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Ten intriguing prospects still available to Vikings in Round 2

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Unless the Vikings trade up today, fifteen picks will be made until Minnesota is finally on the clock at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Sitting at No. 48, there is a good chance a handful of these 10 intriguing prospects will still be available. One could be the Vikings’ first-overall pick. Should the Vikings want to move up to secure a player, Rick Spielman has a couple third-round picks (No. 79, No. 86) and fourth-round picks (No. 120, No. 128) to do so.

OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky: The draft’s best guard prospect is still on the board after only two offensive linemen — Utah’s Garret Bolles and Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk — were taken in Thursday’s first round.

OT Cam Robinson, Alabama: Three-year starter at left tackle for the Crimson Tide who could play either guard or tackle in the NFL. Known as a road grader in the run game, but a liability at times in pass protection.

OG Dan Feeney, Indiana: Four-year starter at right guard and right tackle for the Hoosiers. Helped pave the way for NFL running backs Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard. Our Matt Vensel has Feeney going to the Vikings in his full mock draft.

OG Taylor Moton, Western Michigan: One of the biggest (6-5, 319) guard prospects in this draft, Moton could immediately compete at right guard after being a four-year starter for Western Michigan.

OT Dion Dawkins, Temple: Settled in as Temple’s left tackle as a three-year starter. Like Moton, Dawkins could play either guard or tackle at the next level.

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State: The first-team All-American back may be the best talent left in this draft. Cook ran for 4,464 yards and 46 touchdowns in three seasons at Florida State.

RB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee: Kamara is one of the more versatile backs. As a receiver, he caught 74 passes for 683 yards and seven touchdowns for the Vols in two seasons. He also averaged 6.2 yards on 210 carries at Tennessee.

RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma: Mixon may not be on many draft boards nearly three years after punching a woman and breaking bones in her face. In two seasons at OU, he paired 2,027 rushing yards with 894 receiving yards. Is he on the Vikings’ board?

DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State: “It’s always come easy for him. I would never say he’s lazy.” The enigmatic McDowell is a first-round talent, but he wasn’t drafted Thursday night as questions surround his work ethic.

S Budda Baker, Washington: A fiery free safety who compiled 18 pass deflections, 13 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and three forced fumbles during three seasons for the Huskies.

Takk McKinley to Garrett Bolles, NFL draft moments to remember

(Takkarist McKinley holds up a picture of his grandmother at the NFL draft)

The NFL draft has a way of getting football players all choked up with emotion. It’s the realization of hopes and dreams, and quite frankly, even the media enjoys going along for the ride.

The 2017 NFL draft in Philadelphia brought a few of those tear-jerk moments. None was better than Takkarist McKinley, drafted 26th overall by the Atlanta Falcons, bursting with pride.

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Standing on stage holding a picture of his late grandmother, Takk put his heart out there for everyone to see and feel.

“I made a promise to her and I stuck to it,” he said in an outburst of passion. “I told her before she passed away, I was going to live my dream…This is who I do it for, man!” Then there was Garrett Boles, an offensive lineman out of Utah who was taken 20th overall by the Denver Broncos. He brought his infant son on the stage with him ….

… then proceeded to share a message of encouragement to kids who could use his life as an example of perseverance.

Boles, 25, has dealt with drug addiction and a host of other issues, and described himself as a “lost kid” before he connected with people who put him on a path to success.

“Those kids that struggle with anything,” he said after being drafted. “I’m reaching out to those kids and saying you know what — It does not matter where you start, it matters how you finish. Find what you want, find what you believe in and dig deep and get through it, and if you ever need anyone to talk to you can hit me up on anything and I’ll make sure I’ll be there for you and walk you through.”

Ah, the NFL draft. They’ll make their millions. Some will make teams and become All-Pros. Some won’t last a year. But for the moment, there is nothing but props to these guys.

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