The Vikings have signed defensive lineman Anthony Jacobs according to Aaron Wilson of Fox Sports. Jacobs played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and went undrafted in this years draft. Jacobs got an invite to the Vikings rookie camp last weekend and ended up impressing enough to get a contract.
I don’t really know anything about Jacobs but here are a couple reports on him from around the web.
ProFootballWeekly.com scouting report:
Undersized, durable, athletic defensive tackle with nice arm length who is quick off the ball and gives effort in pursuit, though he is covered up by larger linemen. Ran in the high 4.7s, posted a 35½-inch vertical leap and broad-jumped 10 feet 2 inches. In high school, played running back and ran the 4×100 relay. Solid character — works hard on and off the field.
DraftInsider.net scouting report:
Positive: Explosive yet slightly undersized defensive lineman with potential at a number of spots upfront. Displays outstanding first-step quickness, keeps his feet moving on contact and gets momentum going up the field. Plays with good balance, leverage and displays the ability to drop off the line of scrimmage then play in space on zone blitzes. Quickly locates the action and displays a good head for the ball. Adequate change-of-direction ability. Plays hard until the whistle blows.
Negative: Lacks size and can be overwhelmed at the point of attack by a single blocker. Must develop more moves with his hands.
Analysis: Jacobs was an adequate player at Minnesota, but he lacks top measurables for the next level. He offers potential as a three-technique lineman in the NFL if he proves his worth on special teams.
Scout.com scouting report:
Excellent athlete for a big man. …Powerful. …Thick body. …Runs with good pad level and doesn’t go down on first or second contact. …Defensively he’s quick and gets to the football. …Excellent mobility. …Strong enough to overpower blockers and quick enough to blow by them. Could play FB, DT or DE.