Vikings sign OT O’Neill

Ted Gangi (CollegePressBox) (collegepressbox.com)

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The Minnesota Vikings signed offensive tackle Brian O’Neill, the team announced Friday.

O’Neill, the team’s second-round selection (No. 62 overall) in the NFL Draft, was the fifth of eight picks signed by the Vikings.

The 6-foot-7, 297-pound O’Neill started 12 games at left tackle for the University of Pittsburgh as a junior in 2017. He was a first-team All-ACC selection by the league coaches.

O’Neill, ranked as the fifth-best player at his position by NFLDraftScout.com, had the fastest 40-yard time (4.80) and 3-cone drill (7.14) among offensive linemen at the NFL Combine.

A former tight end, O’Neill showed his versatility with three carries for 39 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Panthers.

Minnesota signed four of its draft picks on Thursday — kicker Daniel Carlson, guard Colby Gossett, defensive end Ade Aruna and linebacker Devante Downs.

Carlson, who was taken in the fifth round, was the highest pick of the group. He converted 92 of 114 field-goal attempts for his career at Auburn and nailed 4 of 8 beyond 50 yards last season.

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