Busy, Rising WR Among Vikings' Visitors

The Vikings are hosting a number of potential draft picks Wednesday and Thursday, and a once-obscure wide receiver whose draft stock is rising is among them, according to a league source.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones last played football for Division II Lane College, but in less than a month he'll be part of the sport's big league—the NFL.

The Vikings are one of several teams Jones is visiting in a whirlwind tour of nine visits in 14 days, agent Harold Lewis said.

In addition to Minnesota, Jones has visits scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, and the New England Patriots have scheduled him for a private workout, according to Lewis.

"I don't think Jacoby is a sleeper anymore," said Lewis, Jones' agent. "His best football is ahead of him."

Lewis said seven other teams requested visits from Jones, but he couldn't fit them in because April 20 is the last day that NFL clubs can schedule incoming rookie visits.

The Division II star wide receiver and return specialist from Lane College (Tenn.) has parlayed intriguing size, athleticism and a strong East-West Shrine game into major attention from around the league as the draft approaches. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Jones flashed 4.53 speed in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and recorded a 10-foot-9 broad jump. He gained four pounds by his campus workout and ran a 4.50 on natural grass.

He caught four passes for 57 yards at the East-West game, the same venue where New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston gained prominence a year ago prior to becoming a seventh-round steal. Jones is currently ranked the 16th-best receiver on Scout.com's list and is projected as a mid-round pick.

Jones initially signed a track scholarship with Southeastern Louisiana before transferring to Lane in 2003. He caught 200 career passes for 2,750 yards and 21 touchdowns. As a senior, he registered 68 receptions for 822 yards and six touchdowns, running back three kicks for touchdowns.

"He's a great kid," Lewis said. "He's a refreshing Terrell Owens because he's big and fast without the attitude problems."

The Vikings are also known to be meeting with wide receivers Roy Hall of Ohio State and Robert Meachem of Tennessee this week.

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