Hat tip to The Viking Age for jumping on this first.
During the time leading up to the National Football League Draft, each team is allowed to have 30 visits with prospective draft prospects. In most seasons, the Minnesota Vikings have chosen to have one big event to host nearly all of those visits at the same time, and this year will be no exception.
Tomorrow and Wed.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) April 2, 2018
According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minneapolis, the Vikings will be hosting this year’s “Top 30” event on Tuesday and Wednesday. They’ll be holding this year’s event at the Twin Cities Orthopedic Performance Center in Eagan, and why wouldn’t they? It’s a prime opportunity to show off the new digs to a group of prospects. . .some of whom will likely be joining the franchise in a matter of weeks.
According to the folks from Walter Football, the list of folks that will be attending this year’s gala. . .I think it qualifies as a gala, anyway. . .includes the following prospects:
- Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma
- Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
- Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
- P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State
- Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State
- Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State
- Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
- Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
- Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio
- Frank Ragnow, OL, Arkansas
- Justin Reid, S, Stanford
- Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
- Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers
- Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
As you can see, there’s only one likely first-round pick on the list of prospects that are going to be attending, that being Mike Hughes. But, that’s not the point of a get-together like this. Certainly, by this point, everyone knows who the top guys are and who the team is probably going to target early on. An event like this is to try to get a feel for the guys that are going to go on the third day of the draft (or somewhere on the second day at the earliest).
The highest profile prospect of those listed, outside of Hughes, is probably Ragnow, the Chanhassen native that went out of state to play for the Razorbacks and had a pretty outstanding career. He could slot in at either guard or center for the Vikings, and is likely a Day 2 selection.
If we happen to get word of any of the other names that will be taking part in this year’s Top 30 event for the Vikings, we’ll pass that along.