Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/19/14
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Jeff Locke had plenty of contact with the Minnesota Vikings and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer before being drafted by the team two weeks ago. Locke had met with Minnesota at the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine. Priefer later conducted a private workout with Locke at UCLA, where Locke's 44.23-yard average is second all-time in school history. Priefer knew the talent Locke holds in his left leg. It's why the Vikings felt comfortable making him the first punter selected in the NFL draft, choosing to make the move in the fifth round to get Locke. As soon as he was drafted, the fate of incumbent Chris Kluwe, who happens to be one spot below Locke on the UCLA punting record list, was all but decided. Even though Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said Locke was coming in for competition, his eventual replacement of Kluwe was almost a foregone conclusion. "One, the character; two, he's a left-footed punter, which helps; three, he's a great directi...
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