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Justin Raasch / April 5th, 2022 / Photo: Google.com

 Under the old regime, a lot of guys brought into town to visit would also get drafted or get signed on as udfa. We now have a new regime, so that may not be the case anymore but here are some of the guys who they have had in for a visit.  

Cole Strange-Left Guard/Center/right guard Tennessee Chattanooga. He had a great week at the senior bowl and won a lot of people over. He is one where the interest could be very real as Vikings have had formal interview with him along with having him to their facilities. He played LG in college but was asked to play center at the Senior Bowl and did a nice job. He could be drafted to compete with Bradbury and Reed at Center, or right guard to compete with both Davises and Reed there as well. He has a mean streak that we need in our offensive line.

Marcus Jones-Cornerback Houston. He is on the small side, 5'8", so likely profiles as a slot corner where we just signed Chandon Sullivan and Hairston from Denver, but he has phenomenal return skills. We as of now do not have a punt returner, and this is where he can excel, he is a feisty corner but seen as more of a slot type due to lack of size.

Kerby Joseph-Safety Illinois. Long athletic safety who can cover ground. As a senior at Illinois, he had 5 interceptions so bit of a ball hawk. He has a long wingspan and tested very well. If drafted could compete with Bynum.

Kalen Barnes-Cornerback Baylor. One word SPEED!!!! Was tested at a 4.23 40 in Indy at the combine. More of a developmental/special teams guy. But speed kills and this Kalen has a lot of it.

Cameron Goode-Outside linebacker California. Another plus athlete. In 37 games he had 36 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks and 2 pick 6s. Would be very intriguing as a stand up Outside Linebacker as a day 3 pick or udfa. He wasn't invited to Indy and is on the older side as far as prospects go 24 but still intriguing.

Tay Martin-Wide Receiver Oklahoma State. Isn't going to wow you with speed but runs great routes and has terrific body control. Started out at Washington State transferred to Oklahoma State and had much better numbers. Isn't going to run by you but gets separation from his precision in routes another day 3 udfa guy.

Darien Butler-Linebacker Arizona State. Three-year captain. Tackling machine and a great coverage linebacker. More of a leader than playmaker. Could contribute on special teams.  

Esezi Otomewo-Edge Minnesota. Boye Mafe has gotten a lot of attention, but Esezi is picking up steam after the Gophers pro day. He has the size and strength coaches feel they can tap into and make him a special player. Right now, he's a Day 3 guy.

Percy Butler-Safety Louisiana. Athlete!  4.3 40. Missed some tackles but was great on special teams.  Another day 3 udfa type who will make the team by playing special teams.

Aron Johnson-Tackle/Guard South Dakota State. Played Tackle in college but will probably be guard at the next level. Needs a lot of coaching but very good athlete.  UDFA 

David Anehih-Edge Houston. Small but explosive athlete. 20.5 sacks in 5 years would probably be moved to outside linebacker in 3-4 scheme day 3 udfa type.

Jared Williams-Tackle/Guard Miami. Really good run blocker not so good at pass blocking. Size is a plus 6'6 315 solid athlete with coaching could develop. Day 3 UDFA 

Jack Jones-Cornerback Arizona State. Average athlete but just finds the football. 10 INT, 25 PBU, and 5 forced fumbles in his three seasons, including two at USC. Some character concerns as he was arrested as a freshman and missed time with ASU for violating team rules.

Isaiah Weston-Wide Receiver Northern Iowa. My Alma mater! Size and speed.  6'3", 214 lbs, ran a 4.42 40. In his 3 seasons, he averaged 24 YPC and had 16 touchdowns. He is a local boy, from St. Michael-Albertville high school. Is a Day 3, UDFA type.  

Most of the guys brought in so far are late round udfa types, who really help build and fill the roster. It will be interesting to see what Kwesi and Kevin do in this draft after most Spielman drafts became predictable. In 3.5 weeks, will have the answers!

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