EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –The Vikings with the 180th overall pick selected guard Danny Isidora on Saturday.
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.
General Manager Rick Spielman had a focus this offseason to improve the Vikings run game, and Isidora was the second lineman added through the draft. The Vikings on Friday selected center Pat Elflein.
Isidora was in Miami watching day three of the draft unfold with friends and family when he received a call from Minnesota. He said a couple of other teams had also been in contact and shown interest, but he's grateful for an opportunity with the Vikings, who had some conversation with Isidora at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"They're excited to have me, and I'm excited to be a part of the organization," Isidora said in a call with Twin Cities media members. "They didn't tell me where I'm going to be playing yet, but I'm excited to get over there and get started."
Isidora played 41 games in four seasons, serving as the Hurricanes starting right guard for the past three seasons when he opened 39 consecutive contests. Following his 2016 performance, Isidora was one of three guards to be voted Second-Team All-ACC.
Isidora helped a Miami offense that averaged 425.9 yards per game.
"I think I'm a physical player, I think I'm fast, I think I understand the game," Isidora said. "I like run blocking, and I like pass, too. I think I do a good job at both of them."
The NFL Scouting Combine in February gave Isidora the opportunity to stand out among his peers. The lineman 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).
Prior to his collegiate career, 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 Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida.
Isidora showed tenacity on the field as a junior when played through a knee injury. "It was tough at the time – nobody really knew I had a torn meniscus," Isidora said. "But it's a part of my job to go out there and play. [I wasn't] going to complain about it. I just have to go out there and line up and do what's best for my team."