And then there was one.
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that defensive end Scott Crichton, the first of their two third-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, had signed his first NFL contract. Crichton, who played his college ball at Oregon State, was the 72nd overall pick by the Vikings.
According to the article from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Crichton declared for this year's draft after a stellar Oregon State career so that "his parents could retire ASAP." With this new contract, the odds are pretty good that they'll be able to do just that.
That means that only one member of Minnesota's ten-man draft class has not yet signed, that being the team's other third-round selection, Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon. At the rate things are progressing at Winter Park, I would be surprised if the team went into the weekend with McKinnon still unsigned. That means they'd have everyone under contract before Organized Team Activities on the 28th of this month, though Crichton, Anthony Barr, and David Yankey will not be able to participate due to academic commitments.
Congratulations to Scott Crichton on formally becoming a part of the Minnesota Vikings and the National Football League!