Within three hours of the conclusion of the NFL draft, the Vikings had assembled a good-looking list of rookie free agents. Here are the ones they agreed to terms with on the offensive side of the ball, with predraft analysis from former NFL scout Tom Marino, who was in scouting departments for 35 years.
Kyle Wright: No. 22-ranked quarterback
Miami, QB, 6033 (6-foot-3 3/8), 218 pounds, 4.90-second 40, compensatory/priority free-agent value.
Marino says: Big, good-looking athlete who has been given every opportunity to succeed, but has never done it over the long haul. Has a strong arm and tools you look for, but is not an accurate passer nor did he make consistently good throwing decisions. Didn't think he consistently threw the football on tim, and in all games viewed really worked the receivers. I have to believe that the pro game is going to be just too fast for this player. Priority free agent.
Albert Young: Unranked running back
Iowa, 5081, 207, 4.65, free-agent value.
Marino says: Makes yards. Good quicks to the hole and lateral cutting ability. Has quick feet and good backside vision but is short in stature and lacks the juice to run away from people, second- and third-level people. Possible late selection.
Darius Reynaud: No. 26-ranked wide receiver
West Virginia, WR, 5092, 201, 4.51, late fifth-round value.
Marino says: Small player, lacks required size. Talented, athletic receiver who caught a majority of his passes on bubble and slip screens, hitches and shallow crosses. Has firm hands, can make off-target adjustments and catch on contact. Adept catching both off and on his person. After the catch, got north south quickly while showing creativity after the catch. Showed a burst to run under the deep ball, but lacks the juice to separate vertically. Solid KOR prospect. Late consideration who has a chance.
Nate Jones: Unranked wide receiver
Texas, WR, 6006, 195, 4.63, compensatory, priority free-agent value.
Marino says: Over-achiever, solid college player. A possession receiver with limited speed, but at game's end did some good things that contributed to winning football games. Usually the team's third option, but still his overall production was steady. Lacks the deep speed. Just don't see a lot of foot speed and/or a vertical burst. After the catch showed no special run skills. Needs to improve his get-off versus the jam. Looked like an adequate free-agent prospect, but is likely going to fall short of making it. Priority free agent.
Tim Mattran: Unranked center
Stanford, OC, 6041, 308, 5.20, marginal free-agent/camp value.
Marino says: Unevaluated.
Drew Radovich: No. 7-ranked guard
USC, OG, 6044, 301, 5.38, late third-round value.
Marino says: Over-achiever, solid college player. Versatile player with surprising athletic skills and versatility. Can swing between the tackle and guard positions. Needs to improve his overall upper body strength, but I like his toughness. More than adequate bend and playing savvy. Comes off the ball and hits up with more than adequate punch. Good hand placement and fits. Efficient short set and extending. See him as a valuable backup, swingman at the pro level. Round 3 to 4 draft potential.
Steven Hauschika: Unranked kicker
North Carolina State, 6020 (6-foot-2), 190 pounds, marginal free agent/camp
Marino says: Unevaluated.
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