Minnesota Vikings: A look into the future at the safety position

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Josh Metellus

Josh Metellus has the leg up as the team enters training camp by virtue of being the first player selected out of the bunch. The Vikings spent a sixth-round pick on the safety out of Michigan with the hope that he can develop into a contributor.

At Michigan, Metellus thrived as an in-the-box defender who could fly to the ball and deliver a stunning blow to the ball-carrier. He excels at initiating contact and driving through the ball to finish the play. He also has experience as a slot defender with plenty of success in pass coverage.

He finished his time collegiate career on a high note, setting career-highs in tackles, tackles for loss, and pass deflections. Metellus broke up 14 passes and intercepted five in his four-year career while adding 186 tackles. He can be a do-it-all type of safety once he adjusts to the NFL.

His production increased every year and he showed flashes at a variety of spots for the Wolverines. His ability to read and react, along with his instincts in coverage, makes him a fun project moving forward.

Josh Metellus is a name to keep an eye on as the Vikings hit training camp. He will likely get some reps against the first-team offense at times just to see how different players look in certain situations. If he balls out, Metellus could find playing time quite early in his career.