MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings' top-30 prospects event continues today, as draft hopefuls from around the country visit the team's facility in Eden Prairie, Minn., for meetings with coaches and team executives. We can add two more names to the list of prospects known to be visiting the Vikings.
Florida State running back Devonta Freeman is visiting the Vikings on Thursday, according to a league source, and the Baltimore Sun reported University of Virginia center Luke Bowanko is also coming to Minnesota for a Thursday visit.
Freeman, who declared for the draft after his junior year at Florida State, is just 5-foot-8, but weighed 206 pounds at the NFL scouting combine and could find success as an inside runner in the NFL. His 40-yard dash time was a modest 4.58 seconds, but he's got the kind of compact frame to slash through holes in an offensive line and gain tough yards. The Vikings could be in the market for a backup for Adrian Peterson, and Freeman is the second running back with whom the Vikings are known to have visited, behind Towson's Terrance West.
Bowanko measured 6-foot-5 and weighed in at 302 pounds at his pro day, and also saw time at guard for Virginia. He figures to start his NFL career as a backup at both interior line spots.
With those names added, here is an updated list of the players known to have visited the Vikings, either through ESPN or other media reports:
Preston Brown, LB, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Demarcus Lawrence, LB, Boise State
Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
Billy Turner, T, North Dakota State
Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State
Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia
Terrance West, RB, Towson