Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman (8) runs the ball during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Visiting with RB Freeman and C Luke Bowanko


The visits keep pouring in for the Vikings, with their “Top 30″ event being held, and now you can add two more names to the guest list.

Florida State running back Devonta Freeman and Virginia center Luke Bowanko will both be visiting the Vikings, according to the Star Tribune’s Matt Vensel.

Devonta Freeman

Freeman is a shorter running back, listed at 5-foot-8-inches and 206 pounds, who decided to leave college after his junior season, when the Seminoles won the national championship.

In his junior season, Freeman had 173 carries for 1,016 yards (5.9 yards/attempt) and 14 touchdowns. Freeman also tallied 22 receptions for 278 yards.

Freeman doesn’t have top end speed, as he ran the 40 yard dash in just 4.58 seconds at the Combine.

Freeman could become a third-down back fairly quickly in the NFL though, as he already seems to have a solid understanding of pass protection and has some skill as a receiver. Freeman’s upside as a between-the-tackles runner might be limited due to his small frame and inability to pull away from defenders.

Freeman is currently projected to be a mid-round pick, according to CBS Sports.

Freeman is the third running back the Vikings have been linked to so far this offseason, as they spoke to Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona at the Combine and have expressed interest in Towson running back Terrance West.

Luke Bowanko

A three year starter at Virgina, Bowanko alternated from playing guard at center throughout his college career.

Bowanko was a team captain his senior season for the Caviliers, He measures in at 6-feet-6-inches and 295 pounds.

Bowanko is pretty athletic for his size, as he once was a top basketball recruit out of high school.

Bowanko seems to rank as a late round pick at best, but he could be another body the Vikings bring in to compete on the interior line. Bowanko is the second offensive line prospect the Vikings have been linked to after NDSU tackle Billy Turner.

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  • Jorge

    I would be ok with us taking bortles, cuz i think he might have biggest upside and might be the pick of the litter for us at the position. I think the vikings need to trade up for him so if he fell to us i would be even happier, also I agree that linebacker is easily our second highest rated need. People forget the packers D was ” much Improved”, i never bought it, but once rodger went down they won i think 2 games in like two months, People would be surprised how much the QB can even make you defense better. How many times dod the vikings just run the ball an kick the field goal only to watch the other team march down the field an down, perhaps with a good qb we trust we wouldve been more aggressive with all those 8 or 9 man boxes and passed to win instead of playing not to lose. I also think we added enough pieces on defense, plus helps not running the very outdated tampa 2, that we should address qb first round if the guy we love and the guy who’s at the top of our qb board is there.