12/26/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes has missed the past two games because of an ankle injury, yet his 23 passes defensed is still nine better than any other Viking. That's also a team record, breaking the previous mark of 19 set by Orlando Thomas in 1995.
12/23/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) missed his second straight game and will be reevaluated this week. Without Rhodes, punt returner Marcus Sherels made his sixth career start. He's not the most physically gifted player, but he's a quick little scrapper who knows how to stay in position.
12/18/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) was injured at Baltimore and did not play against the Eagles. He missed practice on Wednesday and will need to make significant progress to have a chance to play on Sunday. Without Rhodes last week, punt returner Marcus Sherels made his fifth career start. He's not the most physically gifted player, but he's a quick little scrapper who knows how to stay in position.
12/16/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) was injured at Baltimore and was unable to play on Sunday. He's still day-to-day. With Robinson and Rhodes out, the Vikings gave punt returner Marcus Sherels his fifth career start. He's not the most physically gifted player, but he's a quick little scrapper who knows how to stay in position.
12/11/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) suffered his injury in the second half at Baltimore and remains day-to-day. He has struggled against nagging injuries all season and was on crutches after the game. If Robinson is unable to return, the Vikings will have to start punt returner Marcus Sherels, who is a scrapper but often gets overmatched physically.
12/11/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes, who had four more passes defensed at Baltimore, has 23 on the season. That shatters the team rookie record of 19 set by Orlando Thomas in 1995.
12/09/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) suffered his injury in the second half at Baltimore and is day-to-day. He has struggled against nagging injuries all season and was on crutches after the game. If Robinson is unable to return, the Vikings will have to start punt returner Marcus Sherels, who is a scrapper but often gets overmatched physically.
12/05/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes has 16 passes defensed, which ranks second in Vikings history by a rookie. The most by a rookie is 19 by Orlando Thomas in 1995.
11/27/13 - --CB Xavier Rhodes (concussion), who had his best game as a rookie with four passes defensed in Sunday's tie with the Packers, left the game late in the fourth quarter because of a concussion. He passed the first part of the NFL concussion protocol for return on Monday. If he's symptom-free on Thursday after going through the exertion test on Wednesday, he'll be able to play on Sunday. With him out, punt returner Marcus Sherels and safety Robert Blanton have to play more corner in the nickel.
11/06/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) was injured late in the Cowboys game, but is expected to play Thursday. Whether he makes it through the game is another matter. Rhodes, a rookie first-round pick, has been the team's best cornerback, but that's not saying much this year. If he goes down, it puts A.J. Jefferson or Marcus Sherels on the field more. Jefferson did have an interception last week.
11/04/13 - --CB Xavier Rhodes (knee) was injured late in the Cowboys game, but will try to practice on Tuesday. When he left the game, the Vikings were without four of their top five defensive backs. Rhodes has been the team's best cornerback, but that's not saying much this year.
10/30/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes is by far the team's most promising young defensive back behind FS Harrison Smith. Rhodes, a rookie first-round draft pick, had a career-high eight tackles and his first tackle for loss in last week's loss to the Packers.
10/23/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes has been flagged a team-high four times, with one of them being declined. The Vikings, however, have only 25 penalties, tied for fewest in the league.
10/16/13 - --CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) sprained his ankle against the Panthers. He left the game, returned and then left for good when the game got out of hand. He participated in Wednesday's practice, a short, light practice because the team doesn't play again until Monday. If he can't play, it takes the team's best corner off the field. Punt returner Marcus Sherels, who holds his own considering he doesn't have the skills of top NFL corner, would have to play in the slot in the nickel defense.
10/14/13 - CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) sprained his ankle against the Panthers. He left the game, returned and then left for good when the game got out of hand. His MRI came back negative, but his status will be updated on Wednesday. If he can't play, it takes the team's best corner off the field. Punt returner Marcus Sherels, who holds his own considering he doesn't have the skills of top NFL corner, would have to play in the slot in the nickel defense.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 1/25 - Xavier Rhodes, CB, 6-1, 217, Florida State...A big, shutdown press corner who will come in handy in the NFC North, where the Vikings have to match up with receivers such as 6-5 Calvin Johnson and 6-4 Brandon Marshall. The Vikings play more of a zone-based defensive scheme, but Rhodes and 6-2 veteran Chris Cook could give them more man, press options in the future. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I believe anywhere above Florida is cold." -- Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings' pick at No. 25 and a person who has never lived north of Tallahassee. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Rhodes, a shutdown press corner, joins Chris Cook in giving the Vikings a pair of 6-2 corners in a division that has them facing Detroit's 6-5 Calvin Johnson, Chicago's 6-4 Brandon Marshall and Green Bay's stable of wideouts six times a year. "With Sharrif Floyd, I went through 1,000 scenarios with that 23rd and 25th pick," Spielman said. "And I can just tell you honestly that he was not (available) in one of those scenarios."
