"(There are players we) probably won't even have the coach's do on film because I know we know we're not going to waste their time with those players," Spielman said, adding, that "it's everything," that can cause someone to be removed. "It can be off the field to coach-ability to learn-ability. It's not just one specific thing."
Spielman said he knows exactly what ownership and coach Brad Childress want and that if a player doesn't meet that criteria the Vikings will pass.
"It comes down from ownership," Spielman said. "It comes down from Brad and what type of players he wants in the locker room. My job is to make sure I understand what type of people we want on this football team, that's not only going to represent us on the field but off the field as well.
"As you know there are always going to be issues here and there, but we do our due diligence. Guys that do have a history we take that extra step to make sure that we feel very comfortable."
The Vikings do extensive work in getting on- and off-the-field scouting reports on draft prospects. While the Vikings were able to talk to 60 players at the combine, they also conducted interviews with every player who attended the Senior Bowl.
The Vikings won't talk to the same players at the combine that they met with at the Senior Bowl.
"We try and interview 300 to 350 players just to make sure we do get in front of these players," Spielman said. "You want to get to know these players to see if he's the type of football player we want to bring into the organization."
Hicks also missed two games early in the season because of a foot injury and had a costly fumble in the fourth quarter of a loss at Tampa Bay. It would not be surprising if Reynaud got a chance to return kicks in training camp. Reynaud averaged 25.1 yards on eight returns but was sidelined by a foot injury shortly after getting the return job.
Hicks, who spent his previous four seasons with San Francisco, did not have a rushing attempt.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "There are guys that I know right now, they can come in in a tuxedo and serve wine and cheese and I don't know they would get back on our board." — Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman on what it takes for a player who has been taken off the team's draft board to get back on by impressing the team with his combine interview.