We'll have more about the draft picks selected over the weekend, but there's another ritual that occurs once Mr. Irrelevant is selected--the mad dash by teams to try and sign a bevy of unrestricted free agents, and each year the list of UDFA's seems to get longer and longer.
As of right now, the Vikings have signed eighteen undrafted free agents, and they are:
- Colin Anderson, TE, Furman
- Brandan Bishop, S, North Carolina State
- Joe Bonadies, OL, Penn
- Duron Carter, WR, Ohio State/Coffeyville JC/Alabama (story here)
- Nicholas Edwards, WR, Eastern Washington
- Darius Eubanks, LB, Georgia Southern
- Erik Highsmith, WR, North Carolina
- Marquis Jackson, DE, Portland State
- Zach Line, FB, Southern Methodist
- Anthony McCloud, DT, Florida State
- Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State
- Rayon Simmons, RB, Winona State
- Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State
- Collins Ukwu, DE, Kentucky
- James Vandenberg, QB, Iowa
- Camden Wentz, C, North Carolina State
- Jerodis Williams, RB, Furman
- Nathan Williams, DE/OLB, Ohio State
Two guys stand out for me from this group, Highsmith and Williams. Highsmith is a guy that has an outside chance to make the roster, as he is a guy that can catch and run, but is undersized.
And of course, Nathan Williams from Ohio State is a guy I'm personally rooting for. He started out his senior year on the defensive line, but moved to linebacker mid-season as injuries decimated the position in 2012. I think he projects to linebacker at the NFL level, and with the only linebacker spot on the Vikings accounted for (Chad Greenway), Williams has a legitimate opportunity in Minnesota.