Vikings Spend Extra Time with Safety

The Vikings showed additional interest in a safety that may not be drafted, continuing their due diligence on the part of a coaching and personnel staff that is leaving few stones unturned in the weeks leading up to the draft.

The Vikings spent extra time with Auburn strong safety Eric Brock after the Tigers' March 10 pro day, according to a league source who believed that it was defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier going through extra drills with Brock last month.

Brock might not be selected during the seven rounds on April 26-27, according to many draft analysts, but the Vikings could be interested in signing him as a priority free agent immediately following the draft if he isn't selected late in the process.

The Vikings have already added two veterans to their safety depth – starter Madieu Williams and backup Michael Boulware – but are likely to looking to add to their depth at the position, especially in the developmental category. Pro Bowler Darren Sharper is entering the final year of his contract with the Vikings.

Brock filled out a questionnaire for the Vikings several weeks ago in addition to extra time spent showing off his skills following his pro day. The New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs have also shown an interest in him.

At 6 feet and 211 pounds, some draft analysts wonder if Brock has the speed to make it as a safety in the NFL.

Last year, Brock played in all 13 games at Auburn and made 59 tackles. As a junior, he finished fourth on the team with 50 tackles in 11 games and added two interceptions. He missed two games with an ankle injury.

Brock played both offense and defense at Benjamin Russell High School, where he finished his senior season with 84 tackles, six interceptions and four blocked punts, along with catching 25 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns.

At the NFL level, Brock translates into a strong safety or maybe even an outside linebacker with some time to transition. He played linebacker sparingly at Auburn when the team was short on players at the position and athletic offenses attempted to spread out the Tigers defense, but a league source indicated that most teams seem to be interested in him as a safety.

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