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Week 1 - Which College Players Are Future Vikings 2017

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It's back! College Football Season Is Here! It started last Saturday with a few games actually. The next few months are probably my favorite time of the year. I love to watch college football AND watch the Vikings. I can do both. For those of you that also like to watch both then you may like to check out some players that could be future Vikings.

In 2018, it is not quite clear what direction the team should go in the draft. Obviously the key decision will occur at QB. After that, I expect they may not be active at all in free agency with maybe one mid level signing and the rest minor. They have to decide if they want to try to extend Barr who will be on his 5th year option at 12.3 mil. They have to decide if they want to extend Hunter, Diggs, and Kendricks all of whom will be entering the final year of their contracts and they will not be able to franchise tag all 3 nor should they put themselves in that situation. They are likely to just pick up Waynes 5th year option and let him play for 4.1 mil in 2018.

This season is crucial for players to show their value for their next contracts. Some may garner a large deal and some may not. It is also key for other high paid players to prove their worthiness. Their could be some key departures due to contract size next off season. Players like Robison, Sendejo, Murray, Remmers, Boone, and possibly Rudolph & Reiff all could seriously be considered for release or be asked to restructure (take a pay cut) their contract.

I think that offensive tackle, quarterback, defensive tackle, and cornerback will be positions I watch a lot this year.

Here are some links to sites that have started to rank players. You can go to these sites to check on players.

http://walterfootball.com/draft2018QB.php

http://www.drafttek.com/2018-NFL-Draft-Prospect-Rankings/Top-QBs.asp

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/players.php?genpos=QB&draftyear=2018&sortorder=tsxpos&order=ASC

Here are some games this week that may be interesting.

The players listed are ones you might want to keep an eye on for next year's draft although some may stay in school and others are not shown.

Tulsa at #10 Oklahoma State Thursday, August 31 @ 7:30 PM

Kerwin Thomas CB Tulsa 5'10" 180

Jesse Brubaker DE Tulsa 6'3" 270

Nigel Carter DE Tulsa 6'3" 205

Brodrick Umblance DE Tulsa 6'0" 189

Jordan Mitchell S Tulsa 6'2" 195

Craig Suits S Tulsa 6'0" 223

Evan Plagg OT Tulsa 6'3" 295

Kolton Shindelar DT Tulsa 6'6" 280

Jeremy Smith DE Tulsa 6'5" 265

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Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State 6-4 230

James Washington WR Oklahoma State 6-0 205

Zachary Crabtree OT Oklahoma State 6-6 310

Tre Flowers SS Oklahoma State 6-2 198

Marcell Ateman WR Oklahoma State 6-3 215

Chad Whitener ILB Oklahoma State 6-0 248

North Dakota at Utah Thursday, August 31 @ 7:30 PM

Cole Reyes SS North Dakota 6-1 215

Deion Harris CB North Dakota 6-2 182 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Lowell Lotulelei DT Utah 6-1 320

Filipo Mokofisi DT Utah 6-3 290

Darren Carrington II WR Utah 6-1 200

Kylie Fitts DE Utah 6-3 256

Chase Hansen SS Utah 6-2 220

#2 Ohio State at Indiana Thursday, August 31 @ 8:00 PM

Damon Webb SS Ohio State 5-11 195

Billy Price OG Ohio State 6-3 312

Dante Booker OLB Ohio State 6-2 240

Michael Hill DT Ohio State 6-2 305

Tyquan Lewis DE Ohio State 6-3 265

Jamarco Jones OT Ohio State 6-5 310

J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State 6-1 224

Marcus Baugh TE Ohio State 6-4 250

Chris Worley OLB Ohio State 6-2 225

Erick Smith SS Ohio State 6-0 202

Jalyn Holmes DE Ohio State 6-5 265

Jerome Baker OLB Ohio State 6-1 225

Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State 6-4 265

Denzel Ward CB Ohio State 5-10 191

Parris Campbell WR Ohio State 6-0 205

Brady Taylor OC Ohio State 6-5 300

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Richard Lagow QB Indiana 6-5 238

Tegray Scales ILB Indiana 6-0 230

Danny Friend TE Indiana 6-5 265

Rashard Fant CB Indiana 5-10 180

Simmie Cobbs Jr. WR Indiana 6-3 220

#8 Washington at Rutgers Friday, September 1 @ 8:00 PM

Azeem Victor ILB Washington 6-2 222

Dante Pettis WR Washington 6-0 192

Coleman Shelton OC Washington 6-4 293

Lavon Coleman RB Washington 5-11 228

Keishawn Bierria ILB Washington 6-1 225

Vita Vea DT Washington 6-4 344

Drew Sample TE Washington 6-4 260

Myles Gaskin RB Washington 5-09 191

Trey Adams OT Washington 6-7 320

Greg Gaines DT Washington 6-1 321

Jake Browning QB Washington 6-1 209

JoJo McIntosh SS Washington 6-0 209 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Janarion Grant WR Rutgers 5-09 176

