On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings signed cornerback Chris Stroud to take the place of Nick Taylor, who was waived after a season-ending labrum tear. But instead of letting this seemingly insignificant roster move go by the wayside, I’ll give you an in-depth look at the newest Viking and his journey to the NFL.
An undrafted rookie out of Webber International and a Florida native, Stroud was part of the Vikings’ “call of the wild” tryout in May during their rookie minicamp. Although coaches were impressed with his performance during his three-day stint in Minnesota, the Vikings were already crowded at the cornerback spot and had to let Stroud walk without an offer in hand.
After Taylor went down, the Vikings invited the 6’1’’, 190-pound Stroud back to the Twin Cities for a workout on Saturday. Stroud showed enough of the physical talent that he’d displayed earlier in the offseason to warrant another look during training camp.
Prior to his first workout with the Vikings, Stroud spent a year out of football. After graduating from Webber International with a business degree, Stroud had another season of eligibility left over but opted not to pursue his graduate degree. Instead, he spent the next year training on a daily basis in preparation for life in the NFL.
For Stroud, though, life is about more than just football. After starring as a two-way dynamo at Howard W. Blake High School in Tampa, Florida, Stroud decided to stay close to home at Webber International so that he could assist his then-single mother in taking care of her younger children.
Stroud now has the opportunity to put all of his hard work to use as he prepares to participate in Vikings training camp. While with the Vikings, he will wear the No. 43 jersey.
This might seem like an insignificant shuffling of the roster, but no one will know for sure until Stroud gets his chance to shine.