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  Vikings | QB Cousins From Good to Elite?    Tue Jun 28, 02:25 PM

Arif Hasan and Chad Graff, from The Athletic, report the Minnesota Vikings offense under new head coach Kevin O'Connell is going to be 'pass happy' this season. That means QB Kirk Cousins is going to have a chance to post elite numbers in 2022.

Footballguys view: While not elite per se, Cousins has been the no.11 and no.9 fantasy quarterback over the last two seasons. This offense is much more explosive, and Cousins has a chance to push higher up the rankings if he masters the system. We like Cousins as a high-end QB2 with upside to finish inside the top-10. His current ADP is likely to rise, as he now sits at QB17 (11.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Growing role for Kene Nwangwu?    Sat Jun 25, 09:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Kene Nwangwu 'figures to get more involved in the offense' this season, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Nwangwu has great straight line speed, and he is at least part of the long term plan at running back with top notch backup Alexander Mattison set to hit free agency next year. The team also drafted Ty Chandler in the fifth round, a pick that belongs to the new regime, while Nwangwu was a pick of the previous regime, so we'll be watching the reports out of camp and preseason performances of both backs.

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  Vikings | Minnesota offense 'not run-first anymore'    Fri Jun 24, 12:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson said the new offense under head coach Kevin O'Connell is going to focus more on the passing game much more than in recent seasons. 'Our offensive style, it's not a run-first offense anymore. Just us being able to put different people in different positions and distribute the ball, really. I'm so excited in this offense. Us just being in OTAs, learning the plays, going through it with our defense, and stuff.'

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  Vikings | Irv Smith up to speed    Wed Jun 22, 10:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (knee) was a full participant during minicamp and saw reps with the first-team offense.

Footballguys view: Smith was supposed to be a breakout player last season, but a knee injury cut his 2021 season short in September. He's recovered now and working in a much better offense under new head coach Kevin O'Connell. Smith has always had talent, and his skill set makes him a dangerous move tight end. If he stays healthy and plays up to his potential Smith has TE1 upside for Fantasy GMs. His current ADP seems low at TE22 (13.12) in 12-team PPR leagues, but that could rise with some training camp hype (or a big play or two in the preseason).

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  Vikings | Greg Joseph the frontrunner to kick    Wed Jun 22, 10:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings PK Greg Joseph 'enters the summer with a commanding lead' in the kicking competition with PK Gabe Brkic, according to Chad Graff of The Athletic.

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  Vikings | Akayleb Evans under contract    Wed Jun 22, 03:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings fourth-round draft choice CB Akayleb Evans signed a four-year contract with the Vikings Wednesday, June 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Minnesota looking at Ndamukong Suh    Tue Jun 21, 05:14 PM

Free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh (Buccaneers) has had multiple conversations with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.

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  Vikings | New Offense a Boost for WR Osborn?    Mon Jun 20, 03:11 PM

Arif Hasan, from The Athletic, reports the new offense for the Minnesota Vikings could be a boost for WR K.J. Osborn.

Footballguys view: The Vikings have a much more modern look on offense under new head coach Kevin O'Connell. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are the top two wideouts for the team, but Osborn could have some flex appeal for Fantasy GMs in deeper formats given a more high-powered passing game. Osborn posted a 50/655/7 statline after missing his entire rookie season in 2020. He's currently going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues, making him an intriguing late-round pick or put him on your waiver wire speed dial.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adds Andre Mintze    Mon Jun 13, 05:16 PM

Free-agent LB Andre Mintze (Broncos) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, June 13. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Gabe Brkic let go    Fri Jun 10, 05:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings PK Gabe Brkic was waived Friday, June 10.

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  Vikings | Johnny Mundt eyeing training camp    Sun Jun 5, 10:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Johnny Mundt (knee) has been working on the side during OTAs, but he said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Vikings | Kenny Willekes moved to IR    Fri Jun 3, 05:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Kenny Willekes (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Friday, June 3, after he cleared waivers.

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  Vikings | Justin Jefferson expects dynamic offense in 2022    Fri Jun 3, 01:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Justin Jefferson recently told USA TODAY Sports that the Vikings had an 'old-style offense' last year. He added that 'adding new things to the offense definitely allows us to ... work in different areas of the fields' and be 'very less predictable.''For so long the game kind of became this condensed game where everybody was building things, the marriage of the run and the pass,' O'Connell says. 'But as times kind of moved forward, I think spreading the field out (and) not playing the game in a phone booth has been a productive thing for some offenses. Putting the game in the quarterback's hands a little more, trying to run some premier plays versus premier looks. And really, when in doubt, trust space-rhythm-timing of offenses to hold you true to your core and what you're trying to get accomplished,' head coach Kevin O'Connell told USA TODAY Sports Jori Epstein.

