As reported by Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, 10 undrafted players have agreed to terms with the Vikings after the conclusion of this past weekend’s 3-day NFL Draft. [vikings.com has not confirmed that these 10 players have agreed to terms.]
Here’s a brief look at each one:
R.J. Archer, QB, William & Mary – Started in 1 season (2009) for the Tribe where he completed 261 of 433 passes (60.3%) for 2,778 yards and 16 TDs.
Thomas Austin, OG, Clemson – The 6-4, 310-pounder was named 3rd Team All-American by Sporting News in 2009…316 career knock-down blocks, including a team-best 112 in 2009… Started in 38 games throughout his 4-year career.
Matt Hanson, OT, Midwestern State – The 6-7, 315-pound OT is touted as an “under the radar” player with good foot work and punching abilities while he effectively keeps defenders off his body.
Tommy Hernandez, C, UC-Davis – Although he’s a bit on the smaller end for an NFL C (6-2, 283), Hernandez has shown sustainability by starting in 23 straight games for the Aggies in 2008 and 2009.
Aaron Rhea, WR, Stephen F. Austin – A speedy wideout who poses a deep threat and can also be utilized as a punt and kick return specialist. The 6-1, 202 pound WR caught 59 passes for 809 yards and 10 TDs in 2009.
Terrell Skinner, S, Maryland – A good-sized S (6-3, 214) who was a 2-year starter in the secondary for the Terps. Skinner is described as a hard worker with good speed and quickness. He also possesses a long wingspan (6-9) and a 36-inch vertical jump. Career stats: 137 tackles, 1 FF and 1 INT.
Ray Small, WR, Ohio State – A speedy WR who is also a capable return specialist. The 5-11, 180-pounder compiled 61 receptions for 659 yards and 3 TDs during his 4-year career as a Buckeye.
Kelton Tindal, WR, Newberry – Perhaps the fastest undrafted player to agree to terms with the Vikings recorded 113 receptions for 1,898 yards and 16 TDS in 4 years at Newberry. The 6-1, 197-pounder has recorded a 4.32 40-yard dash.
Angelo Williams, CB, Ferris State – Not to be mistaken for Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams, the former Ferris State standout CB was an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selection in 2009 and finished his career with 113 tackles and 23 pass breakups in 38 career contests.
Marlon Winn, OT, Texas Tech – Good build for an OT at 6-4, 305 pounds. At his pro day, Winn recorded a 5.27 40-yard dash and 19 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.
This is certainly a fresh start for these 10 undrafted players and we’ll see how they pan out after the Vikings hold their 3-day rookie minicamp this weekend. So check back here as we’ll be sure to report on how the practices went at Winter Park.
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A new class of NFL stars was born this past weekend as the NFL held it’s 75th annual draft. These prospective stars will hit the field soon for the respective clubs in minicamps and training camp, but the next time they’ll be on the field in a traditional game setting will be the preseason.
Vikings fans will get to what kind of impact new additions CB Chris Cook and RB Toby Gerhart, along with the other 6 members of the 2010 draft class, will make to the lineup. But they’ll also get to see the draft classes of 4 other teams try and find a place on the roster by performing well in the preseason.
So let’s take a look at the Vikings 4 preseason opponents (date of preseason game) and which players highlighted their draft weekend…
@ St. Louis Rams (8/14)
The Rams boast the #1 overall draft pick, of course, so the Vikings will see QB Sam Bradford in his first real NFL game action. The Vikings will also get an up-close look at a couple of complementary pieces to Bradford – new LT Rodger Saffold (2nd round pick) and new WR Mardy Gilyard (4th round pick).
@ San Francisco 49ers (8/22)
The 49ers had two 1st round picks and used both of them on offensive linemen – T Anthony Davis and G Mike Iupati. But they also landed S Taylor Mays and traded for WR Ted Ginn, Jr. prior to the draft.
vs. Seattle Seahawks (8/28)
Those foolish enough to publish post-draft grades were kind to the Seahawks, who had a pair of 1st round picks and used them on LT Russell Okung and S Earl Thomas. Those 2 will be at Mall of America Field this August and they’ll be joined by a pair of veterans also added to the roster on draft weekend – RBs Leon Washington and LenDale White. Also, former Notre Dame WR Golden Tate was drafted by Seattle and will visit the home state of former teammate Michael Floyd.
vs. Denver Broncos (9/2)
Some Vikings fans wanted Tim Tebow in Minnesota, some wanted nothing to do with Tim Tebow in Purple. As it turns out, everyone will be happy because the Vikings didn’t draft the former Florida QB but he will play at Mall of America Field during the preseason when Denver comes to town. Tebow will have a pair of rookie WRs on his side in Demaryius Thomas and former Gopher standout Eric Decker.
Tags: Chris Cook, Toby Gerhart
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The 2010 NFL Draft is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it anymore. With a couple of trades mixed between 8 selections – one of which was a Heisman Trophy runner-up – there’s a lot to talk about.
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