What Can Adams and Odenigbo Bring to the Party at the Vikings?

The planning phase of the Minnesota Vikings’ draft has been completed and now the execution stage is well underway. Fifth round pick Rodney Adams and seventh round selection Ifeadi Odenigbo have signed on the dotted line, with the next batch of players set to follow in the next few days.

The most pleasing aspect of the signings is that both were so keen to push their moves through despite the ongoing controversy over the language used in their contracts.

The NFL Players’ Association had actually advised the pair not to sign until the contracts had been rewritten. They are said to contain wording that violates the NFLPA’s collective bargaining agreement, although the Vikings are well documented on record as saying they aren’t breaking any rules and that the terms of the contract are no different from previous versions.

So, Adams and Odenigbo are on board and ready to slip into the purple jersey after hooking up with their fellow draft picks at boot camp. But what will they offer the team during the forthcoming campaign?

Adams Earns His Keep

Trousering a payday equating to $2.6 million over four years, Rodney Adams joins the Vikings on the back of a highly regarded collegiate career.

The receiver has left behind a glittering career in South Florida with 16 touchdown receptions and 1,967 receiving yards to his credit. The secret to such offensive dominance is his incredible speed; Adams ran a 40-yard dash in just 4.44 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine of 2017.

But it was that fine senior year that caught the eye of the Vikings’ scouts. His season with the Bulls was momentous; he set a new schools record with 67 receptions and tied his own mark of 822 receiving yards. Those five touchdown catches were the mere icing on the cake.

Intriguingly, Adams also gained notoriety in Florida as a kick returner, where he accumulated 1,140 yards from just 46 attempts – including a 97-yard sprint to the line from a kick-off.

The Vikings have a habit of unearthing outstanding wide receivers in the fifth round of the draft – it was at this stage in 2015 that Stefon Diggs was picked after all, and Adams will be looking to emulate the feats of his college counterpart in 2017.

Sack Attack

Many pundits argued that the Vikings needed a bit more steel in their defensive line, and so the addition of Odenigbo will certainly help on that front.

The 6ft 3in behemoth is something of a smash-raid specialist, as confirmed by his college stats. As part of the Northwestern team last season he led the Big Ten in sackings with ten to his name, and finished his school days with 23.5 sacks – the second most in history.

Allied to his power is exceptional pace off the mark (a 40 time of 4.72 seconds confirms that), and this combination has earned Odenigbo the tag as something of a pass-rushing specialist. He regularly made quarterbacks his bunnies in the collegiate system, and he will be hoping to make a similar impact on the NFL in the years to come.

Both Adams and Odenigbo are expected to be placed in developmental for the months ahead, although the general mood around the Vikings camp is that both can expect to enjoy some major game-time in the campaign ahead.

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