Vikings well-represented at Sooner Pro Day

The Oklahoma Sooners had their Pro Day workout on campus on Tuesday, and the Vikings were well-represented in evaluating several potential draft prospects, including a pair of right tackle prospects and a wide receiver. Find out who right here.

Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman, director of player personnel George Paton and offensive line coach Pat Morris were all reportedly in attendance at the Oklahoma Sooners’ Pro Day on Tuesday in Norman, Okla.

There are several prospects from the alma mater of Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson that would make sense for the Vikings on draft day – three in particular in the first couple rounds:

OL Duke Robinson (6-5 ¼, 330, 5.32), OT Phil Loadholt (6-8, 332, 5.45) and WR Juaqin Iglesias (6-1, 208, 4.49) are early-round considerations for the Vikings.

Both Robinson and Loadholt are candidates to fill the team’s need at right tackle.  Robinson could be a consideration as early as the first round, or in a trade-down scenario from the Vikings’ current slot at No. 22 in the first round (a rumor we’re hearing for Minnesota, which might desire to accumulate more draft picks given the limited free-agent pool this season).

Robinson is a massive player who can engulf defenders and physically dominate at the point of attack.  He’s a natural knee-bender who also shows good hand punch, leverage and balance on pass protection, at least to play right tackle in the NFL.  Some see him as a guard prospect, but Minnesota would likely try him at right tackle, where he could probably start as a rookie.

Loadholt is another massive player who could be a potentially dominant drive blocker.  He has played left tackle but most scouts do not think he can stay there in the NFL and handle the league’s premier speed rushers.  He might be okay on the right side at tackle and should easily be able to make it inside at guard.  Loadholt would be a second- or third-round consideration for the Vikings.

Iglesias is also a second- or third-round prospect for the Vikings.  He possesses the physical build, quickness, hands and run-after-the-catch ability of a prototype West Coast Offense receiver.  He’s an experienced route runner who gets separation from defenders and catches the ball consistently.  He also has some experience on both punt and kickoff returns, another area of need for the Vikings.  Iglesias would be a nice complement to Bernard Berrian and the other young receivers in the mix.

OLB Nic Harris (6-2 ½, 232, 4.83), S Lendy Holmes (6-0 ¼, 203, 4.65) and C Jon Cooper (6-2, 290, 5.04) are late-round or priority free agent prospects perhaps.

Harris played safety in college but might be well-suited to be a weakside linebacker, especially in a Cover 2 scheme like the Vikings use.  Holmes and Cooper would be later considerations to compete for depth on the Vikings roster.

Oklahoma pro day report with quotes:  Sooners Illustrated

Additional links:  NFL.com | Norman Transcript | Iglesias story

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