Minnesota Vikings: Breaking Down Offensive 2017 NFL Draft Picks

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Dec 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Bucky Hodges (7) during the first half of the ACC Championship college football game against the Clemson Tigers at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 6, Pick 201: Bucky Hodges, TE – Virginia Tech

A purely skilled tight end on the outside with limited blocking ability, Hodges provides a potential replacement for the recently departed Mycole Pruitt. Hodges joins the likes of Kyle Rudolph, David Morgan, and the newly signed Nick Truesdell. Hodges stands a massive 6-7 and plays a lot more like a raw wide receiver than a tight end, creating some dismal mismatches in college.

Despite the size and upside, Hodges has not played the position long, and really has a ton to learn when it comes to being a tight end in the league.

He spent most of his time in college lining up in the slot and on the outside, not normally lining up on the end of the line and helping block. Not that he’s shy of contact, Virginia Tech just simply saw better uses for him during his time there. Minnesota will need to work on his route running, his blocking, and his overall physical nature.

The Vikings have had a tendency to keep three tight-ends on the roster, one being the all-around player in Kyle Rudolph, the h-back blocker with catching ability in David Morgan, so it will more or less come down to the former Arena Football League star in Truesdell and now the rookie Hodges for the third spot.

It’ll come down to training camp, just some more competition that a Pat Shurmur coached offensive system needs to succeed. Hodges has a real outside shot of making the roster with his athletic ability alone.

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Round 7, Pick 219: Stacy Coley, WR – Miami (FL)

This wide receiver reminds me a lot of a receiver that is already on the roster, Jarius Wright. A quick twitch slot receiver who can get vertical, Coley has more of a sudden burst then breakaway speed, though he runs a 4.45 in the 40.

Coley will need to gain some strength at the next level, only putting 10 reps up on the bench. He was quite up and down at Miami, where he slumped his sophomore year and never eclipsed 1,000 yards in any season. Minnesota may be hoping that he fulfills he talent and becomes a contributor in some sort of way on the season, but I’m not too sure Coley makes the roster entering the season.