Vikings select a DT, LB and DB in the final round of the NFL Draft
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The Minnesota Vikings took one player at each level of the defense in Saturday's final round of the NFL Draft.
General manager Rick Spielman conducted his fourth draft-day trade of the three-day session when he swapped picks with both Atlanta and Carolina to amass three seventh-round selections.
The Vikings took defensive tackle Shamar Stephen at No. 220, linebacker Brandon Watts at No. 223 and cornerback Jabari Price at No. 225 to conclude their 2014 draft.
Stephen (6'5", 313lbs) finished his redshirt senior season at the University of Connecticut with 60 tackles, 10 for a loss, to go along with three sacks. Large body type seems conducive as a run stuffer. Stephen was at the Vikings' Top-30 event in April and will play both nose tackle and three-technique.
Watts (6'2", 235lbs) started in 12 games in his senior season at Georgia Tech, one in which the Yellow Jackets implemented a new 4-3 scheme. He amassed 66 combined tackles, 3.5 for a loss. Watts also grabbed an interception, forced a fumble and had 2.5 sacks. Has played in both a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme, looks to be a fit for the Vikings' 4-3 outside linebacker. Ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at Georgia Tech's Pro Day.
Price (5'11", 200lbs) started in 12 games for North Carolina in his senior season. He finished with 74 tackles and deflected nine passes. Ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2010. Appeared in 44 games across four seasons at UNC.