Linemen Get Vikings Lookover

The Vikings had one defensive lineman in for a visit and worked out another offensive lineman, neither of whom are high up on value boards. Find out more about these two and what they can offer.

If games are won and lost in the trenches and successful teams are built in the later rounds of the draft and even through undrafted free agents, then the Vikings are working for the daily double with some of their interests on the offensive and defensive lines.

The team had defensive lineman Conrad Bolston (Maryland) at Winter Park as part of its 28-player predraft visit and privately worked out offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod (Towson State).

Bolston is a 6-foot-3 defensive tackle who is the 26th-ranked player at his position in this year's draft, according to

He was a three-year starter at Maryland who was on the 2006 preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy. During his junior season, he had 38 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks. As a senior, his production declined slightly, registering 35 tackles, 3.5 of them for losses, and 1.5 sacks.

According to, he is a "quick, penetrating tackle who goes hard after ball carriers. Explodes off the snap, wedges between blockers and has a burst of closing speed. Works his hands to protect himself, redirects to the action and wraps up at the point. Improved his reads and ability to diagnose as a senior."

However, he isn't considered great at shedding blocks or getting after the quarterback.

Bushrod, the offensive tackle who had a workout for the Vikings, is the 47th-ranked tackle in the draft, according to, and most likely an undrafted free-agent interest of the Vikings.

He is a four-year starter and two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection who is considered a good pass blocker that needs to improve his drive blocking.

Says's analysis of him: "Productive small-school blocker who could be used in a variety of positions. Moves relatively well, displays solid footwork and makes effective use of blocking angles. Stays square, has long arms and punches opponents from their angle of attack. Plays heads-up football, displaying good recognition.

The negatives on him, according to, are that he "over-extends into run blocks, which hurts his balance. Must learn to finish. Steers opponents at times rather than trying to drive them off the line."

In reality, some of those qualities might fit with the Vikings' zone blocking schemes up front.

Bushrod also played baseball and basketball in high school and is said to have "outstanding athletic ability for a tackle," according to

Viking Update Top Stories