Footballguys view: O'Connell is going to bring an exciting offense to the Vikings this year. Jefferson is going to be the key piece of the passing game, and O'Connell has said that the superstar receiver will be moved around more to make his usage less predictable. He's a no-brainer top-5 fantasy wide receiver, and it wouldn't surprise if Jefferson ended up as the best at his position in 2022.

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  Vikings | Kenny Willekes waived/injured    Thu Jun 2, 06:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Kenny Willekes (undisclosed) was waived/injured Thursday, June 2.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adds Jonathan Bullard    Thu Jun 2, 05:49 PM

Free-agent DE Jonathan Bullard (Falcons) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, June 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Brian Asamoah terms    Thu Jun 2, 09:20 AM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings third-round pick LB Brian Asamoah received a four-year, $5.49 million deal with a $1.17 million signing bonus. He'll count $997,609 against the salary cap in 2022.

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  Vikings | Brian Asamoah signs rookie deal    Wed Jun 1, 06:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings third-round draft choice LB Brian Asamoah signed a four-year contract with the Vikings Wednesday, June 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Ihmir Smith-Marsette will miss time    Wed Jun 1, 02:58 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette (leg) is out for the rest of the spring with an unspecified lower leg injury, head coach Kevin O'Connell revealed on Wednesday, June 1.

Footballguys view: Smith-Marsette, a fifth-round pick out of Iowa in the 2021 NFL draft, looked good in the preseason last year and had a 100-yard game against the Bears in Week 18. He's a deep threat and return specialist we'll continue to monitor in deep dynasty formats.

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  Vikings | A.J. Rose gets the boot    Wed Jun 1, 11:44 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB A.J. Rose was cut on Wednesday, June 1.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen feeling good    Tue May 31, 10:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen says he's feeling 'fresh' and 'energetic' ahead of the 2022 season. 'I feel fresh, I feel energetic, I think the culture that's been created here is just a breath of fresh air,' he said. 'It just makes it exciting to be here and work.'

Footballguys view: Great news for the Vikings here. Thielen underwent season-ending ankle surgery in late December and has been recovering ever since. He's signed with the Vikings through the 2024 season and restructured his contract this offseason to lower his 2022 cap hit. He might not be the top-10 wide receiver he used to be from a fantasy perspective, but Thielen is still a favorite red zone target of QB Kirk Cousins. We like him in that low-end WR2 range with upside.

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  Vikings | Dede Westbrook receives offer from MIN    Tue May 31, 08:41 PM

Free-agent WR Dede Westbrook (Vikings) received a contract offer from the Minnesota Vikings after his workout Tuesday, May 31, but he did not immediately accept it since he is receiving interest from other teams.

Footballguys view: Westbrook still has a ton of speed, but he's only caught 11 passes over the last two years (17 games) on two teams (Jaguars, Vikings). We'll see how much interest these other teams actually show as the Vikings want him back for veteran depth.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adds Albert Wilson    Tue May 31, 08:20 PM

Free-agent WR Albert Wilson (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, May 31, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Vikings also offered a contract to free agent WR Dede Westbrook but he has not yet agreed to the contract as other teams have shown interest. Wilson did not do much with the Dolphins in three seasons (he opted out of 2020) with only one 100-yard game during that time. Now with the Vikings, the veteran receiver will compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and K.J. Osborn.

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  Vikings | Dede Westbrook working out for Vikes    Tue May 31, 08:32 AM

Free-agent WR Dede Westbrook (Vikings) is working out for the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, May 31.

Footballguys view: Westbrook was overshadowed by KJ Osborn last year, but there's still opportunity at the bottom of the Vikings depth chart with Bisi Johnson, 2021 fifth round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette and this year's sixth rounder Jalen Nailor vying to make the team.

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  Vikings | RB Cook Lining Up in Bunch WR Sets    Sun May 22, 02:59 PM

Chad Graff, from The Athletic, reports the Minnesota Vikings have lined up RB Dalvin Cook in bunch wide receiver sets.

Footballguys view: Kevin O'Connell, new Vikings head coach, is going to mix things up with the offense - and he's certainly going to lean on the passing attack. That means Cook is going to get snaps lined up outside as a receiver in addition to the great work he can do as a runner. He's a no-brainer RB1 for Fantasy GMs, and hopefully he'll play a full season for the first time in his pro career.

