Scout's Notebook: OG Josh Day

The Vikings weren't able to land offensive line help in this year's draft, but they did sign a stronger-than-usual group of undrafted rookie free agents. Former Colorado State product Josh Day is another of those who will compete for a roster spot in training camp. Here's a full scouting report...

#61, Josh Day, OG
(6045, 306, 5.13-5.34) Colorado State

Notes:  Born Joshua Kelly Day, Dec. 15, 1983, in Denver, Colo.  Parents are Kelly and Shirley Day.  Two-sport athlete in high school who also competed as a thrower in track at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo.  All-State selection his senior year in football.

College:  Redshirted in 2002.  Lettered as a backup lineman in 2003.  Started all 11 games in 2004.  Started 10 games at right guard and one at right tackle in 2005.  Missed one game with a hamstring injury.  Started 11 games at right tackle in 2006, missing one game with a badly sprained ankle.  Finished his career with the Rams with 33 career starts.  Sociology major.

Measured 6044-6047, 299-306 pounds in testing prior to the draft.  Recorded times of 1.71 (10-yard dash), 2.97 (20-yard dash), 5.15-5.18 (40-yard dash), 4.50 (20-yard shuttle), 8.14 (3-cone drill) with a 29-inch vertical jump, 8’-9” broad jump and did 33 reps at 225 pounds.

Pro:  Signed by Vikings as an undrafted free agent following the 2007 NFL Draft.

Positives:  Good size and size potential.  Well-built and strong.  Hard worker.  Smart, tough and competitive with good character.  Shows some pop off the ball at times.  Productive, consistent in-line blocker who sustains his blocks nicely.  Generally sturdy in short-set pass protection.  Does okay getting out to the second level for blocks on linebackers.

Negatives:  Limited athlete who needs to be protected inside (at guard).  Does not have quick feet or great lateral agility.  Needs technique refinement and is more of a waist-bender than knee bender.  Doesn’t stand out or dominate.

Summary:  Has a legitimate chance to stick around via the practice squad and develop as a backup at guard.

What they said:

“Developmental project that may be able to make his way onto a squad as a backup or journeyman.  Best chance will come inside.” – Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

“Day uses great toughness to compensate for his lack of athleticism.  He is a good candidate for a practice squad but will struggle to stick in the NFL for long.” – The War Room

“A blue-collar lineman who uses all his assets to their maximum, Day is a marginal athlete with limited upside.” – Scout.com


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