Vikings Well-Represented at BC Pro Day
QB Matt Ryan (AP Photo)
QB Matt Ryan (AP Photo)
Personnel Analyst
Posted Mar 19, 2008
Kevin Brown

The majority of NFL teams were reportedly represented at the Boston College Pro Day yesterday, including the Vikings, who had vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers in attendance.

The hot prospect that got most of the attention at the Boston College Pro Day on Tuesday, March 18, was quarterback Matt Ryan, who is expected to be an early first-round draft choice.

It begs the question of whether or not the Vikings are seriously interested in Ryan or not.

In all likelihood, they are just doing their homework on Ryan, who could go in the Top 5 in this year’s draft, or could just as easily become this year’s Brady Quinn and slide on draft day.  That being the case, the Vikings need to at least cover all the bases just in case the highly touted quarterback unexpectedly were still on the board when their pick came up at No. 17.

By all reports, Ryan (6-5, 227, 4.92) had a strong workout.  Sources indicate that he might have pressed a bit throwing the ball, yet he was generally very accurate and sharp.  He also moved around a little better than some had anticipated.

Another well-regarded prospect on the Vikings’ radar is offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus (6-6 ½, 314, 5.20), who could also be a viable candidate for Minnesota at No. 17.  Cherilus could push for playing time as a rookie on the team’s offensive line.

Other draftable prospects from B.C. include:  CB DeJuan Tribble, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, S Jamie Silva, OG Ryan Poles and DT B.J. Raji.

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