Vikings Notes: DBs, RBs, McKinnon

The Vikings were busy during the first round of the draft, selecting Anthony Barr and trading up to get Teddy Bridgewater. On Day 2, Minnesota supplemented its defense by adding Scott Crichton, and then added to its running game by drafting Jerick McKinnon. The team still has some holes, though, and Day 3 will be important as the Vikings aim to add depth and role players.

More notes from Minnesota:

  • GM Rick Spielman says the Vikings tried to make some more moves in the draft, but a deal never came together, tweets Ben Goessling of
  • Spielman also adds that the team will continue to look for defensive backs, and suggested that DB help could come in the form of undrafted free agents. “You have to remember, you’re not done when the draft’s done,” said Spielman (per Goessling on Twitter).
  • The Viking will continue with a best-player-available strategy, says Spielman, and Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweets that the team’s picks have reflected that plan.
  • Spielman continues, noting that the Vikings will continue to look for a third-down back to play behind Adrian Peterson, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Twitter link).
  • McKinnon, a versatile athlete who played both running back and quarterback at Georgia Southern last season, said the Texans, Ravens, and Bills were interested in selecting him as a defensive back, the position at which he began his college career, says Tomasson (via Twitter).
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