Waiting is nothing new to Trevor Guyton, the Cal defensive lineman who was the last of the Vikings' 10 picks in the 2012 NFL Annual Selection Meeting. He's used to it.
Guyton has tantalizing NFL qualities – he's a 6-foot-3, 285-pounder that can play both defensive end and was used as a third-down defensive tackle – but had to wait until the seventh round to get picked by the Vikings. Learning to be patient was something Guyton had to get used to because he played behind a pair of 2011 first-round draft picks at defensive end – Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan – before getting his chance to become a full-time starter last season.
The waiting turned to hoping. The hoping turned to praying. The prayers were finally answered, as a Minnesota number showed up on his cell phone and he became the last rookie draft pick of the Vikings.
"It was suspenseful," Guyton said. "One thing I knew the whole time was that, regardless of where I'd go, what round and that type of stuff, I still have to get up there, show what I'm worth and make the team. Even before all that, I knew I had to show why I deserve to be there."
Because he was behind a pair of All-Pac 12 teammates, Guyton was forced to become a jack of all trades to get on the field. As a result, he got work at end and tackle and he said he doesn't have a problem being put at any of the line positions.
"I feel comfortable playing everywhere," Guyton said. "I played everywhere at Cal. One of the best things I bring to the table is my versatility. The Vikings like what I can do. I'll wait and see what position they want me at."
Had Guyton played somewhere other than Cal, he likely would have been a much higher prospect and drafted on Thursday or Friday of draft weekend rather than Saturday. However, he said he has no misgivings about staying at Berkley and said that, while there were personal downsides to being Bachelor No. 3 in the DE rotation, that it had its positives as well.
"The biggest negative was not getting on the field as much as I felt I deserved and as much as I could have been maybe on a different team," Guyton said. "But to learn from those guys who were so good, be behind them and follow in their footsteps, I improved my game a whole lot more than maybe I could have if I was playing by myself. I don't regret anything and those two guys are still big influences in my life and I still keep in contact and try to learn from them."
As good as his college teammates were, he said he is most looking forward to working and talking with Jared Allen. Like Allen, Guyton and his family are no strangers to Minnesota. They have taken fishing trips to the state and he said he is interested in hanging out with Allen, whether it's on the practice field or on an area lake throwing a line in the water.
"He's one of the guys that I really look up to – both on the field and off the field," Guyton said. "I'm a big outdoors guy. I look up to him in that aspect too, but definitely on the field. That guy is just an animal. I really look forward to working with him and learning from him a whole lot."
What the future holds for Guyton is unknown. He knows that seventh-round draft picks are like poker players with a chip and a chair. The odds are stacked against him, but he has waiting patiently for this opportunity and, regardless of where the Vikings target him to line up, he's ready to face the challenge head on.
"I just feel comfortable on the field," Guyton said. "Whatever I have to do get on the field and play, that's where I'm going to feel comfortable and I can make an impact on the game wherever they want me at. I honestly don't have a certain position I feel I excel better at, so I'll let the coaches decide that and I'll just be out there playing football."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.
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