After five consecutive picks on the defensive side of the football, the Minnesota Vikings have finally gone to the offense, and back to the wide receiver position.
With Pick #176 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected wide receiver K.J. Osborn from the University of Miami.
Osborn appears to be more of a kick return specialist than a wide receiver at this point of his development. He started his college career at Buffalo before transferring to “The U” and serving as the primary return specialist.
Here’s what Lance Zierlein of NFL.com has to say about Osborn.
Osborn played mostly from the slot at Buffalo and mostly outside at Miami, but Buffalo likely had it right. His size, quickness and speed fail to stand out and he’s not fully equipped to get away from tight man on the pro level. From the slot, his instincts in space and overall toughness could serve him well, but are still garden variety at best. However, Osborn has been a consistently productive punt returner for three seasons and is able to cover kicks and punts if asked. The special teams work gives him a shot if he can be functional as a backup receiver.
Welcome to Minnesota, K.J. Osborn!