Skol Show Vikings Draft Recap

ROUND 7 – #232 – Elijah Lee – LB – Kansas State
Reaction – Outside Pat Elflien, this was my favorite pick in the draft. Lee will need to get tougher at the line of scrimmage but his ability to make open field tackles and get sideline to sideline, is what stands out to me. I see Lee as a much better fit to our group of current linebackers, than Gedeon. He will need to make his way onto the field by being a consistent special teamer, but this kid as a lot of upside.
His fit – initially, I thought Lee could come in and compete for Chad Greenway’s spot at weak side backer in the Vikings base package. Based on how long he stayed on the board alone, he still has some work to do to assume that role. He will have a very good opportunity to make the roster and should compete with Lamur and Robinson for a spot in the rotation. I see Lee as the best coverage linebacker on the roster, outside Eric Kendricks.

ROUND 7 – #245 – Jack Tocho – DB – NC State
Reaction – I admit to having to look up information about Tocho after we made the pick. There were a record number of defensive backs taken in this draft and coming this late in the 7th, for him to make the roster would be a longshot. He doesn’t have great speed but he has the size(6 ft) and strength(2nd among corners in bench press) that Mike Zimmer likes. He is a very smart player as well. Tocho was on the All-ACC academic team the past 2 seasons.
His fit – it will be interesting to see if the Vikings see him more as a safety than a corner in the NFL. They have a need for cornerback depth, but Tocho could be that hybrid nickel type of player that Zimmer has been looking for. He will get a good opportunity to compete in camp.