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5 Things to Know About New Vikings G Danny Isidora

The Vikings have continued to fortify their offensive line this offseason, most recently adding guard Danny Isidora with the 180th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Minnesota drafted the lineman out of Miami with one of two fifth-round picks obtained when they sent their 139th pick to Kansas City in the fourth round. The Vikings used pick No. 170 to snag South Florida wide receiver Rodney Adams.

Here are five things to know about Isidora:

1. Longevity on the line

Isidora played 41 games for the Hurricanes over four seasons, starting 39 consecutive contests at right guard. The stretch included a period during his junior year in which Isidora played through a torn meniscus and did not miss time on the line.

2. High school honors

Isidora attended Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida. The school was established in 2002 and has largely garnered attention for its varsity soccer teams.

Isidora was pegged as a four-star recruit by ESPN, who identified him as the No. 13 guard prospect and No. 39 overall prospect coming out of his senior season. He is the first Cypress Bay graduate to be drafted into the NFL. Fellow alum Buddy Jackson, currently a cornerback in the Canadian Football League, signed with the Colts in 2012 as an undrafted free agent.

3. Top combine competitor

Isidora participated in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and was a top performer in three drill categories. He clocked a 5.03 40-yard dash, coming in as the fifth-fastest offensive lineman in the class. He also was a top performer in the bench press with 26 reps (tied for seventh-best among lineman) and in the vertical jump with a mark of 29 inches (seventh).

4. Hometown pride

The Vikings this year drafted four players with Florida hometowns. The first was running back Dalvin Cook (Miami) in the second round. Adams is from St. Petersburg, and Stacy Coley is from Pompano Beach. There are now more than a dozen Floridians on the Vikings roster: Teddy Bridgewater (Miami), Xavier Rhodes (Miami), Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee), Rashod Hill (Jacksonville), Jayron Kearse (Ft. Meyers), Emmanuel Lamur (West Palm Beach), Jabari Price (Pompano Beach), B.J. DuBose (Oakland Park) and Marquis Lucas (Miami). Linval Joseph was born in the Virgin Islands but moved to Gainesville, Florida, as a child.

View images of Vikings new G Danny Isidora from his days at Miami.

5. A storm of Hurricanes

When Isidora came off the board in the fifth round, he was the fourth Miami player to be drafted in 2017. He followed tight end David Njoku (Browns), safety Rayshawn Jenkins (Chargers) and cornerback Corn Elder (Panthers). It marked the highest number of Hurricanes to be drafted since they had seven in 2015.

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