Lito Sheppard Visits the Vikings

For about the last week, stories have been making the rounds suggesting the Vikings could be interested in former Eagles and Jets cornerback Lito Sheppard.

In just the last few minutes the story got a whole lot more concrete. According to PFT, Lito is visiting the Vikings today.

The interest in Sheppard signals just how concerned the Vikes are about their cornerback situation, which went from solid to iffy last season with injuries to Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin.

But whether Sheppard represents a viable solution to these issues is an open question. He was a good player in Philadelphia, but last year he went to the Jets and wound up riding the bench. He was released by the team in early March.

If Sheppard is signed by the Vikes, he would likely only start until Griffin recovers fully from his ACL tear, then shift over to nickelback. Sheppard as a starter doesn’t do much for me, but Sheppard as a nickel guy and fill-in #2 corner makes sense.

And of course there’s that other burning question: What does this interest in Sheppard say about the Vikings’ plans for the draft?

A lot of us think the Vikes could – and should – go cornerback with their 30th overall pick, but there has been plenty of speculation about other options too, including trading down, or taking a quarterback like Tim Tebow with that pick.

We won’t be in suspense very long of course – the draft starts Thursday evening.

Tags: Antoine Winfield Cedric Griffin Lito Sheppard Minnesota Vikings Tim Tebow

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