Is Lesnar Next Big Thing?

For a player who never even played college ball, the stock on wrestler Brock Lesnar seems to be on the rise as he peddles his services and is willing to give his hometown Vikings the first shot at him.

It isn't unusual for the Vikings to have undrafted or unsigned players into Winter Park for a look in front of the coaching staff. But few may generate the type of attention that will be surrounding a workout scheduled for Friday.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment champion Brock Lesnar, who was a college champion for the Gophers, is scheduled for a workout Friday with the Vikings. And, if what VU is hearing about him from sources close to his training routine, he may do more than just turn heads.

There's no questioning Lesnar's athletic ability -- at 6-4, 290 he has almost no body fat. With his wrestling background, he could be as close to ideal in using strength and leverage to overpower offensive linemen, and Lesnar's trainers believe he can be an impact defensive end. What needs to be seen now is whether the claims of his speed are up to snuff.

Lesnar won't do any contact drills Friday with the Vikings but has scheduled a series of speed and agility drills. His trainers have claimed he runs a 4.7 40 time. If that is true, he will likely get a contract offer from someone, despite having not played football since his senior year of high school.

Many have claimed that Lesnar's move from wrestling to football is little more than a publicity stunt, but that talk is ridiculous. There's no way Vince McMahon would let one of his top superstars put his company at risk -- especially at a time when his top stars like Steve Austin, the Rock and Kurt Angle are sidelined completely and other name stars like Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker and HHH are operating on less-than-full-time schedules.

For Lesnar, the opportunity to play in the NFL has taken him from a job that paid him in excess of $5 million a year to one where he will likely get a rookie minimum of $230,000 in the NFL.

If Lesnar isn't offered a contract by the Vikings, he has workouts scheduled with the Chiefs, Eagles and 49ers in the next two weeks.

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