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The post-draft signing frenzy begins!”UPDATE: Western Michigan center John Keenoy is coming to Minnesota Cameron Smith Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , via his personal Twitter account.UPDATE: Vanderbilt running back Khari Blasingame appears to be heading to Minnesota.UPDATE: The Vikings are reuniting a second set of brothers thanks to Undrafted Free Agency, as it looks like Stefon Diggs’ younger brother Mar’Sean, a safety from Alabama-Birmingham, is making his way to Minnesota.UPDATE: University of Miami (FL) defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo has agreed to join his brother, Ifeadi Odenigbo, with the Vikings, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.UPDATE: Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Tech defensive lineman Anree Saint-Amour has agreed to a deal with the Vikings.UPDATE: Sam Houston State wide receiver Davion Davis is coming to Minnesota, per Andrew Krammer on the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.UPDATE: Tennessee cornerback Micah Prince Abernathy says that he’s coming to Minnesota.UPDATE: Per Ian Rapoport, Marian TE Brandon Dillon is signing with the Vikings. I have no idea who that is or where that is.UPDATE: University of Washington quarterback Jake Browning has announced that he is coming to Minnesota (via Darren Wolfson and Browning’s Instagram)The 2019 NFL Draft is, officially, in the books, and the Minnesota Vikings have brought 12 brand new players into the fold.However, Draft Weekend isn’t officially over yet Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 , as now it’s time for the post-draft free agency frenzy to begin! This is where we’re going to be keeping track of all the rumors and other news that comes down the pike about free agents that are going to be signing with the Vikings now that the draft is over.Keep in mind that a lot of these signings won’t become official right away. A lot of these are going to be reports or rumors, and generally if you don’t hear it directly from the player themselves, you can take it with a grain of salt. However, we’re going to be tracking whatever we might here on the UDFA front and leaving it open for people to discuss or drop anything they might be hearing in the comments section.So, ladies and gentlemen, enjoy the Undrafted Free Agent signing period, and whenever the Vikings do make their signings official, we will have that news for you straight away. The Vikings selected 20 year-old tight-end Irv Smith Jr. out of Alabama with their 2nd round, 50th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.They had the opportunity to trade down with this pick, per…”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL DraftBreaking Down Irv Smith Jr.New,78commentsCDTShareTweetShareShareBreaking Down Irv Smith Jr.Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY SportsThe Vikings selected 20 year-old tight-end Irv Smith Jr. out of Alabama with their 2nd round, 50th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.They had the opportunity to trade down with this pick, per Rick Spielman, but decided Smith was worth making their pick then and there.So let’s take a look at what Smith brings to the Vikings’ table.Versatile Tight-End With Complete Skill SetIrv Smith Jr. MeasurablesIrv Smith brings a full complement of desired skills at the tight end position to the Vikings.He’s a legitimate receiving threat with good speed for a tight end Cameron Smith Jersey nfl draft , with after the catch ability as well.He’s also a good blocker, both run and pass.But where he differs some from the prototypical tight end is his build.He’s a smaller tight-end, going about 242 lbs., and is only about 6’2 3/8”. He lined up in 11 different spots at Alabama, and is more of an H-back in this way – and a good compliment to the other tight ends on the Vikings roster.Overall, apart from his 40 time, Smith didn’t test all that well in agility drills.But the surprising thing is you don’t see that show up on tape very much at all.He may not always have tremendous burst to begin his routes, but he’s not the lumbering type of tight-end you often see – his routes are crisp, speedy, and he seems very fluid and with good balance.As a receiver, Smith’s production efficiency at Alabama compares favorably to both Iowa tight ends Fant and Hockenson.His catch rate percentage, yards per route run, and average yards per target were all better, per Pro Football Focus (PFF).In fact Adult Cameron Smith Jersey , Smith’s yards per route run was tied for best in this year’s tight end class.And last season, Smith was money when targeted.His passer rating when targeted was a whopping 157.7 – best in this year’s TE draft class.Also, for a move or receiving tight-end, Smith grades pretty well.He’s down the list overall among tight ends in this draft class, but this includes all the blocking tight ends as well.He has the skill set and promise to improve in this area as well – both pass and run blocking – and most scouting reports commend his blocking ability.Smith is still green in terms of overall experience, which shows up in run-blocking and route-running, but he has plenty of talent and is likely to get much better in both areas. He has combination tight end talent but really flashes as a move blocker at fullback or wingback spots. His buildup speed sets him apart as a big, field-stretching option and once he gets rolling after the catch….Smith offers Pro Bowl potential as a well-rounded tight end prospect.- Lance ZierleinTremendous Scheme FitAs it stands now, Smith is very effective as a move or lead blocker from the fullback or wingback position – which is a little unusual in a receiving tight end.Alabama didn’t run a lot of outside zone plays, but you can see in the game films at the end of this piece that Smith is very effective as a blocker in a variety of situations, but particularly as a run blocker, whether a lead blocker or just handling his assignment in-line or from a wingback spot.A versatile tight-end like Irv Smith is an asset in any scheme, but his ability to lead block from the backfield while also being a legitimate receiving threat present real difficulties for a defense in Gary Kubiak’s scheme with Vikings personnel.It would not be a surprise to see the Vikings run a lot of double TE sets with Rudolph in-line and Irv Smith lined up as wing-back just off the line of scrimmage, with Dalvin Cook at tailback and Diggs and Thielen outside.With Smith equally adept as a blocker and receiver Big And Tall Cameron Smith Jersey , the Vikings can run or pass, take advantage of match-up issues, audible, and keep defenses off-balance by effectively disguising the play.At Alabama, Smith lined up in 11 different spots on offense, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Vikings use him in a similar way.Scouting ReportsHere are some summaries of scouting reports on Smith:Scouting FilmAfter Smith’s highlight reel showing off his receiving ability, there are several game tapes of Smith to give you a better idea of his complete skill set, along with how he was used at Alabama. Overall, I didn’t notice many miscues from Smith, apart from one drop and maybe a couple not so great – but not horrible – blocks.On the other hand, you see him make many key blocks consistently throughout the game films, and generally do very well after the catch.
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