Vikings scheduled to meet with safety

The comings and goings at Winter Park continue this week with a safety prospect who gained experience at two of the most prominent college football programs in the country.

West Virginia free safety Ryan Mundy told Adam Caplan of on Sirius NFL Radio that he has a visit scheduled with the Vikings and later said that would take place on Friday, March 28.  Mundy started playing college football at Michigan before spending his senior year at West Virginia.

In 2007, Mundy took advantage of a short-lived NCAA rule allowing graduating players to use their last year of eligibility while in a graduate program at another college.  After starting 18 games for Michigan over three years (plus a redshirt year for a shoulder injury), he decided to go to a school closer to his hometown, which is Pittsburgh.

As a senior with the Mountaineers, Mundy collected 62 tackles, 3Ryan Mundy interceptions and 7 pass breakups as a starting free safety during his one season in Morgantown.

In a recent radio interview with, Mundy considered his strengths to be his athletic ability and ability to play different coverages and schemes on defense.  On the downside, he admits he needs a shorter memory after bad plays.

It is that athletic ability that has him moving up the draft charts.  During his recent Pro Day workout, he checked in at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds; he put up 21 reps at 225 pounds, ran a 1.59 10-yard dash, 2.62 20-yard dash, 4.55 40-yard dash, a 36-inch vertical jump, 10'10" broad jump, 4.33 short shuttle and a 6.81 three-cone drill time.

Mundy enrolled at Michigan in 2003 and played in 11 games as a true freshman.  As a sophomore in 2004, Mundy started in 12 games at free safety.  In 2005, Mundy sat out with a medical redshirt after the shoulder injury in the beginning of the season.  In 2006, Mundy returned and saw some action.

During his four years at Michigan, Mundy started 18 of 35 games with 86 tackles and 3 interceptions.  Mundy earned a sports management degree following his redshirt-junior season, but Michigan did not offer the master's program he wanted.

"Mundy is a strong defender who plays with excellent awareness," according to Draft Analyst Chris Steuber.  "He has a lot of range in the secondary and plays well in coverage.  He takes good angles and displays outstanding ball skills.  He has good timing and adjusts well to errant throws.  He has a solid burst and great instincts.  He's an aggressive player who will fill a gap and is strong in run defense."

"He's taken advantage of his fifth year and really displayed excellent defensive skills with the Mountaineers," Steuber added.  "He's a leader in the secondary and will be an immediate contributor on special teams at the next level."

With the Vikings looking for depth and an eventual successor to Darren Sharper in the deep secondary, Mundy is a player to keep an eye on come Draft Day.

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