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Olisaemeka Udoh Minnesota Vikings Jerseys
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With the moves the Vikings have made on the offensive line Olisaemeka Udoh Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , could they still make more?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 OffseasonVikings Still Interested in Ryan Schraeder?New,109commentsWith the moves the Vikings have made on the offensive line, could they still make more?CDTShareTweetShareShareVikings Still Interested in Ryan Schraeder?Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsA month and a half ago, the Vikings expressed interest in right tackle Ryan Schraeder, who had just been released from the Atlanta Falcons.The Houston Texans also had interest, but so far Schraeder remains a free agent.Perhaps the reason Schraeder has not been signed is that he is designated for a June 1st release, which allows the Falcons to spread his dead cap hit into next year.Given that, he may not be able to sign with anybody else until that time.But the question remains - are the Vikings still interested in him post-draft?The Vikings drafted likely starters at center and guard, but not tackle - presumably because they’re comfortable with Brian O’Neill and Riley Reiff. But then why were they interested in Schraeder, who played right tackle for the Falcons, in the first place?There is one potential explanation.Brian O’Neill played left tackle in college, and has all the athletic and size traits to play left tackle in the NFL.He didn’t allow a sack in his rookie year, according to PFF, and had a higher pass blocking efficiency than Reiff.There has been speculation since O’Neill was drafted that at some point O’Neill will replace Reiff at left tackle.Mike Zimmer also mentioned prior to the draft that the Vikings had entertained the idea of moving Reiff to left guard.Given the acquisition of Dru Samia, that may no longer be in the Vikings plans, but it may also signal that the Vikings aren’t 100% satisfied with Reiff at left tackle.Ryan Schraeder, 30, is the same age as Reiff and had declined in performance since Steve Sarkisian took over as offensive coordinator for the Falcons from Kyle Shanahan in 2017.Kyle Shanahan was Gary Kubiak’s offensive coordinator when he was head coach in Houston, and runs a similar offense- including an outside zone run scheme.Schraeder graded very well in both pass protection and especially run blocking - with a near-elite 88.9 run blocking grade - under Shanahan in 2016.His overall PFF grades in 2015 and 2016 were 79.3 and 83.4 respectively.The point here is that Schraeder may be a better fit for Kubiak’s offense than Riley Reiff.He also may be cheaper from a salary cap perspective.Schraeder is coming off a contract that averaged $6.3 million a year.Reiff, by contrast, has a $11.7 million cap hit this year, which increases to $13.2 million next year, and nearly $14 million in 2021. A post June 1st release or trade of Reiff would free up $9.5 million in cap space for the Vikings this year Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched , including a $2.2 million dead cap hit.There would be an additional $4.4 million dead cap hit next year.So, if the Vikings traded or released Reiff and acquired Schraeder for $6 million a year (his previous average) for 2-3 years, they would save about $3.5 million in cap space this year and $2.8 million next year, and $8 million in 2021.That’s not huge, but it is substantial for a team that’s up against the salary cap limit for the foreseeable future.Of course the primary issue isn’t salary cap, but whether the Vikings would be better served with Schraeder at right tackle and O’Neill at left tackle, rather than the status quo.One can make the argument that O’Neill, as the better pass protector should move to the blind side, while Schraeder is a good scheme fit that could do well at right tackle.And if that saves some salary cap dollars in the process, which helps the Vikings to extend adefensive back like Anthony Harris, MacKensie Alexander or Trae Waynes - all on the last year of their contracts - so much the better.There hasn’t been any news or update on Ryan Schraeder or the Vikings interest since March, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. One of the more intriguing of the Vikings’ Day 3 draft picks is Olisaemeka (Oli) Udoh, a right-tackle out of Elon University. The Vikings drafted him in the sixth round, number 193 overall.Big..