The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to contract terms with 13 undrafted rookies in the days after the 2017 NFL Draft has concluded as they prepare for this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
Here are the thumbnails on each of them:
Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois – At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, he has NFL quarterback size, but injuries have been a drawback to his career. He started five games at Oklahoma State before transferring to Illinois following injuries that cost him the starting job. Missed four games last year with a back injury, but over his three years with the Illini took good care of the football, throwing 36 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Terrell Newby, RB, Nebraska – Compactly built at 5-foot-9, 210 pounds, he started 12 games in 2016, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and scoring seven touchdowns on the ground. Averaged 5.2 yards in 2015 with six touchdowns. Added 308 yards and two touchdowns receiving over the last years.
Josiah Price, TE, Michigan State – Just missed an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine after having a career-high 38 catches for 387 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. His 21 career touchdown catches were the most in Michigan State history for a tight end. The 6-foot-4, 249-pounder was considered a late-round prospect or high priority free agent.
R.J. Shelton, WR, Michigan State – The 5-foot-10, 200-pound receiver led the Spartan in receptions (53), receiving yards (789) and tied for touchdown catches with five. He had eight plays of 50 yards or more, according to NFLDraftScout.com, and has kick-return ability.
Aviante Collins, OT, TCU – Dubbed a fifth- or sixth-round value by NFL.com, he played both right and left tackle for the Horned Frogs. A back injury derailed his junior season, but he started every game at right tackle in 2016. Is 6-foot-4, 295 pounds.
Nick Fett, OT, Iowa State – Earned All-Big 12 second-team honors in 2016 after starting his career as a walk-on and eventually working into a starting role in 2016 for an offense that averaged 421.6 yards per game, the fifth-best total in school history. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder started at three different positions last year.
Caleb Kidder, DE, Montana – He has NFL defensive end size at 6-foot-4 and 269 pounds and finished his career at Montana tied for 11th on the school’s career list of tackles for losses with 29½. Kidder had 55 total tackles in 2016, but had 92 in 2015 when playing defensive tackle.
Sam McCaskill, DE, Boise State – The 6-3, 246-pounder ranked fourth in the Mountain West conference with 13 tackles-for-loss and tied for eighth with 5½ sacks. Had 48 tackles to add to his senior resume and knocked down five passes at the line of scrimmage, along with blocking a field goal attempt.
Tashawn Bower, DE, LSU – Would be light (250 pounds) if the Vikings want to keep him at defensive end or taller (6-5) than most if they move him to linebacker. He started only seven games over four seasons, but the Vikings turned Danielle Hunter into more in the NFL than he was at LSU, too. Three of his 5.5 sacks last year came in the final game, the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.
Dylan Bradley, DL, Southern Mississippi – At 6-foot-1, 265 pounds, he doesn’t have prototypical height to play defensive end in the NFL, but he played every position on the Southern Miss defensive line. NFL.com rated him as a sixth- or seventh-round prospect, saying toughness is his calling card.
Shaan Washington, LB, Texas A&M – He registered 95 tackles and 2½ sacks in his final season at A&M while forcing two fumbles. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds.
Eric Wilson, LB, Cincinnati – The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder is considered an outside linebacker, posting double-digit tackles in eight games, including 16 against East Carolina. He had 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons.
Horace Richardson, CB, SMU – The 5-foot-11, 199-pound cornerback has kickoff return ability and finished tied for third in the NCAA and led the American Athletic Conference with six interceptions, and was tied for second in the NCAA with 215 interception return yards.