2002 Rookie Free Agent Glances

The look of their uniform has changed and so has the quality of the league. The Vikings' new rookie free agents have a lot of work to do to make the roster, so here is a look at their odds, their skills and their history.

The Vikings were quick to added a strong group of undrafted free agents before the sun went down on draft day. They represent a stronger-than-usual crop compared to recent years. You should see fierce competition for roster spots from some of these guys.

Jeremy Allen, FB (6-0, 241, 4.57), Iowa — Outstanding shot put and discus thrower in college. Rushed for 206 yards on 45 carries with four TDs and caught 17-226-4 as a senior. Good character and work ethic. Looks the part. Terrific testing athlete (17 reps, 38-inch vertical, 10-6 broad jump, 4.49 short shuttle). Came on last season as a blocker. Has natural running skills and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Needs work on his second-level blocking. Lacks polish but easily could have been drafted. Has some upside and has a legitimate chance.

Atrews Bell, WR (5-11, 213, 4.57), Florida State — High school quarterback. Caught 2-18-0 in '98; 14-202-4 in '99; 37-675-10 in '00 and 29-433-1 in '01. Nice size. More quick than fast. Lacks top speed and separation. Will drop some balls but has good hands and can be a tough, physical, possession-type receiver. Well-built and can catch in traffic. Runs well after the catch. Has a chance but really needs to commit himself and receive lots of reps and patient coaching.

Jack Brewer, FS (6-0, 194, 4.60), Minnesota — All-Big 10 first-team as senior. Led the Gophers with 153 tackles, added 6 PBUs last fall. Former WR with good hands, range and ball awareness. Athletic. Smart. Shows some leadership ability. Good jumper (37-inch vertical). Is a hitter and solid run supporter. Doesn't make a lot of big plays and lacks top-end speed but is versatile and should also be a good contributor on special teams. Has some upside.

Kelly Campbell, WR (5-10, 171, 4.48), Georgia Tech — Played for DL coach George O'Leary in college, where he had 56 catches for 708 yards and 3 TDs in '01. Georgia Tech's all-time receiving leader in catches (198), yards (2,907) and TDs (24). Has size limitations and durability is a concern, but is very quick, has downfield speed and generally catches the ball pretty well. Gets open and is a darting runner after the catch. Can also return kickoffs. Has a chance, depending on the numbers game.

Carlos Daniels, FB (6-2, 245, 4.65), Western Illinois — Wisconsin transfer and former teammate of Michael Bennett who was also an understudy to Ron Dayne while with the Badgers. Was considered a top Big 10 recruit out of Pennsylvania in '96. Had 148 carries for 667 yards (4.5 avg.) and three TDs, and caught 10 passes for 172 yards and two TDs last season. Had three 100-yard games. A big guy who can compete. Power-type runner with some ability. Unrefined at this point. Needs work catching the ball and blocking. Big, strong, fast fullback-sized one-back-type. Interesting developmental-type prospect.

Nick Davis, WR-KR (5-9, 186, 4.47), Wisconsin — Played offense and defense in high school. Caught 60 passes for 1,097 yards and six touchdowns; averaged 12.1 with three TDs on punt returns and 22.9 with two TDs on kickoff returns during his college career with the Badgers. Finalist for Mosi Tatupu Award, given to top special teams player in the country. Good return guy. Smallish for wide receiver. Good athlete with fine quickness and speed. Good leaper (36-1/2-inch vertical jump). Sees the field well. Nimble runner in the open field. Primary chance is as a return man.

Todd France, PK (6-2, 185, 4.95), Toledo — Smart kid. Mechanical engineering major who earned a post-graduate scholarship. Converted 44 of 64 FGA (.688) in four years and was virtually automatic inside of 40 (43 of 52). Set a school record with a 55-yard field goal. Ended his career as the MAC's all-time kick-scoring leader with 320 points.

Kyries Hebert, SS (6-3, 205), Louisiana-Lafayette — Former wide receiver who has also seen some action at cornerback. Played free safety for the Ragin' Cajuns and was a tackling machine from his secondary spot. Very, very active and physical. Hard hitter. Team's most productive defensive player. Posted 98 tackles as a sophomore, 88 as a junior and 83 as a senior.

Shaun Hill, QB (6-3, 223, 4.75), Maryland — Transferred from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Completed 270 of 455 passes (59.3 percent) for 3,158 yards, 19 TDs, 13 INTs in two seasons with the Terrapins. Second-team All-ACC last fall. Smart (kinesiology major), mature kid with nice size and athletic ability. Not a top prospect at all, but probably has more going for him at this stage than Todd Bouman did. So with a year on the practice squad and a year in NFL Europe, you never know.

Dane Krager, OLB (6-3, 227, 4.67), Angelo State — Posted 94 tackles, 18 TFL and seven sacks as a senior. Played defensive end but lacks the size to stay there. Projects to outside linebacker. Hard worker. Plays with intensity. Quick and speedy. Good range and pursuit. Can chase plays down. Was an excellent college player at a lower level of competition who needs to get bigger, stronger and demonstrate enough feel for the game to merit a practice squad spot.

Devin Lewis, WR (6-2, 200, 4.47), Southern — Made his senior year his best, catching 69 passes for 1,052 yards (15.2 avg.) and six touchdowns. He's a big guy that is very fast. Gifted athlete. Has a 38-1/2-inc vertical. Excellent size for a wideout. Has long arms and big hands. More fast than quick but has deceptive, gliding speed. Very rough around the edges, needs plenty of reps and lacks polish but has a lot of upside potential. Needs patient coaching to hone his skills. Good practice squad candidate.

Nick Murphy, P (6-0, 188, 4.74), Arizona State — Transferred to ASU from Scottsdale Community College. Smart kid. Good athlete. Averaged 41.1 yards punting as a senior with a long of 58 yards, five touchbacks and 15 punts downed inside the 20. Second-team All-Pac 10. Not a booming punter but shows good directional skills.

Max Yates, MLB (6-3, 245, 4.78), Marshall — Smart, mature individual who is married and has a young son. Majored in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. Hopes to someday work for the FBI. Started at MLB. Team captain. Recorded 159 tackles, 12 TFL and 5.5 sacks as a senior. All-MAC as junior and senior. Good leader. Very productive. Has a good attitude. Not a big, inside run stuffer but really plays hard and never lets up. Lacks natural great size, speed and open-field athleticism but does show some feel for the game and has a knack for making plays. Could contribute on special teams.



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