Vikings proactive with pro days

The Vikings have been diligently scouting college prospects over the last week, making appearances at several pro days. Here is the list of pro days they were known to attend and players they had the chance to watch.

The Vikings have been working the pro day circuit hard over the last week. Within that time frame, Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber has confirmed their attendance at numerous pro days.

One of the most recent was at the Georgia pro day, where quarterback Matthew Stafford drew the most interest on Thursday as one of the top picks in the draft. All 32 teams attended Georgia's pro day, Steuber reported. Stafford went through a full workout, and running back Knowshon Moreno participated in positional drills, he said.

On Wednesday, Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman was in attendance at the Florida pro day, where wide receiver/return man Percy Harvin is considered the top prospect. The Vikings were among the 28 teams in attendance at that pro day, according to Steuber.

Other Gator prospects are TE Cornelius Ingram, WR Louis Murphy and OT Jason Watkins.

Before that, the Vikings were among 28 teams that attended the Virginia pro day, where two potential first-round prospects – OT Eugene Monroe and LB Clint Sintim – worked out. Also working in front of scouts for Virginia were WR Kevin Ogletree, RB Cedric Peerman, TE John Phillips, LB Antonio Appleby, LB Jon Copper, WR Maurice Covington, DE Alexander Field, S Byron Glaspy and QB Jake Phillips of William & Mary.

Minnesota was also among the 30 teams present at North Carolina State's pro day, according to Steuber. RB Andre Brown is considered its top prospect and TE Anthony Hill is also a draft possibility. In addition, OG John Bedics, LB Ryan Goodman, CB Jeremy Gray, OG Meares Green, DT Antoine Holmes, LB Robbie Leonard, S J.C. Neal, P Bradley Pierson, DT Keith Willis, Jr. and DT Louis Ellis of Shaw University worked out there. Brown and Hill elected to let most of their performances from the NFL Scouting Combine stand, but they did participate in the shuttle run, Steuber reported.

Vikings scout Frank Acevedo was among the 21 representatives from 17 teams that attended the Boston College pro day last week. DT B.J. Raji is considered a top-10 prospect, and DT Ron Brace also has a chance to become a first-day draft pick. Others working out then were LB Kevin Akins, S Paul Anderson, QB Chris Crane, LB Robert Francois, TE Ryan Purvis, OL Cliff Ramsey, WR Brandon Robinson and LB Brian Toal. A handful of former Eagles were also working out, as well players from Bentley, Brown, Fitchburg, Harvard, Holy Cross, Northeastern, Tufts, Massachusetts, Penn and Yale.

Before that, the Vikings were one of 19 teams represented at Oklahoma State's pro day. The Cowboys' top draft prospect is TE Brandon Pettigrew, who is expected to be a first-round draft choice. However, Pettigrew and punter Matt Fodge were measured but didn't work out, according to Steuber. NFL hopefuls CB Jacob Lacey, SS Ricky Price, C David Washington, DT Tonga Tea, FS Quinton Moore, RB Grant Jones, LB Jeremy Nethon, OL Steve Denning, DL Jeray Chatham and CB T.J. Bell (the younger brother of Broncos RB Tatum Bell).


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