After the Vikings signed two tackles – Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers – in free agency to help strengthen their offensive line, John Holler of *Viking Update *expects Minnesota to select at least one guard in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Holler referred to the guard position as a "clear and pressing need" and pointed out that the Vikings list only three players as guards on their current roster after releasing Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris. Currently, Minnesota's guards are Alex Boone, Willie Beavers and Zac Kerin. Joe Berger started 11 games at center last season but opened the final three of 2016 at right or left guard. Tackle Jeremiah Sirles has also lined up at guard on occasion.
The Vikings have a demonstrated need here, unless they intend to move some of the players they're currently listing as tackles inside to guard spots. This could easily be the source of the team's first pick of the draft in the second round, and it wouldn't be a shock if they add at least one, if not more, guards in the draft.
The tackle class in this year's draft has been opined by analysts as slim, but Holler said teams have a deeper selection pool at guard.
[The] crop of pure guards is pretty good, highlighted by *Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, either of whom could slide off the board in the first round or slide outside and play tackle. This is a pretty deep class throughout, which should be seen as good news for teams that have a clear need at the guard spot.*
Holler listed Lamp and Feeney in the "cream of the crop" section before moving on to "the next level," where he included Dorian Johnson (Pitt), Nico Siragusa (San Diego State), Isaac Asiata (Utah) and Danny Isidora (Miami). Holler projected each of the four to be selected anywhere in the second or early third rounds.
As his last group of analyzed players, Holler created the "best of the rest" category, listing Damien Mama (USC), Jordan Morgan (Kutztown), Jessamen Dunker (Tennessee State) and Sean Harlow (Oregon State).
Lamur holds charity fitness festival
Last July, Vikings linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, along with his brothers John and Sammuel, started the Lamur Charity, a foundation that seeks to make a difference in the lives of youth.
Lamur recently hosted the Lamur Charity Fitness Festival in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The linebacker worked with youth in a variety of football and fitness drills and even took a turn in the dunk tank, all for a good cause.