Vikings Trade 201st Pick to Ravens for 2 Picks, Including 2021 5th-Rounder | By Eric Smith
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman made his second trade of Day 3 on Saturday when he sent the 201st overall pick (sixth round) and the 219th overall pick (seventh round) to the Ravens in exchange for the 225th pick in 2020 (seventh round) and a fifth-round pick in 2021.
Minnesota earlier Saturday traded the 155th overall pick (sixth round) to the division-rival Bears in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
View images of Vikings new OT Blake Brandel from his days at Oregon State.
Vikings Select Oregon State Offensive Lineman Blake Brandel with 203rd Overall Pick | By Craig Peters
The Vikings added to their offensive line in the sixth round by drafting Oregon State left tackle Blake Brandel with the 203rd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Brandel started all 48 possible games for the Beavers, which is the third-longest streak in school history.
"It's awesome to be able to say that I've done that before," Brandel said. "I think part of it is general luck because football is a physical game, contact sport. Guys are going to get hurt, but I'd also like to thank my strength and conditioning staff that's helped me out at Oregon State, because without those guys I'm sure there'd be a lot more injuries. They've helped me out a ton, too."
Brandel kept improving his game at Oregon State, going from an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in his first three seasons to Second-Team All-Pac-12 as a senior.
Pro Football Focus graded Brandel's pass blocking at 93.1 in 2019, the best mark in the nation and graded him at 90 overall for the sixth-best mark nationally.
He allowed just one sack and four hurries in 2019 when he served as a team captain.
"The more practice, the better," Brandel said. "You really can't be perfect at something, especially something like football, so just a ton of practice and watching film. You start with the big things and then work your way down to the little things. I think the little things are what help make that next step. I've been super lucky to have some great coaches that have helped me out along the way and other guys as well. It's been a lot of practice."
Brandel is the second tackle drafted by the Vikings this year, joining second-round pick Ezra Cleveland, who played at Boise State. Like Cleveland said of Boise State, Brandel explained he's learned of similarities with his college offense and that of the Vikings through video conferences with Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Rick Dennison.
"He's obviously a genius," Brandel said. "He's been coaching in the NFL a really long time and having success. To have a coach like that is a huge blessing. I just can't wait to get started on not necessarily getting on the field, but just keep learning from him in these Zoom meetings and just continuing to try to get better."
View images of Vikings new S Josh Metellus from his days at Michigan.
Vikings Select Michigan S Josh Metellus with 205th Overall Pick | by Lindsey Young
The Vikings selected safety Josh Metellus with the 205th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Metellus, a senior out of Michigan, measured 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds.
He started 13 games for the Wolverines in 2019 and recorded 74 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss. Additionally, he snagged two interceptions and added five passes defensed.
Metellus showed his versatility at Michigan, where he lined up at outside linebacker, both safety spots, outside corner and in the slot. When speaking with Twin Cities media members via video conference Saturday, he emphasized the value of being able to move around in a defense.
"At the end of the day, I just want to be able to get on the field," Metellus said. "Moving around at Michigan has helped me a lot, getting a different feel for the game and helping my football I.Q.
"That's the biggest thing – I'll be able to come in and do whatever the coaches ask," he added.
Metellus showed his strength at the NFL Scouting Combine when he completed 20 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, which tied for fourth-most among safeties. His vertical jump of 36.5 inches ranked sixth in the position group.
He's continuing to focus on his conditioning during the shut-down caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I've been trying to work out as much as possible," Metellus said. "I've got some weights in the garage that I use, and there's a field right next to my house that I have access to."
Metellus attended Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where he was coached by former NFL safety Devin Bush. He then teamed at Michigan with Bush's son, Devin Bush, Jr., whom the Steelers drafted 10thoverall in 2019.
He now will get a chance to learn from two other talented safeties in Minnesota's Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris. Metellus said he's "super excited" to join the position group.
"Anthony Harris has the franchise tag and Harrison Smith has always been one of the top safeties in the league, so I'm really excited to be able to learn from them, but I'm mostly excited to come to that safety room and push the competition to another level," he said. "At the end of the day, we're all trying to win, and whatever's the best way to win, we're going to get it done."
When asked about the anticipation this weekend leading up the sixth round, Metellus said he's been waiting a whole lot longer than three days for the chance to start his NFL journey.
"My last game of the season was on New Year's, so I've been waiting since then to figure out where I was going to keep playing football," he said with a smile. "It's a big relief, especially for a team like this … I couldn't ask for anything better."
The selection of Metellus marked the first time in franchise history the Vikings have selected from the 205th spot in an NFL Draft. They have drafted from the 204th spot twice and the 206th spot six times.