Sebastian Joseph DT Rutgers 6-4 295

Utah State at #9 Wisconsin Saturday, September 2 @ 12:00 PM

Dallin Leavitt S Utah State 5'10" 205

Jaren Colston-Green WR Utah State 6'2" 185

Jalen Davis CB Utah State 5'10" 185

Ian Togiai DE Utah State 6'2" 285

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Troy Fumagalli TE Wisconsin 6-5 249

Jack Cichy ILB Wisconsin 6-1 233

Chikwe Obasih DE Wisconsin 6-2 270

Austin Ramesh FB Wisconsin 6-1 251

D’Cota Dixon SS Wisconsin 5-10 198

Derrick Tindal CB Wisconsin 5-11 176

Alec James DE Wisconsin 6-3 266

Beau Benzschawel OG Wisconsin 6-5 316

Michael Deiter OC Wisconsin 6-5 329

T.J. Edwards ILB Wisconsin 6-1 244

Maryland at #23 Texas Saturday, September 2 @ 12:00 PM

Damian Prince OG Maryland 6-3 315

Jesse Aniebonam DE Maryland 6-3 260

Jermaine Carter Jr. ILB Maryland 5-11 235

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Malik Jefferson ILB Texas 6-2 240

Connor Williams OT Texas 6-5 320

Armani Watts FS Texas AM 5-11 205

Wyoming at Iowa Saturday, September 2 @ 12:00 PM

Josh Allen QB Wyoming 6-4 233

Andrew Wingard FS Wyoming 5-11 209 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Josey Jewell ILB Iowa 6-1 236

Akrum Wadley RB Iowa 5-10 191

Ike Boettger OT Iowa 6-5 307

Sean Welsh OC Iowa 6-3 290

Miles Taylor SS Iowa 6-0 205

Nathan Bazata DT Iowa 6-2 285

Boone Myers OG Iowa 6-5 305

Ben Niemann OLB Iowa 6-2 230

#11 Michigan at #17 Florida Saturday, September 2 @ 3:30 PM

Mason Cole OC Michigan 6-4 305

Khalid Hill FB Michigan 6-1 263

Maurice Hurst DT Michigan 6-2 282

Henry Poggi FB Michigan 6-3 257

Mike McCray OLB Michigan 6-3 248

Ty Isaac RB Michigan 6-2 230

John O’Korn QB Michigan 6-3 215

Wilton Speight QB Michigan 6-5 243

Grant Newsome OT Michigan 6-6 318

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Deandre Goolsby TE Florida 6-3 244

Duke Dawson CB Florida 5-11 208

Nick Washington FS Florida 6-0 197

Malik Zaire QB Florida 6-0 225

Martez Ivey OT Florida 6-5 305

Antonio Callaway WR Florida 5-11 197

Jordan Scarlett RB Florida 5-10 213

Western Michigan at #4 USC Saturday, September 2 @ 4:15 PM

Chukwuma Okorafor OT Western Michigan 6-5 330

Asantay Brown SS Western Michigan 5-11 210

Darius Phillips CB Western Michigan 5-10 191

Jarvion Franklin RB Western Michigan 5-11 228

Robert Spillane ILB Western Michigan 6-1 218

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Viane Talamaivao OG Southern California 6-2 315

Chris Hawkins FS Southern California 5-11 188

Toa Lobendahn OC Southern California 6-2 295

Steven Mitchell Jr WR Southern California 5-10 192

Uchenna Nwosu OLB Southern California 6-2 235

Cameron Smith ILB Southern California 6-1 245

Ronald Jones II RB Southern California 6-0 195

Porter Gustin OLB Southern California 6-4 260

Iman Marshall CB Southern California 6-0 200

Marvell Tell III FS Southern California 6-2 190

Rasheem Green DE Southern California 6-4 280

Deontay Burnett WR Southern California 5-11 170

#3 Florida State at #1 Alabama Saturday, September 2 @ 8:00 PM

Trey Marshall SS Florida State 6-0 207

Matthew Thomas OLB Florida State 6-2 227

Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 6-0 312

Jacob Pugh DE Florida State 6-3 232

Nate Andrews SS Florida State 5-11 210

RoDerrick Hoskins ILB Florida State 6-2 245

Rick Leonard DE Florida State 6-6 287

Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida State 6-1 198

Derwin James FS Florida State 6-2 211

Josh Sweat DE Florida State 6-4 250

Ryan Izzo TE Florida State 6-4 245

Alec Eberle OC Florida State 6-3 294

Jacques Patrick RB Florida State 6-1 233

Brock Ruble OT Florida State 6-7 319 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DaShawn Hand DE Alabama 6-4 288

