's stock is on the rise.

"He's a kid that will be on people's radar now," Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Hall wasn't invited to the Combine, but he caught the attention of more than just Spielman at Saturday's OSU pro day.

Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz, whose team signed free-agent WR Shaun McDonald this week and was trying to sign Kevin Curtis, said he didn't know anything about Hall before attending the Buckeyes pro day.

"There's about 10 to 15 players around the country who weren't at the Combine who will be drafted. I think he fits into that category now," Spielman said.

"I'm very excited about my performance today," Hall told the Buckeyes site on the Scout.com network. "I was timed at 4.35 and 4.38 in the forty. I ran a 4.0 shuttle, a 6.67 three-cone drill, had a 38-inch vertical, and broad jumped 10-3. I trained hard for this day and I thank God it went really well."

His performance has translated into instant recognition – and probably more importantly, scheduled workouts – with several NFL clubs.

"I had some serious talks with New Orleans, Indianapolis and Jacksonville today," Hall said on Saturday. "I've got a private workout scheduled for March 19th in Philadelphia. I'm talking with Minnesota about scheduling a workout with them also. Hopefully things will work out well for me."

According to the Plain Dealer, some teams have approached Hall about adding weight and playing tight end or H-back, but he reportedly isn't interested in that option.

The Vikings are thin on receiving talent at both wideout and tight end, so Hall would seem like a solid player for Minnesota to sign if he isn't drafted or maybe even as a late-round draft pick.

Despite being slotted behind players like Santonio Holmes, Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez in the past few years, Hall played in every game and been an important reserve in Ohio State's offense.

Now he's trying to translate that into an NFL career, and his pro day performance has helped improve those odds.

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