Draft Audio Review: Rufus Alexander

Sixth-round pick Rufus Alexander didn't come without question marks, but he believes his transition to the NFL will be aided by his familiarity with a few Vikings. Hear what Alexander, Brad Childress and Rick Spielman had to say about the possibilities.

Linebacker Rufus Alexander came to the Vikings as their sixth-round draft selection with concerns about his size, questions about his senior-year production and one blemish in the character column of his predraft analysis, but the Vikings' own investigation into the matter left them feeling good about the selection.

"Rufus Alexander, we probably couldn't have been higher on him. He played a little bit better when he had a little bit better defensive line in front of him, I thought, in his junior year," head coach Brad Childress said.

Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman talked about his potential and addressed the negative publicity Alexander received in a USA Today article:

Alexander's transition to the professional game could be helped by a few familiar faces. He played with first-round draft pick Adrian Peterson at Oklahoma and he knows defensive line coach Karl Dunbar personally.

"Yeah, it's going to help the transition. I know one of the coaches on the staff, Karl Dunbar. I grew up with his nephew. When he worked at LSU I used to work out with him. He's a great guy. I know him; he's a good friend of mine. It's going to be a great transition knowing people there," Alexander said.

Alexander also addressed his poor showing at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and what he knows about the Vikings defense, among other things.

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