WR Danielsen Rejoins Loney

Vikings offensive line coach Steve Loney only coached Lane Danielsen for a couple of seasons early in the wide receiver's run at Iowa State. But the former offensive coordinator stayed very close to the program and monitored Danielsen's record-breaking career as a Cyclone. All of that was enough to convince Loney that Danielsen could fit in as an NFL player.

"He was talking to me as a coach and friend, and was trying to be honest," said Lane Danielsen, who broke ISU career marks in catches and receiving yards. "He told me that it was going to be a challenge to make the team, but he thinks that I'm up to the challenge and I'll have a legitimate shot to make it. They like that I can play special teams and give some depth at receiver. I'm real excited to get up there and get going."

Danielsen fielded calls from at least seven other NFL teams during last weekend's draft. But the call he received from Loney at the beginning of the seventh round actually had him hoping he wouldn't get drafted at all, so he could rejoin his former coach in Minneapolis.

"There were other teams calling me throughout the draft," he said. "Some teams were showing some interest and telling me that they were recommending I get picked up. Things didn't work out, and I got a call from Steve Loney at the beginning of the seventh round.

"He told me that the Vikings didn't have a seventh round pick, but they wanted me, were going to put together a pretty good deal for me, and said I was one of the top free agents on their board. After I heard that, I was kind of hoping I didn't get drafted in the seventh round, because I wanted to go up there and be with him."

As it turns out, Danielsen's name wasn't announced in the final round of selections, and he was able to ink a free-agent deal with the Vikings. Danielsen has signed a three-year deal with the club, but that's contingent on him making the 53-man roster in training camp.

His first step towards making the team is a mini camp that runs May 7-9.

"Those practices aren't real terribly gruesome physically, but it's a lot of mental," Danielsen said. "They're going to be throwing a lot of stuff at me, because it's a lot more complicated game at that level. I'm going to try to make it up a day early and work with Steve Loney, and see if I can get some things nailed down. I want to know every position, so Coach can throw me in anywhere."

The camp will bring together rookies and veterans, giving Danielsen his first chance to work with top Viking standouts Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss.

"I'm looking forward to that," Danielsen said. "Maybe I can pick up a few things from those guys up there. Randy Moss is one of the best receivers in the game."

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