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Minnesota Vikings draft analysis: Jabari Price

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Position: Cornerback

Number: 39

College: North Carolina

Height: 5-11

Weight: 200

2014 Statistics: 80 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 9 pass breakups, 9 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble

My analysis: Price is a physical corner that likes contact. He needs to improve his tackling around the line of scrimmage in run support. He is better at bringing down wide receivers in the open field than running backs with a full head of steam. He also has a tendency to lose receivers while in zone coverage. He has the ability to go up and get the ball in jump ball situations.

NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki’s analysis: Fairly nondescript cornerback who does not excel in man or zone coverage. Speed and tackling ability play well on special teams, where he will have to stand out to have a chance.

The skinny: As the last of 10 draft picks for the Minnesota Vikings and 225th player taken overall, Price is really going to have to stand out to make the team. He is one of the longer shots to make the team with training camp just under two months away.

The Vikings have very little proven talent at cornerback after having the worst pass defense in the league (second most passing yards allowed) last season. Despite that fact, Price is likely to be a third or fourth string player for most of training camp and the preseason.

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