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Vikings keep on signing picks

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The Vikings didn’t start signing their picks as early as some other teams, but they aren’t wasting any time catching up.

Word broke of two signings earlier on Tuesday and now the team has announced four other signings. Fourth-round wide receivers Greg Childs (pictured) and Jarius Wright, fifth-round safety Robert Blanton and sixth-round kicker Blair Walsh all signed four-year deals with the team.

Childs and Wright were teammates at Arkansas and they join a receiving corps where things are pretty up in the air behind Percy Harvin and Jerome Simpson, especially with Simpson serving a suspension to start the year. Childs had a serious knee injury in 2010 which he believes held him back last season while Wright profiles as a slot receiver, which should make for an interesting fit with Harvin already occupying that space.

Blanton was also drafted alongside one of his college teammates, first-round pick Harrison Smith, and could potentially start alongside him as well. The Vikings currently have Mistral Raymond and Jamarca Sanford as safety options next to Smith, a duo Blanton could pass if he impresses during camp. The kicker’s job is Walsh’s to lose after the team released Ryan Longwell.

In addition to the announced signings, Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press reports that FB/TE Rhett Ellison has signed as well. The Vikings hope Ellison, a fourth-round pick, can replace Jim Kleinsasser in the years to come. Including Ellison, the Vikings have now signed seven of their 10 picks.

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11 Responses to “Vikings keep on signing picks”
  1. daysend564 says: May 22, 2012 6:51 PM

    You know your team is in trouble when every draft pick you have is likely going to be your starter, even those out in 7th round.

  2. vikingwonder says: May 22, 2012 7:29 PM

    unlikely, all their picks will see time.. 3 new starters

  3. zaktmt says: May 22, 2012 7:33 PM

    This is draft class is looking to be the best one in recent memory. I am looking forward to a Viking team that will draft and develop players and not draft and hope they turn out.

  4. wludford says: May 22, 2012 7:40 PM

    Good to get the signings done. Not much drama really. I imagine the top 3 will be signed shortly. This should be one of the best draft classes the Vikings have had in a long time.

  5. lolb23 says: May 22, 2012 8:50 PM

    What isn’t being reported is a lot of these guys are being hired as movers, not players. LA here we come!

  6. rtl1984 says: May 22, 2012 9:20 PM

    @lolb23

    Are you an idiot?

    Have you been under a rock for the past month?

    Vikings have a new stadium, old news.

  7. 13curtjp says: May 22, 2012 9:24 PM

    lolb23 says: May 22, 2012 8:50 PM

    What isn’t being reported is a lot of these guys are being hired as movers, not players. LA here we come!

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    What the hell are you talking about?

  8. lnfinite says: May 22, 2012 10:03 PM

    lolb23 says: May 22, 2012 8:50 PM

    What isn’t being reported is a lot of these guys are being hired as movers, not players. LA here we come!

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    Are sconnies like you that retardedly slow??? Stadium bill has passed legislature and senate and signed by governor earlier this month. The Minneapolis city council vote is merely an afterthought.

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 22, 2012 10:54 PM

    Give lolb23 a break, guys. It’s hard to come to grips with a bit dying. Remember the “Helloooo” voice on Seinfeld?

  10. spawn201 says: May 23, 2012 1:28 AM

    I am actually pretty optimistic about this draft class. Hopefully one of the young receivers, will step up and become a deep threat.

  11. Frazier28/7 says: May 23, 2012 3:50 PM

    Championship.

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