Monday, April 30, 2012

Vikings take Arkansas WR Greg Childs with 3rd 4th-round selection

The Vikings selected Arkansas receiver Greg Childs with their third pick in the fourth-round.

Childs was a Rivals three-star prospect out of high school, having been recruited by Colorado, Texas Tech, Tennessee, and others.

Following an impressive first two years with the Razorbacks, Childs was considered to have a promising future as an NFL prospect. Most draft pundits considered him to be a late first-round to second-round caliber talent. But Childs suffered a left knee injury in the eighth game of his junior season and was limited last year to 21 catches for 240 yards and no touchdowns. In Minnesota, he’ll join teammate Jarius Wright, who was chosen by the Vikings earlier in the fourth round.

"Terrific size — NFL musculature with very long arms and big hands. Has a big catching radius. Extends to pluck throws...Has been hurt the last two seasons and durability could be concerning."

"Childs is tall and well built with excellent playing strength. He uses hands and strength to fight jams and bumps. He can track a pass and adjust to make a tough over-the-shoulder catch... Childs lacks quickness, explosiveness and big-play speed."

"Can fend off corners with his length/physicality and track the football vertically, but isn't a guy who initially can get behind defenders and separate."

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