Sources: Vikings Setting Up Draft Visits

As pro days wind down, the individual workouts and personal interviews begin to heat up, and the Vikings are setting up interviews with a few prospects, according to league sources. Here's the latest on Ted Ginn's condition, as well as the teams ready to fly Darrelle Revis into town for official visits.

Additional sources have confirmed what we initially reported last Wednesday: There is real concern in the camp of Ted Ginn Jr. that the speedy wideout may not run prior to the draft.  One source went as far as saying Ginn's representatives have a huge decision to make as the days dwindle away.  

Should they let him run or hold him back?  

Ginn will need at least two to three weeks of good conditioning before he is ready to fully workout.  If he can't get the work in, there's a risk in letting him run ill-prepared in front of scouts.

And while Ginn's stock may be dropping, Ohio State's other draft-eligible receiver from the underclassmen ranks is heading in the opposite direction.

Anthony Gonzalez is appealing to several teams and could slide into the early part of round two. 

Border franchises, including the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers, feel Gonzalez could be an asset off the field as well as on it.

While all agree Gonzalez is an outstanding football player and a young man of high character, sources also told us they feel his ethnic background could be key in reaching out to the communities of those various organizations.

Dallas has also shown a lot of interest in Ohio State's last junior draft-eligible player, running back Antonio Pittman.  

With a very muddled field of ball carriers after the top two prospects (Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch), scouts feel it could be anybody's guess which running backs are selected in round two.   

Vikings Interests

After last Friday's workout, Darrelle Revis is being sought out by a number of teams.

The list of organizations who plan on using an official visit to bring Revis into their facility includes the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and the Giants.  

The Tennessee Titans will personally work out Revis in the coming weeks as well.  This list is expected to grow.

So too are the number of teams who will interview or workout Lamarr Woodley, another reaping the benefits of a good workout.

The Tennessee Volunteers' pro day is Wednesday.  Receiver Robert Meachem is set to take part in the pass-catching drills.  He may even run the 40 if the mood moves him, though nothing is confirmed as of Tuesday.

Both the Titans and Buffalo Bills will be meeting with Meachem prior to the workout.  The Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams have both expressed an interest in setting up private workouts with the Volunteers wideout in the near future.

Marshawn's Mob of Interest

The Vikings aren't alone in their interest of California running back Marshawn Lynch. The Tennessee Titans are bringing in the ball carrier for an interview in the coming weeks.  Head coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Norm Chow are also planning a trip west to personally work out Lynch at Cal.

The New England Patriots, New York Giants and St. Louis Rams also have interviews and workouts planned for Pittman.

Woodley's Workout

It was widely reported that New York Jets defensive coordinator Bob Sutton personally attended Michigan's pro day last week.  We can add Sutton was there to see Woodley.  After the workout, Sutton spent extensive time interviewing the Wolverine defender.

Another trio of 3-4 teams are also bringing in Woodley for visits.  

The San Diego Chargers have plans to interview Woodley, though interestingly enough the team may try him at inside linebacker, a position many feel he is best suited for.

AFC North opponents Pittsburgh and Cleveland will also be interviewing Woodley.

Texas Pro Day

Texas also has their pro day tomorrow, and Brian Robison is another player who'll be busy interviewing.

Robison, who had a sensational combine workout, will take part in the bench press.  His goal is to complete 30 repetitions, three more than his number from Indianapolis.

The Philadelphia Eagles are sending their linebackers coach to the Longhorn workout tomorrow.  After Robison completes the defensive line drills, the Eagles will then work him out at linebacker. 


  • Philadelphia, the Rams and the Jets will all be flying Robison in for official visits.  The same three teams will also expend an official visit on Nebraska's Adam Carriker.

    Offensive tackle Joe Staley could very likely land in the late part of round one after his standout performance from last week.

    We've been told both the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears are very high on Staley and would consider using their first-round pick on him.  The Arizona Cardinals would also be willing to trade into the late part of round one in order to secure Staley if they lose out on Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas in round one.

    The Bears are looking to find a future replacement for Fred Miller, whose getting long in the tooth.  

    The Ravens need to sort out the future of Jonathan Ogden and need a young offensive tackle after losing Tony Pashos in free agency.  

  • Another offensive lineman the Ravens are looking at hard in round one is center Ryan Kalil, whose stock has been on the rise.

    Since the combine, Kalil was thought by most to be a lock for the Cleveland Browns in round two.  But in recent weeks word has surfaced that Kalil will end up being selected in the late part of round one either by the Ravens or a team which trades up to acquire him.

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