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Continued: Vikings notes: All draft picks are signed

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 26, 2013 - 12:38 AM

Sanford secure at safety?

The Vikings value strong safety Jamarca Sanford, a career overachiever and former seventh-round draft pick. But they’re always trying to get someone taller, faster and higher up the draft board to take his starting job.

Last year, Mistral Raymond took it, lost it because of injury, got healthy and then couldn’t get it back because Sanford wouldn’t let go of it.

This year, Raymond and second-year pro Robert Blanton will challenge Sanford. Sanford, however, appears to be digging in not only skill-wise but from a leadership standpoint as well.

“He’s become a verbal leader for us [this offseason],” Frazier said. “We kind of need that. It’s great to have guys who lead by example, but sometimes you need a guy who can get after people a little bit, too, and then back it up with his play.”

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