6 prospects who are getting late buzz from the Minnesota Vikings

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James Proche – WR (SMU)

One last player the Vikings have been recently linked to is former SMU receiver James Proche. Minnesota needs a receiver after trading away Stefon Diggs last month. Prior to the trade, they were thin at the position and moving Diggs, while necessary, thinned the talent and depth even more.

The Vikings did bring in Tajae Sharpe, which was probably the best they could do on a limited budget, but he isn’t enough. Minnesota will probably take a receiver very early this year and also address the position at least one more time later in the draft. One player they could look at late is Proche.

The Vikings first got their eye on this kid at the Senior Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Proche impressed in Mobile with his smooth route running and sticky hands. He makes his living working out of the slot and for not being a very big guy, he is excellent at going up and making a play on the ball.

His timing is uncanny and he wins many more contested catches than he should. Proche was ultra-productive in college as he caught over 300 passes for nearly 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.

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If he’s still on the board in the fifth round or later, he’d be a great pick for the Vikings and he would vastly improve the depth and talent of their receiving corps.