Rapid Reaction to Vikings Day 3 Picks

Posted May 10, 2014

The Vikings, under the draft room guidance of GM Rick Spielman, were wheeling and dealing on Saturday, the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft. The end result was six more additions to the Vikings roster, which gives the Vikings another 10-player haul.

Here’s a rapid reaction from the Vikings busy Day 3.

OG David Yankey (Stanford)
-- 5th Round (No. 145)
-- 6-6, 315 pounds
-- 42 games played, with 26 starts at LG (2011, 2013) and 14 starts at LT (2012)
-- Won Morris Trophy as Pac-12's most outstanding OL (2012)
-- Born in Sydney, Australia

REACTION: Listed among the top three players at his position by many analysts, Yankey brings a ton of starting experience (40 starts at Stanford) in a productive Stanford offense to the Vikings. He projects to compete with several others for time at offensive guard, but does possess the versatility to compete for depth chart status at other positions along the offensive line, as well.

DB Antone Exum (Virginia Tech)
-- 6th Round (No. 182)
-- 6-0, 213 pounds
-- Experience playing CB, S and LB
-- Tallied 186 tackles, 36 pass breakups and 6 INTs in 44 games
-- Breakout season in 2012 with 16 pass breakups and 5 INTs

REACTION: In 2012, Exum put himself on the map with 16 PBUs and 5 INTs, and his 2013 season may have set the stage for him to go in the early rounds. But injuries stained his 2013 season. Still, Exum was productive when healthy and has played both CB and safety, as well as some LB, during his college career. His ability to contribute on special teams will be key.

CB Kendall James (Maine)
-- 6th Round (No. 184)
-- 5-10, 180 pounds
-- 148 tackles, 25 pass breakups and 18 INTs in 48 games
-- Scored his lone collegiate touchdown on a 100-yard interception return

REACTION: He’s been knocked all his career for size and strength deficiencies, but he has great athleticism and playmaking ability.

NT Shamar Stephen (UCONN)
-- 7th Round (No. 220)
-- 6-5, 309 pounds
-- 130 tackles, 17.0 TFLs and 5.0 sacks in 45 games
-- Breakout season in 2013 with 60 tackles, 10 TFLs and 3.0 sacks

REACTION: Mega-production in 2013 along with great size makes Stephen an interesting project for Mike Zimmer and staff. The Vikings defensive line has gotten more talented and deeper this offseason, and Stephen is a part of that.

LB Brandon Watts (Georgia Tech)
-- 7th Round (No. 223)
-- 6-0, 225 pounds
-- Played three different LB spots at Georgia Tech

REACTION: His scouting profile says: “A finesse, run-and-hit, coverage linebacker with the athletic traits and raw speed worth developing on the weak side.” Sounds like another athletic, young LB to add to the Vikings defense, plus a candidate to contribute on special teams.

DB Jabari Price (North Carolina)
-- 7th Round (No. 225)
-- 5-10, 200 pounds
-- 192 tackles, 25 pass breakups, 2 INTs in 45 games

REACTION: If his scouting profile is any indication, Price should get to know Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer well. The profile states: “Speed and tackling ability play well on special teams, where he will have to stand out to have a chance.”