Six 2017 Senior Bowl prospects for the Minnesota Vikings to watch

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NCAA Football: Duke at Louisville
NCAA Football: Duke at Louisville /

Long, athletic and rangy – those three traits are what the Vikings scouting department seem to value the most when evaluating linebackers. With the past draft selections of Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and the free-agent acquisition of Emmanuel Lamur, the position is the best it has been in recent memory.

With Chad Greenway expected to retire in the coming weeks, the team has a void to fill at outside linebacker. The 34-year-old veteran’s best days are behind him and it is evident. It is now time to look for an upgrade.

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Louisville hybrid Josh Harvey-Clemons is an interesting case. Checking every box the Vikings look for in its prospects, he has the size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds), quickness, and instincts the team covets.

Harvey-Clemons biggest battles have come off-the-field. He started his career at the University of Georgia in 2014, but after repeated marijuana offenses he was dismissed from the team.

Since transferring to Louisville, there have been no off-the-field incidents  reported and the former five-star prospect turned into the focal point of the Cardinals’ defense.

What makes Harvey-Clemons intriguing is his ability to be a three-down “tweener”. Meaning that his versatility enables him to be on the field in running or passing situations.

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Scheme flexible, Harvey-Clemons has a chance to improve his stock in Mobile this week in multiple drills as a safety and linebacker.

  • NFL Comparison: George Iloka/Shaq Thompson
  • Projected Draft Range: Fourth-Round