NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock released a third version of prospect rankings this week, and the most notable changes were in the secondary.
Mayock moved former Florida State star Jalen Ramsey from safety to cornerback. Mayock initially slotted Ramsey as the top cornerback in his first positional rankings (released Feb. 10) before the NFL Scouting Combine. After the combine, Mayock slid Ramsey to the top safety in adjustments that were posted March 8. Now, it's back to the top cornerback spot for Ramsey.
One thing that hasn't changed is Mayock's belief that the multi-talented prospect is one of the best players in the draft at any position.
The move of Ramsey prompted Mayock to move down Vernon Hargreaves III, Eli Apple, Artie Burns and William Jackson III down a spot apiece. It also led to Mackensie Alexander moving out of the top five CBs.
Meanwhile at safety, Karl Joseph was moved back to Mayock's top option, and Vonn Bell slid up one spot to No. 2. Mayock added KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame), Keanu Neal (Florida) and Justin Simmons (Boston College) at 3, 4 and 5 after they were previously unranked. Miles Killebrew (was 4) and K.J. Dillon (was 5) were moved out of the rankings.
Click here for Mayock's most recent rankings of all position groups.
The Vikings recognized Caledonia as the inaugural Minnesota Football Program of the Year during a two-day Vikings Town Takeover to honor the community.
Johnson recovers from rib injury
Charles Johnson joined teammates Matt Asiata and Isaac Fruechte for a "Town Takeover" by the Vikings in Caledonia this week.
Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com caught up with Johnson and asked about the receiver's outlook heading into his third season. Johnson suffered a broken rib against the Chargers in Week 3 and later played through pain in Week 8 to make an important catch in Minnesota's first win in Chicago since 2007.
*Johnson played seven snaps in the Vikings Nov. 1 win at Soldier Field, and his lone catch was a 35-yard leaping grab deep in Bears territory to set up the game-winning field goal. He'd suffered the broken rib about five weeks earlier, and was admittedly frustrated about his health and lack of playing time. Upon getting his number called in Chicago, Johnson told an auditorium full of high school students that he initially hesitated, before taking the field and ultimately saving the game late in the fourth quarter. *
*Afterward, Johnson elaborated on a broken rib that he initially thought would go away, but would put a damper on most of his second season in Minnesota. *
"Before that [Bears game], if I would jog, every step I took it would pop out," Johnson said. "It was pretty painful, but I think around that time I was able to manage…I broke the 10th one I think, or something like that. And it would keep shifting. That stuff is painful. You can't sneeze, can't move. Laughing hurts. It's all good now, I'm good. I've got a strong rib."