Zach Gentry – TE (Michigan)
As it stands right now tight end is a secondary need for the Vikings. Unless Minnesota does something drastic like cut Kyle Rudolph instead of restructuring and extending his contract, they’ll just be looking to bring in competition for David Morgan and Tyler “Conk-A-Donk” Conklin.
If the Vikings do cut Rudolph, the team will be using a much higher pick on the position and will not be able to wait until Day 3 of the draft to find his replacement.
As it was mentioned previously, Minnesota could stand to add some size to their receiving corps for 2019. Well, adding a guy who is 6-foot-8 would certainly accomplish that goal.
Gentry is the definition of a red zone target with his height and overall big frame. In addition to his height, this guy is 262 pounds and he can certainly out-muscle any defender when going up for a jump ball.
What is the most surprising thing after watching his film is that, while he isn’t “fast”, he moves much quicker than one would expect for a man so big. Gentry also runs good routes, has soft, supple hands, and he can find the open spot in zones. It also takes more than one defender to take this big man down, so he’s usually gonna get some nice yards after the catch.
For a man so big though, you think Gentry would’ve produced a little more during his career at Michigan. He had a total of just 49 receptions for 817 yards and four touchdowns during his time as a Wolverine.
The plus side for Gentry is that most of those numbers came from last season. So it does show teams that he’s matured as a pass catcher over the last couple of years.
Gentry is an intriguing prospect and one the Vikings could be interested in whether they keep Kyle Rudolph or not.
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