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Approaching The Draft: Fullbacks

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This is the last segment of “Approach the Draft” for the offensive side of the ball. Feel free to check out my previous segments on guards and centers, offensive tackles, Tight Ends, Wide Outs, Running Backs, and Quarterbacks.

Now, for the fullback position, and then onto defense!

CURRENT STATUS: Last year, Naufahu Tahi took over as Adrian Peterson’s lead blocker when the Vikings allowed Tony Richardson to leave via free agency and when free agent signing Thomas Tapeh was cut due to some mis-information leading up to his contract offer regarding his health. Tahi was unimpressive with the ball in his hands, but was a solid blocker (not that he didn’t make some mistakes). Tahi, a restricted free agency, is thought highly enough of in the organization that the Vikings were willing to match an offer made by the Bengals. Jeff Dugan has amazingly stuck with the Vikings for 5 seasons, and doubles as a backup tight end. The Vikings supposed interest in Leanord Weaver may indicate that they are interested in upgrading this position.

ROUND ONE: If the Vikings draft a fullback in the first round (or first four rounds for that matter) then the entire organization has gone crazy. Brannan Southerland from Georgia is the highest rated fullback in the draft, but shouldn’t taken until the 5th round.

WHO THEY SHOULD TARGET: If you’ve looked at my previous draft segments, you know I’ve already spent four of the Vikings five picks on offensive players, but I’m going to spend another one right here. In the seventh round, the Vikings should target Jorvorskie Lane out of Texas A&M. This six foot, 280 pounder has had amazing years rushing and catching (before Mike Sherman went to A&M and under utilized all of his players) and has drawn comparisons to Jerome Bettis. The Vikings need to improve their 3rd down and red zone percentages and Lane would be a big part of that. The best part, is he’s a threat with the ball in hand, so that’s just one more thing a defense has to account for besides Adrian Peterson.

LEAST LIKELY TO BE TARGETED: Andrew Mooney from Ohio has had a lot of knee problems and will doubtless go undrafted, and probably will be a street free agent when training camp rolls around.

MOST LIKELY TO BE TARGETED: I see Childress really liking Travis McCall from Alabama due to his Dugan-like ability to play both fullback and tight end. McCall is very good blocker and will probably be available as an undrafted free agent.


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One Response to “Approaching The Draft: Fullbacks”

  1. Irene Decker says:

    Please don’t make blatant statements regarding Andrew Mooney ‘knees.’ I can guarantee you that you know absolutely nothing regarding the status, simple by the ignorance of your statement.

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