The Vikings' research of their potential draft picks in 2009 has led them to invite another wide receiver. This time, it's Oklahoma's Juaquin Iglesias who will be visiting the Vikings on April 8, he told Sirius NFL Radio and a source confirmed to Viking Update.
Iglesias joins at least two other wide receivers – Rutgers' Kenny Britt and Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey – among the prospects that will be visiting Winter Park on April 8-9. NFL teams are allowed to have 30 prospects in for visits before the draft.
Iglesius led the Sooners with 74 catches for 1,150 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, but he said there are plenty of things in his game he needs to work on.
"Going to the next level, there's a lot of things (to work on) – technique, and just one step and you can be covered. Besides that, deep balls, I haven't really caught a lot of those in my college career or high school career," he said at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder has an appreciation for gaining yards after the catch – one of the most coveted skills for a receiver in the West Coast offense.
"I think that's the best part about the game to me, what you do when you have the ball in your hands and not just trying to catch the ball. It just reminds you of backyard football when you were a little kid and we used to play that game all the time," he said.
Precision route-running is one of his biggest assets.
"Iglesias is a reliable receiver who has a knack for making big plays," writes Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber in his evaluation. "He's quick off the line and runs solid routes. He's a consistent target over the middle and has the quickness to stretch the field. He's a hard worker who plays physically off the line, drives the opposition back, comes back to the ball and flashes soft hands. He makes tough catches in traffic and doesn't shy away from contact. He lacks elite speed and is viewed as a possession receiver."
Steuber projects Iglesias as a second-round pick, but the receiver brings the added element of contributing to the return game, something the Vikings need to improve upon. He averaged 23.8 yards on 20 kick returns for the Sooners.
"All of the coaches talk about if you play special teams, that's a bonus for you. And not only kick return, I can really do it all," he said. "I have experience at really all the positions – specials teams, kickoff, punt, punt returner, and I think that's one of the things that's going to help me a lot."
But if Iglesias is going to live up to that second-round billing, it will have to be for his potential as a receiver first. His past production indicates he has a chance, as he hauled in 142 passes for 2,057 in his final two seasons with the Sooners.
All that's left after his pro day is convincing NFL teams during his visits that his production will translate to the pro game. He'll get his chance with the Vikings on April 8.
Another receiver to visit with Vikings
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