On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings finalized the signing of 11 Undrafted Free Agents, courtesy of the post-2021 NFL Draft signing frenzy. If you were following our Undrafted Free Agent Tracker, you know who most of them are already, but here is the full listing of them from the team’s website.
- Turner Bernard, LS, San Diego State
- Tuf Borland, LB, Ohio State
- Christian Elliss, LB, Idaho
- Zeandae Johnson, DT, California
- Myron Mitchell, WR, Alabama-Birmingham
- Riley Patterson, K, Memphis
- Whop Philyor, WR, Indiana
- Blake Proehl, WR, East Carolina
- A.J. Rose, RB, Kentucky
- Jordan Scott, DT, Oregon
- Zach von Rosenberg, P, Louisiana State
Bringing in a kicker, a punter, and a long snapper? After having some special teams struggles last year, it looks like the team has decided that there’s going to be a competition at all three of the primary special teams spots, so that should prove to be interesting.
There are a couple of familiar names on this list. . .well, familiar last names, anyway. Christian Elliss is the son of long-time Detroit Lions’ defensive lineman Luther Elliss. His brother, Kaden, is also a linebacker in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints.
Blake Proehl is the son of former NFL wide receiver Ricky Proehl, who carved out a 17-year career in the National Football League and won two Super Bowl rings, one with the St. Louis Rams and one with the Indianapolis Colts.
Then there’s Mister Elias De’Angelo Philyor. . .but, as you can see above, you can call him Whop. His nickname apparently comes from his love of Burger King’s signature sandwich.
The Vikings have invited several other players to their rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis as well. With these 11 signings, the Vikings still have six or seven open spots on the 90-man roster, and they still have some time to get everything settled before workouts get underway.
Anyone on the Undrafted Free Agent singing list that you’re excited about, folks?