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Vikings use second of three fourth-round picks on USC's Rhett Ellison

Posted by: under Vikings Updated: April 28, 2012 - 12:43 PM

After selecting Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright with the 118th overall selection Saturday, the Vikings continued to bolster their offense with pick No. 128. The pick: Southern Cal's Rhett Ellison, a college teammate of first-round pick Matt Kalil and potentially a replacement for the recently retired Jim Kleinsasser.

It's a bit puzzling, with so many other needs, that the Vikings chased after Ellison, who's sort of a tight end/fullback hybrid. 

Ellison figures to be more valuable as a blocker at the next level rather than a pass catcher.

The Vikings still have seven more picks Saturday, including one more in the fourth round, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh.

 

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