Six 2017 Senior Bowl prospects for the Minnesota Vikings to watch

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The Reese’s Senior Bowl kicks off this week in Mobile, Alabama and the Minnesota Vikings will be watching closely as they prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Considered the mecca of NFL scouting events, the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl is upon us. The highest profile collegiate prospects will compete in front of many NFL and CFL scouts in Mobile, Alabama.

Competing in multiple drills, it is an eventful week that has previously hosted football legends in Joe Namath, Walter Payton and most recently Dak Prescott.

Under the Leslie Frazier regime, the Vikings coaching staff led the North Team during the 2012 Senior Bowl. There, they found arguably the cornerstone of their defense in Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith.

The franchise has made it well-known that they pay very close attention at the Senior Bowl as they have drafted multiple participants the past three seasons (Jerick McKinnon, T.J. Clemmings, Willie Beavers, Kentrell Brothers).

Although not having much recent success with in-game participants, look for the franchise to once again target many prospects during this week’s events.

Before we go more in depth, let’s look at the rosters* for each team (via

*Rosters have yet to be finalized at this point in time.

Senior Bowl practices are scheduled to begin Jan. 23, inside Ladd-Peebles Stadium. NFL Network and ESPN2 will broadcast live coverage, interviews and practices throughout the week. Game coverage will broadcast on the NFL Network, Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET.