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With their third-round pick, the Vikings will look to address their secondary.
The offseason signings of Bowman and Carr are not enough for a secondary that ranked 26th in the league. When you have Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford on your schedule six times per year, you need to make sure you can try to contain them with talent.
Enter Chase Minnifield. Drafting Minnifield in the third round was something no one thought would happen coming into draft day. However, he was not able to stay healthy because of a nagging knee injury. Minnifield had surgery and will recover, but unfortunately the recovery hurt his performance at the combine.
According to CBSSports.com's Frank Cooney, Minnifield ensures that his low 40-yard dash time and vertical are skewed by his injury.
Minnifield told an NFL Draft Scout:
"It is so frustrating because I was only 80 percent for my pro day and my hamstring tightened up, too," Minnifield said. "It's taking time for my fast-twitch muscles to come back after surgery."
Minnifield says when those muscles do come back and he is 100 percent, he knows exactly what to expect.
"I will have the same 40-yard times I had before, from 4.38 to 4.41 [seconds]," he said. "And my vertical jump should be between 36 and 38 inches."
If this is all true, and there is plenty of reason to believe so, the Vikings will get a great value pick with Minnifield in the third round. His type of talent might make this much maligned pass defense enter the top 15 in the league.