2015 NFL Draft: Vikings Select TE MyCole Pruitt In 5th Round


The Vikings’ 5th round began with them trading back a few spots to grab an extra 6th round pick, giving Rick Spielman his desired 10 total picks for the draft.

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With their first of two picks in the 5th, the Vikings selected Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt.

Combine watchers may remember the numbers Pruitt put up at that particular event. Pruitt was a top performer among tight ends at the 40 (4.58), the vertical (38), the broad jump (118), the 20-yard shuttle (4.37) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.85).

NFL.com’s scouting report noted this about Pruitt:

"The production is impressive. It warrants attention and accolades, but the tape shows an alarming inconsistency of effort and competitive fire. Pruitt won’t be considered a plus athlete for the position by NFL standards, so he must crank up the motor and keep it running — especially when asked to block since that might be his way onto a team."

Pruitt is not huge for a tight end at 6-2, 251 pounds and you really can’t make a big deal about his college production given the quality of competition he faced in the Missouri Valley Conference.

There’s clearly talent here, but there are also big-time concerns about Pruitt’s effort level and his route-running. The Vikings are hoping the light comes on for Pruitt, otherwise they may have just wasted a fifth round pick on a Turd McMuffin.

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