Vinny Perretta: The Minnesota Vikings' Next Great Slot Receiver

Lace BanachekAnalyst IMay 23, 2009

BOISE , ID - SEPTEMBER 13:  Vinny Perretta #19 of the Boise State Broncos runs with the ball against the Bowling Green Falcons at Bronco Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

College draft days most significant analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said of Vinny Perretta: “He’s more of an underneath threat with the ability to make things happen after the catch.” 

The key word that Mel used for Vinny (“threat”) is more than appropriate. Perretta the Minnesota Viking free agent receiver and former Boise State Bronco Z receiver (slot/third) has great hands and superb vision.

Of course, that is not news to Boise State fans as game after game Vinny always came through in one fashion or another. One of Perretta’s many pluses is his ability to make things happen after the catch.

That’s why Vinny was used on the Broncos All-Star team (special teams). Perretta and the other Viking free agent from Boise State, Ian Johnson, were heavily used on special teams because they were extremely adaptable players with the constant abilities to make things happen.

Mel also tabbed Vinny as a poor man's Wes Welker. Well maybe not a “poor mans’ but there is a significant similarity between the two receivers and if Mel is any where near close to his comparison the Vikings will have made their key pick of draft day without even using a draft pick.

Minnesota and Vinny were presumptuously sure that Perretta was not on the draft list radar. So the Vikings had Vinny fly out prior to the draft to get an up close and personal look into the one receiver who seemed to do everything the Boise State Broncos asked and look good doing it.

For example, Perretta threw the fourth-down pass to Derek Schouman that afforded the Broncos a last chance two-point conversion attempt to win the great Fiesta Bowl game of 2007. 

Vinny Perretta was always a go-to guy. Vinny can throw and catch but its what he gets done following the receptions that is always amazing; he just has that rare ability to find an opening and make something out of nothing.

Vinny plays like a giant on the field but his small stature has kept him from being noticed. For that matter Vinny has always flown under the radar. Perretta was not signed to a scholarship at Boise State right out of the hat, so to speak.

Vinny had to prove himself to Boise State Broncos. Prove himself he did. Vinny was a walk on at BSU in 2004 and played as a redshirt freshman for the Broncos the following year.

However, Vinny Perretta could have taken the scholarship he was offered to St. Mary’s but he knew deep within that he had game and that it needed to be seen at the BCS level.

Perretta is a nice multi-talented kid who now offers his talents for football fans to see at the NFL level. Look for Perretta to make the Minnesota Vikings team straight up and that will be another story.


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