The Vikings collected a pair of former Arkansas Razorbacks in the 4th round with the selections of WRs Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, but in the 5th round they added another former Notre Dame standout in CB Robert Blanton. With Blanton in the fold, the Vikings now boast five former Notre Dame players, two of which will help bolster the team’s secondary (Harrison Smith).
Blanton stands at 6-1, 208 pounds and improved his draft stock as a senior at Notre Dame. He is an experienced and productive college player, having contributed significantly even as a true freshman in 2008 with 33 tackles, 3 PBUs and 2 INTs in 12 games played with 4 starts. As a senior, Blanton stepped up his game and recorded 70 tackles, 6 PBUs and 2 INTs in 13 starts at CB.
Some will question Blanton’s explosiveness and strength, which is fair, but he comes to the Vikings with experience and production at a top-tier college program. Plus, he fits a position of need and some say he could transition to safety. It’s also fair to expect Blanton to become a solid special teams contributor as a rookie.
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With a stockpile of selections in the 4th and 5th rounds, the Vikings could’ve found a way to package those picks and move up. Instead, Vikings GM Rick Spielman chose to retain those selections and he continues to attack areas of need on the roster.
The latest selection is another former Arkansas WR, with the selection this time being 6-3, 219-pounder Greg Childs. The selection of Childs follows the selection two picks earlier of Jarius Wright. Vikings WRs coach George Stewart, an Arkansas alum, must be a happy man.
Childs is a big, physical receiver with long arms who can play on the outside and does a nice job of high-pointing the football and plucking throws away from defenders. He clocked a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, and the main reason he lasted this long in the draft, in my view, is he’s coming off a knee injury from last year.
We’re moving fast and furious here, so we’ll have more on this pick and all the other selections soon, so stay tuned to vikings.com.
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