Ahead of their rookie minicamp this weekend, the Minnesota Vikings announced their final list of undrafted rookie free agent signings on Tuesday. Another crop of players will be present on a tryout basis, including wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of former Viking and 2013 Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter.
Here’s a look at the 16 players that will sign contracts and be at the minicamp this weekend, as long as they pass a required physical.
Erik Highsmith, WR, North Carolina
Zach Line, RB, SMU
James Vandenburg, QB, Iowa
Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State
Anthony McCloud, DT, Florida State
Nathan Williams, LB, Ohio State
Jerodis Williams, RB, Furman
Colin Anderson, TE, Furman
Nicholas Edwards, WR, Eastern Washington
Collins Ukwu, DE, Kentucky
Mark Jackson, OT, Glenville State
Brandan Bishop, S, North Carolina State
Bradley Randle, RB, UNLV
Darius Eubanks, S, Georgia Southern
Camden Wentz, C, North Carolina State
Marquis Jackson, DE, Portland State
There are a few names that intrigue me here. I think Nathan Williams has the best chance to impress this weekend and start to earn a spot on the final roster, and it frankly surprises me he is only linebacker in the group. The Vikings still need to add talent at wide receiver, so Highsmith, Smith and Edwards could keep themselves in the equation for a spot with a good showing.
All of these players face an uphill battle to make Minnesota’s final 53-man roster, especially since no undrafted free agents made it that far for the team in 2012, but a few could find their way to the practice squad and get a greater opportunity at some point. It’s even rarer for an undrafted free agent to make a noteworthy contribution; though Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster are two current stars that were not drafted.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.