Vikings Meeting with Wide Receiver

The Vikings on Thursday were scheduled to meet with a big wide receiver expected to be drafted in the middle rounds. Find out more about his attributes and where he needs to improve.

According to Adam Caplan of, the Vikings were scheduled to meet with University of Louisville wide receiver Mario Urrutia Thursday and were expected to watch some film with him.

"Before Urrutia's pro day workout, he was thought to be a fifth-round pick because of what were viewed to be slow 40-yard dash times at the NFL combine," Caplan wrote. "But after posting a 4.50 40 during this past Monday's pro day and after wowing scouts with a 35-inch vertical leap, league sources believe he's moved up to at least the fourth round."

The positive notes on Urrutia are his size – reportedly at 6-foot-6 and somewhere between 220 and 232 pounds. The negatives are what analysts were seeing while watching film on him.

"Other than his physical stature, I didn't see much that I liked about this player's game," former NFL scout Tom Marino wrote in his evaluation of Urrutia for "Drops far too many catchable balls, wasn't tough inside, was a very stiff route-runner, and lacks the speed to separate on vertical routes. Wasn't a confident catcher and showed little in the way of route quickness. Somebody is going to draft this player, but I don't see much that I liked about this player's game."

It may be a harsh critique, but it came before Urrutia's pro day, and NFL draft analyst Chris Steuber had a similar take on Urrutia in a report back in December.

"The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Urrutia can be a big-play wide receiver who can stretch the field, but he lacks focus and drops catchable passes," Steuber wrote in December, before Urrutia's offseason of trying to change that perception. "Battling injuries this past season caused him to miss four games, and he managed just 35 receptions for 501 yards (14.3 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. Urrutia would have benefited staying at Louisville for his senior season to continue his growth as a player, but with his intentions of entering the draft, he's no better than a fourth-round pick."

Urrutia has scheduled visits with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers in addition to his film-watching session with the Vikings on Thursday.

Viking Update Top Stories