Vikings Interested in Patrick?

The Vikings have been mentioned among several teams expressing interest in Nebraska offensive tackle Chris Patrick, a player who will be eligible in the NFL's supplemental draft in July.

Preliminary numbers on Patrick have him at 6042, 290 pounds, with a 5.02 forty time.  However, he will be working out at the Nebraska campus this coming Monday, June 18, in a full-scale workout scheduled for 4 p.m.  Viking scouts will be among those in attendance.

At this point, Patrick is considered a late-round pick, but, depending on his workout, he could move up the charts and several teams are already believed to have an interest.

Patrick played left tackle at Nebraska but projects inside to guard in the pros.  This past season he more than held his own against USC’s Lawrence Jackson and Auburn’s Quentin Groves, both early projections as first-round picks in 2008.

His departure from Nebraska at this time is a bit mysterious, but the official word from his camp is that he felt he would get more attention in a smaller pool by delaying his entry for the supplemental draft.

Patrick declined specifics, commenting only that he had reached a decision best for his family.  "Coach [Bill] Callahan and coach [Dennis] Wagner and everybody there has been really supportive," Patrick said recently.  "I wasn't driven out at all.  I'm just excited about moving on."

NFL teams are not required to use picks in the supplemental draft.  If their "bid" for a player is successful, they forfeit the corresponding pick in the equivalent round in the following year’s regular draft.

Patrick has signed with agent Joe Linta, one of the better agents in the league, especially for offensive linemen.

A talented athlete with some size, Patrick was originally recruited by the ‘Huskers as a defensive end out Ithaca High School in Michigan in 2003.  According to recruiting websites, he ran a 4.68 forty at 245 pounds at the time.

Patrick is a smart kid who posted a 27 on his ACT.  He will undoubtedly get nabbed by someone in the supplemental draft as long as he performs modestly well at his workout next Monday.

The Vikings will be among the pro scouts taking a good hard look, as they are committed to building through youth and internal development.  A player with Patrick’s upside potential, intelligence and character puts him on their radar for consideration at least.

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