Scout's Notebook: OG Andy Kemp

Undrafted free agent Andy Kemp is hoping to land a spot with the Vikings this season. Get an in-depth analysis of the former Wisconsin Badger and how he might fit into the team's long-range plans right here.

#78, Andy Kemp, OG (6046, 313, 5.35-5.47) Wisconsin

Notes: Born 3/12/87, in Menasha, Wis. Parents are Keith and Kay Kemp. Attended Menasha High School, playing football for coach Brad Westphal. Wisconsin Football Player of the Year in 2004 as a senior in high school. Served as team captain as a senior and was the squad's three-time MVP and a two-time first-team all-conference offensive choice on offense and all-conference second-team selection twice as a defensive lineman. Academically, he was a four-time member of the school's Honor Roll. Kemp was rated the third-best prospect in the state of Wisconsin and one of the top 25 offensive tackles in the country coming out of high school by

College: Played in one game as a true freshman in 2005. Started at left guard in 2006.Andy Kemp Starter at left guard in 2007 for the first seven games, then broke his left hand and missed three games. Came back to finish the season at right guard for the final three games. Finished with a season grade percentage of 84.2 with 66 knockdowns, 10 touchdown-resulting blocks and seven downfield blocks without allowing a single quarterback pressure or sack. Started all 13 games at left guard in 2008; grading out at 83.8% with 88 knockdowns, 12 touchdown-resulting blocks, six downfield blocks, while allowing three quarterback pressures and 1.5 sacks. Selected to play in the East-West Shrine game but was sent home by doctors over concerns about a neck problem. He has since been cleared medically to play. Sociology major.

Pre-Draft: Posted 1.89 10-yard dash, 3.04 20-yard dash, 5.35-5.47 40-yard dash, 27 ½-inch vertical jump, 8'2" broad jump, 4.83 short shuttle, 7.88 three-cone drill, and did 23 reps at 225 pounds.

Pro: Signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2009. The team sent coaches to work him out again just days prior to the draft and had him targeted as a priority free agent going into the draft. He reportedly carried a draftable grade on the Vikings' draft board but they simply ran out of picks. Kemp also received strong interest from Philadelphia, Carolina and Jacksonville.

Positives: Fine size, size potential and strength. Has a big frame with long limbs. Generally establishes position and sustains blocks nicely. Adequate short-area movement skills to pull and trap effectively. Shows a feel for the game. Can anchor on pass protection when he bends his knees. Tough, hard-nosed, physical blocker. Good work ethic, attitude and is easily coachable. Solid zone-type blocker.

Negatives: Limited all-around athlete who needs to develop more consistency with his technique. Will play too tall (bending at the waist instead of sinking his hips and bending his knees at times, which affects his balance and leverage). Average foot quickness. Is best in a confined area and struggles at time adjusting on the second level.

Summary: Has a very good chance to make the practice squad and could push for a backup spot at guard. They key will be his ability to refine his technique and consistency. Kemp is the type of player who could eventually battle his way into the starting lineup.

What they said:

"I'm a blue-collar kind of guy, not real fancy. I'm a tough guy who loves being in the trenches, and the run game is definitely one of my strong points. I'm the kind of guy who likes to lock-on the chin strap every day whether it's for practice or for a game, leaving everything out on the field. I go out and do my job to the best my ability, try to get better every day at practice, and try to learn from every game. I work on the little things that matter in the long run." -Kemp

"Kemp isn't as good as [Wisconsin teammate Keith] Urbik now, but he may be as good when it's all said and done. Kemp is a typical Wisconsin power football player. He won't be a starter but he'll be a good backup." -NFC Scout

"Might not always look pretty but has enough size, length and agility to be effective in the pros and has starter potential with continued development. Mid-to-late draftable prospect." - Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

"Kemp was one of the key entities along the massive Wisconsin offensive line. He banged heads with quality defensive tackles during his four years in the Big Ten. Despite his solid weight room strength, Kemp is just an average run blocker and decent in pass protection. He is most likely backup material in the NFL." - Mel Kiper, Jr.

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