Day 1 of the Vikings three-day rookie mini-camp is in the books, as the Vikings practiced twice in their field house to avoid inclement weather outside and also spent time in meeting rooms before and between practices.
The schedule on Friday – and for the rest of the week – was very similar to how Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier would conduct an in-season work day or a veteran mini-camp later in the offseason, so the youngsters participating this weekend are getting a taste of what the Vikings version of NFL life is like.
Here are five observations after the first day of the three-day mini-camp…
Top of the class at the top of the class
The #1 thing I wanted to see from this weekend’s mini-camp was the Vikings three 1st-round picks standing out within their position groups. Through one day, good news. Without question through two practices, the 3 biggest standouts of the day for me were DT
It’s tougher to analyze Floyd relative to his fellow defensive linemen because there is no contact allowed, but it was easy to see Patterson and Rhodes stand out. Patterson moves effortlessly on the field and does nearly everything better than the other receivers. Rhodes was dominant early and often in Saturday’s two practices, notching an INT and a pass breakup (PBU) on his first two reps of 1-on-1s.
More on Rhodes
It was refreshing to see a CB of Rhodes caliber on the field. It’s early yet and it’s only rookie mini-camp, but Rhodes so easily passes the eye test as a physical and fast CB capable of covering receivers man-to-man all the way down the field. Numerous times during 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills Rhodes was excellent in his drop, pedal and burst forward to react to a receiver and stay in their hip pocket to make a play on the ball or force a bad throw.
“He did some things today in this first practice that really opened your eyes,” Frazier said after the morning practice. “I think he has the game that fits what the League is becoming. Now it’s a matter of how fast does he mature and how confident can he be when he lines up in that first ball game.
Happy with Hodges
Running with the first-team at one of the outside LB spots was 4th-round pick
Looks the part
The Vikings also selected one of Hodges’ Penn State teammates in this year’s draft – middle LB
Former Iowa QB