2015 NFL Draft: Vikings Select OT Tyrus Thompson in 6th Round


Now that Charter Communications has restored internet service, I can continue running down the Vikings’ final draft picks.

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With their first selection in the 6th round, #185 overall, the Vikings took OT Tyrus Thompson out of Oklahoma.

According to Rick Spielman, Thompson projects as a potential swing player on the offensive line (via Vikings.com):

"He was a left tackle at Oklahoma and we’re projecting him to potentially be a swing tackle or also move inside to guard. He’s another guy that has great length, great size, and he’s a very mature kid as you guys know – he’s married with two children. We could project him inside as a guard as well. When Hank came back from the visit, we went through our meetings, he’s extremely sharp, and felt that he could play multiple positions for us."

CBSSports.com likes Thompson’s build but isn’t sold on his ability to develop:

"Some inconsistencies and questionable desire are still there, but his raw movement skills, size and length are made for the NFL, specifically a zone-blocking scheme – mid-to-late round pick who will likely be overdrafted."

Thompson was the second offensive lineman taken by the Vikings in this year’s draft. In the 4th round they selected T.J. Clemmings of Pitt.

Clearly, Rick Spielman placed a priority this year on beefing up the offensive line talent. Even if these guys don’t secure starting spots, they should represent better backup options than the players Minnesota had out there last year.

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