Vikings Draft Safety Tyrell Johnson in 2nd Round

It was bound to be a quiet day for the Vikings after they traded their first-round pick to the Chiefs as part of the Jared Allen deal. They did end up making a tiny bit of noise though, by making a deal with the Eagles to trade up a few slots in the second round. For a second, it seemed they might be entertaining taking either Chad Henne or Brian Brohm. But instead they went with Arkansas State safety Tyrell Johnson.

Here are the vitals on Johnson:

Height: 6-0

Weight: 207

40 time: 4.41

Was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Sunbelt conference. Tied for 12th in the country with 6 interceptions.

Was rated the best overall safety by Mel Kiper.

Here’s his highlight reel:

We definitely needed depth at safety. This guy’s big and fast and a good tackler and will make a solid replacement for Darren Sharper when he gets ready to move on (which will be soon).

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