EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- 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."