EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A few thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings' second-round pick.
The pick: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
My take: The Vikings addressed an obvious need at linebacker, though it remains to be seen whether Kendricks will be big enough to fill their hole at middle linebacker. He stands just 6 feet and weights only 227 pounds, which might make him a better fit at the weak-side spot than in the middle. But the 2014 Butkus Award winner is a fast, fluid linebacker who should be able to cover plenty of ground in Mike Zimmer's scheme and hold up in pass coverage.
Teammates reunited: Last year, the Vikings took Anthony Barr in the first round, with the belief that he'd be able to fit in a 4-3 scheme after playing in UCLA's 3-4 defense in college. They'll do the same thing with Kendricks, and given how much Zimmer asks his front seven players to operate like those in a 3-4 defense, the Vikings have reason to think Kendricks will fit in fine. In the 2012 and 2013 drafts, the Vikings took five sets of college teammates. They had to wait a year this time, but they reunited Barr with Kendricks, which means they'll head into training camp with two sets of college teammates (Barr-Kendricks and Gerald Hodges-Michael Mauti) in their linebackers group.
Late arrival? Last year, the Vikings' three Pac-12 picks -- Barr, Scott Crichton and David Yankey -- had to stay away from Minnesota during organized team activities because of the quarters system many West Coast schools use. Barr didn't join the Vikings until their mandatory minicamp in June, and it's possible Kendricks will be on a similar plan.