It Isn’t Over

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The Star Tribune is compiling a list of undrafted prospects who have agreed to terms with the Vikings shortly following the draft.  I have to say, if you weren’t quite happy with the Vikings draft then this should make you feel better.  And if you were happy with the Vikings draft then this list should be some nice icing on your cake.  I’ll keep an updated list posted below, with a quick blurb about each of the prospects (hint: just like last year, the Vikes are getting some great value out of some of these undrafted free agents).  The Star Tribune has credited the source to the right of the player’s name:

FS Colt Anderson, Montana

A smaller safety that ran a decent 4.53 at his pro day.  Was projected as a seventh rounder or undrafted free agent.

RB Kahlil Bell, UCLA (Marin Independent Journal)

Bell had his season ended by an ACL tear.  Up until that point he was having a great season.  Ran pretty poorly at the combine, and even worse at his pro day.  May surprise some people, though, if he can fully recover from that injury.  Projected as an undrafted free agent.

C Jon Cooper, Oklahoma (Scout.com)

A smallish center that helped the Sooners have a potent offense.  Phil Loadholt’s fellow teammate.  Was projected as a sixth or seventh rounder.

LB Robert Francois, Boston College (Scout.com)

At 6′ 2″ Francois’ forty time of 4.59 is pretty impressive.  A solid tackler.  Projected as a sixth or seventh rounder.

QB Sean Glennon, Virginia Tech

Good size and mobility for a QB.  Was benched at Virginia Tech for being too inconsistent.  Was projected to be undrafted.

S DeVon Hall, Utah State (KFFL)

It is hard to argue with 6′ 3″ and 210 lbs.  Projected as an undrafted free agent.

DT Antoine Holmes, North Carolina State

Too small to be taken seriously at this point, though he does show good technique and quickness.  Needs to learn how to better shed blockers.  But, hey, you never know… that’s what was said about John Randle.  Projected to go undrafted.

RB Ian Johnson, Boise State (IdahoStatesman.com)

Here is a real nice pickup for the Vikes.  In 2006 he had 1,714 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns, but his production has gradually fell off in recent years.  He also had some unexpected weight gain, even though the biggest knock on him is that he’s too small.  Johnson bounced back in a big way by shocking everyone at the combine by running a 4.46 forty time.  He was projected as a fifth or sixth rounder.  While the Vikings like Albert Young, I would say that Johnson is a lock for the #3 running back spot next season.  You’ll best remember Johnson as the player who proposed to his girlfriend on national TV after scoring a game winning touchdown.

DT Tremaine Johnson, LSU

Another undersized DT who could be promising if he can use his speed to his advantage.  Johnson was a rotational guy at LSU, and would be nothing more than that in the NFL at this point.  Was projected to go undrafted.

OG Andy Kemp, Wisconsin (Scout.com) 

Another great value pickup.  Kemp is 6′ 5″ and 315 lbs. but still ran a solid 5.35 at his pro day.  Projected as a fifth or sixth rounder, don’t be surprised if Kemp sticks to the roster.

OT Bobby Lepori, Fresno State

Lepori is actually built more like an NFL guard, even though he played left tackle at Fresno.  He was a great finesse blocker at Fresno, who was much better at pass blocking than run blocking.  In the end, he was over powered by premier players too often.  He was projected to go undrafted.

WR Nick Moore, Toledo

Mid-sized reciever with an arrest history.  Decent hands as he led the Rockets with 78 receptions last season, but likely to be nothing more than camp fodder.  He’s also the brother of Saints reciever Lance Moore.  He was projected to go undrafted.

WR Vinny Perretta, Boiste State (IdahoStatesman.com)

Kind of a poor man’s Percy Harvin, as he can play running back and special teams in addition to wide out.  Pretty undersized, but quick with decent hands.  He was projected to go undrafted.

TE Nick Walker, Alabama

A legitimate pass catching tight end who carries a 6′ 5″ frame.  May be better than people think because Alabama doesn’t utilize tight ends much.  Projected to go undrafted.

 

By my count, the Vikings currently have 79 players on the roster, and have a few more spots open to add some guys.  They may choose to wait until rookie contracts are negotiated before opening themselves back up to the free agent market.

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