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  Vikings | TE Smith Nearly at Full Speed    Sun May 22, 01:57 PM

Sam Ekstrom, from Locked On Vikings, reports Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (knee) was running routes at almost full speed in recent team workouts.

Footballguys view: Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell said Irv Smith is "right on schedule" with his recovery from meniscus surgery, and most around the team expect him to be fully cleared for the start of training camp. This meniscus problem cost Smith all of the 2021 season, but this year he could be in line for a larger-than-expected role. The potential for TE1 numbers is there, but Smith is going undrafted in most 12-team PPR leagues at this time. Keep him in mind as a late-round pick, but definitely keep him on waiver wire speed dial this season.

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  Vikings | Kellen Mond catching the eye of his head coach    Fri May 20, 01:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kellen Mond is 'having a good spring so far' and 'digesting the system,' according to head coach Kevin O'Connell.'Kellen's having a good spring so far, working incredibly hard, digesting the system. He made a couple checks yesterday at the LOS that he wasn't prepared play by play for...he just instinctively did it. Those are the little things you look for,' O'Connell said.

Footballguys view: Mond did not impress the staff last year as a rookie. A third-round pick out of Texas A&M in the 2021 NFL draft, Mond has some Colin Kaepernick to his game. He is athletic and has a good arm to make throws on the run, but his reads are simple and he needs to get better at making full field scans before taking off. We'll see how he meshes with the new staff, but it seems like he's fitting in better with O'Connell - a noted quarterback whisperer. Take note in dynasty formats as some were quick to move on from the young passer.

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  Vikings | Irv Smith to have important role    Wed May 18, 07:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith will be a major part of the team's offense this season, according to head coach Kevin O'Connell.

Footballguys view: This message should be received by all Fantasy GMs. The offense implemented by O'Connell can be quite tight end friendly. Smith has the talent to create mismatches anytime he steps onto the field. In most leagues, Smith is not being drafted at this time. If he is a major part of the team's offense then Fantasy GMs should project Smith as a TE2 with upside - either as a late-round pick or waiver wire speed dial guy.

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  Vikings | Dalvin Cook getting looks at WR    Wed May 18, 12:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been lining up in bunch wide receiver sets in multiple formations during the team's organized team activities, The Athletic's Chad Graff reported on Tuesday, May 17.

Footballguys view: KJ Osborn is the team's #3 receiver, but Alexander Mattison appeared to take a step forward last year, so perhaps putting Cook in the slot at times could give them their strongest personnel set. New head coach Kevin O'Connell could also be experimenting, so we'll wait to see if this carries over to camp before changing any projections for the usage of Cook, Osborn, and Mattison.

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  Vikings | Irv Smith making progress    Wed May 18, 12:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith (knee) did some work during the team's workout on Tuesday, May 17, and is making progress in his rehab for a torn meniscus. 'He's little by little every single day doing more and more,' head coach Kevin O'Connell said.

Footballguys view: Smith's meniscus injury was on the serious side, as it shut him down before the season began and he's still not full speed. If he comes back without incident, he should be the #3 option in the passing game and a possible fantasy TE1. He turns 24 in August despite already being in the league for three years.

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  Vikings | Minnesota swaps out linebackers    Mon May 16, 02:00 PM

Undrafted rookie free-agent LB William Kwenkeu (Temple) signed an undisclosed contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, May 16. The Vikings also released LB Tuf Borland.

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  Vikings | MIN hires VP of football operations    Mon May 16, 11:48 AM

The Minnesota Vikings hired San Francisco 49ers manager of football research and development Demitrius Washington as vice president of football operations on Monday, May 16.

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  Vikings | Brett Hundley will not join Vikings    Sat May 14, 05:55 PM

Free-agent QB Brett Hundley (Colts) will not be signing with the Minnesota Vikings after participating in their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Hundley was released by the Colts last year and is trying to stick in the league. Perhaps some team will want to bring him in as a camp arm later this summer, but it's clear he's nearing the end of his NFL career.

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  Vikings | Isaiah Buggs trying out    Fri May 13, 07:56 PM

Free-agent DE Isaiah Buggs (Raiders) is participating in the Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Andrew Booth sidelined    Fri May 13, 06:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Andrew Booth (hernia) is not participating in the rookie minicamp because he is recovering from hernia surgery. He said he should be on the field in a few weeks.

