A little while ago, the Minnesota Vikings signed S and former Ohio State standout Kurt Coleman to a contract, the terms of which were not announced. Coleman, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent four season there, visited Winter Park last week, but left without signing a contract.
As the Vikings head towards the draft, OTE's, and training camp, they now seem to have a fair amount of depth on the roster at safety. Coleman will presumably slide in behind Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford, and will compete with Mistral Raymond for a roster spot. But it's not out of the realm of possibility that Coleman could see a fair amount of playing time, if not push for a starting spot.
While in Philadelphia, Coleman started 29 of 59 games, but according to this report from Bleeding Green Nation, saw his involvement in the defense drop off last year under Chip Kelly. He has registered over 220 tackles and 7 interceptions, which doesn't seem like much, but let's put this in perspective:
It's about 200 more tackles and seven more interceptions than Chris Cook. Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I'll let you decide.
But most importantly, the Vikings once again have a former Ohio State player on the roster. Let's hope he can make it to the final 53 man roster.