Capsules and quotes about each player in the 2016 NFL Draft class of the Minnesota Vikings.
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1st round: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Had 202 receptions and 21 TDs in three years including 82 catches and 11 TDs as a junior in 2015. . . . All-America second team and All-SEC first team in 2015. . . . Offensive coordinator Norv Turner: "To me, the best thing Laquon did on tape is that he competes for the football and makes the 50-50 catches."
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2nd round: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Second-team All-American in 2015 . . . Had 30 tackles and 6 PBUs but 0 INTs in 2015. . . . As a s sophomore didn't allow a touchdown in man coverage. . . . Alexander: "I was asked to follow the best receiver every week and eliminate them from their game plan."
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4th round: Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
Started 40 straight games at left tackle. . . . First-team All-MAC in 2015 and second team in 2014. . . . Beavers : "At the Senior Bowl I showed my versatility, so wherever they put me on offensive line, I will be good."
Led the nation with 152 tackles in 2015. Also had 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 3 PBU and 2 INT. . . . Was second in SEC in tackles in 2014 with 121. . . . Second team AP All-American in 2015. . . . irector of scouting Jamaal Stephenson: "He doesn’t just do it on defense. He’s a very good special teamer, had three blocked kicks this year, so we’re excited about adding him."
6th round: Mortiz Boehringer, WR, Germany
First European-born player to not have played collegiately in the United States to be taken in the NFL Draft. . . . In 2015 with the Schwabish Hall Unicorns of the German Football League had 59 catches for 1,232 yards and 13 TDs in 16 games. . . . General manager Rick Spielman: "A very good source had talked to us right after the combine and gave us a lead on this kid. . . . He has unique size, unique athletic skills."
6th round: David Morgan, TE, UTSA
Caught 45 passes for 566 yards with 5 touchdowns in 2015. . . . First player from UT-San Antonio to be drafted. . . . Named second team All-American in 2015. . . . Morgan: "I feel like I can do a lot of different things … and create mismatches in different spots."
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7th round: Stephen Weatherly, LB/DE, Vanderbilt
Had 46 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a junior in 2015. . . . As a sophomore, had 55 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. . . . Weatherly: "My versatility is definitely something that a lot of people liked. I was able to do pretty well at both. Just from an overall defensive perspective, seeing the ball from having my hand on the ground and also being able to see and play football from standing up really helped me to break down and analyze the game."
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7th round: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
In 2015 as a junior has 62 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 6 PBU and 1 interception. . . . Second team AP All-American in 2015. . . . Started as a sophomore in 2014 and had 67 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks and 2 INT. . . . Uncle is Jevon Kearse and cousin is Philip Buchanon. . . . Kearse: "I especially like guys like Harrison Smith. I like to watch his game, and I like the way he plays the game. He’s known as one of the best safeties in the game right now, so watching him and learning from him now that I’m part of the Vikings is definitely something I’m going to be looking forward to -- learning from a great safety and hopefully being able to get on the other side of him and form one of the best tandems in the league."
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