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL DraftBreaking Down Olisaemeka (Oli) Udoh New,35commentsCDTShareTweetShareShareBreaking Down Olisaemeka (Oli) Udoh Tim Cowie/Tim Cowie PhotographyOne of the more intriguing of the Vikings’ Day 3 draft picks is Olisaemeka (Oli) Udoh, a right-tackle out of Elon University. The Vikings drafted him in the sixth round, number 193 overall.Big and Raw Tackle ProspectOli Udoh Measurables Of course the first thing that stands out about Udoh is his size.He’s a mountain of a man at 6’5 1/2” and 323 lbs.He’s got long 35 3/8” arms, and is also very wide, with a broad chest and thick tree-trunks for thighs. He’s also a guy without a lot of bad weight - fairly muscular overall. Comparing his measurables to a top prospect in this year’s draft like Cody Ford, Udoh compares similarly, if not favorably overall.In short, he’s got all the ideal size traits for an NFL right tackle.Athletically, he might be described as athletic for his size.He ran an excellent 40 yard dash Olisaemeka Udoh Jersey nfl draft , had average ‘burst’ rankings - vertical and broad jump - and fairly poor agility drills - 20 yard shuttle and 3-cone drill.He’s said to have fairly quick feet when it comes to pass protection, but on the other hand may lack the lateral quickness and agility necessary to be a good zone run blocker. Of course he has the size and strength to be an effective drive blocker, but not quick enough to be an effective puller.All these comments may create some confusion in terms of what he may or may not be capable of, but they miss the central point about Udoh as a prospect:his is very raw.Technique and Mean Streak Very UnderdevelopedUdoh played four years at Elon University, the smallest school in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference of the FCS.Not known for its offensive line coaching and development, among other things, Udoh didn’t develop much.And so, despite his experience, Udoh’s technique is still very raw.The other thing that shows up in his tape is a lack of urgency, playing through the whistle, and that nasty, competitive toughness.When Udoh won his rep, he often just used his mass to neutralize smaller defenders, or simply push them out of the way. What you often see in his tape, and in scouting comments, is that while he is big and strong, he plays somewhat tentatively - perhaps unsure of his assignment or technique, or lacking confidence.Whatever the reason, this seems to negatively effect his competitive toughness.It may also be that he didn’t have to work too hard much of the time against CAA competition to win his rep.In any case, when plays break down, you sometimes see Udoh just kinda chasing guys around or lagging behind the play.A Big Project All of that leaves Vikings offensive line coach Rick Dennison with a big project to develop.He was for taking a chance on Udoh with a mid to late round pick, and unlocking his potential will fall to him and his staff.Dennison may be banking on a couple things in hopes of cashing in on this late round pick.First, an upgrade in coaching may help Udoh to make big strides in improving his technique Super Bowl Olisaemeka Udoh Jersey , and hopefully develop more confidence and competitive toughness along the way.Improving things like better use of his hands/punch, better use of leverage, developing more consistent set-points in pass protection, footwork/body control in run blocking, and zone blocking in particular.What is encouraging about Udoh, coming out of a small school program and facing 3rd rate competition, is that he had a good showing in the EW Shrine game and held his own during the Senior Bowl.That shows he has the ability to step-up his game and compete well against better competition.How far he can take it remains to be seen, but hopefully we’ll get a chance to see how he fares in training camp and pre-season action.Expectations Best case scenario, if Udoh takes to NFL coaching like a duck to water, and he’s able to incorporate technique improvements in stride over the course of the off-season and training camp, earning more reps along the way, and demonstrating good technique and competitive toughness in pre-season action, he could challenge Rashod Hill for the swing tackle job.Perhaps a more likely outcome, however, is that Udoh shows some improvement from OTAs through training camp that is promising enough for a spot on the practice squad.This would set him up, with continued improvement, to compete for the swing tackle position next year, and eventually starting right tackle. But for now Udoh will have to show he’s as fit mentally as he is physically for the job at hand to earn a roster or practice squad spot.Scouting Notes and CommentsBelow are some scouting reports on Oli Udoh, which are very consistent.Scouting FilmBelow is some tape on Udoh, wearing #73.The first couple are highlight reels of sorts.Here is some Senior Bowl tape of Udoh (#73 on the North team):And a game tape :
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