Oct 17, 2009; South Bend, IN, USA; Southern California Trojans tight end Rhett Ellison (40) heads up field on a 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. USC defeated Notre Dame 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Take Rhett Ellison in 4th Round


The Vikings continue to pick away in the fourth round spending one of their two compensation picks in USC tight end Rhett Ellison with the 128th overall pick. The book on Ellison is that he’s an excellent blocker who has superb footwork and is an asset getting open as a reliable target in the middle of the field. Think of a combo between Jeff Dugan and Jimmy Kleinsasser. He’s also versatile who can play both as a tight end, fullback and on special teams.

Maybe the team really misses Kleinsasser already. In fact that’s a safe bet. Current tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson are best at receiving with blocking not being the greatest of their strength. Pundits will say that Rick Spielman reached for this pick as most didn’t predict he’d be drafted before the 6th round, but if he has half the career that Kleinsasser did we won’t be saying that down the road.

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