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With the 191st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Marcus Epps, S - Wyoming

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A Los Angeles native, Epps walked on at Wyoming before the 2014 season and redshirted that year. He became a starter as a freshman, racking up 83 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, and four pass breakups in 11 games (10 starts). He led the Cowboys with six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions in 2016, starting all 14 games (111 tackles, six for loss, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles). He and Andrew Wingard proved again to be a formidable safety duo in 2017; Epps had 68 stops, five for loss, four interceptions, and four pass breakups in 13 starts as a junior. He played well in his senior campaign as well, starting 12 games and making 63 stops, 6.5 for loss, one sack, and eight pass breakups.

https://www.vikings.com/news/draft/

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22 hours ago, VikeManDan said:

Appears to be pretty good athletically and safety was a need. 

Smith, Harris, Kearse and Epps. 

Not sure he sticks but we’ll find out. 

He should be a good PS candidate

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Seriously so excited about this pick! Too bad Marcus has to be draft classmates with a couple of greenies from Colorado, but at least we didn't draft someone from BYU. Absolutely stoked he's a Viking!

I really think he could have a long career with the Vikings like another Marcus who spent time in the secondary.

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Watching that highlight tape of Epps and noticed how many times the opposing quarterbacks just couldn't see him!  He seems to have really good quickness as he breaks on the ball and is very disruptive.  He reminds me of another guy who wore #6 for the St. Louis Cardinals...Larry Wilson.

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On 2019-04-27 at 2:36 PM, JDBrocks said:

I think Epps has some nickel corner in him. 

Good call, so does Zimmer: 

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Epps has certainly shown that he can hold his own throughout Organized Team Activity practices, as he nearly snagged an interception Tuesday during 1-on-1 drills.

If it seems like Epps has been around the ball a lot this spring, it’s because he has.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said as much last week when he was a guest on KFAN’s 9 to Noon live broadcast from Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center last Wednesday with “Voice of the Vikings” Paul Allen.

Zimmer noted Epps’ versatility in the secondary has helped him get on the field after being a sixth-round pick out of Wyoming in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“The other kid that’s kind of shown up is this Epps kid from Wyoming. He’s been doing a nice job,” Zimmer told Allen. “We’ll have to see when the pads go on, but as far as playing some nickel and some safety, he’s been [good].”

Epps said Tuesday that he couldn’t put a percentage on how often he’s spent time at safety compared to being in the slot this spring.

Each position isn’t new to Epps, as he said the he spent the first three seasons of his college career at safety before moving to nickel cornerback as a senior.

https://www.vikings.com/news/marcus-epps-vikings-impressing-safety-nickel-corner-secondary

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