Spielman said the run on offensive linemen - eight were picked in the top 20 selections - was greater than he could have imagined and helped force the defensive players he targeted to the bottom of the first round. Spielman was explaining all of this to reporters when a media relations employee interrupted. The Patriots were interested in dealing the 29th pick and Spielman was needed to close the deal. He sprinted back upstairs, where he pulled the trigger that he hopes will make people forget Harvin, the disgruntled superstar who was traded to Seattle for a first- and seventh-round pick this year and a third-rounder next year. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 12. CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (6-2, 210, 4JR)...There are some questions about his long speed, but Rhodes is a true bump-and-run corner who can match up with physical receivers and stay in their hip pocket. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 16. *Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: Despite the 6-2, 210-pound corner wowing during measured drills at the combine, Rhodes left Indianapolis slipping down some NFL boards after a less-than-impressive showing during the positional workout and in interviews. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/13 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: There were 32 teams represented at Florida State Pro Day on March 19. They ran outdoors and the field was damp due to prior rain. It was about 70 degrees. Xavier Rhodes CB (6-1 ½, 207 pounds) - He kept his times from the combine with one exception. He ran a 4.65 in the short shuttle drill and a 7.29 in the three-cone drill. He had an excellent workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/19/13 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: Rhodes participated in cornerback-specific stations but slipped multiple times and dropped the ball in interception drills. He's NFLDraftScout.com's second-ranked cornerback and No. 13 overall, seven spots behind Werner. Several prominent defensive coaches -- including Rob Ryan of the Saints and Broncos coordinator Jack Del Rio -- were in attendance, as was Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
01/02/13 - Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes says he'll forgo his senior season and turn pro this year. Rhodes made the announcement Tuesday after the Seminoles' 31-10 victory over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl. Coach Jimbo Fisher predicted the converted wide receiver, considered a potential first-round draft pick, will thrive in the NFL.
Rhodes forced and recovered a Huskies fumble in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. He started 38 games and had eight career interceptions. Junior defensive end Bjoern Werner said he'll make an announcement about his plans in the next few days. - AP Sports
01/02/13 - Florida State junior cornerback Xavier Rhodes will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. He announced the news after the Seminoles 31-10 victory over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl. "I'm excited about it," Rhodes said Tuesday night, "but it depends on me and how I perform in the combine if I'm going to be a first-rounder."
Rhodes currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 cornerback and No. 18 prospect overall, projecting as a first-round pick. He tied for the team-lead in interceptions (three) in 2012, giving him eight over the past three seasons. Rhodes was a fourth-year junior, redshirting in 2009 after a hand injury sidelined him for most of the season.
A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection this season, Rhodes is one of the most physical cornerback prospects at the college level, routinely pressing at the line of scrimmage. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 217 pounds, he has the length and aggressive nature to match up well with bigger receivers at the next level. Rhodes is still a little rough around the edges and tends to get too physical in man coverage, but the physical tools will be extremely appealing to NFL teams on draft day. NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated cornerback prospect is Alabama junior Dee Milliner, who is slotted fifth overall. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/13 - Scouting the Florida State pass defense: Georgia Tech rarely passed the ball against FSU, but the Seminoles took advantage when it did. CB Xavier Rhodes grabbed an interception midway through the third quarter that stopped a drive, and Karlos Williams, a safety-turned-linebacker thanks to an injury, made the game-sealing pick with a minute to go. Through 13 games, Florida State ranks third in the nation against the pass and allows just 160.1 passing yards per game. - The Sports Xchange
12/12/12 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: CB-Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, 6-2, 215, Jr., Miami, Fla. (17), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. - Florida State football