Past pro days feature players of interest

Brandon Ghee (Chuck Burton/AP)

The Vikings continue to work the scouting trail with their attendance at pro days over the last 10 days. We take a look at some of the performances from players of interest.

Two of the bigger pro days – Southern California and Texas – will be held Wednesday, but the last 10 days have provided some interesting looks at potential Vikings picks in the early rounds.

Boise State CB Kyle Wilson, who is projected to be a first-round pick, is one of the most intriguing to Vikings fans given his draft value and that he plays a position the Vikings having been showing an interest in during the free-agent period.

Wilson, who is currently projected to the Vikings in VikingUpdate.com's latest mock draft, continued a strong offseason by running a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and a posting a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump at his pro day, according to NFL.com.

The Vikings were in attendance at Boise's pro day, as was every other NFL team.

UMass offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse is another first-round hopeful that could figure in the Vikings' draft plans. As reported here earlier, Ducasse was scheduling a visit with the team in April, and he showed his big-man athleticism at his pro day last week when he registered a 27-inch vertical jump and did 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour did only throwing drills for NFL scouts at his pro day last week and completed 55 of 62 passes, according to the Detroit News, but he told the newspaper he wasn't that thrilled his performance, saying he did better a few days previously without all the scouts in attendance. LeFevour isn't expected to be drafted before the third round.

Iowa's pro day last week was heavily attended by NFL scouts, and Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell was in attendance. Besides offensive tackle Bryan Buluga, who is considered a top-10 draft pick, the Hawkeyes featured several players that aren't expected to be drafted until the second round or later, including linebackers A.J. Edds, Pat Angerer, CB Amari Spievey, TE Tony Moeaki and OT Kyle Calloway.

Wake Forest CB Brandon Ghee, who is projected to be a second-round pick, had an impressive Combine, running a 4.40 and three other times below that, as well as posting a 37-inch vertical jump and showing quickness in other agility drills. At his pro day last Friday, the 5-11½, 192-pounder ran a lightning-quick 3.98-second short shuttle, according to NFL.com, and has already conducted a private workout with the Vikings.

Another player the Vikings have shown an interest in by scheduling a visit, according to NorthwestFootball.com is Memphis WR Duke Calhoun. At his pro day on Friday, Calhoun posted a 4.50-second 40, a 35-inch vertical and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He could end up as a late- or mid-round pick.

Like Brian Price at UCLA, Penn State's Jared Odrick is projected to be selected somewhere late in the first round. At his pro day last week, the 6-foot-5, 298-pounder ran a 4.95 in the 40-yard dash and had a 29-inch vertical, NFL.com reported.

Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead apparently had a solid performance throwing at his pro day. He didn't go through the timed and jumping elements of pro day, keeping his numbers from the Combine, but former Vikings assistant and consultant Jerry Rhome ran Snead's throwing drills and told NFL.com's Gil Brandt that he missed only two of 42 passes.

With the deck cleared of intriguing prospects from pro days of the past 10 days, the elite programs of college football are up today. Here comes USC with Charles Brown, Jeff Byers, Everson Griffen, Stafon Johnson, Taylor Mays, Anthony McCoy, Joe McKnight, Damian Williams and more, as well as Texas with Lamarr Houston, Sergio Kindle, Colt McCoy, Earl Thomas and more.

And the evaluation process continues.


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