Minnesota Vikings 2013: Do Vikings Draft Another Notre Dame Player?

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Minnesota Vikings 2013: Do Vikings Draft Another Notre Dame Player?
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Is Tyler Eifert even in the Vikings draft board conversation?

Don't let it be said the Vikings current regime does not like Notre Dame players.

Since 1965—when the Vikings drafted their first Notre Dame player in WR Jack Snow—to the most
recent in DB Robert Blanton, the Vikings have drafted a total of 10 Notre Dame players. The most famous being Alan Page, DT in 1967.

The new regime has drafted a player from Notre Dame in back-to-back drafts, 2011 and 2012.

Recent evidence points to strategic moves as the Vikings have moved up in the past two years to grab instant starters Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith. We are hoping they wear purple and gold for many, many years with great productivity. 

Will that trend continue in 2013?

Here is a list of probable Notre Dame players in the upcoming draft.

In no particular order they are:

  • Braxston Cave, C
  • Tyler Eifert, TE
  • Robby Toma, WR
  • Cierre Wood, RB
  • Theo Riddick, RB
  • Kapron Lewis-Moore
  • Manti Te'o
  • Jamoris Slaughter, S
  • Zeke Motta, S

There are also juniors OT Zack Martin, DT Louis Nix, G Chris Watt and OLB Prince Shembo.

Chances are OLB Prince Shembo and OT Zack Martin will stay for their senior year in order to bolster
their 2014 draft status. At this point both appear to be Day 2 draftees.

The following slides examine the aforementioned players and whether the Vikings might/will/should consider any of these players.

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