The Vikings used the first of two 5th round picks on OL Chris DeGeare, a 6-4, 325-pound product of Wake Forest.
NFL.com has DeGeare listed as an OT but ESPN.com has him listed as an OG. Confusing, but maybe it’s an indication that he can play both positions, which would help the Vikings add depth along the offensive line.
We’ll find out more about DeGeare shortly when either Head Coach Brad Childress, VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman or Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell meet with reporters to discuss the pick.
The Vikings also have another pick in the 5th round – a compensatory selection that is the 167th overall pick.
Here’s the NFL.com analysis of DeGeare: “DeGeare is a physically gifted lineman who has struggled with the mental aspects of the game as well as college. He missed the 2008 season by being academically ineligible and is not aware of twists, stunts and games up front by the defensive linemen. He can be quick out of his stance but often ends up getting behind on blocks because he is late to react to movement. He appears to wear down during the course of most games and may need to loose some weight in order to improve his conditioning.”
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