NFL Draft: Vikings Reportedly Work Out Basketball Player Richard Ross


6-6, 236-pound Old Dominion basketball player Richard Ross has gotten a look from multiple NFL teams including the Vikings, reports the Star-Trib.

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Ross has the build and athleticism teams look for when scouring the NCAA basketball ranks in search of the next Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates. The Vikings reportedly sent TE coach Kevin Stefanski to ODU on Wednesday to put Ross through a private work out.

Before embarking on a college basketball career at ODU, Ross was a high school standout in multiple sports including football, lettering twice as a receiver. He was also a high school All-American in track, setting a regional record in the long jump.

Ross displayed his athleticism in college by throwing down several highlight reel dunks including this one against Murray State.

Ross’ ODU basketball coach told the Virginian-Pilot he thinks Ross could pop up in the NFL (via

"“They’ve asked about him,” football coach Bobby Wilder said of [NFL] scouts. “I think he’s got a shot. He’s such a tremendous athlete.“Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any eligibility left.”"

A few years back the Vikings signed speedy Florida International point guard Nick Taylor with the intention of making him a cornerback but that never really panned out. This whole converting-basketball-players thing always sounds good but how often do you find an Antonio Gates? Not very often.

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