After the Vikings drafted eight players over the weekend, including a pair of headline-grabbing wide receivers, you might have spent some time looking up their highlights online to see exactly what the Vikings are getting.
But here at the Access Vikings blog, we like to go digging for random tidbits to help our readers get to know the newest Vikings a little better.
Here is a fun fact for each of the team’s eight draft picks so you can show off your knowledge to total strangers. Trust us, the cashier at the grocery store and your neighborhood postal carrier will totally be impressed.
Laquon Treadwell: In high school, Treadwell, a first-round pick, kicked extra points in addition to catching passes. He was not very good, though, and if he missed one, the team would go for two the rest of the game.
Mackensie Alexander: Alexander, the cornerback drafted in the second round, has a twin brother named Mackenro who is also a defensive back. Mackenro played at Auburn before transferring to a junior college.
Willie Beavers: The Vikings say the fourth-round pick will start his career off at guard after playing left tackle in college. But he would have been a defensive end had Illinois not pulled his scholarship offer at the last minute, which led to him attending Western Michigan and playing offensive line.
Kentrell Brothers: Brothers, a fifth-round draft pick, hates to be tickled according to former Missouri teammate and roommate James Franklin. So we recommend resisting the urge to tickle the 245-pound linebacker.
Moritz Boehringer: You’ve probably heard by now that Boehringer, the German wide receiver who was drafted in the sixth round, discovered the sport after seeing a video of Adrian Peterson online. But did you know that he wore No. 84 in Germany because he is a big Randy Moss fan, too?
David Morgan II: Morgan in 2011 played in the inaugural football season for the University of Texas at San Antonio. The tight end was the program’s first All-American in 2015 and its first draft pick, going in Round Six.
Stephen Weatherly: The defensive end, whom the Vikings selected in the seventh round, can play nine musical instruments: flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, tenor saxophone, steel drums and the piano. He also plays chess and was on the robotics team in high school.
Jayron Kearse: His uncle is former NFL defensive end Jevon “The Freak” Kearse, who had 74 sacks in 11 seasons with the Titans and Eagles. This Kearse, a seventh-rounder, is just as tall at 6-foot-4. But he’s a safety.