Vikings rookie Hercules Mata’afa tears ACL

Vikings rookie defensive end Hercules Mata’afa tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Wednesday’s organized team activity, Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com reports. Mata’afa was injured during a kickoff drill. Harrison did not run the 40-yard dash at the combine or his pro day because of a hamstring injury. He is such a quality prospect that few […]

Vikings rookie defensive end Hercules Mata’afa tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Wednesday’s organized team activity, Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com reports.

Mata’afa was injured during a kickoff drill.

Harrison did not run the 40-yard dash at the combine or his pro day because of a hamstring injury. He is such a quality prospect that few are concerned. A former prep quarterback, Harrison is comfortable in a coverage role or run support.

In what is considered a thin draft class overall at the position, Williams projects as a left tackle although some might tinker with moving him to guard. He missed seven games this past season because of a knee injury and sat out the team’s bowl game to prepare for the draft. But his work in 2016 showed vast potential.

The Hokies recently dismissed Alexander for academic reasons. He played three seasons at Virginia Tech, making 125 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, seven interceptions and 17 pass breakups.

The last player selected in the supplemental draft was offensive tackle Isaiah Battle in 2015 when the Rams made him a fifth-round pick.

Proficient college pass-rushers like Chubb usually transition quickly to the NFL. He’s a high-motor player, with the athleticism and savvy to beat one-on-ones as well as double-teams. He had 26 tackles for loss in 2017 despite lots of attention.

Barkley’s work ethic, athleticism and speed are all at an elite level. He also was the pre-draft interview champion. Toss in three 1,000-yard rushing seasons, 102 career receptions and two kickoff return touchdowns and Barkley should immediately lift any offense.

In the NFL, the need for legitimate cover corners nearly matches that for quarterbacks. Ward’s quality footwork, top-shelf speed and confidence make him a rookie starter in waiting. He can play in the slot or outside and understands route concepts.

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