NFL Training Camps: Minnesota Vikings Rookie Report


The Minnesota Vikings were able to add some impact talent in the 2017 NFL Draft despite not having a 1st round pick.

An offseason injury to Teddy Bridgewater forced the Minnesota Vikings to trade their 2017 NFL Draft 1st round pick to acquire Sam Bradford. It appears that the trade was a win for both teams with Bradford playing well for most of last year.

Bradford was unable to lead the Vikings to the playoffs, but a lot of their problems were related to the offensive line. In fact, Bradford played well and was able to remain healthy.

Minnesota used their first pick in last year’s draft to make life easier on Bradford. Dalvin Cook is an explosive runner who has the potential to be the team’s every-down back. He brings some versatility to the field in that he can also contribute in the passing game.

So far, Cook has look great in camp and appears to have already grabbed the starting job. Some of this has to do with the fact that Latavius Murray has been out with an injury. However, Cook has the talent to maintain his early lead on the starting job.

The Vikings also added some offensive line help in the draft. Pat Elflein is competing for the starting center job, but also has experience playing guard. His versatility will help the Vikings ensure they get the top 5 offensive linemen in the starting lineup.

Danny Isidora is another interior offensive lineman with starter potential. He’s a steady player who plays with proper technique and features good size. Look for undrafted free agent Aviante Collins to also stick on the roster.

Collins is a highly athletic offensive tackle who needs time to perfect his craft. However, he has the makings of a starting NFL left tackle.

The offense also got some potential playmakers in tight end Bucky Hodges and wide receiver Stacy Coley. It’s unlikely that either player will see much action this season, but they both have the raw talent to eventually develop into contributors.

Minnesota’s big defensive addition was Jaleel Johnson who will provide some athleticism to the interior of the defensive line. Johnson had his bouts of inconsistency in college, but flashed the ability to penetrate the pocket.

Overall, this draft class should provide a lot of depth for the Vikings. Cook could be a key contributor and main ball carrier.