The Minnesota Vikings got a late start on signing their draft picks compared to recent years but have been making up for it over the past five days.
On Thursday and Friday combined, the Vikings not only started signing their draft picks but got five of the 11 under contract. On Tuesday, they added five more to that list and the remaining one could be signed soon.
The Vikings announced the signings of third-round OL Pat Elflein, sixth-round TE Bucky Hodges, seventh-round receiver Stacy Coley, seventh-round linebacker Elijah Lee and seventh-round DB Jack Tocho on Tuesday, all them being inked to four-year contracts. Elflein’s contract is for $3.84 million with a signing bonus at $936,000, according to the Pioneer Press. Hodges’ contract is reportedly worth $2.55 million with a $145,664 signing bonus; Coley’s is $2.496 million with a $96,692 bonus; Lee’s is $2.48 million with an $83,160 bonus; and Tocho’s is worth $2.47 million with a $68,052 signing bonus.
PAT ELFLEIN, C, 3RD ROUND
After three seasons of playing guard, Elflein moved to center for Ohio State and won the Rimington Award, given to the nation’s top center, and was named a first-team All-American. He started 40 straight games for the Buckeyes and made first-team All-Big Ten in each of his final three seasons. In his last season, when he was a team captain, he was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy and earned the Big Ten’s Rimington/Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year honors.
BUCKY HODGES, TE, 6TH ROUND
A three-year starter at Virginia Tech, Hodges caught 133 passes for 1,747 yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging 13.1 yards per catch. The receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns are all school records for a tight end. He had at least 40 catches, 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns in each of his three seasons at Virginia Tech while earning All-ACC honors.
He also rushed 21 times in his career, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He had two games with 100 or more yards receiving and four games with multiple touchdowns.
STACY COLEY, WR, 7TH ROUND
Coley was the Vikings’ first selection in the seventh-round (219th overall) and started 10 of 13 games as a senior, leading the Miami Hurricanes with 63 catches and was second with 754 receiving yards. He finished at Miami ranking second in career receptions (166), fifth in receiving yards (2,218) and tied for fourth in career receiving touchdowns (20). In his final two seasons, he returned 26 punts for 335 yards and 46 kickoffs for 1,101 yards and a touchdown.
ELIJAH LEE, LB, 7TH ROUND
A three-year letter-winner at Kansas State, Lee earned All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore and junior, then declared for the NFL draft. The linebacker accumulated 209 tackles, including 18½ for a loss, 11 sacks, five interceptions, five passes defensed, three quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered in his three seasons with the Wildcats. As a senior, he registered a career-high 110 tackles.
JACK TOCHO, DB, 7TH ROUND
Tocho played as a graduate in 2016 and was the recipient of the team’s Bob Warren Award for integrity and sportsmanship for the second straight season and was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William Campbell Trophy, given to football’s top student-athlete. He was also a two-time Academic All-ACC performer. He started all 13 games as a senior and as a sophomore, playing in over 1,600 snaps between those two seasons. As a senior cornerback, he registered 37 tackles, including two for a loss, nine passes defensed and two interceptions. He started 36 of 49 games over his four-year career, with 98 tackles, 26 passes broken up and six interceptions.
The five signings on Tuesday bring the Vikings’ total to 10 of 11 picks signed, with only second-round RB Dalvin Cook, the highest selection this year for Minnesota, left to sign.
Only the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints hadn’t signed any of their picks entering last weekend.
The Vikings had 11 picks to sign, far more than most teams. Two other teams made that many draft selections, but both the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals had eight of their 11 picks signed before the weekend.
On its face, it might have been concerning for Vikings fans to see the results over the weekend, but with injury-protection waivers signed with all of their rookies, the unsigned picks have been practicing and are expected to continue to practice through minicamp on June 12-14. The injury waivers don’t apply during training camp.
The expectation is, however, that the signings should continue this week and likely will wrap up for Minnesota before the Vikings even start minicamp.
Seven of the 32 NFL teams have all of their picks signed. Here are where the signings stood before the holiday weekend:
- Washington: 10-10 — 100.0 percent
- Denver: 8-8 — 100.0 percent
- Indianapolis: 8-8 — 100.0 percent
- Carolina: 7-7 — 100.0 percent
- Miami: 7-7 — 100.0 percent
- Atlanta: 6-6 — 100.0 percent
- Buffalo: 6-6 — 100.0 percent
- Detroit: 8-9 — 88.9 percent
- Dallas: 8-9 — 88.9 percent
- N.Y. Jets: 8-9 — 88.9 percent
- Philadelphia: 7-8 — 87.5 percent
- Arizona: 6-7 — 85.7 percent
- Baltimore: 6-7 — 85.7 percent
- Houston: 6-7 — 85.7 percent
- L.A. Chargers: 6-7 — 85.7 percent
- Tampa Bay: 5-6 — 83.3 percent
- Chicago: 4-5 — 80.0 percent
- Tennessee: 7-9 — 77.8 percent
- Pittsburgh: 6-8 — 75.0 percent
- Cincinnati: 8-11 — 72.7 percent
- Seattle: 8-11 — 72.7 percent
- Jacksonville: 5-7 — 71.4 percent
- Cleveland: 7-10 — 70.0 percent
- Green Bay: 7-10 — 70.0 percent
- San Francisco: 7-10 — 70.0 percent
- N.Y. Giants: 4-6 — 66.7 percent
- Oakland: 6-9 — 66.7 percent
- Kansas City: 3-6 — 50.0 percent
- New England: 2-4 — 50.0 percent
- Minnesota: 5-11 — 45.5 percent
- L.A. Rams: 0-8 — 0.0 percent
- New Orleans: 0-7 — 0.0 percent