Vikings add two
The Vikings had two new players in uniform when OTAs began again this week - WR Daniel Davis (Texas Southern) and linebacker Brannon Carter (Northern Iowa) were signed to take the roster spots formerly held by Erasmus James and Brent Little. Carter is wearing No. 48 and Davis is wearing No. 86.
Carter (6-2, 228, 4.56-4.73) is a viable Cover-2 linebacker prospect with good speed and range and pass coverage skills. He needs to play off the ball and will get bounced around at the point of attack at times, but he can get good depth on his pass drops.
In his campus workout prior to the draft, he posted a 4.68 40-yard dash, a 7.19 three-cone drill, a 4.39 short shuttle, a 11.96 long shuttle, a 37-inch vertical jump, a 9'-8" broad jump and 19 reps at 225 pounds. He measured 6-foot-1 3/4, 228 pounds.
Carter (College Bio) was among the list of undisclosed players who worked out with the Vikings during their rookie camp following the draft.
He was the Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, grabbing a league-high five interceptions and recording 88 tackles.
"We expected him to have this kind of season, as coaches," UNI head coach Mark Farley told the WCF Courier earlier this season."
"He's made some huge plays," said Farley, who added that Carter thrived under the tutelage of new Panthers linebacker coach Scott Frost (the former Nebraska quarterback who spent seven seasons in the NFL as a safety). "He's always been athletic, but the best athlete isn't always the best player. Right now, Brannon Carter is playing extremely well. I'm very proud of how he's playing."
Davis (5-9, 165) played for an 0-11 Texas Southern team in 2007, but managed 32 catches for 406 yards (12.7 avg.) and four touchdowns in nine games. He caught 34 passes for 425 yards (12.5 avg.) and five touchdowns in 2006 and 12-132-2 (11.0 avg.) in 2005. He also competed in track at TSU.
Davis, who played in the same conference (SWAC) as quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and fellow rookie wide receiver Jaymar Johnson, is a pint-sized slot receiver-type prospect with good quickness, speed and run-after-the-catch ability.
Here's a YouTube interview with Davis from Texas Southern.
Davis is a long-shot to make the team, but he has enough intriguing qualities that he at least merits a closer look.
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