Like every NFL rookie, Xavier Rhodes is trying to soak up all he can during the Minnesota Vikings' organized team activities. Minnesota thought highly enough of Rhodes to make him a first-round draft pick in April, and he hasn't disappointed during the summer practices as coaches and teammates have been impressed with his talent and how he's acclimated. Rhodes is really waiting to show what he can do later this summer when the team puts on pads and he can show his physicality, one of the main traits that led the Vikings to quickly snatch Rhodes up with the No. 25 overall pick. "Yes, yes," Rhodes said about his eagerness to put on pads. "Right now you can't really do nothing. So, I'm looking forward to that. I'm looking forward to just playing football. Basically (OTAs) is a phase right now that's helping me out with playing off and being non-physical. So its helping me out a lot so I can be a versatile corner." Rhodes is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds and enjoys the physicality that comes with playing cornerback. While some corners shy from contact, Rhodes said he likes to be the one to initiate with receivers and give them something else to think about. "You watch film and you see that's one of my best assets," Rhodes said. "I don't have to say, you just watch film and you'll see." Rhodes is soft-spoken, but his play has been doing all the talking for him when it comes to impressing the organization. Coach Leslie Frazier isn't anointing Rhodes as a starter already, but he is been working in some starting spots. He's also practicing as an outside corner in the nickel defense, with Josh Robinson playing inside against the slot receiver. With Rhodes, Chris Cook, A.J. Jefferson, the Vikings have a set of taller corners and are eager to play a more physical style. "It's a little bit harder in these OTAs to gauge some of the defensive backs because of the style of play we want to play here," Frazier said. "We want to be closer to the line of scrimmage and really get our hands on people.
Vikings' Xavier Rhodes quick to adapt and impress
Fox Sports North | Jun 15