Anthony Averett CB Alabama 6-0 185

Shaun Dion Hamilton ILB Alabama 6-0 235

Tony Brown CB Alabama 6-0 198

Robert Foster WR Alabama 6-1 196

Bradley Bozeman OC Alabama 6-5 314

Rashaan Evans ILB Alabama 6-2 232

Hootie Jones SS Alabama 6-1 215

Joshua Frazier DT Alabama 6-3 318

Calvin Ridley WR Alabama 6-1 190

Ronnie Harrison SS Alabama 6-2 214

Minkah Fitzpatrick FS Alabama 6-0 201

Ross Pierschbacher OG Alabama 6-3 304

Christian Miller OLB Alabama 6-3 240

DaRon Payne DT Alabama 6-2 308

Bo Scarbrough RB Alabama 6-1 232

Damien Harris RB Alabama 5-10 216

Lester Cotton OG Alabama 6-3 324

#22 West Virginia at #21 Virginia Tech Sunday, September 3 @ 7:30 PM

Ka'Raun White WR West Virginia 6'1" 197

Mike Daniels Jr. CB West Virginia 5'11" 204

Xavier Preston LB West Virginia 6'2" 238

Elijah Battle CB West Virginia 5'11" 189

Elijah Wellman TE West Virginia 6'1" 241

Grant Lingafelter OG West Virginia 6'6" 306

Kyzir White SS West Virginia 6-3 215

Justin Crawford RB West Virginia 5-10 198

Kyle Bosch OG West Virginia 6-5 305

Dravon Askew-Henry FS West Virginia 5-11 198

Al-Rasheed Benton ILB West Virginia 6-1 235

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Brandon Facyson CB Virginia Tech 6-1 197

Wyatt Teller OG Virginia Tech 6-5 304

Andrew Motuapuaka ILB Virginia Tech 5-11 235

Greg Stroman CB Virginia Tech 6-0 180

Tremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech 6-4 236

Terrell Edmunds SS Virginia Tech 6-1 210

Texas A&M at UCLA Sunday, September 3 @ 7:30 PM

Armani Watts FS Texas A&M 5-11 205

Qualen Cunningham DE Texas A&M 6-3 240

Zaycoven Henderson DT Texas A&M 6-1 305

Priest Willis CB Texas A&M 6-1 200

Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M 5-11 200

Otaro Alaka ILB Texas A&M 6-2 240

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Scott Quessenberry OC UCLA 6-3 315

Kenny Young ILB UCLA 6-1 235

Jaleel Wadood FS UCLA 5-10 175

Eldridge Massington WR UCLA 6-2 210

Josh Rosen QB UCLA 6-3 220

#25 Tennessee at Georgia Tech Monday, September 4 @ 8:00 PM

Todd Kelly Jr. SS Tennessee 5-11 208

Ethan Wolf TE Tennessee 6-5 245

Brett Kendrick OT Tennessee 6-5 318

Coleman Thomas OC Tennessee 6-5 301

Shaq Wiggins CB Tennessee 5-09 172

Evan Berry SS Tennessee 5-11 207

Jashon Robertson OG Tennessee 6-3 305

Kendal Vickers DT Tennessee 6-3 295

Justin Martin CB Tennessee 6-1 183

Darrin Kirkland Jr. ILB Tennessee 6-1 230 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

KeShun Freeman OLB Georgia Tech 6-2 250

Feel free to give a shout out to other games your going to watch and list any other players you like.

I am going to a mock because it is just what I do.

R1: Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama 6'2" 216

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

R2: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama 6'2" 319

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

R3: Billy Price OG Ohio State 6'3" 315

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

R5: Peter Kalambayi OLB Stanford 6'2" 245

NCAA Football: Stanford at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

R6: Allen Lazard WR Iowa State 6'5" 223

NCAA Football: Northern Iowa at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

R6: Jamar Summers S Connecticut 6'0" 185

NCAA Football: East Carolina at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

R6: Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota State 6'4" 250

NCAA Football: South Dakota State at Kansas John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

R7: J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State 6'1" 225

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Ohio State vs Clemson Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Here is another one just for the heck of it.

R1: Saquon Barkley RB Penn State 5'11" 223

R2: Jordan Thomas CB Oklahoma 6'0" 192

R3: Da'Shawn Hand DT Alabama 6'4" 280

R5: Trey Marshall S Florida State 6'1" 204

R6: Mitch Hyatt OT Clemson 6'5" 295

R6: Ebenezer Ogundeko DE Tennessee State 6'2" 255

R6: Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota State 6'4" 250

R7: J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State 6'1" 225

I like this second one better.

Well there you have it. Enjoy the first week of college football!