EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - MAY 4: Audie Cole #57 and Rhett Ellison #40 of the Minnesota Vikings run through a drill during a rookie minicamp on May 4, 2012 at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
We had our big article yesterday about the Minnesota Vikings getting six of their ten draft picks signed to rookie contracts. Shortly after that post went up, the number moved up to seven as the Vikings signed their remaining fourth-round pick, USC tight end Rhett Ellison, to a four-year contract.
Ellison was the second of the Vikings' three fourth-round selections a month ago. He split his time at USC between the fullback and tight end positions, and will probably be asked to do a little bit of both for the Vikings as well. His pick was one that had a lot of fans confused at first, but appears to be making a bit more sense going forward.
With this signing, the Vikings' top three picks still remain unsigned. Deals have not yet been worked out for USC tackle Matt Kalil, Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith, and Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson. I would suspect that we'll hear about Robinson's deal sooner rather than later. I'm not sure, however, how long it will take the two first-rounders to get their deals completed.