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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, April 02, 2010 at 12:20:00 AM

Report: Central Florida DT scheduled to visit

According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com Central Florida's best prospect, DT Torell Troup, has a visit scheduled with the Vikings.

Troup has excellent size (6-2 3/4, 314), mass and strength to develop into a quality run-stuffer inside.  He did 34 reps at 225 pounds at the Combine and has outstanding anchor strength and powerful hands.  Other combine numbers include a 1.75 10-yard, 2.84 20-yard, 5.12 40-yard time, 29-inch vertical jump, 8'-2" broad jump, 4.73 short shuttle and 7.61 three-cone drill.

A developmental prospect to groom behind Pat Williams, Troup has the look of a third- to fourth-round pick.

Viking scouts have some connections to prospects at UCF.  Head coach George O'Leary was on Mike Tice's staff in Minnesota in 2002-03.  The Golden Knights defensive line coach is Jim Panagos, who also served as an assistant coach with the Vikings from 2002-05.  Panagos has been Troup's position coach the past three seasons.

The scheduled visit indicates an existing level of interest that is being taken to the next level with the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the young prospect in person.


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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 3:22:00 PM

Reynaud to get a look as running back?

Receiver and punt returner Darius Reynaud revealed on KFAN earlier today that the Vikings will try him at running back in upcoming mini camps.

At a glance, this seems like a great idea.  Reynaud (5-9 1/4, 205) is built more like a running back than a wide receiver.  He played running back in high school where he rushed for 1,889 yards and 37 touchdowns on 236 carries as a senior, including nine 100-yard games.

Reynaud suggested in his chat with KFAN that he's basically a running back once the ball is in his hands anyway, but also acknowledged there are nuances to the position that he will have to learn.

Reynaud is a quick, darting, elusive runner after the catch who excels in the open field. On kick returns he has shown a nice burst, the ability to make tacklers miss, and the long speed to pull away from defenders once in the clear.

With Chester Taylor gone and Albert Young moving up a notch on the depth chart, this is potentially a way to get Reynaud, who can make plays, a chance at more touches.  The key, however, will be his ability to handle the blitz pickup when lined up in the backfield.  If he can handle that, the Vikings may have added another playmaker to their offense.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 1:32:00 PM

Robison could make all-century team … for discus

While Vikings defensive end Brian Robison prepares to throw discus and shot in the Texas Relays in Austin Friday and Saturday, he is also up for an honor for his high school achievements.

Robison, who has aspirations of making the next U.S. Olympic team in shot put, is one of the candidates to make the Texas high school track and field all-century team. Despite his better event now being shot put (you can write him in as a candidate in that event as well), Robison is actually under the discus candidates, with a second-place throw of 203-foot-1, which is one of only four athletes listed to throw more than 200 feet. However, Robison actually holds the state record at 215-2, according to texastrack.com.

The Texas high school track and field all-century team voting takes place here.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 9:49:00 AM

NFLN crew: Waiting on Favre right thing to do

The commentary crew at NFL Network thinks the Vikings are doing the right thing by waiting patiently on Brett Favre.

"The facts are, the Vikings know what they're doing," the high-energy, highly opinionated Jamie Dukes said. "If you don't want to do what the organization wants to do, look for another job."

That's assuming that any of the players really have a problem with Favre waiting to make a decision. So far, there have been no indications of players grousing about that. In fact, several players have said they completely understand that Favre is in a different category.

"Management would tell them, ‘Be as great as No. 4, and we'll talk.' That's what it comes down to," NFL Network's Charles Davis suggested for any troubled teammates. "It's a roll of the dice for the Vikings. If it implodes, and it comes out bad, that's a gamble that they took. For the most part, they like the upside."

By all indications, it's a gamble they are very willing to take and feel that the odds are in their favor.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 7:38:00 AM

Measurables, analysis and interviews from USC pro day

One the biggest and best college football programs joined the ranks of the college teams conducting pro days for NFL scouts. USC put on a show Wednesday, with DE Everson Griffin and S Taylor Mays headlining the action at Southern California.

Griffen appeared in tremendous shape and posted a 34-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-7 broad jump and 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds, according to SCPlaybook.com, which noted that some scouts had his second run as low as 4.46.

"The early entrant also showed excellent range of motion and change of direction, confirming that Griffen could be a 3-4 rush linebacker in addition to the 4-3 defensive end role he played for three seasons under new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll," Dan Greenspan wrote in his analysis of the performance.

Mays didn't run the 40-yard dash, but he was well aware of the criticisms he was looking to dispel with his defensive back drills.

"In the NFL, you get paid to get interceptions. I wasn't really coached to do that at USC," he told SCPlaybook.

Ironically, his head coach during that time, Carroll, was attending Texas' pro day in Austin. Mays also found irony in the vast differences between being recruited for college and being scrutinized by NFL coaches and scouts.

"Man, when I was recruited, they were loving me up and telling me everything in the world. Now, they killing me," he said with a laugh.

SCPlaybook.com has more analysis on RB Joe McKnight, WR Damian Williams, T Charles Brown and others in their coverage of the USC pro day.

Other SCPlaybook.com coverage: A photo gallery (why is the Vikings scout pinched to the back?) and a video interview with Mays for subscribers.

* In another pro day held this week in California, some believe that UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price could be a target for the Vikings with their first-round draft pick, but there are reports that Price didn't look good at his pro day. BruinReportOnline.com has more than six minutes of video posted for Scout.com subscribers from the UCLA pro day. We'll let you judge for yourself. On Price's player page, scroll down to the "Media Center" section and the video is list there.

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