Blake Lynch – LB
The Vikings have four young linebackers on their roster. Troy Dye was a fourth-round pick this year and he will likely make the team. Blake Lynch and Jordan Fehr were added after the draft and Minnesota recently signed Hardy Nickerson Jr. to round out the depth. At least one of these three remaining players will probably make the practice squad.
Lynch has a great shot since he played for a big school like Baylor. He’s battle-tested and he faced some of the better competition that college football has to offer.
Lynch has great size at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds in addition to also moving well on the field. He will be in a battle with Fehr and Nickerson this summer. But with a solid camp, he should be able to land on the practice squad.
Kyle Hinton – OL
Hinton was the last player the Vikings drafted in 2020. He’s a small school standout and dominated as a tackle at the Division II level. He moves well for being such a large man and he plays mean, blocking with aggression and power.
Hinton does have an outside shot to make the 53-man roster if he can impress in practice. There has been some talk that Minnesota could try him out at center and the more versatility he’s able to show, the better his chances are of making the team.
Even though the Vikings’ guard situation is not the greatest, Hinton’s chances of making the roster are bleak. He is making the adjustment from a Divison-II school to the NFL and that is a huge jump in talent and overall speed of the game.
He would benefit greatly from a year on the practice squad and he could be a strong candidate to get called up to the active roster at some point during the season.