Vikings Visiting with RB Freeman and C Luke Bowanko


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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.