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Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:22:24 GMT2017-04-29T21:22:24Z


Vikings go offense in fifth, sixth rounds by drafting WR Adams, G Isidora and TE Hodges

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:22:24 GMT2017-04-29T21:22:24Z

The Vikings went offense in the fifth and sixth rounds of Saturday’s NFL Draft. Minnesota added another fifth-round receiver in South Florida product Rodney Adams. Adams, the 170th-overall pick, could immediately help the Vikings replace Cordarrelle Patterson at kick returner. Adams averaged nearly 25 yards per return, taking one back for a touchdown, during his final two seasons at USF. The speedy receiver was a versatile threat in college, catching 67 passes for 822 yards and taking 23 handoffs for 236 rushing yards last season. Adams scored five touchdowns in the air and on the ground. Adams (6-1, 189 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds this spring. Minnesota also snagged receiver Stefon Diggs in the fifth round two years ago. The Vikings stuck on the offensive side in the fifth round, adding guard Danny Isidora (6-3, 306 pounds) with the 180th overall pick. Isidora was a three-year starter at right guard for the Miami Hurricanes. He finished his college career with 39 straight starts. In the sixth round, the Vikings drafted tight end Bucky Hodges out of Virginia Tech. Hodges (6-6, 257 pounds) had a stellar workout at the combine in February, posting top numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.57), vertical jump (39 inches) and broad jump (134 inches). Hodges was a prized quarterback recruit in 2013 out of Salem High in Virginia before moving to tight end. He’s relatively new to the position, but his size and athleticism could make him a matchup problem as a receiver.  He caught 20 touchdown passes during three seasons at Virginia Tech.

Vikings address defense, draft DT Johnson and LB Gedeon in fourth round

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:06:54 GMT2017-04-29T21:06:54Z

The Vikings addressed defense on Saturday. After taking two offensive players on Friday, the Vikings started the NFL Draft’s final day by selecting Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson with the 109th overall pick in the fourth round. Johnson (6-3, 316 pounds) had 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss last season for the Hawkeyes. The 22-year-old from Brooklyn was a four-star recruit out of Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill. He’ll join a Vikings interior defensive line that could be without former first-round pick Sharrif Floyd, who is recovering from nerve damage in his knee. Eleven picks later, the Vikings made Michigan linebacker Ben Gedeon another fourth-round pick (120th overall). Gedeon (6-2, 244 pounds) led the Wolverines in tackles (15.5 for a loss) last season and was a special teams standout throughout his college career at Michigan. He could replace former run-stopper and special teams ace Audie Cole, who left in free agency. The Vikings now have six linebackers on the roster with Gedeon, Kentrell Brothers, Edmond Robinson and Emmanuel Lamur behind Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks. General Manager Rick Spielman made the fifth trade of the draft, dealing the 132nd-overall pick to the Eagles for the 139th selection and a seventh-round pick (230th).

GM Rick Spielman up to seven NFL Draft trades (and counting?) for the Vikings

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:00:40 GMT2017-04-29T21:00:40Z

Vikings team staff oddly began setting up a conference call with recent pick Jaleel Johnson, just as they were seconds away from making another draft pick. There was nothing to see at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia, anyway. Minnesota wasn’t about to make that pick. General Manager Rick Spielman made an NFL-leading sixth trade of this weekend’s draft when he dealt that fourth-round pick (139th) to the Chiefs in exchange for two fifth-round picks (170th, 180th). Accustom to the Vikings’ dealing ways under Spielman, Jamaal Stephenson, the team’s director of college scouting, settled in for another wait before picking a prospect that his scouting staff has spent nearly a year evaluating. “It’s kind of a punch in the guy a little bit,” Stephenson said Saturday. “But you know there’s a reason for it. We’ve done all this work on all these guys this year as far as going out to their schools. We started in July and our scouts have done a phenomenal job in getting all the information we needed. We just feel there’s a lot of depth in this draft. We felt we had some room if we had to trade back and pick up some more picks. It’s always exciting to pick players and you want to instantly say let’s go ahead and grab that guy or grab this guy, but there’s always a master plan.” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is no stranger to the dealing in his fourth draft with Spielman, who has made 23 draft trades (and counting?) since taking full control as GM in 2012. “He likes to deal,” Zimmer said. “A lot of it is trying to add value, find the right guys for the right value. There are guys we like who we like who still might be there later and there are guys, with the first two picks, we moved up for. [Assistant GMs] Rob Brzezinski and George Paton are back there working the phones and they do a great job communicating with these teams and negotiating the picks and slots, finding the value in the trades. For Rick, it’s about finding the value in the player.” Seven trades have been made by the Vikings during this draft. Here’s a run down of the Vikings’ draft trades so far: - Traded up to No. 41 in the second round for RB Dalvin Cook. Sent No. 48 and a fourth-round pick (No. 128) to the Bengals. - Traded up to No. 70 in the third round for C/G Pat Elflein. Sent No. 79 and a fifth-round pick (No. 160) to the Jets. - Traded back from No. 86 in the third round to No. 104 with the Chiefs, picking up a fourth-round pick (No. 132) and a seventh-round pick (245th). - Traded back from No. 104 in the third round to No. 109 with the 49ers, picking up a seventh-round pick (No. 219). - Traded back from No. 132 in the fourth round to No. 139 with the Eagles, picking up a seventh-round pick (No. 230). - Traded back from No. 139 in the fourth round to No. 170 in the fifth with the Chiefs, picking up a fifth-round pick (No. 180). - Traded back from No. 199 in the sixth round to No. 201 with Washington, moving up in the seventh round from No. 230 to No. 220.

Newest Vikings: Video highlights and social media (Rounds 2 through 5)

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:10:43 GMT2017-04-29T20:10:43Z

A video look at the players taken by the Vikings in the second through fifth rounds, as well as how to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Dalvin Cook could actually make the Vikings offensive line look good

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:58:53 GMT2017-04-29T14:58:53Z

In Dalvin Cook, the Vikings landed a dynamic 21-year-old playmaker with “great eye discipline” who understands blocking schemes.

Sano's four RBI power Twins to comeback over Royals

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:26:10 GMT2017-04-29T05:26:10Z

They rallied for four runs vs. the Royals bullpen.

Three Iowans give No. 4 Gophers clout and a second reliable starter

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:14:10 GMT2017-04-29T06:14:10Z

Dalvin Cook is no Joe Mixon, but he has his own troubled past

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:33:47 GMT2017-04-29T17:33:47Z

What are the Vikings getting in Dalvin Cook? The answer seems complicated, or hazy.

Highest-paid Loon Vadim Demidov hoping for another chance to prove his worth

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:13:43 GMT2017-04-29T06:13:43Z

Former United captain Vadim Demidov got benched after 0-3 start.

NFL draft: Follow the picks, player profiles, news updates and more

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:04:58 GMT2017-04-29T16:04:58Z