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  Vikings | Brett Hundley trying out    Fri May 13, 05:35 PM

Free-agent QB Brett Hundley (Colts) is participating in the Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.

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  Vikings | Two offensive rookies signed    Thu May 12, 05:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings fifth-round draft choice RB Ty Chandler and sixth-round draft choice WR Jalen Nailor signed four-year contracts with the Vikings Thursday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Chandler is a player to watch here in dynasty formats. A backup to Javonte Williams in 2020, Chandler got the chance to be the man for the Tarheels in 2021 and shined. Chandler is not a big back, but he's fast and can make defenders look silly in space. He's not a pile pusher, but Chandler is the type of player who is tough to bring down because of his elite contact balance.

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  Vikings | Minnesota locks up Esezi Otomewo on rookie deal    Thu May 12, 02:57 PM

Fifth-round draft choice DE Esezi Otomewo (Minnesota) signed a four-year contract worth $3.97 million - including a signing bonus of $309,048 - with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, May 12.

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  Vikings | Vederian Lowe inks rookie deal    Thu May 12, 01:20 PM

Sixth-round draft choice OT Vederian Lowe (Illinois) reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $3.86 million - including a signing bonus of $197,873 - with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, May 12.

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  Vikings | Lewis Cine receives first contract    Wed May 11, 05:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings first-round draft choice S Lewis Cine agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Vikings Wednesday, May 11, worth $11,494,155. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

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  Vikings | Nick Muse agrees to terms    Wed May 11, 01:53 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Nick Muse has agreed to terms on a four-year, $3.77 million rookie contract, according to a source. The seventh-round pick, who is expected to officially sign the deal on Thursday, May 12, will get a signing bonus of $106,933 and will count as $731,733 against Minnesota's cap in 2022.

Footballguys view: Muse is a late-round pick who is likely bound for the practice squad if he can impress. In college at South Carolina (transferred from William & Mary) Muse showed he can attack all three levels of the defense as a receiver. He's a competitive blocker and could be a nice "Y" tight end for the Vikings but likely is never going to be a starter or primary target at the position.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adds Gabe Brkic    Thu May 5, 06:15 PM

Undrafted free-agent PK Gabe Brkic (Oklahoma) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, May 5. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Jordon Scott cut    Thu May 5, 05:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Jordon Scott was released Thursday, May 5.

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  Vikings | Jake Bargas back with MIN    Mon May 2, 10:54 PM

Free-agent FB Jake Bargas (Vikings) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, May 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Garrett Bradbury in his last year with Minnesota?    Mon May 2, 02:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings C Garrett Bradbury's fifth-year team option for 2023 was not exercised Monday, May 2.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adds nine UDFAs    Sat Apr 30, 08:37 PM

Undrafted free-agents S Mike Z. Brown (Miami (Ohio)), WR Thomas Hennigan (Appalachian State), RB Bryant Koback (Toledo), LB Zach McCloud (Miami (Fla.)), C Josh Sokol (Sacred Heart), DT Tyarise Stevenson (Tulsa), WR Tre Turner (Virginia Tech), LB Luiji Vilain (Wake Forest) and P Ryan Wright (Tulane) agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, April 30.

Footballguys view: Tre Turner is worth keeping an eye on in crazy deep dynasty formats. He has build-up speed and uses late hands to get passes in down the field. Turner improved every year in college and may be one of those players who is better as a pro than he was as a collegian.

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  Vikings | Ty Chandler drafted by Vikings    Sat Apr 30, 03:04 PM

North Carolina RB Ty Chandler was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 169th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Chandler is a change-of-pace back with incredible contact balance and speed. He was a reserve behind Javonte Williams and Michael Carter in 2020, but he led the Tar Heels in rushing in 2021 when he was the main man. Chandler is great in space and difficult to bring down with just a shoulder. He could be a fine change-of-pace back behind Dalvin Cook.

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  Vikings | Minnesota selects Ed Ingram    Fri Apr 29, 09:04 PM

Louisiana State OG Ed Ingram was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 59th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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  Vikings | Andrew Booth selected with 42 overall pick    Fri Apr 29, 07:57 PM

Clemson CB Andrew Booth was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 42nd overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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  Vikings | Lewis Cine lands in Minnesota    Thu Apr 28, 11:24 PM

Georgia S Lewis Cine was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 32nd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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  Vikings | Minnesota met with Travon Walker    Wed Apr 20, 04:05 PM

Georgia DE Travon Walker met with the Minnesota Vikings leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, according to The Athletic's Ben Standig.

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