Top Defensive End To Visit

Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of Access Vikings are on a mission to put together names of prospects visiting the Vikings this week.  I am way ahead of them if you look under our “2010 Offseason Tracker” but they are still uncovering a few names that were not previously reported.

The two latest additions are cornerback Patrick Robinson of Florida State and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul of South Florida.

Both players are thought to have first round potential and both could conceivably be available when the Vikings choose at #30.

The inclusion of Pierre-Paul is interesting because defensive end is not thought to be an immediate need for the Vikings unless somebody signs restricted free agent Ray Edwards to an offer sheet.  If a team did sign Edwards, they would be required to give the Vikings a first rounder in return, which could possibly put the Vikings in a better position to draft a top prospect like Pierre-Paul.

Of course, maybe they’re actually just bringing him in to see how some of the offensive linemen prospects hold up against one of college’s top pass rushers.

Robinson, on the other hand, could very well be a realistic option for the Vikings no matter what goes down between now and draft day.

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16 Responses to “Top Defensive End To Visit”

  1. Norseman66 says:


    Since you posed the question, do you think the Eagles might make a run at Edwards? Or maybe somebody else?

    • Adam Warwas says:

      I am having trouble getting a sense for how teams are approaching the whole RFA thing this year with all the funky rules. Are they going to just let it pass by without much done? Or are teams sandbagging, all holding out until the last possible moment? Either way, that window to make offers to RFAs is closing quickly.

      I would keep an eye on the Eagles, however, as they would love to find ways to improve their front 7.

      • Norseman66 says:

        I agree, this to me has been one weird free agency period. Some big moves went down the first 7-10 days then it went into a coma with momentary signs of life. A lot of trades already this “offseason”. It’s also hard to read the Patriots this year. They haven’t done anything and they have a ton of holes to fill. I know they have 4 picks in the first 2 rounds but I don’t think you can count on drafting 4 contenders for Rookie of the Year honors.
        However, at least the Lions are trying to get their franchise at least partly on track.

  2. SupaScout says:

    Speaking of D-ends there is a nice article about Brian Robison on that is worth checking out.

  3. Purple Charlie says:

    Supa, That was a good in depth article, as you said, worth checking out…

  4. Lost Viking says:

    Value of a first round draft choice – economist’s perspective

    Earliest selections in the draft have the worst value.

  5. wtfvikesfan says:

    mel kipers big board……

    Ndamukong SuhDT6-4300
    Analysis: Explosive, relentless and consistent. Last week: No. 1

    Gerald McCoyDT6-4297
    Analysis: Disruptive force. Productive NFL career ahead. Last week: No. 2

    Eric BerryDB5-11203
    Analysis: Ultimate playmaker in the Ed Reed mold. Last week: No. 3

    Jimmy ClausenQB6-3223
    Analysis: Accurate, under-center experience, competitive and tough. Last week: No. 4

    Sam BradfordQB6-4223
    Analysis: Underrated arm, great feel for position, super accurate. Last week: No. 5

    Derrick MorganDE6-4275
    Analysis: Solid pass-rusher and stout versus the run. Very productive. Last week: No. 6

    Russell Okung OT6-5300
    Analysis: Athletic, strong and fiery blindside pass-protector. Last week: No. 7

    Jason Pierre-Paul DE6-5262
    Analysis: Explosive, natural pass-rusher; raw but physically gifted. Last week: No. 8

    C.J. Spiller RB5-11195
    Analysis: Multitalented, versatile, electrifying game-breaker. Last week: No. 9

    Trent Williams OT6-5318
    Analysis: Long and strong. Can help immediately at RT. Last week: No. 10

    Dan Williams DT6-3327
    Analysis: High motor, consistent, tremendously powerful lower body. Last week: No. 11

    Earl Thomas S5-10197
    Analysis: Covers a ton of ground, great in big games. Last week: 12

    Dez Bryant WR6-2220
    Analysis: Dynamic receiver and returner. Draft’s best downfield threat. Last week: No. 13

    Bryan Bulaga OT6-6312
    Analysis: A fantastic pass-protecting tackle; long arms, solid feet. Last week: No. 16

    Joe Haden CB5-11190
    Analysis: Polished cover corner with tackling ability to match. Last week: No. 14

    Rolando McClain LB6-4258
    Analysis: Fiery, vocal team leader with top instincts for position. Last week: No. 15

    Brandon Graham DE6-2270
    Analysis: Awesome athlete, force off the edge, led nation in TFLs. Last week: No. 17

    Maurkice Pouncey C/G6-5318
    Analysis: Athletic, versatile interior lineman. Rising quickly. Last week: No. 18

    Sergio Kindle LB6-4255
    Analysis: Improved all season; prototype 3-4 OLB in NFL. Last week: No. 19

    Devin McCourty CB5-11190
    Analysis: Top-end speed, solid cover and ball skills. Last week: No. 20

    Colt McCoy QB6-2210
    Analysis: Great leader with underrated physical skills and arm. Last week: NR

    Kareem Jackson CB6-0193
    Analysis: Physical defensive back with improved cover skills. Last week: No. 22

    Arrelious Benn WR6-2220
    Analysis: Explosive, physical wideout; strong in return game. Last week: No. 21

    Demaryius Thomas WR6-3229
    Analysis: Physical wideout; home run threat in a vertical scheme. Last week: No. 23

    Sean Weatherspoon LB6-2245
    Analysis: Tackling machine with very underrated speed for the position. Last week: No. 24

  6. wtfvikesfan says:

    3 Qb’s in the top 25!!!!

  7. wtfvikesfan says:

    would branden marshall be sweet as a viking!!!!

  8. Fragile Freds says:

    Marshall is a kook. Yes on his talent, hell no on his attitude.

  9. Purple Charlie says:

    I think Josh McDaniels is a loose cannon at times too, Which probably didn’t help matters with Marshall…

    But I agree that Marshall isn’t worth the risk, As quoted he’s a kook…

    He reminds me a little of T.O. at times, Just not as bad…

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Marshall is a legitimate criminal that has actually hurt people inthe real world… T.O. might be an idiot when it comes to football business, but I don’t think he deserves to be thrown into the same pile.

  10. Fragile Freds says:

    What’s this Freds hears about the Vikes having QB prospect R.J. Archer in for a look? This is silly. Archer went to a college called Bill& Mary. Dude has played QB for 1 year. Let’s not do this again!

  11. Viking John says:

    But Freds, we need the drama. All of these second rate QB’s that we bring in.
    Go Vikes

  12. Fragile Freds says:

    Excellent point Johns.

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