The Vikings hosted at least their second offensive tackle during their mass visit with draft prospects on April 9-10. Toledo offensive tackle John Greco was among those visiting Winter Park, joining Northern Iowa's Chad Rinehart among the offensive tackles invited.
Former NFL scout Tom Marino has Rinehart and Greco both projected as guards at the NFL level.
"An impressive athlete with good feet and strength, size and athletic ability," Marino wrote in his evaluation of Greco for Scout.com "Looked natural on the left side, but due to his limited arm length, I would project this player down inside. Liked his work on pass protection – sets, kick step and striking power. A knee bender with striking power and savvy. Liked his balance, points and recovery skills. Under-the-radar player who has a chance to play a very long time. Smart and aware."
Marino places a second- or third-round grade on Greco, who replaced former Toledo Rocket Nick Kaczur at left tackle when Kaczur was drafted by the New England Patriots. Greco started his college career as a right tackle for one season before taking over on the left side. During his freshman year, the team's offense ranked 11th in the nation with an average of 459.2 yards per game. As a sophomore, the Rockets were 10th in the nation in points, averaging 35.8, and 13th in rushing, averaging 216.8 yards per game.
Greco earned first-team all-MAC honors in each of his final three seasons and was also named third-team All-America as a senior. In his final season at Toledo, the Rockets allowed only 16 sacks and averaged 447.8 yards of offense per game, leading the conference in rushing, scoring and total offense.
He is credited with 275 knockdown blocks and 34 touchdown-resulting blocks in three seasons at left tackle. He started 49 consecutive games to end his career, including 36 at left tackle, and was a captain of the team during his final two seasons with the Rockets.
The Vikings' interest in the nearly 6-foot-5, 305-pound Greco could be as insurance against Bryant McKinnie's uncertain status. McKinnie could face a suspension from the league, depending on how charges stemming from a night-club brawl end up. McKinnie's trial – at which he'll face charges including one felony (aggravated battery) and three misdemeanors (battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence) – is scheduled for June 2.
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