Two Cornerbacks Among Predraft Visitors

The Vikings invited at least two cornerbacks to their predraft dinner of 28 college players hoping to be selected in this weekend's draft. One of them is considered a first-round pick while the other is a late-round possibility. They also worked out another mid-round value at the position. Find out who these three were and what they are all about.

Vikings vice president of player personnel has become suddenly open about the team's respect for Pittsburgh cornerback Darrelle Revis and Michigan's Leon Hall.

Revis was one of the 28 players to go through the Vikings' predraft visit at Winter Park and ensuing dinner. It's uncertain if Hall was part of that as well.

While many other scouting services have Hall and Revis slotted as values in the middle or latter parts of round one,'s Tom Marino, a decades-long veteran of NFL scouting departments, has Hall as the seventh-best player overall and Revis ranked right behind him at No. 8.

Texas' Aaron Ross and Arkansas' Chris Houston are also ranked as first-round talents as well.

North Carolina State's A.J. Davis, considered a mid-round value, isn't believed to have visited with the Vikings, but he did hold a private workout for them.

Davis is the 16th-ranked cornerback on the board whose statistics fell from his junior year to his senior season. He had 53 tackles, two interceptions and nine passes broken up as a junior, but those numbers decreased to 24 tackles and six passes defensed in 2006. describes his positives as being "fluid transitioning off the line, quickly locates the ball in the air and shows a nice move defending the throw. Runs with opponents on the field, works well with safeties and shows the ability to stay with receivers out from their breaks. Shows a burst of closing speed and plays with a good degree of suddenness."

Working well with safeties and being a physical cornerback are two of the top keys for the position in the Vikings' Tampa-2 system, which is likely a reason the Vikings were interested in working out Davis.

There could be a reason that Davis' stock has slipped. The negatives associated with him, according to, are that he "misjudges his pass defenses, loses assignments and does a lot of trailing or catching up with opponents. Not strong at the point and beaten out by large opponents."

Davis has always possessed the physical skills. Coming out of high school, had him rated as the 24th-best prospect in the nation – not just at cornerback but overall. He was a wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner in high school and was timed at a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the U.S. Army All-American game coming out of high school.

According to, in 1,675 snaps at North Carolina State, Davis, who also ran track, did not allow an opposing receiver to catch a touchdown pass on him.

While Davis held a private workout for the Vikings, the other cornerback besides Revis who visited and had dinner with the Vikings was Notre Dame's Mike Richardson, who is even further down value boards. He is the 39th-ranked cornerback available in this year's draft, according to's rankings.

Richardson registered 55 tackles, four interceptions and five passes defensed last season with the Fighting Irish and was a four-year starter. Like Davis, Richardson had more tackles as a junior, when he tabbed 66 of them to go with three interceptions and seven passes broken up.

According to's analysis, Richardson is a "nice-sized corner who is best facing the action. Fluid transitioning with opponents, reads the receivers' eyes and gets his head back around to make a play on the ball. Alert and works well with safeties. Possesses a closing burst of speed."

While he isn't highly ranked, that could be because he struggles in man situations, according to, which isn't an oft-used scheme with the Vikings.

While it's possible the Vikings don't end up Revis or Hall, they should have multiple opportunities throughout the weekend to select one of their other interests at the cornerback position – maybe even on Sunday night as an undrafted player in Richardson's case.

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