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Chris DeGeare’s Interesting Story And OTA #2

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 19, 2010 – 6:38 am

The Vikings will hit the outdoor practice fields at Winter Park for OTA #2 today. Today’s action will be open to the media and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will meet with reporters following practice. The team is schedule to workout from 11-12:30, so expect player and coach reaction shortly after the conclusion of practice.

In the meantime, we have a couple of things to keep you occupied. If you haven’t already done so, check out video highlights and then scroll down the vikings.com Blog to read my observations from OTA #1 on Monday.

Also, I spoke with rookie 5th round pick Chris DeGeare after practice on Tuesday. He has an interesting story to tell as OTAs get underway this week, so check it out by clicking here.

And finally, as always, remember to submit your Monday Morning Mailbag comments/questions by emailing me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net. Remember to include your name and town in the email.


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Clarifying Point On Developing Young Offensive Linemen

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 29, 2010 – 7:57 am

In the most recent edition of the vikings.com Monday Morning Mailbag, I addressed a question from a reader asking why the Vikings didn’t draft more offensive linemen. As a reader has pointed out to me, I need to clarify and correct a few facts contained within that response and then I also want update a few of the figures I originally included.

In my response, I stated that 7 of the Vikings 11 offensive linemen currently under contract (including 5th round draft pick Chris DeGeare) were 23 or younger and that Ryan Cook was just 24, indicating that the Vikings had a bevy of young linemen to develop and therefore didn’t need to be aggressive in picking more up during the draft. In reality, 7 of those 11 offensive linemen are 24 or younger and Cook is actually 26. Although the numbers are slightly different, the point remains that the Vikings have a roster full of developmental prospects at offensive line.

Since that Monday Morning Mailbag was posted, the Vikings have added players – both as undrafted rookie free agents and tryout players – that strengthen this point. Five undrafted rookie free agent OL will participate in this weekend’s rookie minicamp and they’ll be joined by 4 more OL who will be trying out. That brings the total number of OL with the Vikings to 20 and 16 of them are at or under the age of 24, with Cook at 26 (turning 27 on May 8).

Maybe more than any other position, unheralded prospects can turn into productive players along the OL. In 2010, 3 OL who entered the NFL as undrafted players (Jason Peters, Shaun O’Hara and Kris Dielman) made the Pro Bowl and another (David Diehl) was taken in the 5th round.

So after all of that, the point remains: the Vikings are in a good position to develop some young OL and groom them to be solid players. But I wanted to clarify and correct the facts, and also include that update. So thanks to Jesse, who pointed out the need for clarification.


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Vikings 2010 NFL Draft Selections

Posted by cjsiewert on April 24, 2010 – 2:52 pm

The Vikings have now finalized their selections in the 2010 NFL Draft and here is the list of the 8 draft picks made by the Purple:

Round 2, Pick 2 (34) (Trade from Lions) – Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
Round 2, Pick 19 (51) (Trade from Texans) – Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
Round 4, Pick 2 (100) (Trade from Lions) – Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Round 5, Pick 30 (161) – Chris DeGeare, OL, Wake Forest
Round 5, Pick 36 (167) (Compensatory selection) – Nathan Triplett, LB, Minnesota
Round 6, Pick 30 (199) – Joe Webb, QB, UAB
Round 7, Pick 7 (214) (Trade from Lions) – Mickey Shuler, TE, Penn State
Round 7, Pick 30 (237) – Ryan D’Imperio, LB, Rutgers

As always, stick with us here on vikings.com as we will be sure to bring you further analysis on the Vikings 2010 NFL Draft selections as well as comments from VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman and Head Coach Brad Childress’ post-draft press conferences.


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Vikings Select OL Chris DeGeare In 5th Round

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 24, 2010 – 11:26 am

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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