Vikings wrapping up predraft visits today
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The Minnesota Vikings are wrapping their official visits with prospects at Winter Park today, 15 days before the NFL Draft kicks off on April 22.
According to this partial list compiled by the Star Tribune, attendees include several likely first-round draft picks (Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell, Idaho guard Mike Iupati, South Florida end Jason Pierre-Paul) and some significantly lower-profile prospects (e.g. William & Mary quarterback R.J. Archer).
So, how much should anyone read into the list? Eh ... not much.
Teams use the visits for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's genuine interest. Sometimes it's a smokescreen. Sometimes it's one more chance to spend time with a player on whom there are character questions.
Some teams don't even use their full allotment of 30 -- so much work has gone into the draft in recent months there isn't always a ton left to do, and it does cost the team money to bring a guy in.
The one thing that's certain is that every NFL team is monitoring developments with the other 31 -- and taking any reports with a big grain of salt.
"One of the things that I've learned," an NFC scout told me this week, "is once you get into these last two, three weeks before the draft, give up listening to the TV and all the speculation, reports, because somebody could have said it at the water cooler.
"Unless you hear it from somebody that is in the draft room or in the meetings, then it's (BS)."