Meet the new guys
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Drafted: Second round (41st overall).
Cook, who turns 22 this summer, was one of college football’s most dynamic running backs during his three seasons at Florida State. The two-time first-team All-America selection compiled a Seminoles-record 4,464 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns during his college career, but his 13 fumbles will be a facet of his game to monitor moving forward. Cook also ran into some off-field trouble while at Florida State. He was charged for criminal mischief for an incident with a BB gun, cited for mistreating puppies and was found not guilty in 2015 after a woman accused him of punching her in the face.
Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
Drafted: Third round (70th).
He was a second-team All-America at right guard in 2015 before the Buckeyes asked him to move to center. What’d he do? He earned the Rimington Award for college football’s most outstanding center last season. He made 40 consecutive starts as a three-year starter and will bolster the interior of the Vikings offensive line. The Pickerington, Ohio, native helped pave the way for Ezekiel Elliott’s path to the NFL. After Elliott left, the Buckeyes still led the Big Ten in scoring and total offense in 2016 with Elflein at center.
Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
Drafted: Fourth round (109th).
With 10 tackles for loss and 7 ½ sacks, Johnson more than doubled his career totals during his final season with the Hawkeyes. However, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sees Johnson (6-3, 316 pounds) more as a sturdy run defender who could help solidify the shaky interior of the defensive line. Johnson, 22, is a native of Brooklyn but finished high school in a suburb of Chicago at Montini Catholic High School.
Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan
Drafted: Fourth round (120th).
Gedeon joins a thin Vikings linebacker corps as the sixth man in the position room. The 6-2-inch, 244-pound ’backer led the Wolverines in tackles (15 ½ for a loss) as a senior. Gedeon also was a special teams ace at Michigan and could help replace the loss of Audie Cole. He’s the youngest of three brothers behind Alex and Sam, both of whom played football at Harvard and the Naval Academy, respectively.
Rodney Adams, WR, South Florida
Drafted: Fifth round (170th).
Adams is a fast, versatile threat who could help the Vikings replace Cordarrelle Patterson in the kick return game. Aside from scoring 10 touchdowns on 90 touches (receiving and rushing), Adams averaged nearly 25 yards per kickoff return last season. He raised more than $3,000 for Experience Camps during an online fundraising effort that solicited donations for every inch he leapt, 29 ½, on his vertical jump at the combine.
Danny Isidora, G, Miami (Fla.)
Drafted: Fifth round (180th).
After a slow start to his college career, including a redshirt freshman year and the 2013 season derailed by a foot injury, Isidora claimed the starting right guard spot and didn’t let go for three seasons. Isidora finished his run at Miami with 39 consecutive starts, earning second-team All-ACC honors by league coaches last season.
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Drafted: Sixth round (201st).
Hodges is big (6-6, 257 pounds) and fast (ran a 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash), but he’s only three years into playing tight end. Hodges was a prized 2013 quarterback recruit for the Hokies before the coaching staff moved him to tight end, where he caught 20 touchdown passes in the past three seasons. He has the potential to develop into a massive receiver who could cause matchup problems.
Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (Fla.)
Drafted: Seventh round (219th).
Coley is another experienced kick returning option after he averaged 24.3 yards on 47 career returns at Miami. He seized a full-time role last fall and led the Hurricanes with career-high marks in catches (63), receiving yards (754) and touchdown grabs (9). Coley (6-0, 195 pounds) adds even more speed to the Vikings offense. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45.
Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Northwestern
Drafted: Seventh round (220th).
Odenigbo (6-3, 258) is the first of his family born in the United States as the son of Nigerian immigrants. He didn’t start playing football until his sophomore year at Centerville High School near Dayton, Ohio. His 23 ½ sacks ranks second all-time in Northwestern program history.
Elijah Lee, OLB, Kansas State
Drafted: Seventh round (232nd).
Transitioned from a defensive end in high school to linebacker, where Lee (6-3, 228 pounds) was named first-team All-Big 12 as a junior last fall. He led the Wildcats with 110 tackles (6 ½ for a loss) in 2016. Lee appeared in 35 games during three seasons at Kansas State.
Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina State
Drafted: Seventh round (245th).
Tocho was a team captain and starter for the Wolfpack last season, when he finished with two interceptions and nine pass deflections. At 6-foot and 202 pounds, Tocho is an experienced press cornerback whose 21 bench press reps were the second most at the combine. Tocho is the son of Kenyan immigrants and native of Charlotte. He graduated in three years with an accounting degree.