Undrafted Rookie Has Ties to Stringer

Those who knew Korey Stringer remember the gentle giant fondly. Now one of the Vikings' undrafted rookie free agents brings his relationship with Stringer to Winter Park this weekend.

Former Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer was a large man with a larger heart, a willingness to talk with anyone and a readiness to display a great sense of humor at a moment's notice.

He seemed to be loved by all who knew him – causing Randy Moss to break down in front of the media following Stringer's tragic death following a hot training camp practice in Mankato in 2001.

Six years later, another player from Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio – linebacker David Herron – is a member of the Minnesota Vikings, a player whose mother was a cousin of Stringer.

"He came from the same city, same school," Herron told the Tribune Chronicle of Stringer. "It's kind of interesting that it happened like that. He was a family member, my mom's cousin."

At Harding, he played defensive end and fullback, where he blocked for former Ohio State star and NFL failure Maurice Clarett. He also lettered in basketball. At Michigan State, he became a linebacker.

At 6-foot-1, 239 pounds, Herron will have to make it on his own talents with the Vikings and said he believes he has a great chance to succeed in the NFL. He already did that at Michigan State, where he finished second on the team with 79 tackles and added seven tackles for a loss, two sacks and one interception as a senior. He also was second on the team in tackles (65) as a junior. He had a career-high 95 tackles as a sophomore in his first duties as a starter.

For his career, Herron registered 247 tackles, seven sacks, 19 tackles for losses, seven quarterback pressures, forced five fumbles and recovered three fumbles.

Scout.com lists his strengths as his aggressiveness and toughness while needing to improve on his change of direction and pass-coverage skills.

"Tough, run-defending two-down linebacker," Scout.com says of Herron in its predraft analysis. "Flows to the action, wedges his way upfield and quickly fills gaps in run defense. Explosive at the point and quickly closes to the action.

"Does not play with great balance and is slow adjusting off the initial block. Not decisive in coverage, chases opponents down the field and possesses marginal ball skills."

Herron will get his first chance to show Vikings coaches what he can do at Winter Park today.

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