Scout's Notebook: CB Marcus Sherels

Signed after impressing coaches during the team's post-draft mini-camp for rookies, former Minnesota Golden Gophers cornerback Marcus Sherels showed enough to earn a trip to Mankato. Here's a more in-depth analysis of the surprise of the undrafted rookies.

#35, Marcus Sherels, CB (5091, 175, 4.30-4.45) Minnesota

Born 9/30/87, in Rochester, Minn. Mother is Linda Lager. His brother, Mike, also played for the Gophers (2004-07), was a captain as a junior and senior and had a tryout with the Vikings after his college career. A 2006 graduate of John Marshall High School, his coach was Jack Drews. Honorable mention all-state selection running back and two-time all-conference performer, he led the Rockets to a 9-2 record and a section title as a senior. Was also an all-conference selection in basketball.

College: Walk-on who lettered as a true freshman in 2006, participating in 45 plays primarily on special teams. Played in nine games in 2007, catching three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown, returned 17 kickoffs for 364 yards (21.4 avg.), returned one punt for 7 yards and recorded nine tackles on special teams. Moved to cornerback during spring drills in 2008 and started 12 of 13 games, recording 46 tackles, 0.5 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, 13 pass breakups and averaged 11.9 on 15 punt returns. Started 9 of 10 games in 2009, posting 51 tackles, one TFL, two interceptions, nine PBU, one fumble recovery (returned 88 yards for a touchdown), and one punt return for 27 yards.

Pre-Draft: Measured 5091 (5-9 1/8), 175 pounds at his Pro Day workout on March 10, 2010…12 reps at 225 pounds…1.41 10-yard dash…2.52 20-yard dash…4.37-4.39 40-yard dash…40-inch vertical jump…10-2 broad jump…4.07 short shuttle…6.97 three-cone drill.

Pro: Signed to a pro contract as an undrafted rookie free agent following a tryout with the Vikings in May, 2010.

Positives: Versatile athlete with terrific quickness, speed and leaping ability. Posted excellent workout numbers prior to the draft. Has man-to-man cover skills and can make plays on the ball. Legitimate punt return option.

Negatives: Small with a small frame. Struggled with injuries at times in college and durability is a concern.

Summary: Too small and wasn't super-productive with the Gophers, but he's put his best foot forward in his early opportunities with the Vikings thus far, frequently around the ball and making plays. He'll get a look as a nickel cornerback and perhaps punt return specialist.

Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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