Get to know the Vikings' fifth-round draft choice, punter Jeff Locke…
Locke ready to challenge for punting job
When the Vikings drafted kicker Blair Walsh in the sixth round last year, it sent the clear signal that Ryan Longwell's days as a Viking were numbered. A little more than a week later, the Vikings released Longwell. Walsh exploded on the scene and changed the Vikings special teams, routinely bombing kickoffs for touchbacks, making 10 field goals of 50 or more yards and earning a Pro Bowl spot in his rookie season. Whether a product of that success, one gets a similar impression from the Vikings' decision to draft UCLA punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round of the 2013 draft Saturday. It may have sent a clear message to outspoken Vikings punter Chris Kluwe that he may well have the same fate. Ten days prior to Locke being drafted, Kluwe told Viking Update, "If I can punt the ball well, then I'll...
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